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Boathouse Restaurant

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Seafood, Steakhouse, International
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14039 Peninsula Drive, Traverse City, MI 49686
231-223-4030
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Scenic view, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
Description: French Fusion cuisine nesteled on beautiful Bowers Harbor, Deck Seating...
French Fusion cuisine nesteled on beautiful Bowers Harbor, Deck Seating available in season, Romantic location for a proposal, also available for small/medium sized weddings, come to relax and enjoy the Taste of the Big City in Traverse City. Featuring Kobe Beef, English Dover Sole and the freshest most eclectic cuisine. Come as you are, upscale dining in a resort style casual atmosphere.
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  • 620
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    Very good
  • 56
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Deal in January

My wife and I went here for dinner in January, and were happy to get lucky that there was a deal on filet. Deal or not, the meal was fabulous. Best beef dinner I can remember. I understand it is very very busy in the summertime, but we look forward to coming back when we can see the views.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I went here for dinner in January, and were happy to get lucky that there was a deal on filet. Deal or not, the meal was fabulous. Best beef dinner I can remember. I understand it is very very busy in the summertime, but we look forward to coming back when we can see the views.

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Thank rbfam
West Branch, Michigan
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The ambiance is different from what you might expect from a linen-tablecltoh type of establishment. It's more nautical and quaint I guess Id say...like a well, "Boathouse". The aptly named Boathouse is a place to impress the palate. The morel bisque was indescribably good. I think it was quite possibly the best thing I've ever put in my mouth, and... More 

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1 Thank Ben T
South Lyon, Michigan
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269 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

The Boathouse restaurant offers a very nice dining experience on Old Mission Peninsula just north of Traverse City. The drive up to the restaurant is beautiful. The restaurant is situated on a Marina and offers a nice view of the marina and Grand Traverse Bay. The food here is outstanding. We read a review on Tripadvisor about the Boathouses Morel... More 

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Thank Brian C
Chicago USA
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108 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Maybe our 5th or 6th visit here over the past 10 years. If we lived closer than 300 miles away we would frequent it more often. Financially, we're happy we don't live so close. Our most expensive meal of 2015 so far and it was my fault for falling for the word "Kobe" on the menu as that really jacks... More 

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2 Thank BavarianChicagoUSA
Tampere, Finland
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Enjoyed some really good food. Beatiful setting and the drive up there was nice too. Drive when it is still light out so you can enjoy the views. Service was excellent and so was the dood. I put some pictures couse cant remenber all the names of the dishes. Seafood was perfect and had side order of a lobster tail... More 

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Thank Veli-Pekka69
Sand Lake, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Amazing food...wonderful atmosphere. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu and offered perfect recommendations! Drinks were great, too. Can't wait to return!

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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed our wine dinner. The food was very good and the wines were delicious. One item, we booked as a party of 10 found ourselves sitting at different tables. They should have done a better job of accommodating our group. We felt that our groups expectations were not taken seriously.

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2 Thank Kerry W
Noblesville, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We made our reservations early enough so that we could watch the sunset from our table and it was a beautiful one! The food was beyond our expectations...Kobe tartare, seared foie gras, seasonal heirloom tomato salad w/fresh mozzarella, morel chanterelle bisque, juniper smoked elk rack and pan seared duck breast were all incredible! Our server, Walter was both very professional... More 

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1 Thank Julie G
Traverse City, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The Boathouse is a great restaurant on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City. It has a great view on the lake and possibility to sit out on the deck. The food is very well presented and the waiters are correct and attentive. We had a wonderful time to celebrate my birthday.

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Thank Ivanhoe0910
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I had our anniversary dinner here. We had the dinner for two which included Kobe filet, lobster, crab stuffing, potatoes and asparagus. We ate it all. The steak was the highlight. I couldn't have been happier with the meal. The service was good too. Everyone was very friendly. The place was decorated very cute, and clean. For... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 14039 Peninsula Drive, Traverse City, MI 49686
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: 231-223-4030

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 19 - 45
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions

Description

French Fusion cuisine nesteled on beautiful Bowers Harbor, Deck Seating available in season, Romantic location for a proposal, also available for small/medium sized weddings, come to relax and enjoy the Taste of the Big City in Traverse City. Featuring Kobe Beef, English Dover Sole and the freshest most eclectic cuisine. Come as you are, upscale dining in a resort style casual atmosphere.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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