Willow

4.8
157 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.
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
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4.6
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vipSusieV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

LB
vipLisaB
Detroit
41 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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.

KB
vipKBriggs
Raleigh
13 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!

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

Great service and beautiful views.

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
1 review
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!

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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!

JO
vipJulieO
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious wonderful experience

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vipSaraK
Indiana
5 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
40 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.

MA
vipMattA
San Francisco
6 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!

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vipLisaB
Detroit
42 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very very nice. Excellent menu. Very small but perfect farm to table presentations. Good quality drinks and excellent and efficient service. We will return.

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SunshineSeeker2015
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

grilled peach salad, creamy dressing, walnuts, bacon, sooo good! And the heirloom salad on bruschetta, outta this world! Filet with a potato pancake that is undescribable, Soo Soo good, and Detroit zip sauce. Highly recommend!!!

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Cap4
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around. Will definitely be back!

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SaraA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful evening. Chelsea our waitress was extremely personable and attentive. Dinner /food was delightful. Atmosphere warm and inviting. I would go back again and again

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipHappyDiner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always special food, excellent wine choices and terrific service

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vipDonnaR
Chicago
100 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Carefully crafted cocktails, creative menu and preparation and attentive, friendly service were the hallmarks of our dinner. We reserved the only outdoor table the restaurant has and enjoyed quiet conversation overlooking the bay. We highly recommend the restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Our family of three sat at the outside table and enjoyed the view of the bay. Food and service were outstanding. Could be special date or a really great everyday meal. But you feel satisfied enjoying their fantastically prepared meals. We especially loved their fish entrees. 5 Stars!!!!!

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vipLizzy
Naples
18 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Ate at bar. They did a good job!

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MonicaL
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall1food4service5ambience3

The service at willow was great. The dinner was good but over priced. My biggest complaint was that I had reserved the outdoor one month prior to the reservation. On the day of the reservation I was told someone else had the table. Not to worry though, they do social distancing and we would feel comfortable inside. Once we arrived it was obvious that there was no social distancing. They were at 100% capacity. Every seat was filled and tables very close to each other. The bar was completely full and all seats were normally spaced. We asked to speak to Dan the manager to ask why he had lied to me earlier in the day. He refused to come to table to speak with us. We will not be returning to this restaurant.

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vipSunny
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top restaurant of the summer in Emmet county by our standards!

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vipHappyDiner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had one of the best meals we have ever had ! Imaginative preparation, attentive service, perfectly delicious food and a good wine selection.

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scottj
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant in Harbor Springs. It was a little pricey if you have not already checked the menu before going.

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vipLisa
Cleveland
85 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistency is everything in a great restaurant. The filet is always a winner. We had a Tomahawk for 2 which was fabulous. Excellent wine list.

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JanT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic. Food was extraordinary! Great selection of wonderful wines. It was a great experience as always!

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RalphR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was very enjoyable. Sat at the bar by our preference, great service, excellent food. Vey good drinks and wine.

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NancyM
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting up with friends!

ME
vipMarthaE
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Willow....the food, the service, the atmosphere is amazing!
The mushroom ravioli is incredible!

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vipAafern
London
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Very slow service. Steak overcooked. No apologies. Expensive for food quality and service.

MO
vipMOOK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again it was outstanding. Having dined at Willow five times in two weeks, I was about to say we may have overdone it but in fact you cannot dine there too many times.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most amazing food and great ambience. A must for anyone in Harbor Sorings!

TW
TangoWhiskey
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Best staff! Wonderful wine list.

MO
vipMOOK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always.

FAQs

Willow is rated 4.8 stars by 157 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.