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Cooks' House

115 Wellington St, Traverse City, MI 49686-2666
231-946-8700
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Ranked #11 of 246 restaurants in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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
Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

My wife recommended this place per the review of Mario Batali and we were not disappointed. Farm to table is always our preference and the menu was diverse, not overcrowded, and well thought out. The restaurant offered an intimate atmosphere in an old house in downtown Traverse City. Living in Chicago, we expected to pay an arm and a leg... More

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michigan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We were in TC this past weekend for our 5th anniversary and were excited to eat here because we had read some really good reviews. Unfortunately the meal was just not as good as I had expected. I had the walleye. The flavors of the fish, pears and sauce was very good and my review would have been much better... More

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Shepherd, MI
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Why I love this restaurant: locally-sourced food, prepared beautifully, with attentive service, in a welcoming (not snobby) atmosphere. The seating is cozy (7 tables, close together), which may or may not be a good thing, depending on your preferences. We ended up having a pleasant conversation with the couple next to us throughout dinner. My husband and I both had... More

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Frankfort, Michigan
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46 reviews 46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

This was the second restaurant we went to during Restaurant week with the two others being The Boathouse and Bistro FouFou. The preparations here were tasty and imaginative. This is not the place to stuff oneself, but to enjoy the preparations and plating. I had the filet and love my steaks fairly rare and they cooked it to perfection. The... More

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Oswego, Illinois
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

The restaurant is very tiny (in a small living room) but the meal was outstanding! I'm not a fan of red wine, but the pairings were so perfect everything tasted wonderful. I had goat cheese ice cream for the 1st time and now I am hooked and came home to search for some. If you haven't had a wine dinner... More

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Holland, Michigan, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

It was a long wait to score a table at this tiny restaurant in an old house on a quiet street in Traverse City. Summer weekends were booked, so on a snowy cold winter evening in January, we were able to snag a reservation. The place is very small, cozy by some standards, cramped by others. The windows were dripping... More

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Traverse City, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Awesome place. Small, charming, with Michelin star quality food. Eric the chef is fantastic and the waitstaff equally superb.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

The Cooks' House has great potential, but needs some work. I wish Trip Advisor provided a rating for 'Good.' The Cooks' House is better than Average - absolutely - but not as good as 'Very Good.' PROS: 1. Atmosphere is incredible. Residential-feeling, cozy and intimate. 2. Service is top-notch. There is a high staff-to-guest ratio meaning that you are never... More

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Clare, MI
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

For those who don't know, this is pretty much a reservations kind of place. I'm not saying with certainty you cannot walk in, but chances are slim since it seats so few and has such a high reputation. That said, my wife and I were seated promptly upon arrival 5 min prior to our reservation time. We sat slightly too... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I enjoyed the chef's 7 course tasting with wine pairings here last night. Every course was perfectly prepared and presented, especially the Lake Trout. The wine pairings were excellent, too. The seating here is very limited (particularly so in the winter) so call ahead to make your reservation now or you run the risk of missing out on this tiny... More

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