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Darrow's Family Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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301 Louvingney, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9670
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Bay City, Michigan
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1,230 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2,351 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This restaurant has been around MC a long time, and they know how to do things right. We met up with some friends that live in the area for dinner on a Saturday night. It was packed and we had a 20 minute wait, but that didn't surprise us. We were seated at a large booth, per request. Three of... More 

Thank tymetraveler222
Temperance, Michigan
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a must stop for dinner (or other meal) every time we come to Mackinaw City, for the past 25 years. Same great service and same great food. And yes, they serve REAL mashed potatoes!

Thank pisankirose
Cincinnati, Ohio
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went there on a Saturday night around 6:30 - had a line about 15 people deep which resulted in about a 30 minute wait. For Mackinaw City, you won't find much better food so I didn't mind the wait. My wife had the whitefish which was very good, and I had the braised chicken meal (essentially a 3 piece fried... More 

Thank BSmith_Cinci
fostoria, Michigan
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is our go to place every time we visit Mackinaw City. It is a family restaurant but the meals are quality. Especially the broasted chicken! If you expect a home cooked style meal, this is the place. Nothing fancy, just good food.They were already closed for the season when we visited and had to find something else. Very disappointed.... More 

Thank sheree101
Bay City, Michigan
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36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Its worth the wait to eat at Darrrows! The prices are good and the good is amazing. The chicken tenders are melt in your mouth good! This is a go back again and again resteraunt. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Karen F
Grove, Oklahoma
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54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful restaurant! The line was long - but moved quickly. The wait was well worth it. From the cabbage type soup to the jumbo shrimp, 'real' mashed potatoes, green beans and pie...oh my!!! Portions were large so we had to take the pie for later (made a fantastic late evening snack)! Definitely visit this restaurant when in in... More 

Thank CayugaCarol
Lansing, Michigan
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I ate here for dinner as well as breakfast. The service is fast and friendly. The whitefish is so good. There pies are also very good. For breakfast I had the French toast. I'm not exactly sure which spices they used with it but I think some orange and possibly either nutmeg or cardamom-possibly mixed with a bit of cinnamon.... More 

Thank kddrex
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here for lunch and had to wait for awhile because it was a Sunday and they were very busy (color tour time). Husband ordered the meat loaf which came with salad and bread and homemade mashed potatoes and gravy. Portion was very large - 3 pieces of meatloaf. I ordered mashed potatoes and ate one piece of husbands... More 

Thank gailb444
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped there for a quick lunch/dinner on a local recommendation and was delicious. I ordered a fried chicken sandwich and was the best I've ever had !!

Thank Heather C
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped at Darrow's on our way back home from the U.P. last Sunday. It was easy to find after crossing the bridge into Mackinaw City. We had heard they had good food, and my family was pleased. I had the swiss miss patty melt, my husband had their chili and our son ordered the meatloaf special. We were all... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 301 Louvingney, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9670
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Cheboygan County  >  Mackinaw City
  • Phone Number: 12314365514
American & Family cuisine

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