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Cuisines: American
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Description: The 1852 Grill Room welcomes you for breakfast and dinner in a casual fine dining atmosphere with stunning view of the Straits of Mackinac. Featuring outdoor terrace seating and lounge for your enjoyment. Located inside the Island House Hotel. Located inside the iconic Island House Hotel, the 1852 Grill Room invites guests to enjoy a casual, fine dining experience for breakfast and dinner. Relax and enjoy our delicious, fresh cuisine while admiring the spectacular waterfront view from indoor or outdoor seating. Start your morning with a hearty breakfast of Red Flannel Hash, Buttermilk Pancakes with Michigan maple syrup, or classic Eggs Benedict. Choose from a robust buffet or order ala carte. Begin your day with a gorgeous view and an 1852 Bloody Mary or Mimosa. Dinner includes savory and eclectic selections. Begin with an elegant appetizer like Asparagus Rolls with prosciutto and balsamic glaze, or Seared Ahi Tuna served with fried wanton, mango relish, and chili-lime vinaigrette. For the main entree enjoy one of our decadent 1852 Signature Selections such as locally caught planked whitefish or slow roasted prime rib. Top it all off with a variety of decadent gourmet desserts. Reservations are recommended. Unwind to the soothing sounds of live piano music and enjoy a selection of wine & specialty cocktails in the lounge.
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120 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Dee-Lish-Us!”
Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at the Island House Hotel, and almost gave the restaurant a miss because the idea seemed lazy, with so much to explore on the island. I'm so glad we ended up here!

We had excellent service, the best view in the restaurant (we made a reservation for 6pm, as soon as the restaurant opens), and all 4 of us raved about our meals. The steak au poivre (pepper steak) was reportedly " the most tender steak [my father-in-law] has had in a long time", the white fish was fresh and very good, the perch was reportedly cooked perfectly (hubby's only complaint was that the breaking wasn't very crispy), and I loved he mushroom risotto. The Brussels sprouts were FANTASTIC.

If you're not going to be the first in the restaurant, you probably will still have a decent view. However, consider making a reservation and asking if they'll hold he center window table for you. It's a spectacular view.

PS...the wine list is pretty solid.

Visited August 2014
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English first
Macungie, Pennsylvania
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196 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Excellent Food...Excellent Service”
Reviewed August 11, 2014

Wow. The food was amazing, even with a slightly limited tour group menu. The Copper River Salmon was fantastic, and the Prime Rib was just as good. The breakfast buffet was wonderful as well. Just understand that if you are there with a tour that "includes gratuities", the wait staff gets less than 20%, so be sure to supplement that amount, as the staff knows how to take care of you without ever getting in the way of your time...

Visited July 2014
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Guelph,On
Level 6 Contributor
139 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Elegant, Attentive Service”
Reviewed August 9, 2014

Lovely dining room, great views, excellent service, varied menu with many delightful choices, including some gluten free options. We enjoyed the comfortable seating on the wide front porch in rocking chairs before dinner, then sat by the chiminea on the front lawn after dinner. Nice way to end an evening!

Visited August 2014
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Se Michigan
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Excellent meal from start to finish”
Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

While we waited a couple of minutes for a table we enjoyed lively and professional conversation with the bartender. Our table was right at the window with an amazing view of the harbor. The meal and service was outstanding. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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Carmel, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Waterfront Dining”
Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I ate here for dinner on Friday and Saturday evening this past weekend. We had a table on the outside balcony both times. The view of the harbor in the evening light was very romantic. We had a very professional waiter Adam, and he took care of every need. We had whitefish one night and Steak Au Poirve the next, both were well prepared. The onion soup was good too. We checked out all the restaurants in town and chose to come back here. Dining with a view and good service, hard to beat..

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