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Whitecaps Restaurant

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215 East Lake Street, Petoskey, MI 49770
+1 231-348-7092
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Scenic view, Romantic
Description: Whitecaps presents a true up north experience in a sophisticated atmosphere...
Whitecaps presents a true up north experience in a sophisticated atmosphere for both casual and formal dining. Skilled chefs create memorable dishes in a favored setting overlooking the waters of Little Travers Bay.
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  • 73
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fantastic View and Lovely Service

This is a favorite place for a group of us to get together for lunch. Whitecaps can accommodate a large group and they're very gracious to offer separate checks. The salads are enormous and tasty and the waitress was so efficient. There were eight of us and she never missed re-filling cups and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
dre51
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Petoskey, Michigan
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Petoskey, Michigan
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401 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a favorite place for a group of us to get together for lunch. Whitecaps can accommodate a large group and they're very gracious to offer separate checks. The salads are enormous and tasty and the waitress was so efficient. There were eight of us and she never missed re-filling cups and glasses and checking in with us. I've... More 

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Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Wonderful service, solid, delicious food plus a view? It all comes together at Whitecaps. The staff was attentive, food was well-prepared - and, of course, that view - even at night - it worth the experience.

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Thank 50BethP
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Our selection were very good. Appetizers were very good as well. The wait staff was very accommodating also. Only thing we didn't like was the over anxiousness to remove plates from the table with food on them while still eating.

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Thank David P
Boyne City, Michigan
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

As local residents, Each time we go we discover a new entree we like, and the servers are friendly and helpful with their recommendations as to the chef's specials

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Thank walloongirl
Petoskey, Michigan
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38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

When you go to Whitecaps you must realize you are paying for the VIEW...Their food and service is EXCELLENT.....I only wish I owned the restaurant so anyone could dine there regularly....anyway....great food...great service.!!!!

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Thank Bogett
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

We both had the maple glazed salmon with a side of diced sweet potatoes & peppers. Unusual but fantastic.

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Thank Larry D
Milwaukee
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363 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

We went to the bar to have some drinks and watch the sunset. The restaurant was busy but we could have gotten a table if we wanted one. We had a nice chat with the bartender and a few other guests. We have eaten here before and thought the food was good, but we did not have time to stay... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

Pleasantly surprised what a great selection of meals. Everything was prepared and presented beautifully Great service warm atmosphere just loved it all Will be back

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Rossford, Ohio
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Whitecaps has a very good menu and service is great, but you are paying for it. Bill for just two with appetizer and one drink each was $80+ with tip. Not for family vacation. Atmosphere is mostly adult.

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Thank Beverly C
Brighton, Michigan, USA
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

What a great place to enjoy the Petoskey water views from. The fish dishes were fantastic, service impeccable and desserts over the top.

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Thank Paul K

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 215 East Lake Street, Petoskey, MI 49770
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Emmet County  >  Petoskey
  • Phone Number: +1 231-348-7092

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 32
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Romantic

Description

Whitecaps presents a true up north experience in a sophisticated atmosphere for both casual and formal dining. Skilled chefs create memorable dishes in a favored setting overlooking the waters of Little Travers Bay.

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