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“The Best in Northern Michigan”

Chandler's A Restaurant
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Ranked #14 of 101 Restaurants in Petoskey
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Located in the heart of downtown Petoskey, Chandler's - A Restaurant is a cozy and inviting place nestled behind Symons General Store. Chef Tommy creatively crafts seasonal menus and daily specials which offer a delightful selection of local fare, fresh fish, sushi and entrees prepared to perfection. We also proudly feature an extensive wine list and fun and unique cocktails such as the "Howard Street Punch" and "Awesome Coffee", that is sure to please any palate. For a change of scenery, guests can enjoy dining in our Wine Cellar where they are surrounded by the 4,000 bottle collection that serves both Chandler's and Symons General Store. Our Wine Cellar seats up to 54 guests and is available for private parties and special events. Enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday evening and in the summertime, dine on our outdoor patio and enjoy evening, live music every night of the week.
Grand Blanc, Michigan
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100 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“The Best in Northern Michigan”
Reviewed June 13, 2014

My wife and I ate dinner in the Wine Cellar at Chandler's tonight. I would recommend the Wine Cellar rather than the main dining area since it is quitter. I enjoyed seeing all the different bottles of wine around me that are available for dinner or purchase.
The food was outstanding. Every day there are additions to the menu. For an appetizer, we both ordered the veal sweetbreads. This was a great dish. They were pan fried and served with wilted spinach, wild mushrooms, tart cherries, and a wine sauce. These were the best sweetbreads that I have ever tasted. Sushi items were also available as appetizers including a soft shell crab roll, a tuna roll, and a California roll.
The entrée that both my wife and I ordered were the Venison Medallions served with spatzle, bacon, wild mushrooms, sweet corn, crispy leeks and a piquillo (sweet and tangy) pepper sauce. What a wonderful combination of flavors. For dessert, we shared a Chocolate Brownie with a bing cherry compote and a port reduction sauce-delicious!
What I also enjoyed was the expansive wine selection. The wine prices were incredibly reasonable. We selected a bottle of wine that retails for $40 that we paid $60 for. Service was excellent. This has now become my new favorite restaurant in Northern Michigan!

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Paul L
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Chelsea, Michigan
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249 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, huge wine selection”
Reviewed May 31, 2014 via mobile

We recently came here for a light dinner and wine. We opted for the wine bar room for a more upscale dining atmosphere. Unfortunately, there was a very noisy group of diners enjoying drinks and a meal while we were there. So much for a romantic dinner.

We shared the two cheese and meat plates the restaurants offers. The options were ok, not great. They provided crostini for the cheese, not our preferred choice. Thankfully, they also gave us a basket of freshly baked bread which was delicious.

To be fair to the restaurant we'd have to go back for entrees or some of their other options.

Parking is on the street. The entrance to the restaurants is in between two buildings with a sign of the wall. Keep an eye out for it.

Visited May 2014
Thank Carol L
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mid mich
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44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great food in a nice atmosphere.”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

We were there mid week on the off season and they were serving in what looked like a wine cellar. Nice and cozy on a cold, wet night. The food was fresh and well prepared. The service was friendly.

Visited April 2014
Thank doversmom
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Greenwood Village, Colorado
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20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best restaurant up North”
Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

We happened upon Chandler's one night when everything else was closed and it was a wonderful find! The food was some of the best we have had. They had great service and a wonderful atmosphere on a snowy Michigan night. We will be back to Chandler's for sure next time we are in Northern Michigan!

Thank Virginia B
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83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“A favorite we keep going back to.”
Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

We have eaten here many times while in Petoskey and are never disappointed. Food is always very good as is the service.

Visited April 2014
Thank FiftiesGal
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