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Boathouse Restaurant, Traverse City, MI

Boathouse Restaurant

4.9
4.9
1388 Reviews
$50 and over
European
The cuisine of the Boathouse, created with distinctive flair is refined and contemporary, with an underlying element that echoes the classical French tradition of Escoffier.

The Boathouse experience begins with a drive along the shores of beautiful West Grand Traverse Bay and its sparkling blue waters.

When you dine with us, you get the best of both worlds: We are both locavores and connoisseurs of what the rest of the world has to offer, so you get the freshest, finest ingredients from near and far. Owner Doug Kosch adheres to the "farm to table" concept.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    European

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (231) 223-4030

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Executive chef

    Samuel Plamondon

  • Neighborhood

    Traverse City

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,388 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

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  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

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  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

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  • Northern Michigan

    Best Overall

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Food

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Service

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Ambiance

  • Northern Michigan

    Healthy

  • Northern Michigan

    Romantic

  • Northern Michigan

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  1. GF

    GregoryF

    Western NC

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Overt good fiord/ outstanding. Service was very good( waiter)..but service was a bit rushed. They seemed in a hurry to remove plates…and food between plates was taking a tad too long
  2. PC

    PaulC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our #1 place for that super special occasion! Always a top shelf experience in any direction!
  3. SN

    SNDThomas

    Oklahoma City

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great as always. Service was slower than expected but likely due to being busy and in the off season with limited staff. But I don't know that for sure. We love the food and location cannot be beat. We will be back...!
  4. CS

    CurtS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We called several different restaurants trying to find one with a dish that included truffle mushrooms to fulfill a check box on a bucket list and the chef at The Boathouse said he would make sure he had a dish that included them. He also gave us the option of having a bowl of them on the side to get a really good taste! The dishes were beyond compare and the servers were kind and attentive without being pretentious. They answered all our questions and made good suggestions for us as well as told us some history in the area. They remembered we were coming in for an anniversary and every one of them wished us a happy anniversary and gave us a card and chocolates for it. We've been here before and we will keep coming back when we are in the area! So very good!!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service by Dan was fantastic! Food was well prepared and delicious!
  6. TB

    TaraB

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal was fabulous!! The entire experience was exactly what you expect when you go to The Boathouse! Greeted warmly when we arrived, seated at a lovely table, Kathleen is the consummate professional and gives perfect service, and the food was on point delicious!! This is why we keep coming back!
  7. SC

    ShelleyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best dining experience ever. Pure perfection.
  8. RW

    RosemaryW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a spectacular experience. The food was glorious, the dining room cozy and lovely and the service was 6 stars professional. The whole staff was efficient, welcoming, and gracious. To have this level of dining experience without a whiff of stuffy pretentiousness or overbearing fussiness is truly special. This is our new favorite restaurant. It's the whole package.
  9. OM

    OMPDweller

    Northern MI

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and the service was even better!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food (surf and turf with lobster tail and wagyu steak) service, and wine selection was excellent. I know I ruin steak by asking for it to be cooked medium-well but this was perfectly cooked, tender and delicious. We ordered the crème brûlée for dessert as recommended by our server and it was the best we’ve ever had! Highly recommend The Boathouse.
  11. DG

    DianeG

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best experience at the boathouse. I was there with three great friends. Ben was the best waiter and our food was great! We also got to enjoy a beautiful sunset!
  12. M

    Md2003

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time there. Everything was perfection! Can’t wait to come back!
  13. R

    Rockwitt

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a fabulous meal in an elegant setting watching the sunset over the bay. The service was excellent, as was the wine list and the cocktails. Highly recommended!
  14. NM

    NeilM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good experience, great food. Will go back again soon.
  15. RB

    RnB1

    Northern MI

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The meal was excellent. The entertainment when the rain squall blew through was an extra. We missed the glass dividers that separated the tables during the Covid season added a bit of privacy.
  16. JS

    JanellS

    Northern MI

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A favorite restaurant of mine in the area. We sat on the deck since it was warm for early November. My complaint stems from the number of young children that were allowed to leave their tables and dash around the restaurant at will. I am all for taking children to nicer restaurants and exposing them to food other than chicken tenders, but please parents, for the sake of other customers, keep your children at the table. Needing to dodge a running 4 yr old on the way to or from my table or trying to visit with my husband while your children are yelling outside in the yard is rude on your part. In addition, the restaurant should have a policy to handle the issue.
  17. RE

    RichardE

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a nice time, waiter was excellent! Always nice.
  18. S

    Sharron

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and excellent service. Staff friendly and knowledgable about the menu choices.
  19. BB

    BobB

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice restaurant on the water. Food and service were very good.
  20. C

    Calsworld

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Nice Birthday experience for my wife. We’ll go back.
  21. LT

    LisaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was superb. The waitstaff are outstanding. The sunset and view were perfect.
  22. CW

    ColleenW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the Boathouse!!! It is our favorite restaurant! It is located on Old Mission Peninsula on a nice waterfront location. It is cozy and intimate, and the food is superb. The staff is fabulous! They are friendly, helpful, eager to make you happy and very professional. We really appreciate the Resort Casual dress code. It’s a nice chance to dress up and some of the men wore sport coats.
  23. MM

    MaryM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal was fabulous from beginning to end. Our waiter, Ben, was knowledgeable and friendly. Overall, pricey but a great night out.
  24. D

    Dick

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and atmosphere. View of the Bay and Island make it very relaxing.
  25. RM

    ReneeM

    Grand Rapids

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal restaurant - everything from the food to the service was perfection.
  26. t

    terrigil

    Detroit

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Boathouse is consistently the best restaurant in Traverse. Any time we can get up there, this is our preferred dining choice.
  27. A

    Abbygrons

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an absolutely amazing time at The Boathouse! The food, views and service were impeccable. We were celebrating an anniversary and the staff made us feel very special and welcomed. Will be coming back!
  28. j

    jenmarit

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Birthday surprise for my guest.
  29. SS

    SusanS

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service
  30. NT

    NowTOURISTS

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Superb service by Brian, excellent preparation with attention to the little details, and a beautiful sunset: it doesn’t get any better! Just remember: this kind of meal won’t be cheap — but it’s worth it.
  31. LS

    LindaS

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place by the water with top notch service. The food is beyond compare, high quality ingredients taken care of with supreme knowledge. Would recommend to anyone with a good palate for fine foods. The seafood is fresh and wonderful. Will go back soon
  32. SR

    SandraR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant, well reviewed. Interior clean decor cottage style. Open dining on porch, with covers and heaters for semi cold weather. Dinner choices minimal, but steak and seafood readily available. Vegan meal on menue and most meals are gluten-free. Staff friendly and attentive. Fortunately no shortage of staffing here. Sunset stunning.
  33. MR

    MRHogan

    Toledo

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A thoroughly delightful dinner. Walter was wonderful. Food excellent. Well worth the price of admission.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love The Boathouse!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal! Thank u love this place
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was for our 11 year Anniversary and Sweetest Day. We were looking forward to lobster cakes and scallops on top . No longer on the menu ..Thought the price of only scallops was a bit high. Everything was delicious though - Lobster bisque . Tempura Asparagus,butternut squash and the scallops ..very nice ambience even though it was raining out . We loved the privacy of the table in the back corner . Jasmine our waitress,was wonderful..We will come back again .
  37. TS

    TeresaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, drinks and service were great. Beautiful location
  38. MU

    MeganU

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience at the boathouse was absolutely phenomenal. Our server was so knowledgeable about the wine list and made great recommendations. The scallops, oysters, steaks and dessert were perfection. I wish I lived closer to be able to come every weekend!
  39. t

    trell

    Nashville

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food and service.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived early for our reservations and grabbed a bottle of wine, went outside and watched the sunset. Spectacular! The Morel Bisque is a must-have: delicious and lots of pieces of Morel. The Surf & Turf special was delicious. The Chocolate Cheesecake was great. Dan’s service was exceptional. Overall, a magical evening!

FAQs

Boathouse Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (231) 223-4030.

Boathouse Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 1388 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Boathouse Restaurant

14039 Peninsula Dr, Traverse City, MI 49686

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Traverse City

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    European

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Samuel Plamondon

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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