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Boathouse Restaurant, Traverse City, MI

Boathouse Restaurant

4.9
4.9
1334 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 32 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 1,334 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

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  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Value

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Notable Wine List

  • 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

    Notable Wine List

  • Northern Michigan

    Scenic View

  • Northern Michigan

    Special Occasion

  • Northern Michigan

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, amazing service. Every dish was exquisite.
  2. MS

    MarthaS

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy, off the beaten path restaurant. Excellent service from our waiter, Brian. Food was phenomenal. Never felt rushed during our 2 hour dinner. Halibut Entree was perfectly prepared and so delicious. Cannot say enough nice things about this restaurant. Experience was well worth the cost. Highly recommend
  3. OM

    OMPDweller

    Northern MI

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As per usual, the Boathouse never fails to deliver. We had an excellent dinner with the usual hallmarks of quality, flexibility, attentiveness, and taste. We have never been disappointed at the Boathouse. The service, hospitality, menu, and quality are outstanding. Thank you!
  4. B

    Beth

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent along with stellar service. Stopped in for desert and a nightcap. Grat location with a view of the bay. One of our favorite places of all time.
  5. J

    Justinm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent staff and amazing food! We will be back for sure!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We live in Chicago and travel all over for work. We come to Traverse City once every year and always eat at the Boat House. It's our best dining experience and meal of the year, every time.
  7. RO

    RyanO

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food, everything was outstanding. Service was fantastic. Waygu ribeye was the best steak I’ve ever had.
  8. RA

    RichardA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding, loved the waiter we had - very welcoming and genuine person! They went out of their way to make our anniversary and special experience!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a fantastic experience!
  10. C

    Candi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely beautiful atmosphere, stellar service and the food is Amazing!!!
  11. P

    Pickle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful place, my wife greatly enjoyed it, which is rare...had the duck and wowzas yum.
  12. f

    foodynut

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great presentation of the meals. Service was friendly and efficient. Location was beautiful! I loved the crafted drink menu. Portions were ok but the flavors were awesome!
  13. CN

    CindyN

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. Everything was wonderful!! Ben was outstanding, dinner was delicious and the view beautiful.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sept 21 2022 Dinner with Family .. had a wonderful dinner & awesome waiter!..(the halibut and the morel bisque soup was so delicious!)…sorry we can’t remember his name but he was very tall & wore glasses. He truly was a gentleman…very patient & courteous! A beautiful restaurant with beautiful views! Thank you again!
  15. EV

    ElisaV

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My fiancé brought me to the Boathouse for a nice dinner, before proposing later that evening! It was absolutely the best meal we’ve had in a long time. Our server, Dan, was outstanding - so helpful and friendly. We’ve decided we’re making the Boathouse a tradition every time we’re in TC!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner
  17. SR

    SeanR

    Orlando

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice restaurant. Great view, excellent food. Extensive wine selection. Very nice place - nicest restaurant in the Traverse City area.
  18. SC

    SCOTTA

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambience. Location has great views of the water.
  19. J

    James

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, service and views! Surf and turf for 2 was the best!
  20. 0

    01seafoodlover

    Phoenix

    192 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    192 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great patio views of the Bay, delicious foods, my husband tried his first Cauliflower steak and loved it ! Love the Boat House and our time on the Peninsula!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual everything was flawless. Dinner was amazing from the seafood tower, to the surf and turf, to dessert. This is my favorite restaurant in Traverse City!
  22. d

    drdms1

    Naples

    141 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    141 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sounds "boring" but we all chose the halibut. Outstanding halibut is not easy to find and Boathouse delivered! Perfectly cooked and paired with creamy risotto. I enjoyed the Oysters Rockerfeller as my appetizer. The best that I have eaten in awhile. Dan, our server, was delightful!
  23. l

    lzonci

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food & service. A nice place for a date night or gathering of family & friends.
  24. DD

    DavidD

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our anniversary with dinner at the Boathouse. It was wonderful. They made us feel special and the food was amazing. Our server, Dan, was also outstanding.
  25. LM

    LisaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was amazing I forgot her name but. I remember commenting on her beautiful earrings and she said it was her recent birthday gift. She knew the menu and her recommendations for my wine were spot on. Her service was stellar....
  26. DD

    DeborahD

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful birthday celebration. Always a perfect, one of a kind place for beyond excellent food and service.
  27. PM

    PattiM

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always make it an effort to come to this restaurant to eat. Love the food, atmosphere and staff!
  28. MO

    MelissaO

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely environment with beautiful views. The quality of the food and presentation is beautiful and everything was prepared to perfection. Highly recommend the burrata and crème brûlée!
  29. AY

    AmyY

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food, good wine selection, pretty setting. Steak was delicious but prices are very high. Would recommend to anyone wanting a very upscale meal in the wine country. Service was excellent.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was fantastic…
  31. K

    Karen

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal for both my husband, a carnivore, and me, a vegetarian. Ben, the waiter, did a great job. We had an awesome view. Definitely one of our top meals ever!!
  32. t

    tomg

    Grand Rapids

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Boathouse in Traverse City has become our favorite restaurant. This visit we booked an early table (4pm) as they were completely full the rest of the evening. We had a great meal (a filet for me and halibut for my wife) and as usual the service and ambience were second to none. Our server, Will, who we requested, was excellent as always. We don't get up to the Boathouse as often as we'd like but Will is our go to guy when we do! If you are looking for a memorable experience of great food, a terrific atmosphere and stellar service, I'd highly recommend the Boathouse (but remember to book early!!).
  33. SM

    SunnyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m always amazed at the consistency of the food here - everything was amazing, and the service impeccable.
  34. BN

    BobbiN

    Cleveland

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food and a wonderful view
  35. c

    cathys

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    shocked that this restaurant in rated No 1 Extremely Loud , Short staffed , food took over an hour to come out. We will no return
  36. LL

    LouLou

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server Dan was exceptional! The Boathouse was charming, as usual. My husband ordered the Halibut and he thought it was the best he has ever had. This from a man who has lived in San Diego, San Francisco and New Orleans and knows good fish! Our friend said the scallops were wonderful. The other two of us ordered the roasted cauliflower entre, which was exceedingly boring, very under seasoned and tough. Desserts were okay but not exceptional. The great ambiance and service still made it worthwhile though.
  37. RS

    RitaS

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing view of the sunset, excellent food and wonderful service!
  38. JB

    JohnB

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fabulous. Every detail of every dish was spot on and the service (ask for Kate!) was perfection. As a chef and restaurateur I am beyond words. An excellent dining experience!
  39. LS

    LauraS

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding. The food is fresh and delicious. Beautiful view of West Bay!
  40. A

    Annie

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and staff was superb!! The view was amazing too. One of the best meals we have ever had. Definitely will be 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 1334 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 32 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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