About Aerie Restaurant & Lounge
Located on the 16th Floor of the Tower at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Aerie Restaurant & Lounge offers a premium casual dining experience like no other in Northern Michigan.
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:pm
Friday - Saturday: 5pm - 12am
1/2 mile north of the interstection of M-72 & US31
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Entertainment is featured in the Aerie Lounge on Friday and Saturday nights.
No charge for parking. Valet parking available for a fee.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Aerie Restaurant & Lounge can accommodate all your special event needs.
Aerie Restaurant & Lounge Ratings and Reviews
We will not go back to Aerie. So many d ...
We will not go back to Aerie. So many disappointments. Starting at the beginning. We arrived at 950 for a 1000 seating. The elevators wouldn't let us go to the top level (Aerie is on the top level). We tried all 3 elevators and asked a bellman who said "they just act up sometimes". Finally we were able to press the floor button. I told the hostess about the elevator issue and was told "Oh, we lock the elevators until 10". How about a sign in the lobby then? We were among the first people to be seated. The buffet including eggs with cheese that tasted like rubber. The soup was warm not hot. A beautiful view will be the only positive comment I include here.
The service at Aerie was horrible. Our ...
The service at Aerie was horrible. Our waitress neglected to bring us our requested water and bread. We were not asked if we needed anything at all for quite a long time (15-20 minutes) after we were seated, and finally had to get up and request that our waitress come back to our table. The restaurant was not terribly busy, so there was no excuse. Additionally, the manager was rude when we called to discuss our terrible service later that evening. We will never go back to Aerie.
I was overall disappointed with our bru ...
I was overall disappointed with our brunch experience. The food was inconsistent. The banana bread was terrible and my omelet was not cooked through and was runny. Other foods were very good such as the roast beef, mashed potatoes, sausage, soup and blueberry pastry.
I was very turned off that it was made clear to us at the start that only one beverage is complimentary. Except for coffee or tea included refills. I don't know how a high end restaurant can charge for a refill on orange juice. It just somehow seemed tacky to me. Also, if I wanted both coffee and orange Juice, I would have to pay for it. I can certainly understand having to pay for an alcoholic drink, but not an extra orange juice. The waitstaff was good, but we were told a manager would stop by to check on things, but that never happened.
Service was great, our waitress was exce ...
Service was great, our waitress was excellent, very attentive. Beautiful views and good food. The restrooms didn't have a changing table so had to change a baby next to the sink, trying to make sure he doesn't fall or get hurt.
Aerie is a gorgeous environment with exc ...
Aerie is a gorgeous environment with exceptional views. The food was beautifully presented and the choices allowed us to satisfy both the meat eater and the vegetarian. The service was a bit rushed, we had to slow the pace down ourselves.
For a fine dining experience this rates about 4 out of 5, but the views can't be matched!
We were one of three tables dining at al ...
We were one of three tables dining at all. The restaurant was almost empty except for a private party upstairs. I have never waited so long for food and drinks. The server was very nice but would disappear for a half hour at a time with no staff anywhere to ask what was going on. The food was way overpriced and very underwhelming. And when we could finally leave, there was no hostess and no employee to be found to discuss our experience with. The view is great and sunset was beautiful. I would go for a drink, pay immediately and eat elsewhere.
Outstanding service by David our waiter and had the personality which helped in our celebration of our 64th wedding anniversary. Lovely evening with and incredible view and great food. Also want to thank and recognize our casino host, Jeff Bussey who made all arrangements.
It was nice the view for me was pretty
Has a nice view for half table. My husband and I came here for our 5 year anniversary. He was sat next to a pillar and I got the view of the sunset. The service was ok. Nothing to write home about. For the price of the meal and the setup I would expect a suggestion a wine or something. She sounded like she had fun with the other tables though. Our food was good but since there wasn't much for description we didn't really get what we thought.
Had a 7:30 reservation Sat. night 4/30. ...
Had a 7:30 reservation Sat. night 4/30. Showed up at 7:00. Was told by the host that seating would be no problem as the restaurant was not busy yet. He was immediately overridden by Jilleen the hostess who said we absolutely could not be seated a minute before 7:30.
We went for a walk and discussed her rudeness before returning at the appointed time. Our server tried to provide an enjoyable evening but the kitchen was very slow and we had a 30 minute wait between first and second courses.
Amazing view and so-so food
My wife and I had dined here once a number of years ago and thought we'd try it again since we had a gift certificate we won at a silent auction. The view is truly spectacular and clearly the best reason to go. And the food wasn't bad per se, just not at all at the level that you might expect these days - 20 years ago it would have been amazing, but things have evolved. We also tend to like more local ingredients which clearly seemed to be lacking here. I think it will be a number of years again before we go back as there are just too many better options in town.
T.C. Restaurant Week Dinner, February 26, 2016
Aerie, high atop Grand Traverse Resort, is what locals think of as a special occasion restaurant, with its majestic views of the surrounding hills and water. We hadn't been to this venue since it was The Trillium, and took advantage of the Restaurant Week features. The space is still cavernous, the ambiance somewhat cold, and it's hard to catch waitstaff simply because of the concentric ring layout.
Food focus: The fried beet appetizer was interesting with its crunchy shell and prompted discussion about recreating it for a party. Grilled endive salad, although flavorful, would have been better with romaine to avoid discreet teeth-picking of the curly greens.
As to the entrees, my dining partner ordered the salmon and I had chicken. Midway through dinner, we traded plates as I liked the salmon better than the poultry - nice crisp exterior, cooked perfectly, and the shaved asparagus was an appealing side.
Both of us had the tropical dessert selection of coconut panna cotta, raspberries and passion fruit coulis. Kudos to the pastry chef as this dish was beautifully plated and offered a delicious combination of flavors.
A few negatives: There were no bread plates or salt and pepper shakers on our table and I had to ask for butter twice.
On our way out, we checked out the bar area which felt more intimate and offered a lounge menu. We plan to keep it on our list for future visits.
If you're visiting the area, go to Aerie, revel in the panoramic scenery of Grand Traverse Bay and sate your appetite with innovative food. If you are a local, go for the same reasons. It's worth adding to the trove of Traverse City food finds.
We loved the ambiance and the view at the restaurant. The only thing was that our server kept coming by every 2 min. We felt like we were at the Olive Garden for a few minutes there.
She kept pushing at what we wanted next and next while we were chilling with drinks.
We're the fine dining type who like to be disturbed as little as possible and plan to spend a couple of hours enjoying our experience. We had not even decided what to order for dinner and
our server came up and asked us what we wanted for dessert!! We were pretty ticked and she figured that out and left us alone. Don't let Alex be your server.
My girlfriends and I live in the Grand Traverse County area. We were surprising our friend with a night away. She has had a rough year raising her 3 & 4 year old mostly alone as her husband is out of town frequently, she's suffered a few tragic deaths in the family, etc. We booked a tower room and made reservations at Aerie for what was supposed to be a beautiful dinner. Our server (never disclosed his name) was fair, but seemed abrupt and not very accomodating. We really wanted this to feel special for Meagan. We ordered calamari and shrimp cocktail to share to start and it was sub par.( Barely enough to share and way over priced.) Clearly the shrimp was frozen and thawed, it was mushy and not good. The calamari was mostly breading and not good. We went on to order filets and sides of scallops. For $15 we received 2 scallops each the size of quarters and they were so salty they were inedible. We all sent them back. Meagan's filet was the same, so salty it actually crunched in your teeth, she sent it away. By this point she was so disappointed in her meal she settled for a bowl of over priced soup. The entire experience was terrible and we will never recommend this restaurant to anyone and trust me when I say we see several hundred clients a month between the four of us. The waiter tried to justify (very condescendenly) that "we should know that scallops come from the sea which is why they are salty". He doesn't know us! I've traveled the world and eaten scallops a lot of places and NEVER have they tasted so bad. Shame on him! The view was nice, though living here, it was the only thing that didn't surprise us.
a bit dissapointed about the NYE's offering
When we arrived they didn't have some of the menu items, which was disappointing. The portions were also relatively small considering the price (55$ pp). The waiter tried to make accommodations but it was still sup par. They also had a band playing but those sitting in the front part of the restaurant (like us) couldn't hear the music. It was a bummer considering that this is a beautiful restaurant with astonishing views, and their christmas brunch is great. They should consider doing a NYE's buffet instead of what they did this year...
Ridiculous Rip Off
We came here after a beautiful, memorable Christmas dinner a few years back.....BUT what adiffernce....it was simply a joke..... Service was slow (but very kind and courteous), no bread, no salads included with a $ 40.00 Filet....and the portions were RIDICULOUS.....so small....2 scallops was the whole appetizer...and tiny a arugula salad - sans arugula, (spinach, pine nuts and feta for 12.00 bucks), for our entre' my wife had quail was the size of two bites of a chicken wing.....my filet was less than 5 oz for 40 bucks......
We laughed instead of crying for 115.00 - NEVER will we go back........insane!!
Ended the evening going for take out afterwards at Culvers!
Food was not hot. I had expected more choice of both side and main dishes. Salmon was dry and overcooked. I expected a higher quality of food. Dessert bar was excellent as was the omelet station. Servicer had too many tables to tend to at once, so not much personal attention although she was pleasant
Excellent food and location
The food at Aerie is consistently excellent, with a changing menu and local fare. At the top of the Grand Traverse Resort Hotel, Aerie also has the most scenic view in the Traverse City area. This is a great place for date night, with a quiet ambiance and attentive, but reserved servers. We will definitely go back.
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