Stafford's Pier/Pointer Room

4.4
158 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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With more than five decades of premier dining along Harbor Spring's waterfront, Stafford's Pier Restaurant is a northern Michigan dining icon. Its views of a historic yacht basin are stunning, and its utterly unique "over-the-water" setting makes it a wonderful destination for locals and visitors. Indoor and outdoor dining are available, and lunch and dinner menus at Stafford's Pier Restaurant include a blend of options.

The emphasis is on the fresh Great Lakes fish, but Executive Chef Robert Sargent creates other Stafford's Pier Restaurant classics. Complete lunch and dinner menus are available online, and the details of this historic establishment are intriguing.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Daily: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(231) 526-6201
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Britt Beaumont
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Private party contact
Lindsey Walker: (231) 526-6201
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bay at State
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Entertainment
Piano on Fridays and Saturdays in the Pointer Dining room
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our wait staff was friendly, helpful and efficient. The food and wine were wonderful, especially the crab bisque and lava cake.

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D
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We met there for a family dinner. It served our group well , the food was good and the views are wonderful.

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BP
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent appetizers including the Oyster Rockefeller. Whitefish on the plank has been a family fav for over 15 years. You wont be disappointed with other perch and walleye choices. The view is always a hit and outdoor dining is a plus in the summer. I'd recommend the bar scene for a cold one, a hot toddy or any of value specials they have though out the summer. Only disappointment recently was the onion rings but, why would order these here anyways. Enjoy!

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l
Northern MI
94 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We went to the Pier on Christmas Eve. I reserved on Open Table and did not realize it was a buffet. I would not have gone if I had known that as we don't particularly like buffets, especially on a holiday. However, it had a nice variety of appetizers, a salad, a couple of entrees and a nice dessert bar. Great if you like buffets!

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our 4th year taking 3 generations of our family to the Christmas Eve Buffet before church. Everyone gets what they want and all is delicious. We are happy to be able to enjoy Lake Michigan and have a special occasion dinner with family over Christmas.

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l
Northern MI
94 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great deal for the returning Pasta Nights on Thursdays! 3 sauces, 3 pastas and all the fillings to add to the pasta that the chef prepares in front of you. Comes with a salad...can't beat it!

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NM
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us thoroughly enjoyed our dinner this past Monday. Our server Chris was attentive but not overbearing. We enjoyed appetizers (the Creole shrimp is to die for), New York strip, Whitefish and scallops were all wonderful. They remembered it was a birthday and put a candle in the creme brule. Will dine again and tell everyone how wonderful Stafford's Pier is!

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K
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for always taking such wonderful care of us and our guests!

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l
Northern MI
94 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We always have a consistently good meal here at the Pier, as well as wonderful service. Food arrives in a timely fashion, is hot and very tasty. Menu doesn't change too often (which would be nice if it did) but you can always depend on the walleye and pasta dishes to be excellent. Views of the harbor are lovely with boats galore!

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DW
Indiana
33 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our favorite spot in Harbor Springs, The Pier offers stunning views of the harbor, exceptionally skilled wait staff and a satisfying array of menu items expertly prepared and presented. We always take friends who are visiting, and always get rave reviews for the choice.

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K
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always find dining at the Pointer Room an enjoyable experience. Thank you!

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E
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2015
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The Pointer Room at the Pier, has always been a class act. There are few places in the world, even less in Northern Michigan that has the ambiance, and location to dine while looking out over the harbor and the magnificent boats.

Any Stafford's restaurant will surpass your dining expectations, and they have a number to choose from throughout Northern Michigan. That's why, when my wife and I decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary, we chose the Pier. This was our restaurant of choice while we were dating. Over the past few years, we have not taken the opportunity to dine here, and therefore we were looking forward to this occasion.

We were graciously met at the door by our hostess. Soon we were escorted to our table back in a corner, but high enough to overlook the restaurant and the harbor beyond. Not ideal, but workable. In my reservation, I had requested a window table, and this was not it.

We were then greeted by our waiter, who quickly offered the wine and food menus, and shortly thereafter took our entree order, and the dining experience commenced. My wife chose the salmon, and I chose the perch. Both were good, but not great. And although our waiter was cordial, he was preoccupied. We weren't looking to make a new friend, but his inattentiveness, seemed insincere when attempts at conversation were made while serving us.

I would definitely eat here again, but I would most likely come for lunch, and choose one of their sandwiches. The Pier's evening atmosphere has changed, from a romantic rendezvous, to become more of a friendly, family, party restaurant, which matches their lunchtime. There were a number of large table groups, of family and friends, and it was obvious, they were also having a wonderful time. The Pier still operates like clockwork. Meals and service were delivered promptly.

My wife and I were not disappointed, we enjoyed the food, ambiance and ourselves celebrating our many wonderful years together.

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MM
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2015
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

The host tried to seat us AGAIN at an "undesirable" table even though there were window tables available and we had a reservation. I told the host that we wanted a better table and he was not happy with our request. We tried to call to make a reservation but there was no answer which is why we used open table.

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MM
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2015
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Hostess tried to sit us at an "undesirable" table even though better tables were open. We requested better table which we were given.

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l
Northern MI
94 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Dining at the Pier in Harbor Springs is always a treat! Lovely views of the marina. Very good service and consistently good food. Love their walleye!

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N
Toledo
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My wife and I have been celebrating near or on our anniversary at the Pier for 20 years. THe food as always was excellent but we were disappointed at the changed menu. I never expected to see hamburgers and onion rings on the menu at the Pointer Room; sure, outside or in the Chart Room but disappointing to see that one size( menu ) fits all. I think that this has pushed the dinninf experience down a notch closer to some of their competitors. We have always chosen the Pier because of the food qualiy and feeling of elegant dinning.
Our food was quite good but we were disappointed in the lack of variety, esp. in the fresh catch category, no Ahi, no swordfish, etc. It appeared that the prices have been reduced slightly to reflect the downturn in the menu and for that they are to be congratulated. Hope enough people feel as we do and Stafford gets the message.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were looking for someplace nice with good food as we just arrived to start our vacation. The menu has lots of variety that handled even our most discerning eaters. Everyone in our group made comments about how the food was hot. The view was wonderful as well. We will return.

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R
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The view is lovely and the ambiance very pleasant. But our waiter rarely came to our table to check on drinks or offer bread. He was however very attentive to the tables around us that presumably were going to have larger tabs. The salads were very good and my husband was pleased with his perch dinner. I ordered the Salmon medium well and it came out kiln-dried.

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H
Hawaii
45 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great whitefish! We have been coming here for 40 years and the food has consistently been wonderful. All Staffords establishments are very good!

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A
Miami
103 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2015
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The servers are always pleasant and helpful. The food is average. They have the best view of all Harbor Springs restaurants.

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K
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you taking care of us! We always have the best service and the food is outstanding!

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P
Detroit
28 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I ordered gluten free pasta in a marina sauce with vegetables. What I received was a bowl of sautéed peppers and zucchini. When I pointed out to the server the discrepancy she said the chef said something (?) when she put in the order and "I guess he ran out of gf pasta".

No apology or an offer to replace with another entree.

Restaurants shouldn't produce Gluten Free menus unless they are committed to providing gf food and properly training their staff.

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NR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The fish dishes were all superb, and the ambience was great. Service was attentive and the wine list extensive. The lobster salad was not good. The taste of lobster was buried under a thick heavy tomato sauce and the noodles were heavy and not very good.

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K
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Pointer Room is simply the best! We had unexpected guests show up and the Pointer Room very graciously accommodated all of us with great food, friendly conversations, and great service.

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m
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating our anniversary. We both had the Dover Sole, it is filleted at the table. The Sole was perfect. Everything about the Pointer Room, from the pleasant wait staff to the decor made our evening extra special.

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K
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Pointer Room is the best! The dish that Kevin created was OUTSTANDING!!! He is an very innovative chef. I look forward to our next visit.

Thank you for the great service, conversation, and great food.

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OT
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a wonderful night. The food was wonderful and the service was great!

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J
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We were so disappointed with the service. We've been here several,times and this is unusual. The server never came to check on us, practically ignored us. My entree was not right but I never got a chance to tell her because she never checked on us. I tried to not make a scene but she kept apologizing. The manager came to speak to us and offered us a free dessert. I just wanted to leave.

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OT
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visited on a Saturday night with a party of 10 including 4 kids. Made a last minute change to combine two reservations which they easily took care of. Everyone was happy with their food and the service was very good.

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JP
Grand Rapids
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2014
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Stafford's Pier - Pointer Room is just an excellent Restaurant to eat, have fun with friends and enjoy the great surroundings of Harbor Springs Michigan. The Service, Food, hospitality and piano music during dinner was tremendous making the Pier - Pointer Room the perfect place to enjoy a wonderful meal with the complete ambiance package for a special dinner or just an ordinary evening out with with the family especially if you are foodies. The bar area is a hoppin hot spot on the weekends and a great place to meet friends or make new friends in a separate area away from the Pier - Pointer Room Restaurant.

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F
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our realtor in Petoskey recc Staffords to us & we were mostly* pleased with our visit there for dinner. The two entrees--which included whitefish & an evening special "Taco plate"--were fresh-prepared and excellent, and the service was relaxed-but-outstanding. Since the ambiance was memorable, w. prices quite reasonable, my wife & I can see why the "haves" And have-nots of the Harbor-Springs/Petoskey region consider this establishment to be something special.
*w. the only downside--apart from being there at the wrong time, and season, to enjoy the restaurant views of Little Traverse Bay--resulted from one rather loud [free-spending, drinking & bragging] diner at a distant table. I guess clueless/classless behavior knows no class boundaries...

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OT
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Quiet, understated elegance, and food that is simply delicious. Our server (Saturday, November 8) (ashamed to have forgotten her name),was attentive, helpful and generally a delight.

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K
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are always delighted by the great food, great service, and the great environment every time we dine at the Pointer Room. I especially am very thankful for the AWESOME vegan meals! Thank you!

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Miami
103 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2014
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We visited Harbor Springs for the fall foliage. The weather was great & the food was exceptional. Our server, Korey was personable; made good recommendations and made us feel like we were the only ones there.

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a
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance with terrific views of the pier out giant windows. I noted in our online reservation that our party was celebrating birthdays and both the hostess and server (without reminder) wished us Happy Birthdays and brought a special treat after dinner. Very thoughtful. Food was delicious. Hope to return again.

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S
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Stanford's Pier is always great. The food and drink are wonderful and the view and staff fantastic! It was very noisy this time and that was disappointing. Very large tour group present. But we will be back often.

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OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was very good. Food was pipping hot out of the kitchen and tasted delicious.

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K
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Pointer Room is truly awesome! Kevin goes out of his way to create the best vegan dishes. I really appreciate the special treatment and the great service that we get each and every time we dine at The Pointer Room.

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TT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I enjoyed our dinner, the atmosphere and service at Stafford's Pier. We asked for a window seat and had a wonderful view of the harbor. It was our first visit and would certainly dine there again.

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s
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we are in Harbor Springs this is always where we go on our last night of vacation. Never disappoints. Service outstanding.

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