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215 East Lake Street, Petoskey, MI 49770
+1 231-348-7092
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Whitecaps presents a true up north experience in a sophisticated...
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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Good for:
Romance
Outdoor seating
Scenic view

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Visitor rating
  • 54
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Terrific Food and an Unbeatable View!

I picked Whitecaps for a lunch meeting - they had emailed about a pan sauteed perch special and it sounded like it would fit with my "win by losing" diet. WOW was I pleased! Very reasonably priced and so delicious - it was a perfect amount of food and the fish was beautifully prepared - so tender... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
JenBro007
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Petoskey, Michigan, United States
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
  • Scenic view
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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102 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Petoskey, Michigan, United States
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

I picked Whitecaps for a lunch meeting - they had emailed about a pan sauteed perch special and it sounded like it would fit with my "win by losing" diet. WOW was I pleased! Very reasonably priced and so delicious - it was a perfect amount of food and the fish was beautifully prepared - so tender and flavorful. People... More 

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Engadine
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I was with my family and had wonderful food. The steaks and fish were wonderful, the salads great. I love the different sauces and flavors they put together as they are always delicious. We have eaten there several times and have recommended it to many friends and family. Desserts were heavenly and the cocktails are always great! Service was wonderful!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

My husband and I ate here for Valentines Day. He made a reservation and they talked up their special Prix Fix for the evening. I was so excited because they had lobster tail as one of the entrees. We were seated at a great table but our waitor didn't get to us for close to 10 minutes, but that was... More 

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

My husband and I stopped here for a late lunch (2pm). We were the only people in the restaurant, so I am assuming they are more of a dinner place. Do starters, I ordered the chili and cornbread, and he had the lobster bisque. Both were good, just not great. For entrees we had the flatbread on special and the... More 

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Kalamazoo, MI
Top Contributor
124 reviews 124 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

One of the best casual lunches with friends we've had. Food was excellent and server was the best! Well pleased!

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Cheboygan, Michigan
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We tired Whitecaps because of a gift card we received. We had driven by many times but just never thought of trying it. I had whitefish with a caper/wine sauce and my wife had some sort of chicken. The service was good and so was the food but for what we had we thought it was a bit pricey. The... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Came up for Festival on the Bay from Traverse City. Walked around downtown and were checking out all the restaurant menus. We decided to try Whitecaps. First we were seated right by the window (too chilly for patio). Our waitress, Regan, approached us right away for drinks. She explained the specials and was very knowledgeable (I'd never heard of Airplane... More 

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Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

title says it all. Good service, good view and great Whitefish! The smoked fish dip was very good also.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

We used to frequent Whitecaps with every trip to Petoskey but have stayed away the past few years due to poor food and atmosphere quality. This July we went back with our teenage kids and loved the food. In fact we returned a couple nights later to eat again. Whitecaps takes reservations which is a plus with hungry teens although... More 

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Riverview, Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We had dinner at Whitecaps because of their menu we viewed online and the various offerings. We had the calamari appetizer; light, lemony sauce, fresh diced tomatoes. Then the roasted beet arugula salad, fantastic! Entrees were the whitefish and walleye dishes, fresh and light, absolutely delicious! Roasted green beans were seasoned very well, rice pilafs were very tasty. Our waiter... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 215 East Lake Street, Petoskey, MI 49770
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Petoskey
  • Phone Number: +1 231-348-7092

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 32
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, Scenic view

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