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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: Drinks, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 26
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The plank whitefish was great!

We really enjoyed the plank whitefish $24/each) and the Boneless Wings ($11) were also good. The one sauce for the wings was primarily Tabasco sauce. For as busy as it was, we got great service, too. You do get a discount if you are staying at the Grand Hotel. :)

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
Bruce C
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Sharon, Connecticut
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  • Families with children
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Sharon, Connecticut
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182 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We really enjoyed the plank whitefish $24/each) and the Boneless Wings ($11) were also good. The one sauce for the wings was primarily Tabasco sauce. For as busy as it was, we got great service, too. You do get a discount if you are staying at the Grand Hotel. :)

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

Thanks for choosing us for your dining experience. We are happy that you enjoyed your time. Just to make a correction, our wing sauce does not contain any Tabasco what so ever. We use Frank's Red Hot Wing Sauce as our primary sauce in both our boneless and traditional wings. The boneless wings are tossed in a combination of Wing... More 

Marietta, Georgia
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Friendly wait staff greeted us at the door and seated us immediately. Each booth has a small TV which allowed us to enjoy watching the USA women win the world soccer championship while we dined on a meal of delicious planked whitefish and our favorite wine. This restaurant is owned by the famous Grand Hotel and provides outstanding service.

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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 that you enjoyed your time with us and were able to watch soccer in our booths. We hope to see you again soon. More 

East Dundee, Illinois
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We ate here for two evenings, excellent planked whitefish which seems to be a favorite of many, surrounded by 'piped' mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables. The second night we had burgers which were very good as well. Like everywhere else during race week, they were crazy busy but we never felt rushed, service was good and friendly.

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

We are glad to hear that you didn't feel rushed and had a great meal with great service. During yacht races the place is packed and we try to get people in and out quickly. It nice to hear that you enjoyed your meals with us. Thanks again and we hope to see you next time. More 

Davie, Florida
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97 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed dining outside for dinner. Our waitress was very nice, and our food good. My husband had the pork chop dinner, and I had the fish and chips. This place is part of the Grand Hotel, but very casual and off the main drag downtown.

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

Thank you. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. Mackinac Island is such a great spot and our street side patio is perfect for people watching. More 

Florida
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44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I wanted this to be as amazing as I heard it was. The presentation is phenomenal and the veggies that are piled on top are very tasty but the fish is definitely lacking in flavor, as are the potatoes that are piped around the board of fish. The service was pretty good, we had a large group and the server... More 

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

Thank you very much for your review. Our Planked Whitefish is our signature dish. We are very happy to hear that you think the presentation was wonderful. As for the bland flavor, that's what whitefish is. We lightly season it with paprika and salt and pepper. That's how whitefish lovers want it. It is a very mild light fish. Thanks... More 

Iowa City, Iowa
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38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I enjoyed the fried perch daily special. Finger-size bits of tender fish, batter dipped and fried, with cole slaw. I substituted baked potato for french fries. Two other guests at my table shared a whitefish plank, with mashed potatoes shaped as if by a pastry chef. A reasonable value. If you don't get local fish, however, there is not a... 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 happy to hear you enjoyed your fish dinner. Our number one best selling entree is our signature Planked Whitefish. We sell more of them than any other entree on our menu. We feel that the rest of the menu is traditional american fare. That's what our target demographic is. We have... More 

Jerome, Michigan
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

The restaurant was almost a full house and we were with a family gathering of 15. Didn't faze the staff a bit...and with the quick service from the kitchen, we apparently didn't throw the food prep team either. The menu is a bit shorter and I think it pays off. Everything we ordered was delicious, from the kids' menu to... More 

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

Thank you so much for your kind words. It means a lot to us knowing you were completely satisfied. Please know that because of the cost of getting things to the island things are a little more expensive here. With that said our food and drink prices are very comparable to everyone else in town. Thank you again. More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The whitefish planked dinner is outstanding and one of our favorites. It is a generous amount, very flavorful, and prepared correctly. It never disappoints!

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

Thank you so much. We are happy to hear that you keep coming back for our Signature Planked Whitefish. To us it is a staple of Mackinac Island. We will continue to serve this very same dish each and every year. Thank you and we hope to see you again on your next visit to Mackinac. More 

Circleville, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We were there for dinner on the Friday night of the July 4th weekend. We were expecting a crowd (there was) and possibly slow service (there wasn't). The service was very prompt and attentive, and the food was delicious and on our table within 20 minutes or ordering. The staff was very busy and was working as a team to... 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. It is always nice to hear that guests see how hard we work together and keep a team dynamic. It makes things so much easier for us to work together and in return keeps all of our guests happy. We hope you spend next July 4th with us as well. More 

Charlevoix, Michigan
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66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We ate on the porch and had a tasty dinner in a more casual setting. Portions are huge so come hungry.

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

Thank you so much for your kind words. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. It is very much our goal to fill our guests up so no one leaves hungry. We hope you join us again on your next visit. More 

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Additional Information about Cawthorne's Village Inn

Address: 1384 Hoban Rd, Mackinac Island, MI 49757 (Formerly The Village Inn)
Phone Number: 906-847-3542
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Upper Peninsula  >  Mackinac County  >  Mackinac Island
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
Cuisine: American

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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • 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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