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Boathouse Restaurant

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14039 Peninsula Dr, Traverse City, MI 49686-9709
16:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Rich decided we would try the "Dinner for Two" and it was well worth it. Started the evening with a Moscow Mule and ended with the best Filet and Lobster Tail we have had yet. We don't splurge on expensive things very often, we were in Traverse for a wine tour and splurged on dinner tonight. Creme Brule for dessert... More 

Thank boysandmom
SE Michigan
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came to the Boathouse to celebrate our wedding anniversary and New Years. Easy to find, nice location, warm and attractive on a cold wintry night. We had reservations and were seated promptly, and our server was right with us. Her name is Lilly, and she is delightful. Very sweet and did a fine job. Her upselling skills were good, and... More 

Thank Chad S
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

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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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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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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135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 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 

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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
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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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34 restaurant reviews
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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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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
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, View, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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: 12312234030
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?