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.
6 Oz. Lobster Tail
saffron beurre blanc
House Wagyu Filet
potato dauphinoise, parsnip pure, tempura asparagus, tomato jam, saba
Oysters & Poke
yellowfin tuna, wasabi avocado, yuzu, sesame, jalapeo, radish
The Boathouse is always exceptional. The service and food were wonderful.
Amazing food and service!
Fabulous setting, incredible food and service!! It's definitely a fan favorite!! Highly recommend!!
My wife and I looooved the food! The whole experience was amazing. Highly recommend the lobster & shrimp bisque and the surf and turf entree.
Food and service were outstanding! I would definitely recommend.
Great service, food and ambiance. The perfect combination. We will be back :)
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!
The food is fabulous. Tuna tartare is so fresh. Excellent lobster and steaks. Very unique potatoes Dauphinois. The creamed spinach is very tasty.
The food and service were excellent, as usual. We dined here last year and had to return again on our annual wine tour!
Great food, great location and great wait staff. Perfect spot for anytime of the day.
Unbelievable duck entree with curried couscous and pomegranates. Yum!
Stopped in after a long day of wine tasting and had an amazing meal. Everything was good.
Amazing food and great staff. Would definitely recommend.
Always a wonderful experience at the boathouse. They never disappoint!
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!!
Fabulous meal! The food was done perfectly, the service was outstanding, and the restaurant is quiet.
Food was fabulous as usual and Alexa was a delightful server.
Quality and quantity of the food was not worth the money.
The best Halibut ever! Accompanied by green beans, carrots and asparagus (by special request)was outstanding—all prepared perfectly.
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!
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!
The steak was amazing! Definitely worth the price. The vegetables were a little bland. Service was great! Overall, great experience.
Food and service was excellent!
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!
Beautiful location with great food. Would go back again.
Will was great
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.
Outstanding. Make your reservation way in advance.
Exquisite in every aspect, from ambiance, to delicious menu choices. We highly recommend!
Delicious food with a great view and service was exquisite
The food was delicious and the service was excellent.
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.
Great good food
Best meal I've ever had. Chateaubriand was AWESOME!!!!
My wife and I enjoyed our meal very much. I would definitely go again when visiting the area.
Great food, great service! Would come back again. Try the mushroom soup!
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!
Food is terrific, service wonderful & the view of the water is outstanding.
Had a fabulous early dinner at the Boathouse Restaurant. Can’t say enough great things about the food, staff and ambiance.
Wonderful food and great service. The view over the bay is beautiful. Well worth the drive.
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.