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“Terrific food edges out shaky, seasonal service...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Grey Gables Inn Restaurant

The Grey Gables Inn Restaurant
308 Belvedere Avenue, Charlevoix, MI 49720
231-547-9261
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Ranked #7 of 43 Restaurants in Charlevoix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $31
Cuisines: Eclectic
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: US 31
Richmond, Virginia
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93 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
“Terrific food edges out shaky, seasonal service...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2011

First, the good news. The food. It's uniformly delicious. Not especially creative. Just the basics done right. Our crew ordered a representative sample of the restaurant's entrees. Prime rib, cooked perfectly. A lamb shank that was exceptionally flavorful. A spectacular mushroom carbonara pasta that took advantage of the region's mushroom offerings and showed off the chef's command of Italian. And roast duck that tasted the way duck should taste, prepared "rose" with just the slightest hint of a foie gras finish. The bad news? Not horrible, but annoying in a restaurant where the food is so darned good. The seasonal help. Our waiter, a college kid with more on his mind than waiting tables, was shockingly incompetent. He began by opening our wine without showing it to us "so it would breathe..." and, of course, when he brought it to the table, it turned out not to be the wine we'd ordered. No, he didn't just get the year wrong. He got the whole damned thing wrong... country, variety etc.! Oh, well, things eventually improved, and the food won us over, as it will, you.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Durango, Colorado
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“BEST Food in Charelvoix”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

Wow what a meal that's all i have to say! me and my husband went the other night and were blown away with everything. where do i start.... you first walk in and you get a feel of an old Victorian home so cute and great Atmosphere. we then sat down and looked at the menu,which has a modern twist but also some great classics! i got the crab cakes it was an appetizer but it was fantastic!!!!! then for dessert chocolate bread pudding!! to die for! WE LOVE THIS PLACE and will be going back every year!! MUST go to! :)

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Apache Junction, Arizona
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“This Place Was Fantastic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

I really loved Grey Gables. We are using them for our catering in our upcoming wedding. Everyone was SO professional and very nice. We had wonderful service and the food was fantastic. We wanted to try the dishes that were options for the wedding menu. I was expecting tiny trays, but we got full servings! . While we were there, there was another event going on in another section of the restaurant for local vendors to come and set up a booth, and it was done so perfectly. It wasn't distracting from our meal at all, and all the vendors were also very professional. Overall, it was just a great experience

  • Visited November 2010
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Traverse City
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27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Average food; poor service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2011

Want butter for your baked potato? You'll have to ask.
Want the sauce that was supposed to come with the entre? You'll have to ask.
Want your salad? You'll have to ask.
It was that kind of experience. The waitress was clearly annoyed to have a job that she didn't deserve and I'm with her on that one.
The food was okay, but not great and not worth the price.
The Wedge, with blue cheese and bacon, used a fairly flavorless blue cheese--where do you get that anyway? and bacon that had been cooked a long time before it was served.
They said they were known for their mushroom bisque so I ordered a bowl and got a cup; it was good, a bit sweet for my taste. But that may just be me so don't fault them there.
I'm reluctant to be too critical of a place having been there only once; every establishment can have an off day. And many others have recommended it.
But, really, I wouldn't go back. There are too many other good restaurants in the area to take a chance on this one again.

  • Visited March 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Montclair, New Jersey
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“Great food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2011

Great food. Comparable to many very nice restaurants on the east coast. In a league of their own in Charlevoix.

Visited August 2010
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