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“Wonderful view of Bay and delicious food served with flair.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Whitecaps Restaurant - CLOSED

Whitecaps Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $32
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Whitecaps presents a true up north experience in a sophisticated atmosphere for both casual and formal dining. Skilled chefs create memorable dishes in a favored setting overlooking the waters of Little Travers Bay.
Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Wonderful view of Bay and delicious food served with flair.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

Recently, while on a tour of Northern Michigan we had an opportunity to eat at Whitecaps restaurant in beautiful downtown Petoskey. The food was elegantly prepared and served and
all in my party agreed was very delicious. Wonderful views of the water and good service from the staff. Fish is excellent as well as the burger and pasta dishes. I will go back to this place the next time I visit Petoskey.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Arthur V
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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61 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“very disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

I ordered whitefish and it was neither fresh nor white. It looked almost grey and was tasteless, and in Petoskey, where white fish is a popular dish--there is no excuse. My husband had a very mediocre salmon dish. Salads were decent and the upstairs view was very nice but overall the food was a big disappointment.

Visited August 2012
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Thank Pol892
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Traverse City, Michigan, United States
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Strange decor but good food!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

The outside of this restaurant makes you think...wow this is going to be classy and gourmet...well...not so much. The service and food were very good! I had Lobster Mac and Cheese...yum! My husband had a fish dish that was just so-so. The decor is totally 1980's cheese. If they updated the decor the food would probably taste better. (I know some people know what I am talking about). The decor makes you think....uh oh this food is going to be bad. They just need crisp white linens and plain chairs. They have big black chairs, fake dusty flowers in vases and plastic tablecloths....yikes!

Visited August 2012
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great food, great view of the bay, the chowder is awesome!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2012 via mobile

A little pricey but the food was very good and the clam chowder is the best I've had outside of Boston. The dinning room offers a nice view of the bay, the wait staff was excellent, and the atmosphere is very relaxed. I would definately return here on future trips up north. Best food I've had in Petoskey!

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Thank Theorgoprof
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Clearwater, Florida
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559 reviews
321 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
“Pricey but excellent”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2012

Located on the point downtown, the 3 story building overlooks Petoskey Marina and oversees the beautiful water. There are 2 levels with indoor and outdoor seating. Service is first class as is the food. The whitefish with white wine, lemon, and capers was served with basmatti (sp?) rice and green beans for $22. Desserts were about $6-$8, but we declined as the entrees were filling. Parking is difficult downtown, but a free lot is about a block up the hill.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank wacotx46
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