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618 S Huron Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
+1 231-436-5191
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4:30 pm - 9:30 am
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:30 am
Sun - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 50
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  • 22
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 19
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  • 24
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Pricey for what you get....

Stayed across the street at the Hamilton Select so we thought we'd check out the Lighthouse for dinner on our last night there. Sign out front said "Join us for all you can eat Crab" so we thought it might be a nice finish to our romantic weekend away. Very nice ambience in the dining room, but no... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
ribeye35
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Windsor, Canada
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  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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northern iowa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

The service was amazing, food spectacular and all in all worth every dollar spent. The whitefish was fresh and prepared many ways. The prime rib was juicy and tender, done to perfection. We would definitely go there again.

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O'Reilly's I, Guest Relations Manager at The Lighthouse Restaurant, responded to this review

With all the dining choices in the Mackinaw area, we are honored by your review of the Lighthouse and thank you for taking the time to write it. Our ultimate goal is to have every one of our guests experience the enjoyable dining experience you shared with the TripAdvisor forum. More 

Trenton, Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We visited to celebrate our anniversary so it was "off season"...only 2 other couples in restaurant. We both had the whitefish (they get it locally) and it was delish! Lemon caper preparation & parm encrusted. The fresh veggies & mashed potatoes were great as well and tasted home made. We shared a vanilla bean cheesecake w/ raspberry sauce that was... More 

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O'Reilly's I, Guest Relations Manager at The Lighthouse Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Mackinaw City and choosing the Lighthouse, in which to celebrate your anniversary. We appreciate your 5 star review and hope you will make our village and the Lighthouse Restaurant a favorite destination, on your travel list. More 

Shelby Township, Michigan, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

They have great whitefish almondine. Always fresh. Our waiter, John, has served us well, a number of times over the years.

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O'Reilly's I, Guest Relations Manager at The Lighthouse Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your repeat business and welcome to the Lighthouse Family. More 

Burlington
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Party of 4 all had the local Whitefish specialty. No idea what Whitefish tastes like because one was coated in Parmesan cheese and the others, supposedly stuffed, but actually smeared, with crab and shrimp goo, completely overwhelmed the taste of the fish itself. Presentation was quite nice, but at $25 or more per plate, it was certainly overpriced.

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O'Reilly's I, Guest Relations Manager at The Lighthouse Restaurant, responded to this review

Whitefish is a very popular Michigan fish, available fried or broiled in virtual every restaurant, buffet or diner in Northern Michigan. Our chef's vision, is to offer entrees, not available "everywhere else". In addition to Broiled Whitefish, our menu features Parmesan Encrusted Whitefish, Lemon Caper Whitefish, Whitefish Almondine and Stuffed Whitefish, that is topped with a crab & shrimp stuffing,... More 

Ypsilanti, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We now have our favorite stop whenever we are around the tip of the mitt and are hungry. My wife and I decided to stop and have a good meal before heading to the casino on memorial weekend. For being a busy weekend we were pleasantly surprised how good the food and service was. Our waiter (my wife says his... More 

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O'Reilly's I, Guest Relations Manager at The Lighthouse Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the 5 star review and rating. One of our goals is to make the Lighthouse a favorite of our guest and we appreciate becoming yours. As for your casino loss - - - I "wager" a dish of Chef JT's homemade Strawberry Ice Cream would help. More 

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I'm going to confirm alot of the other reviews and agree that it's a little pricey but it's totally worth it. We were not disappointed with anything as the dinner salad, bread and the coconut shrimp were all delicious!

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O'Reilly's I, Guest Relations Manager at The Lighthouse Restaurant, responded to this review

Neifi, Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. The feedback from our diners is overwhelmingly excellent, but usually those guests don't feel the need to post a review. Chef JT puts some of his Southern Florida experience in his Coconut Shrimp, which has become one of our most popular dishes. Once again, thank you and we hope... More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 via mobile

the wait staff was amazing. the hostess, Marika states all of the specials clearly and answered all the questions we had asked about it. Shelbi was our server and she always had a smile on her face. food was amazing. fresh seafood along with great mashed potatoes. we definitely will be coming back next year because of how much we... More 

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Thank you for the review and excellent rating. More 

Clinton Township, Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Great service. Great food for the area. Pricey but so is everything in this tourist-ville. We got the whitefish and the NY strip. Great restaurant!

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O'Reilly's I, Guest Relations Manager at The Lighthouse Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the excellent rating and taking the time to leave your review. More 

Windsor, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Stayed across the street at the Hamilton Select so we thought we'd check out the Lighthouse for dinner on our last night there. Sign out front said "Join us for all you can eat Crab" so we thought it might be a nice finish to our romantic weekend away. Very nice ambience in the dining room, but no mention of... More 

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O'Reilly's I, Guest Relations Manager at The Lighthouse Restaurant, responded to this review

I am sorry that you weren't made aware of our all you can eat crab special, before ordering. The special is listed on our special board in the lobby, but granted, the fill-in hostess or your waiter, should have mentioned it to you. We do have King Crab on the menu, but that is not all you can eat. Being... More 

Dallas
Top Contributor
297 reviews 297 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We first came here a year ago and really enjoyed it. Came back again this year and our server "john" recognized us and remembered we were from Texas. While I would say the food is very good having a very attentive waiter really makes the restaurant memorable. I think he personally gets satisfaction from from making your dining experience first... More 

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O'Reilly's I, Guest Relations Manager at The Lighthouse Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the excellent review of the Lighthouse. We are happy to hear you returned to Northern Michigan this year and also that you revisited the Lighthouse Restaurant. I know from personal experience, it makes for a memorable experience, when you are recognized and remembered. Hope you visit us again and let Chef JT prepare one of his signature... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 618 S Huron Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Cheboygan County  >  Mackinaw City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-436-5191

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:30 am
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 9:30 am
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 9:30 am
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 9:30 am
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 9:30 am
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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