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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
East Lansing, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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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Traverse City, Michigan
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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
Senior Reviewer
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
4 helpful votes 4 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
30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
84 reviews 84 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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

Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Excellent grilled whitefish served on a large wood plank with potatoes. $3 beer drafts. Perch was great as well. Nice seating on the porch with view of the town.

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

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our Signature dish the "Planked Whitefish". We sell hundreds a week this time of year. The $3 Oberon is the best you will find on the island anywhere. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and we hope you visit us again on your next trip. More

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We normally eat here each year but we understand it has new ownership. The meal was fair and quality average. The place was not crowded but it was very noisy so to have a normal conversation we had to be very loud. The quality and atmosphere were not what we recalled from our previous visit and we were disappointed.

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

Thank you for taking time to leave a review. We are sorry that you didn't enjoy your visit with us. I have never heard of the restaurant being too noisy before but maybe there was a large group at the bar and it carried over to the dining room. You didn't really specify what if anything was poor about your... More

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

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

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal. Most of all we are happy to hear that you got to engage with Cathy. She is one of our very best and has been with us since we took over the restaurant 3 years ago. She... More

Indiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

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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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 your Blackened Whitefish Sandwich. Our Chef makes his homemade slaw that is a pineapple base with raisins. That accompanied with our lime cilantro Aioli put on top of Blackened Whitefish on a Ciabatta Bun make this sandwich our best seller. Thank you for taking time... More

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