We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Awful food and drinks! Barely ok service.”
Review of City Park Grill

City Park Grill
Ranked #4 of 106 Restaurants in Petoskey
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: City Park Grill, one of Petoskey’s oldest buildings, was originally constructed in 1875. McCarty Hall, as it was then known was a malesonly billiard parlor that offered cigars and “intoxicating beverages.” Today, City Park Grill maintains a loyal clientele with house-made cuisine, focusing on locally procured produce, meats and lake fish, an awardwinning wine collection and house-made biscuits straight from the oven
Reviewed September 2, 2013

The restaurant had good reviews and attracted us for its history, Ernest Hemingway ate here. The taste of the food did not match the menu descriptions nor the waiters reasons for suggesting. The blackened salmon with creamy grits and balasmic reduction was absolutely gross! My husband's fettuccine alfredo was not as good as a frozen box meal, it was AWFUL TOO, dry and barely warm. We waited over an hour for our meals and was served what a 'roaming' girl with a tray of biscuits called 'garlic cheese biscuits' and a side of soft butter, the biscuits were as hard as hockey pucks and apparently made a month or so ago with some type of shortening...definitely no butter in that dough! Do not go here! Take pictures and keep walking!

1  Thank Mav1963
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (706)
There are newer reviews for City Park Grill
See the most recent reviews
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

532 - 536 of 706 reviews

Reviewed September 2, 2013

Glad to have called ahead to ask for a reservation. They do not take them but give priority to you when you arrive even though there were people standing there obviously for a long time.

Walked in and had an average table, but hoped for great service. Our waiter seemed a little distracted by all the people and others around us. I mentioned that it was very loud and it seemed hard for him to focus.

Ordered cocktails but had to wait because they were cleaning the glasses. Wow, what a novel approach to service. Saw several other tables served their drink before we finally got ours. Perhaps he forgot to place the order and the cleanliness was just an excuse.

Meal was average and we were there celebrating my wifes birthday so they brought her a "free" dessert. An apple turnover with ice cream. Much like the rest of the meal there was true disappointment as the turnover was cold and when we mentioned it the waiter said "they should know better to serve it warm". He did not offer to replace it with a properly prepared turnover however.

All in all the service was not very good. Some items cold when they should have been warm and vice versa.

This will probably be our last visit to this place, as our experience was not any better this time than last. Seems to be run by a group of teenagers.

Thank DrVandy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 18, 2013

There were 5 of us. We each ordered a different entree. Everyone enjoyed their meal. The prices were a bit high for some entrees we thought. It was an additional $5 for a side salad. We thought it should be included if the salmon was $24. The barbecue chicken was really chicken with barbecue sauce. (Good, but not truly barbecue chicken. ) Again, it was good. The pork chop with apple, bacon and cheese was the table's favorite. We loved the atmosphere, liked the food. The hostess was great. Our waitress was okay. Bring a sweater, the air was on high!!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Davidamy617
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

Full of charm & history dating back to 1880's. Ate a burger at the bar; it was average but atmosphere was cool.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Kcabb
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 15, 2013

We'd been to City Park Grill before, and were excited to return when we visited Petoskey. We weren't disappointed! We sat outside on the very small patio, and we were never forgotten by our server. The biscuits (hot and fresh from the oven) are the best - we got seconds! We were there for lunch, and I enjoyed the Grilled Chicken Caprese sandwich - it was messy but delicious! My husband enjoyed the burger, too. There was a great crowd in the restaurant when we were there, so clearly others are on to this great spot, too. I'd highly recommend the City Park Grill!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank JuliaH70
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed City Park Grill also viewed

Petoskey, Emmet County
Petoskey, Emmet County
 
Petoskey, Emmet County
Petoskey, Emmet County
 

Been to City Park Grill? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing