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Cawthorne's Village Inn

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1384 Hoban Rd, Mackinac Island, MI 49757 (Formerly The Village Inn)
906-847-3542
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11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 114
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious, but pricey.

The food was great, but it's definitely on the higher priced end. As one of two places open on the island during the winter, we came by for dinner. Everything was great and I'd highly recommend the french onion soup. The whitefish plate dinner is enough to split (and I NEVER say that).

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
amyadamy
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Lansing, Michigan
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Mackinac Island, Michigan
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cawthorne's Village Inn is a local favorite, often frequented more than once per week by members of my household. On two recent trips, we have experienced less than acceptable service from some of the staff in the dining room. Short changing on the check, forgetting orders and addt'l food and drink requests, and being all around ignored by the service... More 

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Thank KCMackinac
Lansing, Michigan
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69 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was great, but it's definitely on the higher priced end. As one of two places open on the island during the winter, we came by for dinner. Everything was great and I'd highly recommend the french onion soup. The whitefish plate dinner is enough to split (and I NEVER say that).

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Thank amyadamy
Boulder, Colorado
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

This restaurant has small TV's in the booths inside, a great porch outside, and nice decor everywhere. The service is amazing and the food choices, which include local favorites like whitefish, match the best on the island. Our secret is the blackened whitefish sandwich without the bread; you get fillets nearly as large as the other whitefish entrees with great... More 

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Thank Dean P
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83 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

I organize an annual Island women's trip. This year there were nine of us. We chose Cawthorne's for an early dinner. As it was before 5pm..only luncheon menu available. Noted that the red plaid carpet could have been vacuumed. We sat in front and able to watch horse drawn carriages and hear the klopping of hooves, which was neat. Three... More 

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Thank UPprincess
Downers Grove, Illinois
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185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Supposedly voted best restaurants on Island per their own signage but who voted? We planned to dine at one of the top restaurants listed here on site but to get out of the downpour we rain into the Village Inn. Food was okay, nothing to write home about. Patty melt and fries were good however, the fish chowder was cool... More 

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Thank jwoge
Wooster, Ohio, United States
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

The service was great, the menu was awesome, and the drink selection was very complete. The quality of food & price would be difficult to beat.

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Thank wolverinechef
Sterling Heights, Michigan
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

My husband and I visit Mackinaw Island every year at least once and THIS is the meal we come back for time and time again. We can't attest to anything else on the menu because the planked whitefish is just the most amazing meal! Sometimes we have come back twice in one weekend because we love it so much! It... More 

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Thank Diana165
Dexter, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

The menu is Michigan comfort food. We had the fish and chips, house cheeseburger, and two in the party had ribs. The ribs were good with a peppery base. The prices were reasonable for the island. Service was prompt and friendly

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Thank pen1
Pinckney, Michigan, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

it's always hard to pick where to eat on the Island as there are many great restaurants and this one is included. We've only visited here once but we very much enjoyed the whitefish dinner and drinks were delicious. We'll likely visit again some time in the future.

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Thank Colleen M
Wisconsin
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62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Very good food and friendly service. On nice days, it is wonderful to sit on their deck and have lunch or dinner.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1384 Hoban Rd, Mackinac Island, MI 49757 (Formerly The Village Inn)
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Upper Peninsula  >  Mackinac County  >  Mackinac Island
  • Phone Number: 906-847-3542

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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