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Cawthorne's Village Inn

1384 Hoban St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757-5151
+1 906-847-3542
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good25%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1384 Hoban St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757-5151
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A wonderful dining experience.The service from our waiter (Miles) he was very attentive to needs. Very honest on what I asked about my food selections. The French Onion soup was the best, highly recommend if you like. Best planked white fish on the island. Very...More

Thank Tybonn
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Asked the waitress if we could sit in outside dining with our dog. She said it was fine. Then this jerk in a blue polo comes out and tells us that we need to tie out dog out in the street while we ate. I...More

1  Thank Brooklyn C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were outside looking at the menu when the manager came to talk to us and explain their specials. He was very friendly and funny! We came in to eat and the food was superb! My son had the planked whitefish and devoured it. My...More

Thank Amy D
Reviewed 1 week ago

We always enjoy going to this restaurant. Crystal our waitress is so professional and making sure all of our needs are met. The planked whitefish is a specialty and always done to perfection. We will always keep us coming back to this place and keep...More

Thank John K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We sat outside on the porch and two of us ordered what was supposed to be one of the daily specials. It was a BLT. There was no mayo on their version of a BLT, but there WAS a spicy cheese and very little bacon...More

Thank jonchaley
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cannot review food because they would not accept us! We had our small cocker spaniel with us and wanted to sit on the patio. They refused us even though they are listed and advertised, including the visitor info booth, as pet friendly.

Thank Charlene B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the things we wanted to do while visiting Mackinac Island was to enjoy some Whitefish. As we walked around the corner and saw the patio with the sign above, Home of the planked whitefish, we just had to try. We were seated on...More

Thank charlotteM776
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Every year we come to the island we eat here due to my love of whitefish. Their planked whitefish is the best around.

Thank MichiganFam3
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hoban St intersects Main, and this is just a few steps up from Main. Great atmosphere, great, service, great food!

Thank emailjt
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Service was not bad, but very "Hi, what do you want." Had a minor hard time having the details, sugar etc. on time. I had the short ribs. It was definitely a good piece of meat, but there needed to be some juice. Overall, acceptable,...More

Thank thurlow3
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1384 Hoban St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757-5151 (Formerly The Village Inn)
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Upper Peninsula  >  Mackinac County  >  Mackinac Island
  • Phone Number: +1 906-847-3542
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For 37 years, Cawthorne's Village Inn has been a favorite Mackinac Island destination of locals and tourists alike. In fact, it has consistently been voted one of northern Michigans best restaurants! A half block off Main Street, on Hoban Street and straight up from Shepler's Ferry Dock, sits “the VI,” where summer visitors can dine on the outdoor patio and watch a passing parade of horses, carriages, bikes and walkers. Originally opened as the Village Inn in 1981, diners enter below a hanging sign announcing its house specialty, Planked Whitefish, which has garnered international acclaim. We also feature other Great Lakes fish, fresh from waters in and near the straits of Mackinac. Inside, enjoy your favorite sporting event on the indoor televisions and take your chance at Keno and pull tabs. You can also enjoy live musical entertainment on select evenings and seasonal bar specials.
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