My fiancé and I were in Petoskey for a wedding, and we had heard of this restaurant from friends. After a warm evening walk through town to the west bluff overlooking the bay, we entered this restaurant with its modern, warm, and inviting decor. After being greeted by the friendly hostesses, my fiancé and I were informed that our table was still being occupied by lingering guests. Not to worry, as we were invited to have a drink and an appetizer at one of the tables in the bar area, where the decor could've been taken directly from a design magazine. A few minutes later, we were brought to our table adjacent to one of the big picture windows overlooking the Little Traverse Bay, with the sun setting. Our meal was wonderful (fresh fish, risotto, and homemade desserts), and our server, Shannon (for whom apparently a drink was named), was very professional and a joy to have.
The cocktails were well balanced and delicious, and the menu selections, ingredient quality, and presentation would be competitive in any major city. The Palette Bistro has that special combination of ambiance, service, and gastronomical quality that is in a class rarely found outside of a major metropolitan area. In a small town such as Petoskey, it is the top notch.
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