Willow

4.7
180 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Willow sits perched on historic Bay St. overlooking the beautiful waters of Little Traverse Bay in downtown Harbor Springs. The restaurant boasts an airy dining room with a rustic, yet modern atmosphere that pays homage to the beauty of Northern Michigan. Helmed by Chefs Chris and Daniel Rutkowski, the menu embodies Modern American cuisine with an authentic approach to farm-to-table cooking, in which ingredients drive the menu. Rutkowski’s style is simple, but creative and refined, with a lean on his Midwestern roots and expansive culinary rapport. At the bar, Willow is complemented by a thoughtfully sourced wine and craft cocktail program that focuses on seasonality and the freshest local ingredients.
What 180 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
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4.6
ambience
4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SkiBull
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love eating at Willow! Great to see Caitlin

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vipErikB
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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vipminnied
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

we dine here a few times a year. as usual, the food was very good. inventive and of good quality. service was excellent.

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JamesH
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I've eaten hear twice over the last month and each time the food and service was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional. Daniel was a gracious host and the food was spectacular. Can’t wait to return to HS to enjoy again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food in a friendly comfortable yet hip atmosphere

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JackieV
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m in the food business and am an extremely critical diner. We happened upon this restaurant by chance. It took me 3 searches of local restaurants to find food that looked interesting . It was truly one of the best meals that my family has had.

Low keyed. Unpretentious. Underpromise. Over deliver.

The waitress was lovely. The cocktails and mock tail delicious. My son and his friend were celebrating a major life event and we splurged on the Waygu steak. I have not and likely will never again spend that much on a meal. ThAt being said, it was outstanding , beautifully served and perfectly cooked. The potatoes served with it were amazing. Light and crispy and not overly rich.

The small plates were our favorite. Something about the vegetable stew was rich and mysteriously delicious. Short rib tacos easily enough for two with a 2 other plates and incredible

The young owner/chef came to the table and spent plenty of time with us telling us about his background and chatting up about food in Detroit.

It was a special night that we will never forget.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed and will be back. Thanks.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Key West
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails were inspired and there was something special about every course. Yeah I miss fear is very interesting, the patrons and staff are engaging. Definitely one of my favorites!

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Evan
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This place was incredible. I never leave reviews for restaurants but felt I needed to after my experience at Willow.

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DetroitFoodie
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We just had 4 small plates because they sounded delicious on the menu and we were not disappointed. Everything would sounds classical but had a twist. Sweet potato soup with shredded coconut was to inhale. Brussel sprouts with a hint of mint (and other goodness) were really good. Great crab cakes as well. Tacos we're very flavorful. The two of us had a lot of leftovers after these small plates.

Service, courtesy of Crystal G, was very friendly.

Great experience all in all.

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, wonderful food. Highly recommend.

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vipEbdy
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

It was extremely cold by the window which ruined dinner for me. Everything else was great!

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vipStephanieM
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding!

EB
vipErikB
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and owners

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vipGMinn
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent.The only complaint is that the restaurant was quite chilly on the inside. Almost uncomfortably cold.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best restaurant in Northern Michigan - fabulous food, wine, and staff. Highly recommend!

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JoeJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Willow this past weekend during the shut down pandemic. They provide a single table at the entrance vestibule with a couple of heaters for a nice intimate dinner. Food is superb and the owner/chef is attentive and engaging if you want. We'll be back for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always Amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food as well as service. Bit cold in the outdoor seating area.

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vipbliss
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was closed when we showed up for our reservation.

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Natalie
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since the pandemic shut down, it was a rare treat to dine out. Willow made us cozy in their outdoor dining space (in Northern Michigan, in January with two kids and no one complained about their comfort).

The food was delicious. We shared a lovely bottle of wine and my husband treated himself to a top shelf pour. We were so happy with our winter, outdoor dining adventure and Willow came through with tasty meals and a terrific staff.

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AllisonB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful. Service too. Everyone loved the chowder & Brussel sprouts. A fun meal. Definitely recommend!

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vipSusieV
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a Sunday evening for dinner here. The service was great and the food was absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to eat here again.

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vipLisaB
Detroit
44 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I wasn’t happy as I made the reservation months ago and asked for a regular table, not a high top. We were led to a high top and I mentioned it and the hostess was very dismissive and said it’s based on the order of reservation. This set the tone. Food was good as always but they need to mix up the menu a bit. It’s a pricey dinner and I was not happy to sit in a rickety high top table and chair. It’s the little things.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely amazing food- have been all over the world and Dined several 4star plus restaurants and this up there with one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Chef is amazing.

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vipKBriggs
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time and both times have been memorable and really love the delicious food - thanks!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and beautiful views.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Experience!

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CathyB
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really loved this restaurant! The food was amazing and the staff was excellent. Five stars for sure.

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TylerW
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch service, great people. Wonderful date night spot. Definitely a go-to spot if visiting this area!

TK
TimK
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Started with music volume on obnoxiously loud. Waitress seemed a bit bothered to be having yo serve us. My wife’s meal came out good and the sides were great, but my duck was served cold as if it had been in the window for a while.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was insane, my husband couldn’t believe how good it was, thought it was the best he’s had in a long time!

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vipJulieO
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious wonderful experience

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vipSaraK
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my mom’s 75th birthday and truly had an amazing evening! Food was delicious, service was outstanding! First time but definitely not out last!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely outstanding. Excellent service. Inspired menu that took us places we hadn’t been before. A culinary experience to remember and return to.

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vipminnied
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

we went on a saturday night and found the food to be outstanding. the service was another matter. when we arrived, the host (who was also a server) seemed confused at one point, walked away, and eventually another person (who was also a server) came and started over with us. our server was sweet, and tried her best, but she was also tending bar. long periods of time elapsed with no attention. if this was a casual dining restaurant it would not be a problem, but for a restaurant where the entrees are priced in the $40 range, one expects more. if you are short staffed, accept less reservations. social distancing was just ok. tables were a bit too close together-maybe 4 feet apart?

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vipBubba
Detroit
26 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wine!

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KrisW
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Last June 2019 we dined here twice, it was outstanding. Each plate was creative, delicious & interesting.
And the service was attentive & enjoyable.
This time was good but not great, did not feel the passion. Our server was fine but not great.

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vipMattA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the past two experiences at Willow have been amazing. The dishes are creative, not over the top and perfect. The service was outstanding. Yes, as you'll see from reviews, it's not inexpensive but from our point of view, worth it!

FAQs

Willow is rated 4.7 stars by 180 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.