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327 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9801
(231) 436-5578
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Food wasn't good at all. Country fried steak has brown beef gravy they put on it . Food quality was cheap . Prices were way to high for the overall quality. You would figure a place called pancake chef they would have decent pancakes . Well go to McDonald's and have them microwave you some . Cause they really weren't... More 

Thank Rich B
Cincinnati, Ohio
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you want a breakfast buffet, this is a good place to hit. I didn't want to overeat so I just stuck with a simple breakfast. The banana pancakes were great, my wife's omellette was good - and even with a buffet our order didn't take very long.

Thank BSmith_Cinci
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Ended up here for dinner because there wasn't much of a wait. We had the dinner buffet. The food was good, though incredibly salty and it was rather overpriced (16.95 per person) for what you got. Service left much to be desired. Though friendly, it took much too long to order drinks in a restaurant that was only half full.

Thank roboticalpain
Flushing, Michigan
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210 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stopped here for dinner on the strength of "Family Dining" prominently displayed on their awning. We were greeted by a friendly hostess who introduced us to their $7.99 soup and salad bar, on the way to our table. Once seated, and perusing the menu, we were struck by the high prices on most of the offerings. Family dining, indeed! A... More 

Thank Frederick B
Ortonville, Michigan
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197 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Staff were wonderfully helpful. Fish and chips were good. Vegetable beef soup and salad just ok. Both had been sitting for some time. Have been here for breakfast and they are really good at that.

Thank Sue S
Lewiston, New York, United States
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant was verry yummy! The service is friendly, helpful and fast. I ordered the pumpkin pancakes and added apples, whipped cream (real) and a side of bacon. And coffee. Very yummy food! Oh, I also got a bowl of vegetable beef soup to go for a later meal. I wish I had gotten 2 bowls. So good!! I would... More 

Thank Karen A
Lansing, Michigan
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Friendly Service Excellent food. Very relaxing very clean. Each time we went there food was served Hot and Very Tasty

Thank patriciahY5830BH
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had breakfast here middle of October when everything is basically shutting down around here. We have eaten here on another occasion and knew it was rather pricey but were limited as to where we could find breakfst at 11:30 AM. The breakfast buffet $11 each. We opted for a skillet and eggs/bacon/hash browns/toast for the same prices. It was... More 

Thank jade4577
Sand Lake, Michigan
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the place that we have to visit any time we are in Mackinaw City. The food is delicious and the staff is great!

Thank mdken73
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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62 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here twice during our three day stay in Mackinaw City. We only ate off the breakfast menu but the portions were huge. Pancakes were delicious. The two waitresses we had were both incredibly friendly. Prices were very reasonable for the portion sizes. Would eat here again if we were back in town.

Thank nessren13

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 327 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9801
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Cheboygan County  >  Mackinaw City
  • Phone Number: (231) 436-5578

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?