Boathouse Restaurant

4.8
630 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JanellS
Northern MI
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Boathouse is always exceptional. The service and food were wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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MaryM
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous setting, incredible food and service!! It's definitely a fan favorite!! Highly recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I looooved the food! The whole experience was amazing. Highly recommend the lobster & shrimp bisque and the surf and turf entree.

DB
DaleB
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were outstanding! I would definitely recommend.

JD
JohnD
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and ambiance. The perfect combination. We will be back :)

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mom and I had a great time. We were celebrating a Mother Daughter Weekend. We sat on the enclosed and heated deck, it was surprisingly very warm out there, and I actually enjoyed it more than inside because there were less tables and people. We enjoyed our time and service was spectacular. They were very knowledgeable and attending. We can’t wait to go back!

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AnaP
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fabulous. Tuna tartare is so fresh. Excellent lobster and steaks. Very unique potatoes Dauphinois. The creamed spinach is very tasty.

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GaryG
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent, as usual. We dined here last year and had to return again on our annual wine tour!

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ScottM
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great location and great wait staff. Perfect spot for anytime of the day.

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PamH
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable duck entree with curried couscous and pomegranates. Yum!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped in after a long day of wine tasting and had an amazing meal. Everything was good.

LJ
LewisJ
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great staff. Would definitely recommend.

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AndreaB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience at the boathouse. They never disappoint!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing trip on our anniversary! Highly recommend Logan if it’s possible to request a server, he was excellent! He helped us all the way through a ridiculously lavish tasting. Every course was properly seasoned, temp, timing, all of it great. We took his recommendations on several items. We have been going to sweet restaurants since we were much younger, and this would be right up there with the best of them. We had 6 courses: caviar, crab cakes, burrata salad, morel / truff soup, foie gras, American wagyu entree. Quite a great lineup and we left stuffed and highly satisfied! Worth every penny. Nice work in the kitchen and up front. High five!!

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RobertD
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal! The food was done perfectly, the service was outstanding, and the restaurant is quiet.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous as usual and Alexa was a delightful server.

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Deedee
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Quality and quantity of the food was not worth the money.

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Papa
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Halibut ever! Accompanied by green beans, carrots and asparagus (by special request)was outstanding—all prepared perfectly.

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DavidP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food here we each had a steak mine came with twice baked potatoes they were so delicious we also had a shrimp cocktail appetizer and the lobster bisque soup which was outstanding! We had a window seat while a storm was rolling in beautiful setting!

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Serena
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having eaten at many Michelin star restaurants, this place deserves one. We hadn't even had our entrees before we requested another reservation for the following night. Excellent service, delicious food, this place has earned its reputation for the best restaurant in the Traverse City area!

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SamanthaH
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The steak was amazing! Definitely worth the price. The vegetables were a little bland. Service was great! Overall, great experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent!

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KristinaW
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so pleased with our entire experience at your restaurant! My husband loved the tomahawk ribeye that Doug so graciously special- ordered when I asked, and the lobster, crab cakes, and salad was delicious for me as well. The view and service were wonderful! Thank you to the staff, especially Darrius, who did his job just wonderfully, and Doug for ensuring the night was very special for my husband and me on our anniversary as he immediately agreed to help out with the favor of a special meal. We will certainly let family and friends know of our great experience here!

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Alison
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location with great food. Would go back again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will was great

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KBurke
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I was very excited to try this restaurant and made the reservation five weeks in advance of our trip. I shared in advance that we were celebrating two birthdays and an anniversary so I thought this would be the perfect place for a special dinner.

Immediately after sitting, our server, Logan, seemed to dismiss our table and cater to others around us. To start, our waters sat empty and the server barely checked on us. One of our guest was not happy with her meal and vocalized it; he did nothing. The food was decent; but small portions and, in my opinion, overpriced. They did not do anything special to celebrate the birthdays or anniversary. When he gave the bill, there were three extra items added (totaling $60) and one of our guest removed the fish from an entree so we asked for that to be recognized. He apologized and said that was for another table and applied a small discount to the entree. Unfortunately, our entire group was extremely disappointed with the overall dining experience.

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DonM
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Make your reservation way in advance.

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JulieF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite in every aspect, from ambiance, to delicious menu choices. We highly recommend!

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Daniel
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with a great view and service was exquisite

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Jack
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

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LovePasta
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and fantastic food. It is on the pricey side but well worth it. Portions are generous and delicious. Beautiful view of the lake. Very clean.

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good food

TC
ThomasC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I've ever had. Chateaubriand was AWESOME!!!!

CJ
ChristopherJ
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My wife and I enjoyed our meal very much. I would definitely go again when visiting the area.

SJ
SteveJ
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! Would come back again. Try the mushroom soup!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous server, who was very attentive. The atmosphere was top notch! We sat on on the deck with the heaters and were very comfortable!

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vipDale
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is terrific, service wonderful & the view of the water is outstanding.

AM
vipAMCB
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous early dinner at the Boathouse Restaurant. Can’t say enough great things about the food, staff and ambiance.

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vipRandyH
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and great service. The view over the bay is beautiful. Well worth the drive.

FAQs

Boathouse Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (231) 223-4030.

Boathouse Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 630 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.