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115 Wellington St, Traverse City, MI 49686-2666
231-946-8700
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5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 127
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
super fine

Small place, easily filled up so reservations a must. Specially crafted dishes, both for looks and taste. Tasting menu consisted of smaller portions of menu items. Good for special occasions. Wine with tasting menu was well paired but no blockbusters. Food with some unusual flavors, though nothing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
tarantilla
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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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176 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Small place, easily filled up so reservations a must. Specially crafted dishes, both for looks and taste. Tasting menu consisted of smaller portions of menu items. Good for special occasions. Wine with tasting menu was well paired but no blockbusters. Food with some unusual flavors, though nothing radical. Best seats are the stools facing the kitchen to see the chefs... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This was our first visit to the Cook's House and we truly enjoyed every aspect of it - from our attentive servers and impeccably prepared food to the intimate venue. All was wonderful. The friendly banter we had with Chef Eric Patterson was fun and watching the skilled cooks in the kitchen work together to prepare our excellent meals was... More 

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Grand Rapids
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

What a great dining experience that makes you feel like you're in a chef's home. I had heard such great things about this place and am glad that I went. Lovely cheese plate and beverage list. They could use a few more vegetarian options.

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Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Our first trip to the Cook's House did not disappoint! We'd read the reviews and were excited to experience it after making a reservation a couple weeks ahead of time. We loved the intimate atmosphere, specialized attention with various servers and an excellent wine recommendation. From start to finish, every course was beautifully presented and delicious. We started with the... More 

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Saint Louis
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62 reviews 62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

I first attempted to make reservations in August, 2014 but, at the height of the season, it was impossible to get in. Fast forward five months, I found myself in Traverse City and I got a reservation. How exciting! Very intimate place, only seven tables. Cozy. Elegant. I was seated by the pass-through from the kitchen, which was nice vantage... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014 via mobile

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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 115 Wellington St, Traverse City, MI 49686-2666
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: 231-946-8700

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?