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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Seafood, Contemporary, American
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed January 12, 2022

We enjoy coming here for the lake view. In the Summer they have quite a bit of outdoor seating. Inside they have a whole wall of windows facing the lake and the views are very relaxing. I think the best way to enjoy this restaurant...is to have a drink and an appetizer, or light meal. The sunset last night over the lake was spectacular. We did not take my advice above and we had dinner. My wife had the salmon and it was a bit dry. I had the Osso Bucco and it really had not been cooked as long as I like. I like it falling off the bone and this wasn't too that point. The seasoning was good, but I would say the whitefish dip appetizer was the highlight of the meal. The actual dinners were good, not great and the view was magnificent. The service was very good and we enjoyed the experience, I just wish the food was a bit better.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed October 5, 2021

Used to be a great neighborhood restaurant with great food. Service is still good but the food has gotten really bad. Someone needs to buy this restaurant and hire a real chef it is a great location. I live 1/4 mile away on lake and...it’s a shame we can’t get a restaurant with a better chef than the local McDonald’s.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed July 15, 2021

We took my sister-in law here with her friend when they came to visit. The location was stunning, appetizers were good and the drinks were strong. The only reason I am giving it a 4/5 stars is because there seemed to be some confusion on...our order and the dishes were not correct. We were also given food we did not order. The staff was friendly and took care of the issue right away. We will be visiting again!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed July 12, 2021 via mobile

The ambience outside was perfect, the food was excellent and sangria was unparalleled. Gabe was a marvelous waiter! Try the watermelon salad, whitefish dip and the cauliflower bowl: all delicious!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed January 15, 2021 via mobile

In difficult times, and limited by Michigan’s current dining limitations, Cove Lakeside created a way to dine outside and be inside. They upgraded storage Pods with sliding glass doors, interior lighting, and fireplace space heaters. There are posters on the walls, and a Bluetooth speaker...for music. They have very good Covid safety protocols. Their regular menu was available. Our server- Kennedy - was very gracious, and helped us keep on schedule without us feeling pushed. The food was great.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed July 31, 2020 via mobile

Dining Out across the U.S. has significantly changed (if it’s even available). We selected the “Cove” for its location on West Lake and it was OPEN! This restaurant was a terrific choice for its commitment to safely and responsibility in operating in public. The menu...was tempting and the food was tasty. Our server (Brendan) was delightful and displayed measures we had not even considered to ensure our health protection. This was a fun evening and dining out made better by the Millennium Restaurant Group. THANK YOU !!!More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed July 30, 2020

Maybe it was a good thing there was no greeting, as it was difficult to decide where to sit. Even with outdoor lakeside seating available, it was decided to dine inside. It is a somewhat trendy atmosphere, with a nautical theme and great views of...West Lake. A request was made to slightly delay the serving of dinner so it would arrive at the time of the sunset. This occurred, with impeccable timing. The “Great Lakes Whitefish” had a fine taste. There was very good service for the duration of this visit.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed February 22, 2020

My wife and I hadn't been to this restaurant since being kids for Jason's Cove back then. Amazing how beautiful this facility and setting on the lake is. The Staff and Manager were terrific. Our waitress Jenn was awesome and they all made our 22nd...wedding anniversary fantastic! Loved all of it and your food is outstanding. We can't wait to come back!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 1, 2020

Great food, great service, spectacular view. A nice casual vibe with fun cocktails. Love it! We will return.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed October 1, 2019 via mobile

We were celebrating a recent retirement and chose The Cove. The restaurant is lovely and we enjoyed Troy's (manager) personal touch. My husband had the cod and said it was delicious. I really enjoyed the risotto. We will be back again, soon.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 15, 2019

As everyone says the setting is stellar. We chose to sit inside the day we visited. Very windy and not as warm. Still our table inside had amazing view of the lake and the deck. Interior is very modern comfortable and up to date. We...came for lunch, so not an extensive menu selection. I started with a cup of their French Onion soup and wished I had chosen a bowl with some bread. It was delicious. Followed with a fresh green salad with their dressing. It was a large salad with a lot of vegetables but the dressing was quite tasteless. Hubby's sandwich was just okay, nothing special, and he agreed the salad dressing was not the best. Service was very good. I think they could offer more selections and bump up the quality of the food.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 4, 2019 via mobile

Anytime I can dine near water, I’m happy. This restaurant has an absolutely beautiful view with which to enjoy your meal, as it’s located directly right next to West Lake. The staff is always friendly and helpful. I feel like food selection could be better,...though they prepare well what they do offer. More options that are both vegan, gluten-free, AND delicious would bring this place up a notch (at the very least, a Beyond Meat burger or something, and more hearty salad options with vegan GF dressing options?). Skinny truffle fries (instead the boring chunks of potato called steak fries) would be nice as an alternative as well. For the patio, the greenery they added this year is absolutely beautiful and takes the ambiance from very good to great! I do wish they would add a permanent awning so we could dine outside during a warm summer rain (any chance to be outside after long winters are helpful), and perhaps a see through sunshade facing west for extremely hot days. All in all though, this is still a nice place to dine because you can’t beat the ambiance and the view, especially in summer!More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 11, 2019

My husband and I went to this restaurant with a large group of friends on a Monday night which is 30% off night at Millenium restaurants. That coupled with the fact that it was a gorgeous summer night and the restaurant has a lovely view...of a lake meant that before 6 p.m. the restaurant is crowded and busy. We both ordered the house salad which was very good: fresh greens and more vegetables than what one usually gets. The lemony dressing was delicious. He ordered crab cakes which he reported as good, but not outstanding. I ordered the catch of the day which was simply prepared and cooked just right, however the vegetables accompanying the entree were disappointing. The broccoli was barely cooked and hard to cut even with a knife. There was a pureed orange vegetable or potato, but you couldn't tell what it was and the server failed to tell us. The server also didn't ask if we would like coffee or dessert and just brought our bills. Overall just a fair dining experience in a lovely setting with a fun group.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 7, 2019

The parking lot of the Cove is always full, so we decided to try the restaurant for the first time on a weekday evening. My husband and I were seated inside with a nice view of the lake. The decor of the restaurant is up...to date and comfortable. I had a pear margarita before dinner and the Mahi-Mahi dinner special for an entree. My husband ordered the whitefish and we both had some Pinot Grigio with our meals. Both dinners were good, and while we both like our vegetables braised still firm, the vegetables we were served were still mostly raw. My carrots were very difficult to cut, and the same with my husbands broccolini. His fish was cooked perfectly, but mine appeared to be sitting under a warming light as it had formed a dry crust that was much more cooked than the of the fish. I requested a lemon wedge, which helped to moisten the Mahi-Mahi, and it was edible. We enjoyed the pineapple upside down cake for dessert, which was enhanced by the coconut ice cream. The server was attentive without being intrusive or pushy, and we enjoyed the experience.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 7, 2019 via mobile

The food is great but limited prior to 4 PM. The menu is primarily seafood but does have steaks. The lunch menu has only 1 steak offered. Seating is indoors or on the deck just a few feet from the water. Brandon was our server...and did a fantastic job.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Hi, Not as a “as a kids menu” but they do have a hamburger and fish sandwich”
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