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“Wonderful food, view of the Bay”
Review of Palette Bistro

Palette Bistro
Ranked #1 of 107 Restaurants in Petoskey
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Palette Bistro, located on the edge of downtown Petoskey, is a unique alternative in upscale casual dining. The food is innovative and pleasing. A Mediterranean inspired menu that evolves seasonally featuring small plates and rustic brick oven preparations. Complimented by carefully selected wines from Europe, Michigan Craft and Belgian Beers. The restaurant offers two floors of seating with stunning views of Little Traverse Bay, intimate lounges and al fresco dining.
Reviewed June 19, 2014

Although there is patio seating facing Bay St., the hot sun was beating down on it, and the few tables with umbrellas were occupied. So, we opted to sit inside, and we're glad we did. We lucked out and got a two-top at a window with a view of the Bay in the distance and a small garden under the window where we watched a squirrel and a baby rabbit scampering among the plants. The restaurant interior is bright and uncluttered. Service was warm, cordial and efficient throughout. Even the young man who filled water glasses was very friendly. It was apparent that the restaurant was setting a high standard of customer service.

The food was excellent as well. The balsamic vinegar served with the fresh bread was rich and as sweet as wine. I found myself sipping spoonfuls of it after I ran out of bread to dip into it. The lobster and mushroom gnocchi small plate was exceptional. The bits of lobster were very tasty and tender, the housemade gnocchi were delicate and deliciious, and the creamy sauce was light and flavorful. We were pleased with our entrees of Margherita Pizza and Beef tenderloin medallions with an asparagus and mushroom risotto. The risotto was very good, the medallions were well-seasoned and the demi-glace was full of flavor, though I did find it all just a bit too salty. The meat was cooked correctly, if a bit tough around the edges where it was seared.

The desserts were a satisfying end to the meal. The soft and light creme brulee with bits of mango had a wonderful crisp caramel top. The key lime cheesecake special was tart and light. We devoured all of it. The coffee came in a small French press pot, which was a delightful surprise, though it could have been a bit stronger.

We highly recommend this terrific restaurant.

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Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

Palette is wonderful. We ordered a variety of small plates for dinner - all were creative and really good. The wine list really fits the menu.
Highly recommend this restaurant in Petosky, an increasingly foodie town.
The view is nice, too.

Thank dawnbeth2
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Reviewed June 15, 2014

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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2  Thank Erik H
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Reviewed June 9, 2014

An excellent view, excellent service, amazing food, wonderful, local craft beers, what more do you want? Even little things are excellent like the starter breads with flavoured amazing olive oil and 18 year old balsamic. All 5 of us thought our food was excellent, meat done perfectly and the best pork chop my dad said he's ever had! (my mother glared after that! LOL)

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Thank kristinanethercott
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

Seven of us came here to eat lunch during Restaurant Week and we all enjoyed our selections. The main dining room was surprisingly small with not that many tables, but the view overlooking the lake and waterfront was beautiful. There seems to be a second level with outdoor seating but it was closed when we were there. Our server was very helpful, courteous and attentive. A very enjoyable experience and a nice way to wrap up our trip up to Petoskey.

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Thank A_Michigan_Mom7
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