Boathouse Restaurant

4.8
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581 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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vipChrisB
Columbus
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Special occasion was noted at time of reservation but not acknowledged by The Boathouse in any way. We were disappointed.

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AbbyD
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was top notch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and very well portioned. The staff was very nice. The restaurant was socially distant. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the goatee, waiter, the view and food it was an amazing experience. 5 stars!

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vipTwoJakes
Cincinnati
70 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

On a get away long weekend to Traverse City. Selected the Boathouse based on reviews and input from friends. Unfortunately, the only available reservation time was very late. Despite this we had a very nice dinner and meal. We chose the surf & turf dinner for two. Pricey. We asked for medium well, but our filets we’re very rare. Should have sent them back, but didn’t want to make any scene on what was otherwise a terrific experience. Overall, nice atmosphere and very good service. Just know that going in this is an expensive meal...and sometimes that is perfectly okay.

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RhiannonK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Food, drinks, and service was exceptional!

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BillT
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! My wife and I came here to celebrate our 29th anniversary and they provided us with a nice card with a handwritten message. We sat on the deck with a beautiful view of the bay. Our server Will was awesome! He was very knowledgeable about the various entrees and treated us as though we were his only customers (we weren't). We both had the Lobster & Shrimp Bisque and the Imperial Wagyu Steak Aupoivre, which were absolutely marvelous! It was quite possibly the best steak I have ever had, prepared absolutely perfectly. For dessert we split a French Silk Torte, which was light yet scrumptious. Overall an outstanding experience, and we will definitely be back!!!

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AudraS
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was okay but nothing great or impressive to justify the cost of the meal. If your paying a minimum of $40 per plate, the food better be great and impressive and this just wasn’t there.

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doctor
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

very good food. One disappointment, our halibut was quite overcooked and dry ($42), and not really a reaction from the chef when we mentioned it to our waiter. Waiter promised fresh bread when we ordered wine at the beginning of our meal, never came..

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MeganP
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was phenomenal!!! They had to recook our steak because they overcooked the first one, so it took a bit longer. But, though we we were understanding with the wait, we still had 2 after dinner cocktails on the house. And the wait was worth it! The food is always amazing and the service is top notch! It's always one of our go to places!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible!

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VincentW
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome. Our waiter was very knowledgeable patient and the consummate professional. Please add this spot to your bucket list, you’ll thank me later. Enjoy

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AndyB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable evening. Great place for special occasion or just a nice night out. Food and service was excellent. Definitely will return.

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ChristineY
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place even with the covid. Lobster was super tender even though it's big size. They let us split everything and didn't charge us an up charge. Service was super.

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vipNikki
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was knowledgeable and loved the partitions between the tables. Everyone was wearing a mask.

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BarryD
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I always look forward to a dinner at The Boathouse. Love the place, the food, the Wine List, and of course the Staff.

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Eriepants
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband’s birthday. Lovely table overlooking beautiful sunset. Delicious dinner, especially burrata salad. Kind addition of Happy Birthday chocolate. Boathouse is one of my favorite restaurants, and I’ve been all over the world!

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iwishlast
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

good food. moderately overpriced. strangely pretentious staff. server rolled eyes when asked for a second roll for the toddler at the table. pretty unaccommodating overall and acted as if we were a bother, despite having reservations and a phone call ahead of time. it’s apparent that they have more customers than they can serve so they don’t try to hide the fact that they really don’t care. it’s nice they are proud of the restaurant, but not by losing touch with simple human kindness.

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AlanH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for date night! Food and service was excellent! Highly recommend!

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SamanthaS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a spectacular anniversary! Thanks BoatHouse staff! The food was superb and the service was exceptional. Safety precautions for the pandemic were as good as it gets!

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StephanieM
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding. I had the scallop
Risotto special and my boyfriend had the Wagyu strip and both were fantastic. We started with the crab cakes which were amazing as well. For dessert we had creme brûlée which was delicious. Drinks and drink selection were top knot here. Service was spot on and the view is out of a movie. Would definitely recommend and will go back next I’m in TC!

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Rich
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place for a special night out with a view and quiet ambiance.

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vipRonC
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing says sophisticated-quaint quite like dining at "The Boathouse". This dining spot could flourish on its spectacular setting alone... this provides all the more reason to admire & celebrate the effort placed in creating a first-class menu selection and experience.

Whether choosing the bar menu for a more casual option, or the dining room, deck or patio/lawn (for something, perhaps, a bit more formal and romantic), the food proves equally impressive. Couple this with a wonderful wine & cocktail list, and a prompt and attentive staff, and this is a can't-miss northern-Michigan dining destination.

A Traverse City treasure for sure, The Boathouse never disappoints.

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KipN
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always excellent. Had Chateau Briand, cooked perfectly and excellent accompaniments. Service from Will was excellent.

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Atre2
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reserved a month in advance to ensure outdoor seating/sunset view for our 1st anniversary celebration...the staff at Boathouse absolutely knocked it out of the park....we got the surf and turf for 2 and everything was cooked to perfection...their wine list was abundant and not outrageously priced either...would go back in a heartbeat.

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DeniseO
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from when we walked in the door to leaving the restaurant was wonderful. Beautiful view, great food and the service was fantastic!

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MichelleT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was perfect! Food prepared and plated beautifully.

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vipkjemd
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed an extraordinary meal on Friday evening. The decor,service , and dining atmosphere compliment exemplary cuisine. The fresh oysters,lobster,and steaks were perfectly prepared. Wine selection also excellent. Will definitely return but this was my best meal in the Traverse City region.

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NinaKnauf
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I came as a late anniversary trip and we were not disappointed. We'll definitely be returning.

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GregM
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our anniversary dinner as the Boathouse catered our wedding seven years ago. We were very fortunate to have Kathleen our good friend serve our table and we had our best meal in approximately 15 trips to the boathouse. Incredible evening, superb food and wonderful view make for a special experience

This is our very favorite destination in the World! Doug & his entire team especially Kathleen make the 402 mile journey epic every time ❤️

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vipDRNO
Grand Rapids
94 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience from the outstanding service from Kathleen to the beautiful sunset. Most of all, the delicious meal - everything was perfect. The whitefish is the best I have ever had anywhere. I also want to say that I was impressed with both Kathleen and the Manager in handling a customer who was behaving inappropriately. The Manager handled it discreetly and effectively. Both were a class act! Our dining experience was fantastic and we will be back. I would highly recommend this restaurant as it is the best!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Wonderful atmosphere. Very Covid Compliant. Lots of excellent options for a gluten free meal.

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MarciaP
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we’re in the area it’s a must go to! They never disappoint. I highly recommend!

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vipbullfan
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thought the food was outstanding. I ordered the special and it was great. The service was super.

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CameronP
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Highly recommend. Food and service were outstanding.

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KayleyG
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Hands down the best steak my husband and i have ever eaten. Everything was delicious. We sat outside on the “patio” area. It was pretty but it was a lot different than i expected based off of the photos online. The inside of the restaurant looks like an older cottage style breakfast place. Nothing special at all. But the FOOD. Wow. Would definitely go again just for the wagyu steak. DROOL!!

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Terre
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate dinner outside on the patio and enjoyed the beautiful sunset. Our server, Darrius, was very accomplished -- he was personable, attentive to all the details, and he made sure the meal was perfectly-paced. Oysters were delicious, salads were fresh, and surf n turf for two was so decadent. Blueberry sorbet and creme brulee desserts were a treat. The only thing we didn't appreciate were a few mosquitos after sunset, but that could be easily remedied with some bug spray. The Boathouse was a wonderful place to celebrate my husband's birthday, and we had a really nice evening!

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Markus
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Michigan! Always excellent when up north

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Nasq
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The overall experience was mediocre. The only thing that was exceptional was the morel mushroom soup. The rest of the dinner was so-so. It was definitely an overpriced meal. (We eat out often at very nice places, I would not recommend this restaurant)

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JoshuaO
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and view are worth every penny! Glad we went here for our anniversary.

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

Boathouse Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 581 OpenTable diners.

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