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“Enjoyable Dining”
Review of 1852 Grill Room

1852 Grill Room
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Cuisines: American
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Description: The 1852 Grill Room welcomes you for breakfast and dinner in a casual fine dining atmosphere with stunning view of the Straits of Mackinac. Featuring outdoor terrace seating and lounge for your enjoyment. Located inside the Island House Hotel. Located inside the iconic Island House Hotel, the 1852 Grill Room invites guests to enjoy a casual, fine dining experience for breakfast and dinner. Relax and enjoy our delicious, fresh cuisine while admiring the spectacular waterfront view from indoor or outdoor seating. Start your morning with a hearty breakfast of Red Flannel Hash, Buttermilk Pancakes with Michigan maple syrup, or classic Eggs Benedict. Choose from a robust buffet or order ala carte. Begin your day with a gorgeous view and an 1852 Bloody Mary or Mimosa. Dinner includes savory and eclectic selections. Begin with an elegant appetizer like Asparagus Rolls with prosciutto and balsamic glaze, or Seared Ahi Tuna served with fried wanton, mango relish, and chili-lime vinaigrette. For the main entree enjoy one of our decadent 1852 Signature Selections such as locally caught planked whitefish or slow roasted prime rib. Top it all off with a variety of decadent gourmet desserts. Reservations are recommended. Unwind to the soothing sounds of live piano music and enjoy a selection of wine & specialty cocktails in the lounge.
Adrian, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
2,129 reviews
1,303 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 842 helpful votes
“Enjoyable Dining”
Reviewed 16 February 2014

We stayed at the hotel and purchased the dinner as part of a package for our 25th anniversary. This place was what we had hoped. It was a bit of a nostalgic 19th century experience. The dining room was cozy and elegant with wonderful furnishings. The dinner selections tended toward traditional American and were terrific. We greatly enjoyed ourselves and would recommend this for a nice dinner for anyone visiting or staying on the Island.

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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“I would say this is the diamond in the rough of restaurants on Mackinac Island”
Reviewed 25 October 2013

This was our last night on the island after having (mind you 3 meals a day) at all the other restaurants that we we're recommend too or found walking around. We hadn't found a single restaurant in which we could be excited to tell people. Well this restaurant finally served some delicious meal (minus the rissotto) but. The main course meals were delicious. The steak was juicy and tender. The chicken was good, it was a bit dry but then again it was the white meat that was served from the chicken. The asparagus was awesome. For their cocktails they had quite a variety but we we settled for a dessert drink per se...mud slides! Which have ice cream in its concoction and they were excellent. They did have an actual person playing the piano. (We were told it is a nightly event not just weekends) so that added to the ambiance. The view (if you get seated by the window) is lovely while your enjoying dinner with your loved one or just making memories with friends and family. Their dress code is actually quite lax. Some people were dressed up others in casual jeans or sweaters so don't feel bad if you want to enjoy a nice romantic dinner and you forgot to pack some dressy clothes.

  • Visited October 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Lovely dignified restaurant”
Reviewed 18 October 2013

After searching and eating at the many bistro style diners on the island we were delighted to find this elegant and dignified restaurant. We ate a lovely meal listening to the beautiful subtle piano music that added to the atmosphere. So happy to have a good dining experience on the island.

  • Visited October 2013
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Rochelle, Illinois
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Time maybe better spent elsewhere”
Reviewed 1 October 2013 via mobile

The package we had at the hotel included a $40 voucher, otherwise the restaurant , in general is not a restaurant we would have went to. That being said the saving grace of the meal was the asparagus appetizer and the chocolate tort for dessert. My husband had the whitewash which he said was prepaid well, but was not sure the method of preparation was a good choice. I had the perch which had been rolled in flour before being pan fried. I know this because I could still taste the flour. The view is great, but you can get the same view from outside. I would recommend staying outside and heading to a different restaurant for your evening meal.

  • Visited September 2013
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Lewiston, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful Birthday Dinner”
Reviewed 24 September 2013 via mobile

This was a wonderful surprise. The food although, not particularly creative, was well prepared and delicious! We have the tuna appetizer which was seared, tender and tasty. I had the perch and my husband had the rib eye. Both were beyond our expectations after reading reviews. Actually it was some of the best perch I've had, and I order it often. We sat at the window and enjoyed a beautiful sunset. Our waiter Kyle was terrific, attentive and when above and beyond lowering the lights when it got dark out and going outside to close an umbrella that was in the way of our view. We also enjoyed good service at the bar. Highly recommend for a nice evening out. Request a seat by the windows.

Visited September 2013
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