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“Great views” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Stafford's Weathervane Restaurant

Stafford's Weathervane Restaurant
106 Pine River Ln, Charlevoix, MI 49720-1809
231-547-4311
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Ranked #7 of 43 Restaurants in Charlevoix
Price range: $17 - $48
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Mechanicsville
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145 reviews 145 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Great views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Good food served overlooking the inlet with fantastic views of boats coming and going. The food and service were fine. The atmosphere, in a Earl Young structure, was wonderful.

Visited September 2013
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ann arbor
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“always good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Great location. Fun to sit outside on a nice afternoon and watch the boats pass by. Food is always good. Large portions and very good, friendly service

Visited September 2013
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Homer Glen, Illinois, United States
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11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Bad attitude”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

I can see why so many complain about the attitude of management. We had lunch at the Stafford’s Pier Restaurant in Harbor Springs and were on the road again when we decided to stop at Stafford’s in Charlevoix. When we arrived the bar was crowded but the tables overlooking the river were 90% empty. As a party of four, the bar was too crowded so I asked the hostess if we could have an outside table for a couple of beers. She immediately replied that the bar would be better for just beer. After I explained that we had just had lunch at “their” restaurant in Harbor Springs, AND that the bar was crowded, AND that there were plenty empty tables, she reluctantly agreed. As it was, we had a total of eight drinks, paid our bill, and left a generous tip. It’s a nice place, with a good view, and the beer was cold. But yes, management has a bad attitude. You shouldn’t have to beg to be a customer. If my income were dependent on profits, I’d can that hostess in a heartbeat.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Michigan
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7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“poor customer service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The location is wonderful, the restaurant itself is lovely, the food is quite good, but the service is terrible. The attitude of the entire staff, from the Hostess to the server, was like they were doing us a favor by being there. From the Hostesses first statement "Just a minute" to the server "plunking down the drink menu and asking "what do you want to drink"? When asked for suggestions on wine, she responded "that is what we have", pointing to the menu and she walked away and returned later and said "well, did you decide?". The food order was taken in the same manner, and wine and food were plunked down in front of us. Before my husband could finish his last bite, she wisked the plate away. I guess it was time to leave. This is a high end restaurant and we are pretty friendly people, I was shocked at the service. From beginning to end there was not a smile to be had by the staff. Sure put a damper on our first night in Charlevoix.

Visited August 2013
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Jeff S, General Manager at Stafford's Weathervane Restaurant, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
Thank you for your most recent review of Stafford's Weathervane Restaurant. I am truly sorry for your experience and would ask you to please give me a call at your earliest convenience. I am looking into this matter and want to correct any service issues at once. Thank you again for bringing this to my attention.
sincerely,
Jeff Sprecksell
General Manager
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Beverly Hills, Michigan
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97 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Not the best visit...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

The Weathervane restaurant has a great location, nice atmosphere and so so food. The food is just okay for the high price. My issue with the Weathervane is the attitude of the staff. To order a drink you just about had to throw something at the bartender to get his/her attention. Neither of the bartenders even seemed to care about the customers. I never saw one smile come over their faces. After noticing this I looked at all the wait staff walking by and around me. THEY ALL SEEMED MISERABLE! No one was smiling and they looked pissed! I know its a hard job, but come on put a fake smile on and pretend you want to serve your customers. The bartenders definately didn't deserve the 20% tip I left. Very disappointing visit.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Jeff S, General Manager at Stafford's Weathervane Restaurant, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
Clark,
I am sorry for your experience in our cocktail lounge. Please call me at your earliest convenience so that I can get further details and invite you back to our establishment.
Again, thank you for your review on Trip Advisor.
sincerely,
Jeff Sprecksell
General Manager
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