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Boathouse Restaurant

$$$
French, Steakhouse, Seafood, 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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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
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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  • 106
    Very good
  • 54
    Average
  • 39
    Poor
  • 25
    Terrible
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
Ask for a table with a good view

My husband and I had an excellent meal here. We hoped to see a good sunset but the shed or garage was in our way. There are lots of windows so everyone can see the water, but some views are better than others. I would suggest asking for a table with a good view when making a reservation. My... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Anne K
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Okemos, Michigan
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
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Okemos, Michigan
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131 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

My husband and I had an excellent meal here. We hoped to see a good sunset but the shed or garage was in our way. There are lots of windows so everyone can see the water, but some views are better than others. I would suggest asking for a table with a good view when making a reservation. My husband... More 

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Grosse Pointe Farms, MI.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Probably the most romantic and fantastic experience in a long while. We were seated overlooking the Harbor and served by a wonderful waitress who was patient and actually cared about our experience. Extremely knowledgeable regarding the food offerings as well as the wines. I enjoyed the Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes which was out of this world. Don't pass this one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

While it's been a year or two since our last visit, again The Boathouse did not disappoint. An oyster bar has been added with an excellent selection of fresh oysters from which to choose, and oysters incorporated into their daily appetizer specials as well. The morel mushroom soup remains a must-try, our entrees of lobster and rack of lamb were... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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109 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

That about says it. All we were expecting. Open bright interior, appropriate motif, sat by the window. Excellent and informed server, beautiful presentation, high quality food items, broad choices, perfect evening. Would return often if we lived in the area. Delectable, colorful, tasty...Pictures tell the story.

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Chicago
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We wanted to check out Old Mission Peninsula and received a recommendation to go to Boathouse for dinner. It is in a beautiful harbor setting with a wonderful view with all glass windows. We tried the frog legs and shrimp cocktail appetizers and had halibut and whitefish entrees. The food quality and presentation were very good. The cherry crisp/vanilla ice... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant is such a gem found out on old mission peninsula. Everything I have ever had here is delicious. A must visit!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The natural setting, the bay, the calm, clear tranquil water is to die for, however, I wasn't prepared to die that day because of the bad oysters! We arrived for a late lunch, about 1:30pm, on Tuesday 8.18.15. I smiled as I was so pleased at the looks of the restaurant, which looks classy and has that old lake charm.... More 

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Sterling Heights
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

After a day of touring the Old Mission Wineries we decided to stop in at the Boathouse for dinner. Even though we had no reservations, and many reservations were on the sheet, they fit us in. Must say the prices are bot for the cheap BUT they surely fit th quaility of service and food that we received. All of... More 

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Northern Michigan
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Great food, decent service with knowledgeable staff. Very friendly hostess. Good wine selection, lots of great appetizer and entree choices. They even offer lunch which is great if you want to go for a lighter, less expensive meal.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The Boathouse is hit and miss. Sometimes it's really good and other times its just ok.For the price it should always be really good.

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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: French, Steakhouse, Seafood, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic

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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