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Thistle Pub & Grille

American, Seafood, Contemporary, Pub
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12500 Crystal Mountain Drive, Thompsonville, MI 49683
800.968.7686 Ext 5100
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 44
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  • 25
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  • 9
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  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Disappointing! Limited Menu! Pricey!

My birthday favorite in the past. We love to go and see the slopes (we are snowshoe people, not skiers) and see the families enjoying the great outdoors. We went on a Thursday night, knowing weekends are very busy hoping a short wait would get us a nice quiet table. There was a 45 minute wait... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Mary Kay G
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Michigan
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Michigan
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My birthday favorite in the past. We love to go and see the slopes (we are snowshoe people, not skiers) and see the families enjoying the great outdoors. We went on a Thursday night, knowing weekends are very busy hoping a short wait would get us a nice quiet table. There was a 45 minute wait mostly because two rows... More 

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Thank Mary Kay G
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Cole and his manager were great people to bring a smile to your day. The atmosphere was laid back and relaxing, they went out of their way to make sure that we were taking care of, and that's what makes this little pub so amazing

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Thank Charisse G
Alpha, Illinois
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to eat here as we were staying at the resort. Given the prices we were expecting good food. Salad was below average and went downhill from there. Had the pulled pork sandwich, usually a safe bet for pub food, probably the worst bbq pork I have had.

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Thank Tkcurry
South Bend, Indiana
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If I could give this 3.5 stars I would. Some items are excellent: lobster bisque, chipotle meatloaf, smoked trout spread to name a few. However, my Sea Bass was over cooked, and the service was just okay. My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and it didn't feel like a special dinner. It's definitely the best place to eat... More 

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Thank SBmarti
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate at The Thistle twice during our stay at Crystal Mountain when nothing else was open. The food was good but a little fussy and a little pricey for pub food. The service was average. The specials were the same two nights in a row. We were surprised there was no view of the ski runs. It's an easy... More 

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Thank Bjkueb
East Grand Rapids, Michigan
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We ate lunch at the Thistle. They were able to get us a table with virtually no wait, but they were way understaffed and it took us almost an hour and half to eat and cash out. They food was good and we will eat here the next time we are skiing.

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Thank thedupins
Madison Heights, Michigan
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Arrived late after a long day of sight seeing. Was pleasantly surprised we could have more than cafeteria carry out. Sat outside next to a fire and enjoyed dinner and drinks. Good food. Good service.

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Thank Drowlett18
chicago
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

The food here is average and the wait is ridiculous. They do not take reservations and there is not much waiting area space. It is jammed pack with people coming off the ski hill.

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3 Thank onesmileygirl
Chicago
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Overpriced mediocre food. Chef needs to quit trying to be so Creative. Attempts to come up with various types of neauvau cuisine fail miserably. They need to stick to the basics basic grilled steaks or chicken and fish would be so much better-- that's what most skiers and golfers would prefer. They didn't even have baked potatoes last time we... More 

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1 Thank Chriskes
Barrington, Illinois
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

The meal was ok. Good portions. Nothing memorable. Odd menu with some Turkish items, pub fare and miscellaneous entrees. Truffle fries, lobster bisque were good. Burger ok. Cherizo meatloaf not good. Service ok.

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Thank Don V

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12500 Crystal Mountain Drive, Thompsonville, MI 49683
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Benzie County  >  Thompsonville
  • Phone Number: 800.968.7686 Ext 5100

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Contemporary, Pub

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