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Reviewed November 10, 2019

Wonderful food and a great staff is all that needs to be reported! The menu is on the small side but the selections always include something unique.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed September 12, 2019

Curious is the bar/restaurant that is down the hall from Mackinaws restaurant in the main street in Chehalis. We were intending to dine at Mackinaws but when we entered the place was empty and when the chef popped out she advised they were only serving...food at Curious. Curious is at the end of the corridor of what appears to be the old market hall in the town and is decorated in a rustic style. There was only one other couple and two people dining at the bar when we arrived. The waitress was on her own but as they were not busy she was able to serve and still make us two excellent cocktails. The menu appears to be the same as Mackinaws and the mains were very nice. There were good wine selections by the glass and after a long day’s hiking we wanted an ice cream and weren’t able to find one. As if by magic one of the dessert items was chocolate and cherry ice-cream. It was very generous in portion size and was well received. There are very few dining options in Chehalis and we would recommend Mackinaws/Curious. The service was casual but professional and the food very good! If I had known about there being 2 places to eat I would have chosen Curious as Mackinaws decor is a bit tired and not as fun.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed April 26, 2019

In Chehalis area for a rifle shooting competition at Pe Ell Sportsmans Club and looking for a nice, quiet meal on a Friday eve. Called the restaurant at 4:30 pm and asked if reservations were required. The nice young lady on the phone said "not...required, but appreciated" so i made one for early evening. Seating was nice and the room was quaint. They don't have a menu online since the menu changes every day. The menu tonight had two steak choices (flat iron and a filet), two pasta's, and a Parmesan encrusted white fish. I'm from Missouri, so I can get good steak there, but so close to the Pacific, I ordered the white fish. It came with a nice dinner salad and accompanied by au gratin potatoes and cauliflower. What a great choice I made!! Forgive me for patting myself on the back, but it was delicious. Accompany the meal with a nice Four Roses Single Barrel bourbon and you can't go wrong!!More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed February 6, 2019

It was not a great day--drizzling on and off as we traveled south towards Portland, but The Navigator had always wanted to stop over at Chehalis to try the famous chicken ravioli at Mackinaw's Restaurant. He does good research---so we went. The setting for Mackinaw's...is what the Brits might call, "QUIRKY!" Set up inside a lovely heritage building (a grand old hotel) downtown, the place still resonates with its past, when THIS building was THE place to be in town. I can just see all the fancy-folk sashaying through those ornate front doors, the gents with their top hats, the ladies all dolled up in their glitz & glamour. Thank God we live in 2019, when one can wear what is comfortable. I'm sure the younger folks (we were told that they were the daughter and son of the Chef) who served our tables appreciated those few diners who did bother to "put on the dog" to come out in the drizzle, to dine at Mackinaw's. Our server was Patrick. His manner was galant, as he passed through the dining room, to attend to the other diners as well as ourselves, patiently answering every question about the various choices on the night's menu. We were told the menu varies, so you always have to pay attention and "don't assume"---you might be surprised that an item is served differently than it was before. But The Navigator just loves ravioli--there was no alternative for him! So Chicken Ravioli it was. My entré was beef with veggies. Our libations were water and iced tea. I think The Navigator tried the daily soup, because it was so cold & wet outside. I had a salad. The bread that came with the meal was good. The salad was forgettable, but at least the ingredients seemed as fresh as one can get in winter. The beef was good--well-done as I had ordered. The roasted veggies were the best part. Simple but good. fingerling potatoes, and a few carrots (or was it red peppers?) and onions thrown into the mix. (To make it better I would have added more sautéd onions and some mushrooms.) The beef was the solid protein I was after. The root veggies were "the balast" that balanced this winter meal. More about that Chicken Ravioli later! I have allergies, so the only thing on the dessert menu I could eat was a small dish of vanilla ice cream---did I mention that it was a very small dish? The Navigator had something chocolate. Unfortunately it was rather forgettable, since I did not write it down and since he was not impressed with either what passed for "ravioli" or his dessert. The "famous" signature dish at Mackinaw's is that Chicken Ravioli. Alas, it was more like chicken-noodle 'n' cheese soup---a very thin cheese sauce was poured over wide noodles with slices of what was called chicken in it. The chicken slices were so uniform in shape that I was tempted to wonder if that chicken was "manufactured" as is most "chicken" served at fast food places. But, since Mackinaw's is a "fancy joint", maybe it was real chicken. Just,odd, that each slice was so uniform. Made you wonder, since what was called "ravioli" it most certainly was NOT. It was nothing but wide pasta noodles served in a very thin and watery "cheese" sauce with a few slices of white chicken breast. Our evening meals were not cheap--- With a tip the bill came to just under $80.00. But, The Navigator had always wanted to come to Mackinaw's. SO! We came. We saw. We ate. We're done!More

Date of visit: January 2019
Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

We decided upon this place, for dinner, on our second night (a Thursday evening) in the area. Easy to locate, just look for the awning with lights, that extends out over the sidewalk, in the center of the block. Downtown on a one way street,...and parking was a bit of an issue. It was raining when we arrived, so we sprinted past the little shops. It was not quite what we expected from a supposedly upscale eatery, as it was inside a sort of mall. There was a size-able working beauty salon to our right, as we entered, a couple of little shops (closed at this hour), and a small bar at the back of the long corridor. There were only a couple of tables with people at them when we arrived, but we stood at the door for a few minutes, before we were even addressed. We asked to be seated by the window, and were told to have a seat outside, so they could set it up. We waited a good fifteen minutes more, before we were actually seated. Atmosphere was acceptable and somewhat quietly understated elegant, or at least an attempt at it. It was very dim lighting with black tablecloth and decorative accent pieces. Interesting choices of art had been chosen for the walls, and tiny volitive candles in red glass were lit at each table. The menus were printed on nice paper, but somewhat difficult to read, in the lighting. Once seated, we waited a bit before our order was taken, and they were not sure about accommodating simple special dietary needs, but did so (exchanging veggies for pasta). We understood that their menu changes, but we were unable to order the appetizer that we first chose, which was confusing, because of the early evening hour and so few patrons. We ordered our second choice of cheese fondue. It was good, but nothing as spectacular as the price. We then waited another long period before our salads were served. They were fresh, tasty, and beautifully presented. When our entrees we’re finally delivered to our table, (mind that there were only 4 occupied tables, in the entire time we were there) The food was very good, but nothing as amazing as their prices and descriptions seemed to infer. The waiters were friendly and accommodating, it was just very confusing that the food preparation was not completed in a very timely manner. Overall we enjoyed our meal, and had a nice stroll back to our car, after. Although the shops were closed, the little street was quaint and seemed to have some interesting offerings.More

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed family dinner with extended family. Very gd menu, nice dessert menu! Have lg variety from bar.

Date of visit: June 2018
Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

My wife picked for a date night as we went here a few years ago.. ended up turning into dinner with soon to be great grandma and expecting kids. Excellent service, amazing atmosphere food was funominal. Sizable portions. Six entries to choose from we ordered...them all and everyone was very happy.... delish is the word our 9 plus month pregnant daughter in law used. Patrick our waiter was very accommodating as well as made banana fosters at our table side which was excellent. The atmosphere is quiet , very relaxing yet fun.More

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed May 30, 2018 via mobile

I suppose if Mackinaws was in Seattle or Portland it would be twice as big. But here in Chehalis, it is just right and size being no indication of quality, let me say this is fine doing of the finest kind. The menu, the ambiance,...the service and the quality of the food is absolute perfection. It may be a bit out of the way, but it will be worthy of the journey.More

Date of visit: April 2018
Reviewed April 27, 2018 via mobile

Amazing food and service! This is a hidden gem you have to experience! They have a new menu each day and everything we had was fantastic. The food and drinks were something you won't find in other places. I have traveled the world and have...never had better. The menu changes daily, so you should try it a number of times.More

Date of visit: April 2018
Reviewed January 21, 2018

I first reviewed Mackinaws back in 2011. After seven years Laurel Kahn and her two sons have proved consistent with their quality and offerings. They keep their menu small, but varied enough to please most everyone. She always has a chicken and pasta dish, a...couple of steaks, a fish dish and then something exotic. My spouse loves her curried lamb shanks when she offers them.Recently she has added a mid-week wine tasting and bar food, for $40 a person. It was just lovely the one time I went. It was a Processo tasting from Valdo in Italy. Laurel made this fabulous pasta and chicken dish, then something swimming in a creamy sauce with chicken, sausage and vegetables. A cold shrimp salad with jumbo prawns, hard boiled egg, tomatoes, some other fine chopped vegies and a creamy dressing. Oh, and a little pizza on the side. I can't say enough about her creativity. NOW, coming soon, is a full bar space behind the original restaurant. A different menu than the main dining room, maybe small plates to go with drinks. We are so excited. It's happening early spring of 2018. So glad she is here.More

Date of visit: January 2018
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