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“Impeccable service.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Stafford's Bay View Inn

Stafford's Bay View Inn
2011 Woodland Ave, Petoskey, MI
800-258-1886
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Ranked #17 of 84 Restaurants in Petoskey
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Swartz Creek, Michigan
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Impeccable service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We ate the Thanksgiving buffet at Staffords this year. We have eaten here many times and stayed at the Inn. The service at any of the Staffords establishments is just great and friendly. The buffet was beautiful and food delicious like homemade. Stafford was there carving turkey and ham.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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“Cozy and tasty food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Stopped in during a color tour. My other three guest were equally impressed with the quality of the food and the friendly service. We travelled from Greenville, Mi, but we all agreed we would make the drive just for their soup and salad!

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Parsippany, NJ
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133 reviews 133 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
“A charming restaurant in a charming inn”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We stopped here for lunch - and it was excellent.
Even though we were on a top quality tour, the choices of food were varied and delicious.
Service was excellent as well. We were treated to a chat by someone affiliated with the inn (the owner had already gone south) about the history and decor of the establishment.
We then viewed a few of the rooms upstairs.

Good food - service - ambience!! We recommend!!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Northern Virginia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
“Classic Lakefront Inn, Wonderful Dining Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We chose the Stafford's Bay View Inn for dinner on our last night in Petoskey, partly based on the few reviews on this site.

We took our kids with us - ages 10 and 11. It was a bit of a splurge, but we were camping and wanted to have a nice dinner.

We made a reservation and only waited a few minutes for our table. Our server was wonderful and very attentive.

Our salads were fantastic. Mine had local fruit in it with a berry vinaigrette that was delicious.

My husband and I had the chef's special, which was a perch filet and medallions or beef tenderloin with a side of mashed potatoes and a vegetable. The entire plate was delicious! I've never had perch before and loved it. Very mild with light seasoning.

My daughter had the tomato bisque and enjoyed it. My son ordered the pork tenderloin served over a bet of potato pancakes with a side of red cabbage. He said it was very good.

We were too full for dessert, but our after dinner treat was watching the sunset on the lake out on the lawn by the lake. Gorgeous.

As others have said, there aren't many reviews for this restaurant, but if you're in Petoskey and want a nice dinner, this is the place to go.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Can't Believe This Restaurant Only Has 2 Reviews”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We were riding bikes along Lake Michigan and decided to have dinner at this restaurant which sits beautifully on Lake Michigan with a great view from the dining room. Service was excellent and food terrific. I love chilled fruit soups and they just so happened to have a Chilled Cherry Soup which was very tasty. We then had the blue cheese wedge salad again very good and to top it off they had Whitefish on the plank and it was very tasty, tender, and quite frankly the best whitefish I have had, perfectly prepared with baked mashed potatoe. I know Petoskey has many good restaurants but this one should not be missed!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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