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“Nice outdoor dining”
Review of The Gate House

The Gate House
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: A casual restaurant/bar just a short walk down Grand Hill. Serving lunch, dinner, and beverages inside and outside. Televisions and live music. Overnight guests of Grand Hotel on the Modified American Plan or Full American Plan receive a $20.00 per adult credit towards the food portion of their dinner bill. There is tipping at The Gate House. Check the Restaurant Events Calendar for live music schedule, food/drink specials and more.Hours of Operation: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.Luncheon: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Dinner: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday 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 The Gate House.
Englewood, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Nice outdoor dining”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

We read reviews that this restaurant had mediocre food and poor service but we had a great experience. The outdoor dining was attractive and relaxing. It was nice to find a quiet place to have lunch away from the busy main street! Our food was good. Great salads and fries. Service was good.

  • Visited September 2012
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Okemos, Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great Atmosphere”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

We have been coming here for years (even when it was the French Outpost). We love sitting outside on the patio. Great service from the server and the manager.

Visited August 2012
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Thank Wendy C
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GHKellie, Social Media Manager at The Gate House, responded to this review, September 8, 2012
Tanks for your review. We are happy to hear you had an enjoyable time on the Patio.
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Saint Ignace, Michigan
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Predictable”
Reviewed August 18, 2012

Gate House is OK, close to the Grand and all that. Not the same since the prior owners sold what was the French Outpost and the Grand Took over. If you're staying at the Grand and want to get out of the Hotel to eat, the Gate House is easy. Kids will like it just fine.

Visited June 2012
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Thank JMarquette1671
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GHKellie, Social Media Manager at The Gate House, responded to this review, September 8, 2012
Thank you for your review. We do love having families come down to enjoy a casual dinner when staying at the hotel.
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Muncie, Indiana, United States
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nothing Special”
Reviewed August 11, 2012

We ate dinner at the Gate House, having already had a great experience at another Grand Hotel restaurant, the Woods. The Gate House did not hold a candle to the other restaurant, and we were largely dissapointed. Our dining experience lasted over 2 hours due to poor service. We ordered the Prix Fixe menu option, which was not worth the extra cost. The portions were smaller than the normal dishes ordered a la carte. The food was fine, but nothing outstanding. With so many great dining options on Mackinac Island, don't waste your time at the Gate House. I have heard that many have had better experiences with lunch at this restaurant, but dinner was nothing special.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank Randy_C4212
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Grand Bend, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Good lunch, terrible dinner.”
Reviewed July 25, 2012

The ladies had a good lunch here. The pork sliders were huge but good. The special beef dip was very good. Jeremy 1st. Was an attentive waiter. Then we came back with our husbands another night for dinner. A huge mistake. Jeremy was once again our nice server, not his fault the food was mediocre at best. Very dry, tasteless ribs, no "crust" on the encrusted fish, coleslaw tasted like hotdog relish, & why the need to dye ribbons of parsnips for decor, yuk.
Being part of The Grand Hotel, there was nothing grand about it. Plastic glasses, really, we are all adults able to drink outside from real glass.
Just a suggestion for The Grand as well. Now that you have a desk set up to collect the $10 fee for we boaters to go shopping in your retail area, please tell me you are donating the funds . How about to the school on the Island? Or another good Island cause. We are consumers ready to buy, but are turned off by having to spend money to get into the stores!

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank RandiDI
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