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About Camille's on the River
Camille's on the River is a 65-seat intimate upper scale restaurant featuring regional and seasonal flavors combined with upscale comfort food. The restaurant also has a space for small private dinners as well as a wine lounge with specialty cocktails and small plates.
Mt Pleasant, MI 48858-2441
Contemporary American, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
$31 to $50
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All our caterings are custom designed for customers. Contact us for your own culinary experience.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Camille's on the River Ratings and Reviews
Camille's is pricey ($36 for a steak), but the service doesn't match the prices. Our server was 19 and friendly, but couldn't speak to the wines (because she is underage), had trouble understanding cocktails that weren't on the menu (and referred to "spirits" as "spritzers," which was initially kind of confusing), and just in general didn't seem polished enough for someplace trying to present itself as fine dining.
Cocktails in general there are lackluster--they are very expensive for Mt. Pleasant (a $14 martini in Mt. Pleasant?!) and seem watered down, so maybe are shaken to vigorously? Food is a little hit or miss. We ordered a baked cheese appetizer that was creative, but lackluster. I got the ribeye, which I've enjoyed in the past, but found it surprisingly hard to cut. A previous appetizer (truffle fries) wasn't on the menu, but could still be ordered on request--so you have to be in the know!
I wish Camille's would up its game a little and work harder to be the fine dining experience it is trying for. Service needs to be more professional, and cocktails need improvement. For the same money right now, Cafe Zinc in Midland is a better option; it just requires more driving from Mt. Pleasant.
This restaurant came highly recommended from people in Northville and Novi.
We arrived on time to our 8:15 reservation (party of 6). We were promptly greeted by the host who referred to us as "Liz party". She sat us and told us our server would be right with us.
Upon reviewing the menus we received, we determined there were only 5, not 6 menus. The other menus were wine or cocktail menus. No big deal. We shared.
And then time went by (I noticed it more because I set the reservation with open table and was the host), but without water service or anyone approaching us after 5 minutes, we were all getting a little anxious.
After 10 minutes (it was officially 8:25 when I stood up), I walked back to the host stand. The host was present and I said to her "we haven't yet been greeted and have been sitting for 10 minutes".
The host then said to me, "that's weird... let's see what's going on". She then followed me back into the dining room and I sat and she went into the kitchen. Our party then sat for an additional 3 minutes. No service.
I decided to invite my party to the other side (Mountain Top I think is the name of the bar and casual side). There was no host at the stand (which is shared by both restaurants), so we walked into the other restaurant. Upon approaching the empty bar, the bartender greeted us and we told him we would like to be seated. He told us that he had no authority to seat a table and we would have to go back to the host stand.
After that, we simply left. We walked to another restaurant less than 5 blocks away. For out of towners we were truly disappointed and I was very embarrassed.
We had high hopes for enjoying a wedding anniversary dinner at Camille's to start our weekend. It did not happen! The restaurant staff did a poor job of navigating us through an unpleasant dining experience. A planned garden dining evening for other guests was abandoned after seven inches of rain flooded the garden, and forced it into the main dining room. Our meal started out okay as we were seated beside the bar and were shortly served our beverage an a very tasty Asian gumbo. Things went downhill from there!! The couple of dozen garden party guests crowded into the bar and disrupted our dinner. After about 20 to 25 minutes of neglect we were ready to leave. The staff stopped us and then seated us in their adjacent restaurant's main dining room. A suitable dinner was served with many apologies and free desserts.
The food was very good. Service was OK, not great. Biggest problem was the table. To our right was a nice look at the river. Directly in front of us was a room with a pharma sales presentation in progress. There was a curtain they could have pulled shut, but instead we were treated to a huge PowerPoint presentation on the latest drug for incontinence. My recommendation is to make sure you are seated in another party of the restaurant.
We used the OpenTable reservation but when we got to Camille's there was no confirmation that we had reserved a table for that evening. There was no problem with getting a table that night but wouldn't want that to happen if it would have been a busy night and no tables would have been available. We will try the OpenTable reservation again next time to see if it really works.
Food, service & ambiance is always great.
Told the waitress we had an event to get to, gave her plenty of time to serve the meal. She forgot to put our meal in and did not tell us until we had 10 minutes to leave. They lied and said the computers went down. Really, everyone around us got their meals just fine! Horrible experience!!!!! Had to leave without eating!!!
We were seated at the table in the turret space and thoroughly enjoyed it! Our waitress was attentive and knowledgeable and our dinners were excellent! Camille's is our favorite restaurant in Mt. Pleasant! (The bartenders make excellent classic Cosmopolitans!)
We would definitely return for a meal at Camille's on the River. The service was very attentive, the food was great, and the decor was comfortable. The parking is shared with a brewery restaurant that is attached with Camille's so it was difficult finding a spot to park. That was the only negative and with it being a Saturday night and sharing the lot with the brewery, it was understandable. I had the Salmon and added the squash soup and both the meal and soup were great. My husband had the Lamb and thought that was quite tasty but they switched the sides from a roasted vegetable I believe, to a lentil curry mixture that he didn't love. I don't recall what he had to start with but know he liked it.
We did not have the best experience. The food was not outstanding, lukewarm at best. We waited at least 45 minutes to get our meal. My drink took forever as well. The manager comped me my drink and also an after dinner wine but we just wanted a nice dinner. It was a special occasion that didn't end up being very special. The manager and waiter were very nice and tried to make up for the problems. For the $$ it should have been perfect.
The food was exceptional; the only damper on the evening was that the chef came out to explain they had run out of spoon bread and had to run out to get more ingredients! Are you kidding me? Why not simply say that you forgot our order? For a small, midwest college town, Camille's is quite a find the feeble excue for a late meal notwithstanding.
Our outstanding food was served in a very well timed and friendly manner making it a wonderful dining experience. Our friend was especially pleased with her free birthday dessert with greetings written on the plate. I appreciated booking the reservations online and receiving an e-mail confirmation/reminder. We will be back.
First visit and very impressive. Loved the service and attention to detail. Chose one of the menu items and was please and pleasantly surprised at the combination and taste of the soup and salad. Entree was very good, but glad I ordered the small portion. Would recommend for a special occasion as it is expensive.
Very delicious dinner, great service, atmosphere was very nice. The dessert wasn't what I expected (too frozen...custard-type vanilla bean with sorbet). Once it started to melt, it tasted better. The butter fish dish was amazing. The crab & mango appetizer salad very delicious! The market price for the butter fish was way out of my price/affordability range....I had to try it once, but for $32 it will be difficult for me to come back to Camille's on the River. I realize there are various other options and dinner prices, so I will most likely try to come back to Camille's for special occasions such as my wedding anniversary or my mom's birthday. I like that Camille's utilizes local growers and merchants for most or all of their food items.
Camille's is a very nice restaurant with good service. The noise level is fairly high unfortunately, and the clientele has not gotten the message that this is a venue where perhaps baseball caps, short shorts, and flip-flops are not appropriate, even in summer. It is sad that no one takes an pride in their appearance any more.
Very nice ambiance, although we had to switch tables as the air conditioner was blowing right on top of us, but staff accomodated us immediately. Food was very good with unique items on the menu that you do not see everyday. Wine list was varied, with many top wines. Menu is seasonal so it does change, which is terrific. Servings are generous, and the restaurant was open to our sharing dishes. Food came very quickly from kitchen, so we spaced when we ordered so we could have a more leisurely dinner. Our server was top notch, and well informed on the menu selections and gave great recommendations. We will return, but are disappointed that the restaurant is only open to 9:00 PM, as we enjoy a later meal and taking our time to enjoy it.
Camille's is a nice addition to the dinning available in Mt Pleasant. A good alternative to the EMBERS. That's the good news. Our server was very good, and overall the food was good. My complaint would be that my filet mingon was tough even cook to a medium pink. My husband had the Mako shark and it was good. The other problem I had and this will keep me from comming back. During our dinner about 12 guys came over from the bar at Mountaintown cause it was full and stood all around the entrance drinking and they were very loud. I don't mind people having fun but it really put a damper on our impression of the restaurant.
Absolutely wonderful!!! From the time of our reservation to our departure everything was fantastic!!! Michael is a great guy and manages this establishment with a professional and friendly demeanor. Our server, Sydney, was very knowledgable and ever so capable . We wanted for nothing except pictures to be taken outside once our meal had concluded! Excellent job!!!
Camille's is a welcome addition to the Mt. Pleasant dining experience. The food is excellent; generous appetizer portions and well-presented entrees. The service is only adequate, however. Wait staff are pleasant and attentive, but not overly sophisticated about details, particularly the timing of service. Overall, Camille's should be visited.
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