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Stafford's Pier Restaurant


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Certificate of Excellence2015, 2017 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups, Bar scene

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A tribute to the maritime heritage of beautiful Harbor Springs, Stafford's Pier Restaurant offers true waterfront dining, quite literally, as the Pier Restaurant was built on original pilings over the harbor. The Pier's Pointer Room overlooks the historic yacht basin while offering visitors a superb choice of fine cuisine. A local meeting spot, the Wheelhouse Lounge is open daily for cocktails with a complete menu. Dudley's Deck is without question the most famous outdoor dining spot in northern Michigan and the place to be each and every Fourth of July. Along with spectacular views, the Pier notes an impressive culinary team, lead by Executive Chef Rob Sargent. The Pier is always the center
$8 - $28
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night
American, Seafood, Contemporary
Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed yesterday

Had a reservation for 14 people Feb 7 they closed because of the ice storm didn't bother calling and we were all staying at Bay View a another Stafford venue We did have a great meal at the New Yorker across the street

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank brooklyne
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Yes sorry to say but all the Stanford Restaurants have the same food from day one. An occasional special but the same food. I think even the sauces are the same between hotel restaurants. Believe me no true chef but many souls chefs preparing the...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Makbluff6360
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stafford's Pier Restaurant, on the water in downtown Harbor Springs, has been a pillar of this idyllic small town for decades. The restaurant has consistently served good food, consistently provided professional service, has consistently maintained reasonable pricing, and with a fairly recent renovation, has provided...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank LouBobHarborSprings
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food, wait staff, and atmosphere was great. My husband and I went at lunchtime, and we both had oak-planked whitefish. It was delicious! We sat at a table that had a view of the beautiful harbor. Excellent dining experience.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Tammy F
Reviewed November 17, 2018 via mobile

Came here for lunch on Friday. The winter menu is great. I ordered the Turkey crisp. I am so glad they put it back on the menu! I highly recommend it. It is topped with Turkey,brie,apple and cranberry sauce. Yum!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank al0ha387
Reviewed October 28, 2018

I'm a first time customer at the Pier and it's also my last time. Went there on 10-14-18. The view is nice but I made the mistake of ordering the BBQ ribs. They were dry and very tough. Ribs should be 'bite off the bone"...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Qnorth
JodyEwbank, General Manager at Stafford's Pier Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2018

Thank you for corresponding with me Bruce, I look forward to making your situation right, and allowing us the opportunity to serve you ribs we do, falling off the bone. Thank you again for your email, and we will see you soon.

Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

Visiting Harbor Springs area for the seasonal Northern Michigan landscape, figured we would give this restaurant a go since our party loves seafood. Went on a Friday night (5:30). The main seating area was full due to reservations, so we sat in the lounge. The...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank killerseafood
JodyEwbank, General Manager at Stafford's Pier Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2018

Hello Killer, I am thoroughly surprised you did not enjoy the Piedmontese New York Strip, as that was one of our best sellers this season and loved by all. I can understand that if you were looking for a fine dining experience and felt the...More

Reviewed October 8, 2018

We have eaten at Stafford's Pier several times on our trips into Harbor Springs. We'd recommend their great happy hour which runs from 4 to 6 pm Monday through Thursday during the "off season." On this Monday evening the restaurant was not crowded so we...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Kent S
JodyEwbank, General Manager at Stafford's Pier Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2018

Kent, thank you so much for your review. We're thrilled you enjoyed our 'happiest' hour, and Bao, we love her! Please join us again very soon! Best to you

Reviewed October 5, 2018

I have upgraded my rating for this restaurant due to the great efforts the manager took to contact me regarding my dissatisfaction with the service we received. I originally posted the following review: "My friends and I were in the beautiful town of Harbor Springs...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Deb M
JodyEwbank, General Manager at Stafford's Pier Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2018

Deb, thank you for speaking with me, and giving me the opportunity to right our wrong. Please contact me at jody@staffords.com if you're in our area, so that I may help with reservations, or ensure your experience. Best to you,

Reviewed October 4, 2018

We walked to the three main restaurants that are highly recommended on the various travel websites. This one stood out above the rest right away. It has a modern nautical decor done with class. The menu was straightforward - the prices were reasonable for a...More

Date of visit: September 2018
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September 2, 2017|
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Response from 909joann | Reviewed this property |
I have been there many times and had a very bad experience when we took relatives there from out of town! We waited more than an hour for our food, when our waitress showed up she asked if we wanted to order??? The manager... More
July 8, 2017|
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Response from JodyEwbank | Property representative |
Hi Katsuan, feel free to call anytime for reservations. 231 526 6201, ask for the captains table. It is a large, semi circular booth that will seat 12 people. We look forward to your visit. Jody
Sally W
July 4, 2017|
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Response from JodyEwbank | Property representative |
Hi Sally, the outside dining does not take reservations, due to constant weather changes. If you come early enough, there's always plenty of space, For lunch 1130 is when we open. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you
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