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The Lighthouse Restaurant

618 S Huron Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
231 436 5191
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Ranked #28 of 45 restaurants in Mackinaw City
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Allen Park, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

I opted for 2 of the specials....the Seafood bisque and the Eggplant Parmesan...both were outstanding! Nice dining environment, friendly...knowledgeable staff, prices are on the higher side but not outrageous. Glad I stopped in.

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Treasure Island, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Admittedly there was a bus load of us, but the wait staff seemed flustered by all of us -- and they knew we were coming! Once things settled down seating wise, it took awhile to get just water, let alone a different beverage. We had also sent the dinner choices a day ahead but there was still a mix up... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We ate here on a stopover trip. The atmosphere was great and the food was delicious. My husband had the eggplant parmesan which I am sure not too many people try at a seafood restaurant, but it was very delicious. I had the whitefish which was excellently prepared. The presentation was also very good and creative. Portions were huge! This... More

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

Debora A; We are happy you decided to try the Lighthouse and that we were able to please both you and your "picky" husband. ;-) Thank you too for spreading the word that we are a completely new restaurant, that has to overcome the previous negatives on this site. John Theeck, Jr. More

Baltimore, Maryland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Food was great. Some of it was a little overpriced. Staff was friendly. Nice decor. Very clean. I would visit again.

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

SatisFactionRequired; Thank you for the positive review and taking the time to write and post it. Our staff has a lot of pride in the Lighthouse, which your review reflected. I hope the next time you are in Northern Michigan, you do indeed visit us again. John Theeck, Jr. More

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

My wife and I visited this restaurant June 5th, 2014 for dinner after viewing the menu online, and both had an idea of what we wanted. Upon arrival at The Lighthouse, we learned that the menu had changed and the dishes we had planned on ordering were no longer offered. However, our server went and talked to the owner and... More

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

Byrong21, I do remember your visit. You and your wife sat on the side of the restaurant by the windows. We are basically a new restaurant, that has a previous history, menus online, including this site, that we are unable to remove or update. I was happy that we were able to prepare the chicken dish your wife requested and... More

Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

Had Parmesan crusted whitefish. It was good and the price was not that much more that a popular family restaurant. There was nothing super special about the food, but it was nice to eat in an adult atmosphere

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

pcsdy, thank you for the review and taking the time to compose and post it. We are glad you enjoyed your Parmesan Whitefish, but wish it had been something special for you. We are striving to have the best prepared meals in Mackinaw as our ultimate goal and will take note of your review. I hope you will do us... More

Traverse City, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We came here because the man working at the hotel we stayed at (Bridge Vista) recommended it to us. The food was excellent. It was nice to see a restaurant like this in Mackinaw City. Mackinaw could use more places like this.

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

sallys, We are proud of the new Lighthouse Restaurant and appreciate your encouraging words. John Theeck, Jr. More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This restaurant is under new ownership the food here is great I highly recommend this place, the atmosphere is upscale and the waiter we he'd new what he was doing and reccomened the crabcakes as an app and the walleye as an entree it was awesome some of the best fish I've ever had at a restaurant I will be... More

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

Bethany T, Thank you for the review and very happy you enjoyed your dining experience at the Lighthouse. In addition to our excellent homemade crabcakes, Chef JT is always offering new appetizers. His Bay Scallops over steamed spinach is proving to be very popular, as is the calamari. John Theeck, Jr. More

Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Me and my hubby were up here staying at the Comfort inn the recommended the lighthouse to eat at plus we got 10% off the food was fantastic the mango salsa was amazing and they have a live lobster tank so you can pick which one you want!!!

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

Ronda G, We are basically a new restaurant, with a new menu, chef, kitchen and remodeled interior, that have to overcome the past reviews and build a new following. We at the LIghthouse are glad you decided to dine with us, enjoyed your evening and took the time to leave us a favorable review. John Theeck, Jr. More

Dallas
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197 reviews 197 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

This restaurant was recommended by the front desk clerk at the Hamilton and after reading trip advisor reviews I said no way would I go there. When our local friends arrived they too said they wanted to try it because it had new ownership and they had seen things on Facebook that were positive. I was extremely reluctant to go... More

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

Thank you for the review and making the decision to give our restaurant a try. We are basically a new restaurant with new management, new chef, new kitchen and remodeled interior. You have the distinction of being the first review at the new Lighthouse and we are pleased your experience was outstanding. John Theeck, Jr. More

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