Mackinac Island Fine Dining

Mackinac Island Fine Dining is more than just hamburgers, whitefish sandwiches and fudge! Marcia & Kathy’s favorite places for fine dining are ideal if you want to celebrate

  • A memorable vacation day
  • an anniversary
  • a birthday
  • a romantic dinner or
  • a special occasion

There are several very good restaurants on Mackinac Island. Yes, you can dine in shorts and tennis shoes most of the time on the Island but why not dress up a bit and see yet another side of this fun-filled Island.

Two restaurants in the downtown area known for their Mackinac Island Fine Dining cuisine are The Carriage House at the Iroquois Hotel and the 1852 Grill Room at the Island House Hotel.

The Carriage House at the Iroquois Hotel

The Carriage House is located in the Iroquois Hotel. The entrance is through a lovely flower garden on the side of the Hotel. Situated on the western corner of the harbor the setting is beautiful with fantastic views of the Straits, the Island Passage Lighthouse and maritime traffic!

You can choose to eat on the veranda or inside where the décor is light and airy with a flower garden theme. You will feel quite comfortable with either causal or more formal attire. The ambiance is quiet with entertainment nightly at the piano bar. It’s a good idea to call for reservations because the Carriage House is a popular choice for guests of the nearby hotels and island residents.


1852 Grill Room Restaurant

If you love watching yachts and sail boats then the 1852 Grill Room is perfect. Perched high on a hill in the Island House Hotel the glass enclosed 1852 Grill Room is located across the street from the Mackinac Island public marina. Next door is the Mackinac Island Yacht Club.

When you call for a reservation make sure you request a table near the window. It’s a large dining room and the best views are near the windows. If you love prime rib this is the place! The restaurant can be quite busy, particularly during the Chicago to Mackinac and Port Huron yacht races. This is a great Mackinac Island fine dining experience in a historic hotel.

Take A Stroll to Mackinac Island Fine Dining

If you are ready to leave the hustle bustle of the downtown area for your Mackinac Island fine dining experience and don’t mind a short walk then you should consider The Jockey Club. This delightful restaurant is owned by the Grand Hotel and is located on the first tee of The Jewel, one of the Grand Hotel’s golf courses. You can dine on the patio overlooking a beautiful view of the Grand Avenue leading from the Hotel down to the city. Seating is also available in a cozy intimate clubhouse. Unlike the Grand Hotel dining room casual attire is welcomed. Reservations are required for dinner for it’s popular with tourists as well as Islanders.


The Woods Restaurant

If you really want to get away from the crowds and see a part of the island many tourists often miss then consider dinner at the Woods Restaurant located in the interior of the Island. Horse drawn taxis are readily available for the approximately 1 ½ mile trip from downtown. A favorite of island locals the Woods Restaurant is owned and managed by the Grand Hotel. The food and service is always up to the exacting standards of the Grand Hotel.

The restaurant’s ambiance is one of the best on the Island…with its Bavarian theme and deep reds, tall windows with small panes of glass and a cozy but sophisticated feel to it. If you get there early make sure you have a glass of wine at Bobby’s Bar. After dinner try your hand at the Island’s only 19th century duckpin bowling alley while having an after dinner drink at Bobby’s Bar.

Make sure you notice the beautiful ribbons the owner's of the Grand Hotel, Mr. & Mrs. Musser's beloved Scottish Terrier dogs have won over the years.

Sadie Won the Westminster Dog Show on February 17, 2010

You just might see Sadie Musser's new Blue Ribbon that she won this year at Madison Square Garden in the Westminster Dog Show 2010 added to the wall.

She's the eighth Scottish Terrier to win at Westminster. It took her a few times at Westminster to win it but she did! One year when she was a contender she was startled by a noise at the arena and last year she had a little accident on the green carpet. But this year Sadie won the hearts of all by her delightful prancing across the green carpet and her beauty.

After dinner try your hand at the Island’s only 19th century duckpin bowling alley while having an after dinner drink at Bobby’s Bar. The bowling is free and quite fun! Live piano music while dining is a soothing touch.

Reservations are required. You don’t need formal attire but you might feel more comfortable leaving the shorts and a tee shirt at home.

This is definitely a romantic spot…and afterwards the carriage will provide a blanket for the chilly ride back to the hustle and bustle of Main Street. It is clearly worth the trip through the beautiful Island forest.


The Cudahy Chophouse

This unique restaurant is also situated in the Island’s interior. The Cudahy Chophouse is located in the Inn at Stonecliffe, a large magnificent summer cottage built at the turn of the century.

The Cudahy Chophouse specializes in delicious steaks and Northern Michigan seafood. As with the Woods Restaurant you will want to enjoy a horse drawn taxi ride if you are coming from downtown. And leave time after dinner for a stroll on the beautiful front lawn of Stonecliffe Mansion before grabbing your taxi back to town.


The Grand Hotel

If you want to experience grand Mackinac Island fine dining, you must plan to stay at least one evening at the historic Grand Hotel. You will delight in the ambiance of this first-class vacation destination while enjoying breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared to perfection.


Insider Tip: Throw a nice sweater into your backpack just in case you want to enjoy a romantic dinner at one of the Mackinac Island fine dining restaurants. It will be the perfect way to end a fun-filled and memorable day on beautiful Mackinac Island, where time has stood still.

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