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“Great food, service and view!”
Review of Palette Bistro

Palette Bistro
Ranked #1 of 107 Restaurants in Petoskey
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Palette Bistro, located on the edge of downtown Petoskey, is a unique alternative in upscale casual dining. The food is innovative and pleasing. A Mediterranean inspired menu that evolves seasonally featuring small plates and rustic brick oven preparations. Complimented by carefully selected wines from Europe, Michigan Craft and Belgian Beers. The restaurant offers two floors of seating with stunning views of Little Traverse Bay, intimate lounges and al fresco dining.
Reviewed 28 July 2014

We had dinner at Pallette July 27, 2014. We really enjoy the small plate offerings on their menu. We had the Caesar salad, then the polenta sausage dish, lobster gnocchi dish and the scallop dish. All of the small plate items were fantastic! They had a wide selection of beer, wine, mixed drinks and had drink specials. The service was excellent; wonderful view of Little Traverse Bay. Michelle was our waitress and she was on top of serving us and had a very delightful personality! Highly recommend Pallette!

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Reviewed 28 July 2014

Palette Bistro is considered by many to be the top restaurant in Petoskey although our experience was more akin to a Pollack with splashes and splotches rather than a symphonic, foodie Renoir. While northern Michigan is not noted for exceptional cuisine there are exceptions most notably the long departed Tapawingo. Sadly, the Bistro cannot fill the cuisine void and in the end we left thinking, "what just happened"?

Situated on the edge of town overlooking Little Traverse Bay, the house like restaurant presents itself with a pleasant patio surrounded with flowers, herbs, and vegetables. Inside, the decor is rather plain with wood paneling adorned with simple canvases and ordinary tables/chairs. The restaurant offers nice views of the bay, but little did we know that the appointments were foreshadowing of the meal to come.

The menu is replete with a variety of offerings which are seemingly good on paper. Likewise, the wine list is reasonably robust though it is short on selections of white wines, lacks sufficient domestics, and the selections were rather unimaginative.

As a starter we decided on a Margherita pizza. Prepared in their wood burning oven, this appetizer was suggestive of good things to come. The crust was thin, nicely prepared, had an adequate amount of (though under-flavored) sauce, fresh basil, and fresh mozzarella. Overall, it was quite tasty.

For the main entrees we chose the oven baked salmon with a beurre blanc sauce accompanied with white beans/bacon, Linguini with Prince Edward Island Mussels, and a orecchiette primavera. The portions were on the small side considering the price point though that pales in comparison to the actual entree execution. Of the three entrees, the Salmon was perhaps the best, as it was fresh, cooked perfectly and seasoned nicely with a well executed beurre blanc. In contrast, the two other dishes fell flat. The mussels themselves were tasty, albeit plain with no apparent broth and they were sitting on a small portion of bland, virtually unseasoned pasta. Likewise, the orecchiette was missing any sauce and flavor although the asparagus and peas were fresh and tasty. Still, a pasta dish can't stand on the vegetables alone and a primavera requires healthy doses of olive oil, basil, parsley, and garlic to blend and ignite the flavors of the dish.

For dessert we elected for the rice pudding. This was perhaps the most imaginative dish of the evening served with whiskey soaked raisins, salted caramel sauce, and maple syrup roasted pecans. It was unique, flavorful, and absolutely delicious though it didn't make up for the abysmal entrees. The service was simply o.k. and on par with many restaurants around this area. Like the food, it just didn't meet expectations. Overall the Bistro dropped a few brush strokes and if we could we would give the restaurant 2 1/2 stars.

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1  Thank DocARDC
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

My wife and I had a terrific early lunch with a view of Little Traverse Bay. Gazpacho was fine as were the BBQ sandwiches and Mango crisp desert. Service was attentive and friendly. Highly recommend.

1  Thank Guy L
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Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

We were on an adventure up the coast and stopped into Petoskey. As we were walking around we came across Palette Bistro. It was a little after 4 when we walked in and were greeted by Heather. While we were thinking about where to sit, Heather gave us a tour of the restaurant. Finally, we decided to sit at the bar where Heather became our waitress/ bartender. She gave us many fantastic suggestions on what food and drink to order. We were not steered wrong. We will definitely be back. Thanks.

1  Thank Gradwohl28
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

Second time we've been to this restaurant - it does not disappoint. The caesar salad was superb, as was the shrimp entree. Excellently prepared. For dinner, they serve Fustini's balsamic vinegar with olive oil and warm bread - divine! Servers are very professional, and the view of the bay is spectacular.

Thank Ann G
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