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Whitecaps Restaurant

215 East Lake Street, Petoskey, MI 49770
+1 231-348-7092
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Ranked #22 of 80 restaurants in Petoskey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $32
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Whitecaps presents a true up north experience in a sophisticated atmosphere for both casual and formal dining. Skilled chefs create memorable dishes in a favored setting overlooking the waters of Little Travers Bay.
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English first
Charleston, Illinois, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We have been dining here for years and have not been disappointed up until now.Today at lunch my wife ordered the lamb tacos with a greek salad. The frisee in the salad was brown and the garden mix looked only slightly fresher. Our waitress was very pleasant & attentive and brought her a replacement salad. The lamb tacos were so... More

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Traverse City, Michigan
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84 reviews 84 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Although the restaurant overlooks Little Traverse Bay, it is located right on US 31. Eating on the patio is conversation-limited due to the traffic noise. The food is good but nothing that you haven't had somewhere else.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We stopped here for a late lunch before hitting the road to home; were specifically seeking a nice outdoor view. While this place does have a nice view (very small patio but not a problem at 2:30), it is smack on US31 so it is exceedingly loud with traffic. If I lived in Petoskey, this would be the deal breaker... More

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Indianapolis
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We have lunch here annually when we visit the area. It is consistently very good. It's wonderful to sit outside and view the harbor. We had lamb tacos and grilled shrimp tamales. Yum!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Was on a weekend trip with my wife and based on menu and location decided to try this restaurant expecting a nice dinner out. Atmosphere was above average. Overlooking the bay. Including some outdoor seating. Went at sunset which was nice and the sun was glaring in through the windows when not behind clouds. Noticed that there was not any... More

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Whitecaps215, Manager at Whitecaps Restaurant, responded to this review

I am sorry to hear about your disappointment with your meal. I understand your displeasure with the sun in your eyes and have informed the owners. I appreciate you forgiveness since the view is quite lovely otherwise. I wish I would have known about your concerns with the food. We try very hard to put out food that is of... More

Trinity, Florida
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53 reviews 53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

We are in our home state and love Michigan fish but only if it it done correctly. The fish was excellent. We each ordered a different version of whitewash and both were very good. Kudos for staff and food

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Petoskey, Michigan
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We always make a stop at Whitecaps when we dock the boat in Petoskey. It's so close to the marina and has such a great view of the bay. The food has always been excellent and even my mother, who is fussy beyond reason, like the food. You would have to know her to get a handle on that. She's... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We have had a number of great meals here. Last week it was lunch, the menu again has many hard to decide between options. Great atmosphere great view of the water.

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Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

My wife and I eat lunch here several times each summer they have a great selection of salads and other lunch items. The view of Little Traverse Bay is outstanding. If the weather is right they have small porch you can dine on.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

After reading other reviews and seeing their menu online, we knew we had to try this place (we had avoided it for years because we thought it was too fancy for our tastes). What a wonderful surprise and now our new favorite dining stop when we are in town! We were there for lunch and the menu offered wonderful selections....for... More

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