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Boathouse Restaurant

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14039 Peninsula Dr, Traverse City, MI 49686-9709
+1 231-223-4030
16:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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151 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have sometimes clicked the TripAdvisor button for "One of the Best Dinners" I have had, but this night was THE best dinner my wife & I can remember. It all started with a beautiful drive up Peninsula Drive along the West Grand Traverse Bay. Then a seat with a view of the sunset over the bay. Then a bottle... More 

Thank Barry F
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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115 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Yep, it's expensive, but if you're going to have a splurge night out, it's worth it. We were celebrating our 25th anniversary, and the first night was so good, we decided to up the ante to go a second night and get the full chef's tasting menu with wine pairings. The 2nd night got an entry into our "Top 5... More 

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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

My wife and I like to eat at the Boathouse whenever we are on the Old Mission Peninsula. We always try to time it so we can see the sunset - stunning view! Their food, drinks, and service are excellent. I highly recommend the lamb chops, and their steaks are always done to perfection as well.

Thank James G
Midland, Michigan
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

While on a fall color tour, my girlfriend and I had dinner here. The food was top-notch, the service was great, and the view was breath taking!!! We watched the sunset over the bay during our dinner. We will be back!!!!

Thank rlpeters0n
Houston, Texas
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205 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Very nice atmosphere with a great view of the sunset. The service was awful which I think caused the problem with the food. We ordered soup as a starter. After 20 minutes it came out cold (like it had been sitting on the counter for 20 minutes). They took it back and 10 minutes later it came back warm. Another... More 

Thank D T
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

My family has been to this restaurant multiple times over the last 7 years. Great food consistently. It's our go to place on the mission peninsula. During the summer they have an outside eating area on the deck over looking the marina, love being out there during the warm weather. We did the farm to table event several years ago... More 

Thank David S
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Three words - Kobe au Poivre! Delicious! Been here many times and it's always superb. Our server this time, Lindsey, was exceptionally pleasant and helpful. When in Traverse and want to splurge, go here.

Thank Lainie111157
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I really wanted to site by the Bay to have a late afternoon drink, so my husband called ahead and would told that it would not be a problem, but after driving over halfway out Mission Peninsula, we were refused service because the incompetent person who answered the phone and then met us at the front said the place was... More 

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Washington, Michigan
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77 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

I thought I knew restaurants on the Old Mission Peninsula, but had never been to the Boathouse. I will be back. Looking out at WestBay this is an excellent location and an excellent restaurant. We arrived towards the end of sunset on a chilly evening, but, I am certain that sitting on their deck with the sun going down would... More 

Thank Rik D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

While I had possibly the best meal of my life here, it certainly wasn't cheap. The food was superb, the wine list excellent, the bill an extravagance I had trouble justifying even though I wasn't the one to pay it. If money is no concern for you, then by all means live it up. If you are troubled with any... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$19 - US$45
American, Seafood, International, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14039 Peninsula Dr, Traverse City, MI 49686-9709
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-223-4030
French Fusion cuisine nesteled on beautiful Bowers Harbor, Deck Seating available in season, Romantic location for a proposal, also available for small/medium sized weddings, come to relax and enjoy the Taste of the Big City in Traverse City. Featuring Kobe Beef, English Dover Sole and the freshest most eclectic cuisine. Come as you are, upscale dining in a resort style casual atmosphere.

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Plainfield, Indiana
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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?