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Boathouse Restaurant, Traverse City, MI

Boathouse Restaurant

4.9
4.9
1848 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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

What 1,848 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 5Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Overall

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Food

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Service

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Ambiance

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Value

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Great for fine wines

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Romantic

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Great for scenic views

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Good for special occasions

  • 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

    Great for fine wines

  • Northern Michigan

    Romantic

  • Northern Michigan

    Great for scenic views

  • Northern Michigan

    Good for special occasions

  • Northern Michigan

    Most Booked

1,848 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite restaurants in the Traverse area. Always attentive service and fabulous food. We come back again and again.

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  2. LakeLyfe

    Grand Rapids

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best steaks and drinks in traverse city Great vibe and not too fancy smancy

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing. Spends place but well worth it for a special occasion. Our server Mary was awesome. The food was epic. Definitely going back

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  4. skaner

    Detroit

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy eating here. Food this time was exceptional! Had the chateaubriand and it was prepared perfectly. Also a great place for a sunset experience and last night did not disappoint.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best restaurant. Our favorite. Jasmin our server was amazing. I cant express how amazing it is.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Seasonal selections. Fabulous service.

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  7. AlexK

    London

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really excellent. All of the food was very very good and some of it was unworldly. Notable in this category was the tempura asparagus. The local wines are really good - at least the whites that we tasted were. We didn’t sample any reds, but the Old Mission Peninsula shows great promise as a wine region. Service was excellent. Prices vary from a bit over the top for some of the meats to really reasonable for starters, side dishes and fish, and the view from the dining room is the icing on the cake.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of a kind dining experience far from the city noise and with a calming view of Lake Michigan waterfront.

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  9. Thisguy

    Grand Rapids

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The boathouse is always amazing. Will was the perfect amount of attentive and unobtrusive. We always come back when in the area

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  10. David

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful views and a great meal. Be sure you have a GPS or good directions, as it is a bit off the main road.

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  11. MarthaS

    St. Louis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for any occasion. Food, service and bay views are unable to beat. Quiet spot. Make your reservations soon!

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  12. LakeLee

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional service by our waiter, Dan. Very knowledgeable about options on menu. All four of us thoroughly enjoyed our choices from the menu. A memorable experience.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely amazing and all the staff there were wonderful and very attentive and knowledgeable. My son had the rack of lamb and said it was the best he had ever had. My partner had the scallops which she loved and I had the halibut which is a favorite of mine. Highly recommend dining here!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server. Brian, was great and made us feel like known, special guests on our first visit. The food was remarkable and ambience was perfect. We will definitely be back! Thank you for a wonderful date night/anniversary dinner.

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  15. KimK

    Detroit

    121 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    121 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely restaurant with gorgeous scenery. Great staff. Food is superb. It is expensive but wonderful.

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  16. Krystle

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and amazing food! Love the views from every table! My favorite on Old Mission!

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  17. MichaelB

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and presentation was absolute the best! Will was very attentive, knowledgeable and friendly! We were able to enjoy each course with no rush to turn the table over. If you are looking for a relaxed quality dinner this is definately the place to go.

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  18. map002

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is fresh and excellent. Service was excellent. I would recommend for a birthday or special occasion.

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  19. MikeH

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience. Very good food. Great service.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful place and setting. Especially if you time it with sunset. When it warms and they get that back patio open it will be wonderful. It was a little loud inside but not too loud to have a conversation. Service was great.

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  21. JenH

    Toledo

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, beautiful ambiance. Enjoyed the experience.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience as always! We enjoyed the Easter brunch menu and service was excellent!

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  23. DonnaL

    Baja California Sur

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an excellent and enjoyable experience. Morel bisque is outstandg. The wedge salad is delicious. Wonderful Easter brunch followed by the heavenly creme brulee!

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  24. JenniferF

    Grand Rapids

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time dining with you while in TC & we will be back!! Fabulous cocktail - Mezcal Old Fashioned. Food was outstanding!! Scallops were great & loved your signature mushroom soup. Tim was a great server!! Great wine recommendation he gave!! Beautiful space & lovely view with a fabulous sunset!!

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  25. SusanS

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Boathouse is a consistently great upscale restaurant. I had the most delicious salmon I’ve ever had there last night, superb.

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  26. Larry

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful,ambiance. Nice and quiet. Everything was delicious and we weren't rushed. We celebrated our anniversary there, and it couldn't have been a better choice. Our server was great as well.

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  27. LeoD

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, everything was amazing flavors, but slightly disappointed with the braised wagyu beef special... definitely tough and dry.

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  28. LisaW

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was amazing and so was the food. You need to experience the Boathouse for yourself

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  29. DeborahM

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First off, the greeting at arrival is outstanding! We were welcomed at our table promptly and offered water and a drink option, we loved all the local selections. To say the meal was fabulous is an understatement! I highly recommend the scallops and risotto. Everything was just fantastic and the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. I can’t wait for our next visit.

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  30. JulieL

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    GREAT food! Setting is beautiful with water view. Servers excellent! and make experience even more pleasurable. Highly recommend Boathouse for a very enjoyable meal!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef Samuel and his team provided an excellent dining experience - great food, impeccable service, a true gem in TC.

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  32. MichelleM

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Boat house was a very pleasant dining experience. The food and service was excellent!

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  33. JeffF

    Grand Rapids

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was excellent Thank you Boathouse

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was restaurant week so the value was higher than normal. We had a wonderful table overlooking the water and Ben was an exceptional waiter! Never felt rushed, yet attentive to our needs.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always we enjoyed a delicious meal and excellent service. Loved the restaurant week menu. Everything was perfectly prepared, and we savored every bite. Loved the Oregon Pinot noir we paired with our meal, it was delicious! Can’t wait to come back in the spring for another lovely dinner.

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  36. Psh60

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic and service was attentive. Highly recommend!

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  37. Shershel

    Grand Rapids

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been to the Boathouse many times. I’ve always enjoyed going there due to the quality of the food and the excellent service. I don’t know if my bad service was due to exhaustion of restaurant week or if my server was having a bad day, but he forgot my drink on 3 different occasions. I ordered it right before my dinner was served and never received it. I also had to check the bill and I had been charged for something I never received. I would have given 5 stars all around but when you are eating at The Boathouse, restaurant week or not, there isn’t really a good excuse for this.

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  38. JackB

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Setting on Bowers Harbor. Restaurant week menu was outstanding. Service was top notch.

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  39. StaceyW

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate there for restaurant week and everything was excellent.

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  40. MichaelK

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The only issue we had was my wife's fish was dry but otherwise salad, duck and deserts were outstanding.

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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 1848 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 30 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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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