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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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English first
Detroit, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

On June 6, 2014, My family and I had lunch at the Village Inn Restaurant. We dined on blackened whitefish, corned beef and perch salad. We found the food good and the service by Cathy C. to be good also. Thjere was pleasant exchange of conversation between my self and Cathy. What took me for a loop was when I... More

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Indiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

I had the whitefish sandwich for a late afternoon lunch on the porch and was not disappointed! It was delicious! This was my best lunch on the island for the week. Looking forward to returning again soon!

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Lakewood, Colorado
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

The atmosphere is inviting and the food is good. You can even entertain yourself with a little TV if you are sitting in a booth. Although the fish is good, we also order the pecan crusted chicken...it was wonderful.

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

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your whitefish. We receive it 2-4 times a week fresh from Lake Superior. We have had countless remarks that it is the best whitefish people have ever had. We always enjoy hearing positive remarks about our food. We pride ourselves in quality of food and service. Thank you so much for taking... More

Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

IAs a summer resident, I loved the VI for many years. The quality went downhill a bit prior to the change in ownership and I had hoped it would improve when the Grand took over the management. Unfortunately, the only major changes were the wallpaper and prices. My mom and I had horrible burgers. One was burnt, as was the... More

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

We are very sorry to hear that you feel our quality of food went downhill when the Grand took over. I can assure you that actually quite the opposite has taken place. We use all fresh ingredients for and never frozen. Fresh garden vegetables that come in daily, fresh fish and we make all of our own sauces, soups and... More

Portland, Michigan, USA
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

In years past the Village Inn has always been one of our favorite stops when we visit Mackinac Island, but not any more. The waitstaff was nice but the service was slow. The food okay, but not great, and over priced. Just not as good as it used to be.

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

Thank you for taking time to leave a review. You didn't really specify what was wrong with anything so it is very hard for me to make any adjustments. We pride ourselves on great food and excellent service. Again, I'm not sure what went wrong with your meal but I hope you will give us another chance to make it... More

Novi, Michigan
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We love it here. Our teenage girls always eat here. They take off on their own as soon as we hit the island, but we know they always visit here. We go here every time as well. I always get the planked white fish. My son and husband try different items, but are never disappointed. The waiter this time entertained... 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 very happy to hear that you and your girls love our establishment. We do everything we can to make each and every guest feel special and keep them happy. We hope you return on future visits to Mackinac. Again, thank you for your review. More

Harbor Beach, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We had an excellent dinner at the 'VI' as the store owner who referred us called it. Yummy drinks, delicious house salad, and the planked whitefish was simply divine. Our server Emma was super sweet and took great care of us!

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

Our Planked Whitefish is our Specialty Feature Entree. It is what we are known for. Our whitefish comes to us fresh every other day from Lake Superior. We are so happy that you enjoyed it. Emma is one of our year round staff members and we are happy to hear that she passed on some of her positive energy to... More

Detroit, Michigan
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Best planked Whitefish in the area! Inside restaurant and a outside/porch seating area. They also have a full bar with local wines and beers.

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

Thank you for your review. Planked Whitefish is our number one seller. We are happy to hear that you had the opportunity to enjoy it. Thanks for taking the time write a review. More

Michigan
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

Not a big fan since they changed ownership. Food was OK, overpriced. The staff was awesome! I liked the plank whitefish on the old menu better.

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

Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that the staff to great care of you. I am very surprised to hear that you liked the Old Planked Whitefish better. We only changed 3 things. Number one we now use fresh vegetables not frozen. Number two we now use real mashed potatoes not instant. Number three we serve... More

Harbor Springs, Michigan
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Check the soup specials. the head chef makes great soups. roasted chicken corn chowderor mushroom are not to be missed. excellent burgers. friendly and nice staff

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