We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Side Door

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1200 North US Highway 31, Petoskey, MI 49770
231 347-9291
Improve this listing
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
See all hours
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Takeout, Waitstaff

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 146 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 64
  • 54
    Very good
  • 20
  • 6
  • 2
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
On the way to the UP

Good moderately priced Midwestern food in sports bar atmosphere recommended by a local. Try the prime rib if they haven't sold out

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Fort Worth, Texas
Good for:
  • Families with children
Add Photo Write a Review

146 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
77 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This would be considered to be a local bar scene stop. Interestingly enough, they have one of those little food broilers and do an astounding food business using it. I had a nice time with some local beers on tap, a great burger and a large screen TV (or, two) for watching the football game I wanted to see.

Thank KuhlHandLook
Fort Worth, Texas
Level Contributor
42 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good moderately priced Midwestern food in sports bar atmosphere recommended by a local. Try the prime rib if they haven't sold out

Thank JenniferH48216
Level Contributor
36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

We have been going to the Side a Door for a few years, each time we come up north and it hasn't been as wonderful this past year. The olive burger is still pretty darn yummy but the lettuce was wilted and there was too much olive mayo on the burger when I had it in July. I thought that... More 

Thank Allen5vaca
Don D, Owner at The Side Door, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. I will work with our staff on the issues you encountered on your visit. Our guests are very important to us and I appreciate you taking the time to let me know about your visit. More 

London, Canada
Level Contributor
33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Recommended by the hotel, and was a great place for dinner. Service was top notch, staff was knowledgeable, and friendly. Food was excellent, with a good variety on the menu. Would definitely eat there again.

Thank KandBOntario
Hyde park
Level Contributor
28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

good food quick service. Closed on Sundays. They have great steaks and burgers they also serve Mexican food Full bar. they don't have fried food.

Thank rtbutlerjr
Petoskey, Michigan, United States
Level Contributor
15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

I went there for some drinks just before my birthday. Everybody was in a great mood and even though we got there late (just before they closed) they kept the kitchen open for us so we could get some food and made us several drinks including a special one for my birthday! The hamburgers were incredible. Staff was very skilled... More 

Thank Jillian H
Bloomfield Hills
Level Contributor
30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

The Side Door is a must for Friday night prime rib. Outstanding. Sit at the bar and they give you a unique tray to hold your plate. The prime rib was generous and very tasty. Throw in a local micro brew on tap and you have a perfect meal.

Wellington, Florida
Level Contributor
21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Reasonable prices, good food, good service, lots of parking, yummy burgers, casual atmosphere, large menu. Would definitely dine there again...great place to share a meal with friends. One downside...a bit noisy.

Level Contributor
14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I was here with my wife after visiting with my mom. The food was good service was quick however we had to yell at each other and we're sure our orders would be wrong due to the very loud atmosphere. Even the server said wow it's really loud here. I would recommend this place for a couple looking for a... More 

Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The place is small, but turnover was quick. I could see the manager and staff working hard to keep things moving. Small kitchen, so it takes some time to get food. Not bad. Menu was a basic bar food, but better than average. Burgers were great, quesadillas were creative. Nice casual lounge area for waiting or for a drink. Good... More 

Thank David O

Travelers who viewed The Side Door also viewed

Petoskey, Emmet County
Petoskey, Emmet County
Petoskey, Emmet County

Been to The Side Door? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1200 North US Highway 31, Petoskey, MI 49770
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Emmet County  >  Petoskey
  • Phone Number: 231 347-9291

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children


Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The Side Door staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?