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The Side Door

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1200 North US Highway 31, Petoskey, MI 49770
231 347-9291
Today
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 56
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  • 50
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A "Can't Miss" dining experience.

This is a definite Petoskey dining staple. Beer selection is very good, Burgers are always great. Especially fond of the Olive burgers. Served with potato chips. Two suggestions. The restaurant does not serve fries or onion rings, or deep fried mushrooms because there is no deep fryer, so I am... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
John R
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West Bloomfield, Michigan, Usa
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Williamston
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This business is never at a lost for a full parking lot and a noisy inside. Perhaps the low ceiling lends itself to amplifying the noise. Service is excellent and we found out that they can handle parties of 30 or more. The owners wife owns another popular eating establishment called Mim's, a Mediterranean themed restaurant. This isn't the place... More 

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Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, USA
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47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The Olive burger was great! Personally, I would have preferred a few more olives - but, the average clientele may not have. It was definitely far better than I expected. I feared that the "olive mayo" sauce would be too heavy on the mayo - it was not. My husband also enjoyed his meal and the drinks were great. The... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Cool bar/restaurant with a frog theme. Low lighting and nice big TV which was playing golf. Nice atmosphere. The server was friendly but seemed to be fishing for pity when she mentioned all the shifts she was going to be working in the upcoming week--kinda awkward. The food could have been executed better. The stems were left on the cilantro... More 

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Manitou Beach, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Every time we are in the area we have at least one meal at The Side Door! Nice menu, reasonable prices, capable and pleasant staff...you won't be disappointed. I get the same thing every time....the Chicken Ruski Wrap. Can't be beat!

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West Bloomfield, Michigan, Usa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is a definite Petoskey dining staple. Beer selection is very good, Burgers are always great. Especially fond of the Olive burgers. Served with potato chips. Two suggestions. The restaurant does not serve fries or onion rings, or deep fried mushrooms because there is no deep fryer, so I am told. Really??? Also, bring back the pool table that resided... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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33 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Food was average bar food. I had a spinach salad that was acceptable. The Chips and Salsa were $7.69 with below average taco chips. (My salad was cheaper than the chips and salsa). Decent craft beer for $5.00. Good place to escape the tourists, but would not be a destination restaurant.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Signs pointed to this place for the best olive burger. It really was pretty good. I ordered olive burger with bacon and mushrooms. Only improvement would have been if fresh mushrooms used instead of canned. The rest of family loved their burgers too. My daughter took one bite of hers and it dripped all over her lap...very juicy! They must... More 

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Clarkston, Michigan
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67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This bar and grill has great ambiance! It's fun and the kids loved it. We had the olive burger, the Big Momma burger, the seafood pasta and the blackened chicken pasta. ALL were great! Convenient location in Petoskey.

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Cheboygan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I go to the Side Door about once a week! Nothing fried at this restaurant/bar...great food and drinks! I've had practically everything on the menu and it all good!!! You won't be disappointed!!!

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Clifton, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This is a busy large and noisy bar/restaurant with ample outdoor seating in the back. I say that to define it against other 4-dot restaurants in the area that are higher end. In Petoskey it is sometime difficult to figure out on TA which "good" restaurant is a diner and which is a tablecloth joint. This is not a tablecloth... More 

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Additional Information about The Side Door

Address: 1200 North US Highway 31, Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone Number: 231 347-9291
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Emmet County  >  Petoskey
Open Hours:
Monday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:00 am

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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
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?