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
Food was good, not outstanding. Wonderfu ...
Food was good, not outstanding. Wonderful,waitress. Very helpful. Panoramic view from high floor location.
Strange how they wouldn't seat us 1/2 ha ...
Strange how they wouldn't seat us 1/2 half hour before reservation even though the place was empty. If there was a reason they should just say what it is.
The food was delicious, I had the Sea Ba ...
The food was delicious, I had the Sea Bass my husband had the Filet Mignon. The service was also great. The view was breath taking!!!! Very romantic. If we lived in TC this would be my go to place.
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.
Take a look at the view, maybe have a dr ...
Take a look at the view, maybe have a drink at the bar and then leave. Not worth an evening spent more than a cocktail.
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.
Delicious food, great service. Make a re ...
Delicious food, great service. Make a reservation around sunset, you won't be disappointed.
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.
Loved the service and view. For the price food was s disappointment. Overpriced for what you get. Salad should be included in meal.
Service was excellent on our 53rd anniversary - our server was exceptional - filet was perfectly prepared.
wife ordered the Sea Bass. It looked like catfish. We will not be back. Used to be a good restaurant.
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.
Fresh and delicious food , loved the music and the view is beautiful!! We will be back
Velentine's Get Away
This was our fourth year booking the "Do Not Disturb" package over Valentine's weekend. Saturday evening dinner and Sunday brunch at the Aerie were amazing. See you next year!
Sunday brunch is awesome.
Sunday brunch is awesome.
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 $15 we received 2 scallops each the size of quarters and they were so salty they were inedible. We all sent them back. Meagan's filet was the same, so salty it actually crunched in your teeth, she sent it away. By this point she was so disappointed in her meal she settled for a bowl of over priced soup. The entire experience was terrible and we will never recommend this restaurant to anyone and trust me when I say we see several hundred clients a month between the four of us. The waiter tried to justify (very condescendenly) that "we should know that scallops come from the sea which is why they are salty". He doesn't know us! I've traveled the world and eaten scallops a lot of places and NEVER have they tasted so bad. Shame on him! The view was nice, though living here, it was the only thing that didn't surprise us. Michelle
Great food, great view
Ambiance is perfect, view is unmatched. Servers were helpful, courteous and friendly. Food was well-made, perfect temp, and servers were friendly.
thought the food was on the cold side.
We had the brunch and new fish was brought out and it was not hot.
a bit dissapointed about the NYE's offering
When we arrived they didn't have some of the menu items, which was disappointing. The portions were also relatively small considering the price (55$ 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
Buffet's are not my favorite form of a m ...
Buffet's are not my favorite form of a meal. I found the dessert table not that great & the breads many were dried out.
We had a very pleasant experience here
Very nice views, friendly service and good food. Recomendeded.
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.
This was the first time we have ever gone out to eat for thanksgiving and we will definitely be coming back BEFORE the next thanksgiving holiday!! Food, service and atmosphere were ALL above par!!!
The turkey and stuffing was okay but I loved the bread pudding.
This is the second year we joined Aerie for Thanksgiving brunch and it was equally spectacular. Great food and atmosphere, no one rushed us. It was a relaxing day!
Great View; Good Service; So-So Food
This was the second year in a row that my wife and I have gone to the Aerie to celebrate Thanksgiving. Lets be honest - the Aerie is one of the best locations for a meal. Last year, the Thanksgiving buffet was a true and wonderful surprise. The curry soup unexpected, unusual and outstanding; the dessert great; the main course wonderful. Since we would be spending our Thanksgiving at our place in Elk Rapids again this year, we decided to return. This was in some ways a mistake. When we arrived, we were seated in a booth; when we asked if we could have a window seat, we were told that that was for groups of three or more. BTW, later on, we saw groups of two being seated at the same type of window tables (must be who you know); when we left, we saw several tables next to the window that had remained empty during our entire stay. Second, the meal, while plentiful, was not up to past standards. The omelette was tasteless; the heritage carrots tasty but undercooked; the dessert spread mediocre; the sweet potato/bacon soup sweet and crunchy (a new experience). BTW, the turkey was very tasty and tender. Overall, a disappointment compared to last year. Pity because the quality of the meal contrasted greatly with the beauty of the view (we had quite a view of the area, being on the 16th floor with the sky being clear). Before finishing this review, I would be remiss in not complementing the Aerie for the quality of their staff. Except for the person who led us to our table, the serving staff was helpful, friendly, and informative. We will have to try this spot again next year to see which experience was more indicative.
excellent food, loved the Pumpkin Praline soup!
Easter Buffet was excellent, food was outstanding as always, buffet was set up very nicely and what can I say about the mesmerizing dessert bar. The deserts were stunning. It was very evident that a lot of effort and care went into preparing this delicious buffet. ingredients used were fresh and vibrant. Wait staff very attentive. We most certainly will be going again.
The menu in such a beautiful restaurant ...
The menu in such a beautiful restaurant (upscale) should have more vegetarian and gluten-free options. Ordered the house salad and it came with bacon, even though it was not on the menu description. The meat eaters in our party had a great experience. The vegetarians had the choice of salad, cup of soup or tofu, which is not a good vegetarian option.
Excellent food we were there for Sunday ...
Excellent food we were there for Sunday brunch and the view was amazing with the fall colors and lake outside our window.
Great food, great views.
We arrived and were promptly seated. The flowers I ordered were on the table. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and helpful. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Sunday Brunch Buffet
We went for Sunday brunch buffet and were very disappointed. We have enjoyed this buffet in the past, but this time it was not much more than a breakfast buffet. The food was good, but too costly for what was offered. Our server, Elise, was excellent!
Food not as good as in the past.
I was rather disappointed with the food this year. No carving stations of ham or prime rib. All the smoked salmon, cheese and crackers were gone. Very limited food choices. No pancakes/waffles or French toast? Also very limited dessert choices? The service was great! Felt well taken care of. Even brought a special dessert from the dessert buffet with a candle lit for my daughter's 10th birthday.
Food was good, but limited options. The ...
Food was good, but limited options. There was a good omelette station, your typical breakfast foods, and some limited salad options. There was only 2 "non breakfast" dishes, noodles with a little meat, and veggies with a little meat, that was disappointing to my spouse, as he was hoping for some other food options. Dessert was very good, lots of choices. It is nice that they include a drink, even Mimosa. Service was good. We had a great scenic view of Grand Traverse Bay! Make reservations on Sunday morning, very busy.
Restaurant had great views but decor is ...
Restaurant had great views but decor is outdated, the atmosphere lacked energy, and the wait staff was slow.
Slow Service but Good Food
I am not one to typically complain but I found this restaurant slow even as far as romantic dinners go. By the time our appetizer came I had honestly forgotten we ordered one and thought they just forgot. The food is great and the view is unbeatable. But it was seriously 2 hours from the time we entered until we left. Like I said, that is slow even for the busiest of restaurants. Other than that, nothing to complain about though.
It was just so-so.
Overall, it was just so-so. It felt like any generic restaurant with a great view. Nothing unique.
Very nice experience.
We were there on September 16 for a company meeting. We had a very nice experience, from the service to the food quality and presentation. We will definitely return.
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