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Palette Bistro

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321 Bay St, Petoskey, MI 49770-2406
231-348-3321
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Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 103
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Glad we listened!

My wife and I just visited here for dinner. I was so glad we listened to our friend's recommendation. After having bad food and awful service the previous night, this place was just what we needed. The food was tasty and inventive. Our server couldn't have been better. She was awesome. Everything... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
Mike H
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English first
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

My wife and I just visited here for dinner. I was so glad we listened to our friend's recommendation. After having bad food and awful service the previous night, this place was just what we needed. The food was tasty and inventive. Our server couldn't have been better. She was awesome. Everything about the dinner was enjoyable. I will tell... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This place overlooks Petoskey Bay, and there is plenty of seating near the windows. Service was outstanding, waitress (Laura? - tall, slender, blonde) a fun conversationalist. She seemed to take pleasure in caring for us. Very nice menu - creative, fun. Overall, thoroughly enjoyable.

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Washington, DC
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Fortunately we arrived late and managed to get the best table in the restaurant overlooking the water and watching the sunset. The were very accommodating. Only had one scallop left in the kitchen so they prepared half an order because my friend really wanted that dish and sauce.. Definitely not disappointed. everything tasty, service a little off but acceptable.

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Michigan
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

There is nothing to dislike about Palette Bistro. The view is spectacular, the food was wonderful and the service was perfect.

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Woodstock, New Hampshire
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32 reviews 32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I sat at the bar, not busy at all, but took a good 5 minutes or so to have the bartender stop by...he seemed more into making sure his lady friends dessert was ok. Menu looked great and some reviews talk really highly of this place. I got Caesar salad and a margarita pizza...just something light and simple. The salad... More 

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Petoskey, Michigan
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

When the Palette opened, it was my go to spot. Great staff and wine list. The food was innovative. The last few times recently, the food was inconsistent and the staff was inattentive. The last time, two of our party had the same entree. The side was sweet potato gratin that was raw. Like uncooked. The waiter was nowhere to... More 

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DEXTER
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We celebrated our newly engaged couple with special dinner here on a Sat. night in March. We had made reservations and asked for a special table with a view of the bay but were seated farther back than we would have liked and did not have much of a view. That was a bit of a disappointment because the view... More 

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Petoskey, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I had been to Palette a few times and had decent meals, nothing outstanding for the price. We had not gone there in approximately a year because we were just not impressed with the food and it was inconsistent. I found out they had new management and an appealing happy hour so I wanted to give it a try again.... More 

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Terre Haute, Indiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We chose Palette Bistro based on previous reviews, and our initial impression was positive; the view of the bay (albeit frozen) was pleasant, and we were seated immediately. We elected to order the Taste of Palette, which offers 1 small plate, one large plate, and a dessert for one price (portions are smaller, but perfectly adequate for our appetites). I... More 

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Ishpeming, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We have visited Palette Bistro twice on the advice of a local - wow, was she right. This is the sort of food I am used to in Chicago and New York. However, the view of the water makes this a relaxing and enjoyable spot. Varied portion size options make it almost like tapas, if you choose to sample many... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 321 Bay St, Petoskey, MI 49770-2406
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Emmet County  >  Petoskey
  • Phone Number: 231-348-3321

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Pub

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