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Boathouse Restaurant, Traverse City, MI

Boathouse Restaurant

4.9
4.9
1422 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 21 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 1,422 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
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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

    Great for outdoor dining

  • 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

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Northern Michigan

    Romantic

  • Northern Michigan

    Great for scenic views

  • Northern Michigan

    Good for special occasions

  • Northern Michigan

    Most Booked

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  1. KG

    KGOwens

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were both outstanding. Our server was very knowledgeable and led us to the delicious mushroom soup my husband and I both really enjoyed. Would recommend to anyone in the area for an upscale experience that delivers on all accounts.
  2. RB

    RnBinNV

    Las Vegas

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We treated our daughter and son-in-law to a mid week dinner at the Boathouse. It was very good, but not quite outstanding. I had the lobster but a little disappointed that it didn’t come with drawn butter. My wife had the Walleye which I tried and was very good. The Morel soup was very good but could have been warmer. It sounds like I’m nitpicking, and to a degree I am, but for the price it should have been “outstanding “. All in all it is a very nice restaurant and we will definitely return. Take these reviews with a grain of salt. It really isn’t fair to judge with only one experience. I look forward to trying other entree’s.
  3. F

    Farndog

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great every time. The salad, filet, and walleye were all outstanding.
  4. B

    Barbara

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had and excellent dinner, wonderful service, lovely ambience and a stunning sunset!
  5. g

    greencon

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is a MUST for fine dining when visiting Traverse City!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toledo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals I’ve had.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a great experience the other night at Boathouse! The food was absolutely phenomenal and was some of the best food I’ve had in the state of michigan! The appetizers were great and I’d highly recommend the sea scallops! The service was also great! Our server Dan was so attentive and was very knowledgeable and helpful with us about what to order! We came here for a birthday celebration but I will for sure be coming back if we are in the area!
  8. MJ

    MarkJ

    Detroit

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had duo surf & turf, and it was one of the best meals of 2022!
  9. B

    Bhamguy

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great culinary experience. Loved everything!
  10. ML

    MarysueL

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner!! We go every year to celebrate our anniversary.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was superb, as was our waitress’s service. We arrived (accidentally) a half hour early and the team was very accommodating.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. We’ll definitely be back!
  13. j

    jcaestecker

    Orange County

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply marvelous! This is a tough place for reservations in the summer but offseason is the best. Food was lovely -- tempura fried asparagus was divine along with PEI oysters. Entrees of fresh walleye and elk chops were beyond compare. Server Tim was witty and entertaining and did a great job. Wine prices were surprisingly reasonable. All in all it was a wonderful dining experience. Please go!
  14. MI

    grtmealsMI

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Boathouse is our favorite restaurant for special occasions and never fails to delight us. From the ambiance to the wonderful service, we have always had a wonderful meal. Even better, this year the enclosed deck is open for service when weather permits. This restaurant takes extra steps to make you feel valued as a patron.
  15. TB

    TaraB

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    High quality food, expertly prepared. Lovely location.
  16. MO

    MaryO

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most wonderful place to dine in Traverse City. You will be glad you took the ride out to the Boathouse on Ild Mission Peninsula!
  17. PW

    PaulW

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great venue and dinner was outstanding.................................................
  18. D

    Dave

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent waitress ( Mary) she was attentive, informative & friendly. The food was deliver hot & to order it was a fabulous meal & evening.. always spot on a delight
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience and everything was exceptionally tasty! Thank you!
  20. CO

    ChuckO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Always clean and efficient, well decorated for the season but not overdone. Looked like a good crowd early even though the weather conditions were abysmal. The food was very good: soup and large shrimp, followed by surf and turf for two. A bottle of Conundrum to begin was a good start. Our waiter was friendly and efficient throughout. Always enjoy The Boathouse, especially on our anniversary. Not only because it's nearly the only restaurant open on Christmas Eve, it's a quarter mile from our home, but because it makes the day a little more special than it already is, considering the celebration at hand. We supported the restaurant during the pandemic but the only real way to enjoy The Boathouse is in person, and on-site.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent birthday dinner for my wife and enjoyed all the food. Server was excellent and we enjoyed the entire experience. Forgot credit card and Logan contacted me immediately. Luckily I live right across the street. Thanks to Doug and his exceptional team for always a memorable night 1st in class experience! Kudos to the Chef(s).
  22. T

    Tara

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Small portions. Food was average. Waiter was friendly and attentive.
  23. NY

    NancyY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time to the Boathouse. Service was outstanding and so was the food. We will be back!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the Boathouse!
  25. NH

    NathanH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Among the finest around traverse, my Visit to the boathouse exceeded my expectations, just as it has in the past. Delicious food, welcoming service and the best setting possible, I will find every possible excuse to return. East coast oysters l that were deliciously briny, to the best morell and chanterelle bisque, and amazing beef preparations…. Hats off to the chef and will for curating this experience.
  26. WL

    WilliamL

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dan , our server was exceptional. Knowledgeable, professional and efficient. He made sure we had a lovely evening!
  27. JR

    JamesR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dinner in years! Perfectly cooked and served
  28. KG

    KennethG

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary and had a wonderful meal. Thank you again for a fabulous time!
  29. PM

    PamM

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For most of time at The Boathouse we were in a area by ourselves; big windows to view the bay and the absolutely stunning sunset. It was our wedding anniversary celebration and we were greeted many times with "Happy Anniversary". The food was outstanding and plentiful! The service was exceptional!
  30. MB

    MichelleB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was friendly and helpful explained menu items and offered suggestions. Wall to wall windows for views of the beautiful bay at sunset. The food was spectacular from the appetizer to the meal.
  31. DA

    DAKZ

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family get together, great service and food as always.
  32. M

    Marc

    Detroit

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was fabulous as was the food!!! Our server Ben was just the best. Very attentive, courteous and suggestive. A very memorable dinner for my wife and I. We will be back when we're in the area.
  33. DM

    DuckMan

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit. The ambiance, setting, service and food were all first class. Kathleen was very helpful and professional. We will go back
  34. GF

    GregoryF

    Western NC

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    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
  35. PC

    PaulC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

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

    SNDThomas

    Oklahoma City

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    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...!
  37. SM

    SarahM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! Loved the view. It was perfect for our anniversary.
  38. 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!!
  39. 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!
  40. TB

    TaraB

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 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!

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 1422 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 21 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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