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Boathouse Restaurant, Traverse City, MI

Boathouse Restaurant

4.9
4.9
1273 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 24 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 1,273 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

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    Best Service

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Ambiance

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Value

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Healthy

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Scenic View

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Special Occasion

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Most Booked

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Overall

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Food

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Service

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Ambiance

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Value

  • Northern Michigan

    Healthy

  • Northern Michigan

    Scenic View

  • Northern Michigan

    Special Occasion

  • Northern Michigan

    Most Booked

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  1. JG

    JohnG

    Tampa

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary at the Boathouse Restaurant like we do every year and, once again, it did not disappoint. It was a gorgeous night to be there weather wise. The table, the food and the service were perfect. I started with the sweet corn chowder, which was a special that night. YUM! For the entree I had the full rack of lamb, which was prepared medium-rare like I asked. My wife had scallops over lobster cakes, which she loved. We will be back soon because there are not many restaurants in the Traverse City area that are as good as the Boathouse.
  2. M

    Mike

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all around. Highly recommend. Food was amazing and ambience equally great.
  3. FF

    FayetteFoodie

    New York Area

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent food. excellent location. water view. fantastic service. even the drive to the restaurant was scenic.
  4. CB

    CarmineB

    Grand Rapids

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent birthday dinner
  5. T

    Tiskswiss

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for a special birthday dinner with our family which included 2 small children. The server went out of her way to make the children feel special with individual coloring activity books and bowls of fruit, allowing the adults to enjoy a fantastic seafood meal. The seafood tower was outstanding, only possibly topped by the steak, lobster and scallop entrees. Thank you for going out of your way to make us feel welcome!
  6. AG

    AnnG

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular anniversary dinner on the covered patio. Only one caveat, acoustics could be better. Otherwise, amazing food, stellar service, even greeted us with an anniversary card and chocolates on the table. Most restaurants pay no attention if you note a special occasion with your reservation. Pricey but totally worth it for special occasions.
  7. P

    Phil

    Grand Rapids

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Darius was our server and he did a superb job, as a server and bartender myself back in the day I know great service when I see it. Thanks to the Boathouse team for keeping your wonderful traditions, and your highest standards. Phil Biggs
  8. MI

    MICharlotte

    Charlotte

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have spent our anniversary and birthdays are quite a few years at the boathouse for our special occasions and always just perfect and delicious. The wait staff is impeccable, the food is delicious and prepared so beautiful. The location and the ambience really makes it feel so special.
  9. DD

    DanielD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stephen was so courteous and the food was really good
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great time at this place. Food was great. Staff was friendly. Will come back one day.
  11. TG

    TomG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievable all around experience. The service was fantastic, the food was Unbelievable, the table was perfect, the sunset was un real! Highly recommend!!!!!!!
  12. JS

    JonS

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, great food. Always satisfied
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding. Surf and turf! One of the best espresso martinis I’ve ever had abd service was excellent. Highly recommend
  14. J

    Jossea

    St. Louis

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent! Nice wine selection and well executed cuisine.
  15. AB

    AdamB

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I spent our anniversary here. We have been to many restaurants over our 13 years. This by far is our absolute favorite! The service given by Mary was unmatched in our experiences. The atmosphere was a perfect personification of Traverse City. The food was obviously the highlight of the night and with such a great menu it is hard to choose. My recommendation, if it looks good order it, everything was100% worth it.
  16. D

    Darcy

    Portland

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely setting and ambiance. I don't mind paying for high end restaurants, but this was silly. Average meal price $80, plus, plus. Food was very good, but not really excellent. Staff very attentive.
  17. TH

    ToddH

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. Best steak I have ever had. View of the harbor was grear. Would go back again.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time at the Boathouse Restaurant! The food was all so delicious, our waitress and the staff were super friendly, and the view was amazing. We sat outside on the deck and the weather was great. Thanks for making my wife’s 50th birthday such a memorable one!!!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautifully decorated space on the lake. Expert service and fabulous food. A great evening.
  20. CC

    ColleenC

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The burger was very good and the service was good. We ate on the grassy area because we had our small dog with us. Due to this, we had to order off the bar menu, which was fine. We originally ordered the ricotta ravioli, which only had 3 pieces of ravioli with cooked tomatoes. This was very little food for the price of $19. We then ordered a burger to split because we came for an early dinner and were still very hungry.
  21. PD

    PaulD

    Phoenix

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    One of our favorites in Nothern Michigan took a step or 2 backwards in my opinion. The food was good but not excellent like in the past. There was quite a lull/wait between the salad and the entree. Not sure about everyone else but I'm getting tired of hearing..."We're short staffed"...or.." you know...it's the covid". I call B.S. on this now. Get it together.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience4
    Food was poor, overcooked, and under seasoned. Ribeye was very disappointing, was surprised at the lack of fresh, local seafood. Staff was pleasant but no one asked how the food was, just took our plates and boxed up the meals. Ambiance was nice but surprisingly loud. Difficult to carry a conversation. Feels like the type of place that was once great, but has fallen off and is living on history.
  23. RS

    RichS

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely fabulous and the view was outstanding. The service was also great. Definitely recommend The Boathouse for fine dining. A bit on the expensive side, but definitely worth it!
  24. s

    salomon

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Entree take one hour and 10 min to be in our table lots of time!!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great Kate our server was outstanding.
  26. DH

    DuaneH

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For a special celebration I can’t imagine a better place to dine. The table overlooking the bay set the tone. The service was relaxed but very attentive. The food was fresh and beautifully prepared from the oysters on the half shell to the lobster tail and filet with all the accoutrements. We will be back!
  27. MH

    MichaelH

    Tampa

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal at the Boathouse. Beautiful location on Traverse Bay
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was incredible, from the oysters to the carpaccio To the tartare. And the service was impeccable.
  29. CL

    ChristineL

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our 19th anniversary wedding anniversary and we had the most romantic, delicious dinner! Top notch service and meal! Beautiful view of sunset!
  30. P

    Papa

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating our 20th Wedding Anniversary. Such a great experience and amazing food. Well done everyone.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal, great setting
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The location and setting are beautiful especially at sunset. The interior is charming and cozy. The food and service are both incredible. No complaints except for our cocktail drinks but it was not much of an issue. The Morel Chanterelle Bisque is to die for. The lobster has to be the best I have ever tasted—clean, fresh, and buttery! The filet was cooked to perfection. Good thing I made room for dessert because it was delicious!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievable service. Cannot go wrong here! Food was amazing
  34. TC

    TomC

    Phoenix

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and setting. Tim our waiter was excellent
  35. KR

    KatieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and wait staff were amazing! The view was also beautiful. Will certainly be going back.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We will return! Wonderful time!
  37. P

    Patti

    Grand Rapids

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely dinner. Waiter was great. He let us try two different Red wines. Then we selected a bottle for dinner. Turned out to be a local wine so the next day we went to the vineyard and bought a case to take home. Every summer when we come up north we make reservations at the Boathouse. Always great food.
  38. JS

    JoeS

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and atmosphere. Definitely recommend the restaurant.
  39. CG

    CarolG

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, service and setting. A must when in TC.
  40. KY

    KarenY

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My boyfriend and I had our anniversary dinner here and it was one of the best meals that we've ever had. We got the oysters, surf and turf for two, and a sorbet and port to finish the night off. Dan was our server and he was absolutely charming and friendly (Dan we hope that you're doing well!). He even helped take our photos both inside and outside the restaurant and gave us so many local recommendations on where to go next. The staff also gave us postcards and home made chocolate. This was the first time that we've ever been to Michigan, let alone the Midwest, needless to say, we will be coming back.

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 1273 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 24 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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