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About Plank's Tavern
Plank's Tavern on the Water is on one of the oldest harbors in the Great lakes. Its approachable modern menu, home-style seating and waterfront location takes inspiration from the place it's in, the people who live here and the past it comes from. It's about our American food and drink, the abundance of our agriculture, the beauty of our land and water and our spirit of community and hospitality. The 76 seats in the main dining room are complimented with an additional 88 waterside seats on Plank’s covered porch.
Join us in a place where everyone is welcomed.
Saint Joseph, MI 49085
Contemporary American, American
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday-Sunday 7AM-11AM
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Dinner: Monday - Sunday 4-10pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music - call to verify dates & times
Free hotel parking lot at The Inn at Harbor Shores.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Space for up to 300 people
Plank's Tavern Ratings and Reviews
Unfortunately our experience was less than we'd hope for!!! We were familiar with the restaurant and I had been following it on Facebook! Our table was near a noisy area, our server was not "with it"....our food was ok, but not special, (my vegetables were roasted root vegetables and they weren't roasted enough) wine was good, no real vegetarian options....they were out of that entree! Disappointed.
We went to Plank's Tavern for the Mother's Day Brunch. There was a mix-up because we originally reserved a table for 8 via Open Table, but about a week or so before Mother's Day an employee called to confirm our reservation and at that time I asked her to change the number to 6. She confirmed the change and told me I did not need to change it on Open Table. When we arrived, we were at a large round table set for 8, which would have made it difficult to carry on conversations with the whole group. However, Plank's was very accommodating and moved us to a table much more suitable for 6.
The brunch food was good, but typical, or perhaps slightly above average, for bulk-cooked serve-yourself comfort food. They did have a made-as-you-wait pasta station, but none of us tried it. The service was very good and very accommodating. Staff were friendly and welcoming.
Location is right on the water and the dining room we were in had a nice view.
We loved this place and will definitely come back! We were coming for Mother's Day weekend with our 3 kids (ages 5-10) & wanted a nice place with more upscale food choices, not just the typical bar food. We loved the food selections and cocktail menu, and our kids were thrilled with their orders, too. The charcuterie was delicious, too! The only negative was that my dinner, the braised short rib, was really overcooked. The meat was quite charred on the outside and tough to chew. I am not one to send my food back or complain, so I just ate it anyway. It was still good despite the meat being very well done, but could have been better. We'd love to come back again & hopefully sit outside. The outdoor seating/view was amazing, and we were extremely please with our server. He was very attentive & made our dining experience very enjoyable. Next time, we hope to come back without the kids for a date night!
The Fish Fry was extremely expensive. The Ravioli was not enough for the price. Overpriced kids menu for a 2 year old. Service was just okay. We asked for a high chair and we had to remove the adult chair ourselves. Just because it is an expensive hotel for people to stay at, us locals like nice, reasonably places to eat. Will not go again for dinner.
What a wonderful surprise. My daughter and I were in the area sightseeing and looked on OpenTable for a spot for Sunday Brunch. Plank's came in with great reviews so we decided to give it a try. WOW! We had the most delicious brunch. I highly recommend the Chorizo Benedict! Awesome server too.
This dinner was just outstanding. All food was freshly prepared, really innovative and truly delicious. Service was attentive - more like big city dining than small town! The owner/manager was wonderful & made the evening extra special for us - we will be back and will recommend this to others. What a great evening!
The restraint was crowded so it was quite noisy inside. That was slightly disappointing since we were on a date night. Our waitress was outstanding. She was very friendly, and on top of everything. Despite the crowd the service was quick and the food was good. We will definitely be back.
Food was average. I ordered pork chops and the chef included risotto as a side (i.e., instead of mashed potatoes). The risotto had no taste, was mushy in texture, and included cranberries and walnuts, which I assume were to make it Thanksgiving / Fall themed-- it was bad. There was also no greens with the dish, so it just did not work; however, the pork was cooked and seasoned well.
The restaurant bills itself as 'on the river' but you'd never know that from where we were seated. Despite reservations and a low volume of other diners, we were seated near the entrance in a high-backed booth with NO view of the river or any of the implied ambience. This is the only table without a view. The booth seats are very low and awkward; I felt like the little kid at the adults table. Don't bother to come here. There are many other venues in the area with better dining.
The only issue was that we ordered bottles of wine, which I specifically asked to pay separately. This is due to the fact that I do not typically tip 20% on a bottle, especially when they do not pour it. That didn't happen and so they made out with a 20% added gratuity, which came out to another $35. Other than that Planks was very nice and accommodating, staff very friendly. Food was delicious.
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