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1384 Hoban Rd, PO Box 495, 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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Good for:
Families with children

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Visitor rating
  • 86
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great music and welcoming staff!

Really enjoyed music by Paul (acoustic guitar and vocal) last weekend. That, along with a great wait person and a warm peppermint party made for a very entertaining evening.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 13, 2014
Sue S
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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169 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Jamestown, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

I was really surprised to walk in the grand hotels village inn to find bartender who waited on us this winter with a full thick beard, mustache and sideburns. Beard hanging down five inches. With Mr. Mussier's passing standards have dropped a lot. Burnt coffee, bathrooms smelled and looked like they have not been cleaned in awhile. I guess manger... More 

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

Thank you for your review. I'm sorry you feel the way you do about your visit. Your comment about a grisly beard 5 inches long on the bartender is quite a bit of an exaggeration. Michael is our only bartender that grows a beard in the winter and I make sure it is clean and tasteful. Maximum of 1 inch... More 

Kalamazoo, Michigan
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Over our four days on the island in the winter, my wife and I enjoyed several meals at the Village Inn and made some friends that we will likely connect with on a return visit in the summer. The food is varied and of great quality. I enjoyed the ribs, fish fry, and a sandwich or two. Also, having Bell's... More 

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Chesterfield, Michigan
Top Contributor
227 reviews 227 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

One of only a few restaurants that stays open year round. Had a roast beef sandwich with gravy. It was just the right thing for a cold winter day.

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Novi, Michigan
Top Contributor
137 reviews 137 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The food was very good. The service was wonderful. The man playing the keyboard was fantastic. We had a nice long dinner and really enjoyed ourselves.

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We stayed here for NYE and ate almost every meal at the VI. It was really good each time and reasonably priced. The staff are great and the bartenders are really cool. Make sure you make this a stop when you visit the island.

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Really enjoyed music by Paul (acoustic guitar and vocal) last weekend. That, along with a great wait person and a warm peppermint party made for a very entertaining evening.

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Wooster
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The Planked whitefish was very good. More food than one person can probably eat. Cost was $23 but the service, atmosphere and food quality is worth the price.

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Grand Rapids, MI.
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81 reviews 81 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The locals like this place. It stays open all year. I had ribs and my wife had white fish. Both were really good and reasonable.

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Kodiak, Alaska
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103 reviews 103 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I love bloody marrys. After visiting Milwaukee it is hard to find any that even come close. But everyone says Cawthorne's are the best on Mackinac Island and one of the best in Michigan so I had to give it a try. The conclusion; at $10.50 anyone can make a decent bloody marry. I know this island is expensive but... More 

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Zeeland, MI
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187 reviews 187 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

My husband and I ate at Cawthorne's Village Inn on Mackinac Island. For a special treat, we shared an appetizer of buttermilk fried calamari rings…..delicious!! The calamari was served with roasted garlic lemon butter and the very tasty sweet chili ginger. My husband ordered the French Onion soup, which he thought was very good. I had a special of Split... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1384 Hoban Rd, PO Box 495, 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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