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“Incredible Evening” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Boathouse Restaurant

Boathouse Restaurant
14039 Peninsula Drive, Traverse City, MI 49686
231-223-4030
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Ranked #11 of 227 Restaurants in Traverse City
Price range: $19 - $45
Cuisines: French, Steakhouse, Seafood, Eclectic
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Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Bath, Ohio
1 review
“Incredible Evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Beth and I had the extreme pleasure of enjoying a wine tasting and dinner at the Boathouse in January. Chef Eric Nittolo's pan seared scallops, yam puree and pine nut custard was a wonderful melody of flavor. That course was followed by a perfectly prepared rib-eye and the meal finished with a delightful white chocolate truffle. Chef Eric was also kind enough to sit down with us and discuss some of his upcoming plans for dishes as he continues to keep things lively and innovative at the Boathouse.

Thanks for a wonderful evening!!

Beth and Kevin from Bath, Ohio and Interlochen, Michigan

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
1 review
“Wild Game 2013”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Chef Eric and the Boathouse staff outdid themselves again. The Wild Game dinner for 2013 featured a fabulous "Alaskan" themed menu. The Smoked Copper River Salmon chowder was marvelous second course. The main entree "Crabbed Aggression" featured a generous portion of King Crab Legs, Stone Crab, and Crab Clusters served with only a wooden mallet!

The event features a fully-stocked open bar with numerous wine options by the glass.

The service, the meal, and the setting make for a great mid-winter break. I will be sure to put on my calander for next year!

  • Visited February 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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Michigan
1 review
“Insurmountable experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

San Diego, Chicago... they have nothing on the Boathouse Restaurant dining experience in Traverse City, Michigan! Last night's "Crab Aggression" left me with a memorable experience that put the Boathouse Restaurant to my #1 (on my personal top #10 list) of favorites, surpassing Hugo's Frog bar of Chicago and Donovan's Steak House in San Diego. A unique fine dining night with interaction and cheering for the chef, laughter, and flavors that awaken your palette. The highlight of the night was an overflowing dish of Alaskan king crab, opilio, blue crab and mussels, placed in the middle of your table, that you just dig right into with a mallet and apron! Laughter, excitement and "crab aggression" abounded! Coupling the savory selections prepared by Chef Eric, the ambiance of the inviting decor, amazing waitstaff and gorgeous scenery; is the unspoken beauty of Traverse City and Old Mission Peninsula. Make the Boathouse and Traverse City your destination on the next trip you plan. You will experience the best times of you life!

  • Visited February 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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Interlochen, Michigan
1 review
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“Amazing experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Chef Eric is passionate and you can taste it in every bite! Our server Walter was out of this world.... he got us even more excited about the meal than we already were!
Highly recommend!

  • Visited January 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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“Understated elegance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

Charming atmosphere, attentive service, artful presentation and delicious offerings. What a wonderful place this is! Can't wait to come back on a summer evening to watch the sun set. This is the best restaurant in the Traverse area. Don't miss it!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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