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Pancake Chef

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327 East Central Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI
(231) 436-5578
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 161
    Excellent
  • 157
    Very good
  • 75
    Average
  • 29
    Poor
  • 17
    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 Pancakes! BUSY place :) Friendly people!

Had a nice experience here. Pumpkin pancakes were amazing! Something so simple but so good. Service was good, place gets busy even in the off season. Will always return when in the Mackinaw area :)

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
LuvDisneyMeow
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Michigan
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Michigan
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65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had a nice experience here. Pumpkin pancakes were amazing! Something so simple but so good. Service was good, place gets busy even in the off season. Will always return when in the Mackinaw area :)

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Thank LuvDisneyMeow
Waterford, Michigan, United States
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110 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For years the Pancake Chef has been one of my favorite restaurants, Summer or winter. Yesterday, as we were headed south across the Mackinaw Bridge we exited the expressway and parked in front of the Pancake Chef Restaurant. And, when we got up to the door it was locked. The lights were off and as I looked thru the windows... More 

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Thank Chuck C
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

We were here at the wrong time it was the Zoo De Mack but we were still able to find a table. The place was packed and from a distance the food looked good. We wanted the buffet to try a bit of everything. When we got up to the buffet there were things missing and needed to be filled,... More 

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Thank Tammy C
Cork, Ireland, Europe
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72 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

On a recent trip my family and i were looking for a place to have breakfast. This place covered all the bases for us. There is a buffet with a little bit of everything, or an extensive pancake menu with lots of options. I ordered the pumpkin pancakes and they were delicious! The price was a little high but worth... More 

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Thank spacy87
Louisville, Kentucky
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56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

In downtown Mackinaw City close to all of the shops. Great buffets for both breakfast and dinners or you can order off the menu. Service is very good and the prices are reasonable.

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Thank Denny R
Detroit, Michigan
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51 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

My family has gone to this place forever. In old days it had all of the different syrups, but those days are gone, but, the pancakes are still awesome. This is a must stop when in Mackinaw.

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Thank masantirq
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

Friendly staff and good pancakes. Big portions and prices not too expensive. Close to the lake coast and many others shops, cute location.

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Thank Camilla M
East Tawas, Michigan
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

We dined here for the breakfast buffet and let me tell you if you leave here hungry, it's your own fault! The variety is outstanding and everything tastes cooked to order. The staff makes sure that all items are replaced as needed. I can't wait to go back here and have more of the pancakes! The pancakes are light and... More 

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Thank lramsdell
Mackinac Island, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

These pancakes will change your perspective on breakfast food. Don't skip out on the pumpkin pancakes but all of the pancakes are excellent. Service is great.

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Thank Danielle S
Zeeland, Michigan
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Recommended by a couple of different locals for breakfast. Service was friendly, food was hot and portions were large. Also a breakfast buffet is available.

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Thank trentmister

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 327 East Central Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Cheboygan County  >  Mackinaw City
  • Phone Number: (231) 436-5578

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?