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115 Wellington St, Traverse City, MI 49686-2666
231-946-8700
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Ranked #12 of 255 Restaurants in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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English first
Traverse City, Michigan
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59 reviews 59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

For our first visit at the Cooks' House, we arrived just on time for or reservation and were seated immediately. The chef was celebrating the birth of a grandkid, so we were invited to join in the celebration when we were presented with a glass of champagne compliments of the chef. We had the rabbit salad, shared the beef cheeks... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Cook's House focuses on local food. They take very fresh food and do just the right things to it. The trout I had on my last visit was perhaps the finest I've eaten. The wine list is fun, and I've enjoyed things I would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere like ice wine and quality sherries. There are many places... More 

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Chicago USA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This restaurant is over 300 miles from our home in Chicago but we'll be back for more! No, I don't mean we'll drive 300 miles for dinner-it's only food- and we have some stellar restaurants in Chicago but when in Traverse City this will be our #1 choice for our first dinner as it was on our recent trip to... More 

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Marquette, Michigan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This is a small and casual, yet very upscale place. The food and service are fantastic! We had an 8 PM reservation and were seated on time. Right from the start it became apparent that a great "customer experience" is part of the culture here. It was my birthday and I believe over the course of the evening every front... More 

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Michigan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I strongly suggest you book a table in advance if you don't want to be disappointed by missing out! This small venue only seats 20 and what it lacks in atmosphere is hugely made up for by the fantastic service and food. We were extremely fortunate to sneak a last-minute reservation and realize that our Good Karma Bank took a... More 

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Indianapolis
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55 reviews 55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Our server , Jason, was well versed and friendly. The other staff was equally skilled and smoothly efficient. In our party we ordered the Hanger Steak, Stuffed Chicken (a pick of our server), and the Five Course tasting. The steak was rated "best ever eaten", the chicken was moist, flavorful and stuffed with a unique sausage. The tasting was the... More 

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Shelby Twp
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

As you walk into this Victorian house you feel as if you been invited to a private house for dinner. The food is all locally sourced and well prepared to order. The wine list is extensive and features Michigan wines. A prix fixe five course is available at a good value. This is definitely a special occasion dining experience but... More 

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Metro Detroit
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This is could easily be on the top ten list of restaurants in the country. They also offer cooking lessons and other activities. I was there over the summer and wished I could have found time for them on this trip as well.

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Dexter, MI
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Quite literally, this was probably the best meal I have ever had. The setting was small and intimate, the staff was extremely friendly and offered up excellent opinions and suggestions, and the wine was paired perfectly with each course. We had the seven course meal with wine flight, giving us a portion of many wonderfully prepared items. This was a... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We have chosen the Cooks House for our employee christmas dinner two years in a row and Eric did an outstanding job both times. Upscale dining with the Frills. Small, classy, they use organic and locally sourced foods.

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Additional Information about Cooks' House

Address: 115 Wellington St, Traverse City, MI 49686-2666
Phone Number: 231-946-8700
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
Open Hours:
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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