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Cawthorne's Village Inn

1384 Hoban Rd, PO Box 495, Mackinac Island, MI 49757 (Formerly The Village Inn)
906-847-3542
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Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Elkhart, Indiana
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We dined at the Village Inn on Saturday night - the food was very good, the service was excellent and overall, we enjoyed our experience. There was something for everyone from our teenage grandkids to us "oldies". Only wish we could have our dog on the patio.

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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Loved the whitefish and the friendly staff. This place is busy and the service is efficient. I'll return!

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Canton, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I went to the Village Inn years ago. I haven't been back to the Island since. I wanted to take my family to this restaurant because I remembered the delicious white fish & garlic mashed potatoes. The new plated presentation is pretty but not that tasty. The menu didn't say it was garlic mashed, I just took a chance it... More

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FFD11, Manager at Cawthorne's Village Inn, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. We are happy to hear that the spicy chicken was enjoyed. We are unhappy to hear that you didn't like our mashed potatoes that accompany our whitefish. We did get negative feedback about the garlic mashed potatoes that were served and we were asked to use regular mashed in their place. I will... More

Vernon Hills, IL
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We've visited the island several times, and always had dinner at The Village Inn. This year we noticed that the name had changed and it was now owned by The Grand Hotel. We went for the All You Can Eat Breakfast Buffet during Chicago to Mac race week. As breakfast buffets go it was fine. The atmosphere was that of... More

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FFD11, Manager at Cawthorne's Village Inn, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We are sorry to hear that you didn't like the way the restaurant was set up during your time here. I must mention this so all of our reviewers don't get the wrong idea. During the Port Huron and Chicago Yacht Races, we take all of our regular dining room tables and chairs... More

East Lansing, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Simply put, this has the best whitefish on the Island and $3.00 Oberons. We were seated quickly on a busy Friday night. The service staff was attentive and the manager made sure to thank us.

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FFD11, Manager at Cawthorne's Village Inn, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our Whitefish. We take a lot of pride when making our Signature Planked Whitefish dish and it is always good to hear such positive feedback from our guests. The $3 Oberon pint special is All Day Every Day. We try to promote Michigan products as... More

Traverse City, Michigan
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Embarked on Mackinaw Island, with wife, daughter, son, and two young grandsons in tow. Where to go off the beaten path for good, tasty grub? Answer: Village Inn. Extended family treated like royalty while we dined on blackened whitefish sandwiches (the inn favorite), chicken wraps, veggie specials, and craft beers. Service and attention to detail was spectacular. I think Emma... More

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FFD11, Manager at Cawthorne's Village Inn, responded to this review

We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. We strive to be the best in town whether it is food, beverage or service. We are happy that you feel that we are the best choice on the island. Emma does a great job and we are happy to have her as an employee. Again, thank... More

Warsaw, Indiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I had the perch basket and my wife had the white fish. We really enjoyed the coleslaw as it had raisins and pear in it. The reason for only giving four stars is we had to ask every time for a refill on our drinks.

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FFD11, Manager at Cawthorne's Village Inn, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the review. Our Perch dinner is a great seller and we are glad you enjoyed it. Our House Slaw is the Chef's version of a Caribbean Slaw. It is a pineapple juice base with raisins. We are happy to hear you liked it so much. We are very sorry that you had to ask for... More

Holland, Michigan, United States
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The Village Inn, although not the same before Grand Hotel took over, still offers decent fare. The best part is that it isn't right on the Main Street, so it isn't as busy as some of the other places. We didn't have to wait for a table. Prices are comparable to other places on the island. It has average food,... More

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FFD11, Manager at Cawthorne's Village Inn, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed everything. I'm not exactly sure what went wrong to give 3 stars since you didn't specify. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay and please visit us again on your next trip. More

Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We always look forward to our summer visits on Mackinac and the planked white fish at the Inn. This restaurant is just not the same since the Grand took it over. I have never seen it so quiet. I would love to see it updated and given some TLC! This is our last visit.

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FFD11, Manager at Cawthorne's Village Inn, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We are not really sure what you think is "Not the same" about our restaurant? There are days the island is quieter than others. You may have come in between 3-6pm and that is the slowest time of any restaurant on the island. As for TLC, we have put many dollars along with... More

Traverse City, Michigan
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

For years, this was our destination restaurant on the island. Their bruschetta was untouchable and they offered heart-healthy alternatives which are rare on the island. When the Cawthornes sold the restaurant to the Grand Hotel, the menu changed. The food is good but it's island restaurant food. Don't expect to find anything gourmet, but don't expect to find anything healthy.... More

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FFD11, Manager at Cawthorne's Village Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write a review. We are very sorry to hear that you think our quality went down when Grand Hotel took over. Actually quite the opposite happened. The quality of product went up dramatically. It appears that because the heart smart whitefish and bruchetta are not on the menu anymore you think our quality went... More

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