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Boathouse Restaurant, Traverse City, MI

Boathouse Restaurant

4.9
4.9
1830 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

10:30 PM


Booked 28 times today

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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 1,830 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
  • 4.9Service
  • 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

1,830 Reviews
  1. MikeH

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

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

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Larry

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. JeffF

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. DougB

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited on restaurant week and had a tremendous meal with excellent service. We had a gift certificate that prompted us to eat there. It’s a little pricey but the atmosphere was great and it was a good value because of the special pricing during restaurant week.

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  24. LindaK

    Northern MI

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another wonderful dinner at the Boathouse. Just excellent!

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  25. chrism

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and Brian was fantastic in making sure our evening out was perfect. Still one of our favorite places in Traverse City!

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  26. Moisteice

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant location. Food was high end delicious. Service excellent!

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  27. Fran

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful time at the Boathouse. Celebrating my birthday there was a treat! The staff were kind and helpful. Food was excellent. Didn’t feel rushed. Would highly recommend it to everyone. The Boathouse is on the pricier side but worth it.

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  28. MrsT

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exquisite dinner per usual! My favorite restaurant week annual dinner. Wedge salad, surf and turf, lobster was exceptional, carrot cake was out of this world.

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  29. EdCEd

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We sat on the patio for restaurant week on Thursday evening. The heat was very inconsistent. The service was great. Both of our lobsters were very salty. Of course, the sunset was beautiful.

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  30. Lintonmc

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were there for restaurant week and the surf and turf was amazing. One of our favorite restaurants for restaurant week.

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  31. DyanA

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good was amazing and my diet restrictions were honored with no hesitation. Was so good!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for the restaurant week menu and price. We both had the surf and turf. It was really really good. To accompany that we chose the Boathouse salad with the fresh mozzarella and that was good too. Personally I’d choose a different dessert next time. We both had carrot cake but I felt there was too much frosting and not enough cake.

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  33. DebraK

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, an amazing view of West Bay. The lobster and filet cooked to perfection.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent dinner! It was restaurant week in Traverse City so we were able to enjoy a great dinner for a reasonable price. The steak, pork shank and trout done to perfection

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  35. PamR

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was my first visit to the Boathouse. The entire staff was wonderful and the food was exceptional.

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  36. chrism

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always a great night out. Our favourite place for catching up with our friends and enjoying a great meal with outstanding wine.

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  37. ScottR

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is superb, and well presented. The wine list is extensive, and includes many moderately-priced good quality wines. Owner Doug Kosch is often in the house greeting guests. His staff is well-trained and attentive to the guests.

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  38. Molly

    Northern MI

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best gems in grand traverse county. Feels like I’m eating top chef food at home.

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  39. Charlotte

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, beverages and service were outstanding. It was the first Boathouse experience for my partner and they said it was the best food they have ever had. Thank you for participating in restaurant week and posting a menu as early as you did as well as allowing reservations at the same time. It is super helpful for planning ahead.

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  40. KathyR

    Northern MI

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Ordered surf and turf. Soup was good but was Luke warm. Steak was very good and good temperature. Couscous was good. Lobster tail was not up to par and not warm.

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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 1830 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 28 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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