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“Awesome food and unbeatable view in Grayling”

Gates Au Sable Lodge
Ranked #6 of 39 Restaurants in Grayling
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed August 6, 2013

This was our first time staying at Gates Lodge and eating at the attached restaurant. The dining room is small and quaint with fly fishing themed local art on the walls, But the best view is the huge windows overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Ausable River, one of the best trout streams in North America.

As if the view wasn't enough, the food was fantastic! Not pub grub like everywhere else in Grayling, but delicious fine dining at affordable prices. They don't serve alcohol but you can bring your own wine.

They also have some burgers made from local beef if you don't feel like splurging. Everything was delicious and I wish we had room for their desserts which looked awesome as well. We'll definitely be back, there's nothing like it in the area.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

This is a gem, hidden away in a very unlikely spot. We are locals, and we stumbled upon this restaurant when kayaking. In our area, a gourmet type offering in restaurants is extremely rare, so we were really happy to find a restaurant with the spectacular menu they offer, full of fresh ingredients. In northern Michigan, the Friday night fish frys are a dime a dozen and usually feature greasy, unrecognizable fish with soggy fries and a spoonful of blah cole slaw. At Gates, the fresh fish is superb, and they have healthy side dish choices made from scratch. At one time, they had halibut on the menu, which is my all time favorite fish. Whether you are staying at the lodge, or a local, or on vacation in the area, don't pass this by, you will not be disappointed. Dinner reservations are required, so plan ahead.

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1  Thank Peanuts0255
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Most folks are out on the water for lunch and dinner but Gates has always been known for a great breakfast. It has gotten slightly worse each year. The old favorites everyone knew, like the Wader's Special and Guides Starter are gone. The pancakes are heavy and the hash browns, which should be an easy improvement are just awful. I have also never understood how their 'homemade' cinnamon roll could be so bad with Goodale's just down the road.

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Reviewed May 28, 2013

This place was a pleasant surprise. I haven't been impressed with Grayling fare for years, so I was very happy with the quality of the food here. The fish was great.

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Reviewed January 15, 2013

On the AuSable. Rooms for anglers right on the river. Fly shop is one of the best anywhere. The restaurant is a favorite located overlooking the river with great food. Peaceful. BYOB of wine.

2  Thank BonefishMon
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