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“Don't leave Mackinac Island without savoring this little gem”

The Woods Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $42
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Located a short horse-drawn carriage ride into the wooded interior of Mackinac Island. The opulent Tudor mansion with Bavarian charm provides for a delightfully casual dining experience. Test your skill on America’s oldest operating duckpin bowling alley. Enjoy before and after dinner drinks at Bobby’s Bar opening at noon daily.Woods Restaurant will open for the 2013 season on Friday, May 24th.Lunch 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Serving boxed lunches and hot dogs during the day.Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.Dress code is casual. Reservations are recommended for dinner. To reserve a table, call and ask for Woods Restaurant.Overnight guests of Grand Hotel on the Modified American Plan receive a $20.00 per adult credit towards the food portion of their bill. There is tipping at Woods.
Metro Detroit
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7 reviews
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“Don't leave Mackinac Island without savoring this little gem”
Reviewed July 3, 2012

Worth the trip! Especially for dinner, take the carriage ride through the woods to The Woods. A bavarian-style hunting lodge nestled among the trees, it was a nice change to the crowded, bustling pubs of downtown. We had the Coffee-scented Colorado lamb and beef stroganoff - lamb was exquisite, but the beef was very dry. Steve said it was the best dinner he'd ever had! And a great wine list to boot. Service was impeccable and the sommelier, Lewis, was very attentive.

  • Visited July 2012
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Clinton Township, Michigan
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130 reviews
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“Dinner in the Woods”
Reviewed July 1, 2012

We stayed in town and had a nice carriage ride to start the evening. We arrived early and tried our hand at duck pin bowling, not easy, but fun. We then had a wonderful dinner. We all had a different dinner and all enjoyed our choice. I had the duck and it was great. Our server, Mark, was very attentive and helped to make the evening special. We would recommed it and will be back on our next trip to the island.

Visited June 2012
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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“Very nice”
Reviewed June 27, 2012

The Woods is located about 2 miles from downtown Mackinac Island. No A/C, so it gets quite warm inside on a hot day :( Food was very good, but I don't care to be sweating while dining!

Visited June 2012
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Fishers, IN
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“Worth the 30 minute horse-drawn shuttle ride to see this beautiful, one of a kind place!”
Reviewed June 18, 2012

This was our seventh trip to The Woods in recent years. It's always a pleasure. You want to call for reservations and find out what time the horse-drawn Woods Shuttle leaves downtown (near Arnold Line dock)- you save a little taking this instead of a taxi, but a taxi works too. Give yourself at least 30 minutes between your departure from downtown and your reservation time. The ride on the shuttle goes in front of the Grand and the beautiful large homes on the cliff that everyone sees as they arrive by ferry- it's a great way to see those without paying for a tour.

Attire ranges from nice shorts to really dressed up. Most are somewhere in between.

Once you arrive at the charming, Bavarian-style building and step into the cozy sitting room in front (complete with a darling fireplace), you'll start to understand what's so special. The dining room of this old mansion is decked out in beautiful red paint with a fireplace on each side and charming tables and chairs (including red & white checked Queen Anne chairs at some tables). The chandeliers have branches laced tthrought them and the vaulted ceilings are criss-crossed with dark wood.
The menu is heavy on German and middle European fare, as well as some things like duck, Whitefish, trout- a little of everything. We find some of the combos a little too way out for our Midwestern sensibilities, but it's fine. My husband had the NY Strip which was juicy and well-prepared. I had the lobster mac (penne) & cheese, just because nothing else sounded good. It was fine and just as heavy as you might expect- quite a bit of lobster claw meat in it. Their kids' menu included all the usual plus a nice little filet of beef with one medium size cooked carrot and a sprig of broccolini ($7.95-a great deal). Our son loved it, although it wasn't quite enough for his 9 yr old level of hunger! We finished off with ice cream balls completely covered in pecans sitting in hot fudge, which was wonderful.

They have a nice wine list. A lovely gentleman named Louie helped us with the wine and was very interested in our satisfaction with everything- we don't recall them having someone like this before and it was very nice. Baswell was our server and he provided excellent service, even going to the old duck pin bowling alley* where our son was happily putting the pins up for other bowlers to see what dessert he wanted (we didn't ask him to do this, he just said he would).
(Doing the bowling thing was the main attraction for our son in going to The W!)

The trip out is $5.75 per person on the shuttle (the same cost going back). The hosts are very good about making sure the guests catch one, so don't fear about getting stranded. Bring along jackets for the ride home- it's always cooler in the woods. Take the plunge and make time for a visit to The Woods on your next trip!

*this bowling alley is supposedly one of the oldest surviving duck pin alleys in the US.

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“Excellent food and service”
Reviewed June 10, 2012 via mobile

Former playhouse to the mansion at stonecliff away from the downtown crowds.

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