I made this reservation for a Fathers Day celebration. Once again, even though, through the Open Table reservation I requested 2:15pm, indoors and by the windows we were asked upon arrival if we wanted to sit inside or out. Because the heat index prediction, when I made the reservation, was going to be around 100 degrees I would have left if they had no inside table available. We probably should have left any way.
So we were seated inside yah! Sat us with menus that were breakfast and lunch, then the waitress took our drink order. We were surprised with the menu being Fathers Day but had each found something we wanted. Then I saw several large platters of fruit go by and when the waitress return we asked if there was a brunch going on? She said yes, that we were welcome to check it out and the price was $27.50. So we checked it out and decided to have the brunch. Ordered, went to filled our plates and returned to the table a little after 2:30pm. We were not told that the brunch ended at 3:00pm, but what was worse is the waitress returned shortly after us starting to eat and informed us that the brunch table would start to be broken down at 2:45pm! Our daughter shortly there after got up to get another plate before things were removed, the waitress immediately showed up to remove her plate that had hardly been touch, of course we stopped her and said we’re feeling very rushed so so she went back to get some other items. So to say this was a fun relaxing Fathers Day celebration would be a full out lie. The food was less then the quality expected, but it was the “end of the brunch” and we should not have been allowed to order it. Many items had little left by the time we got back to the table, not being replenished because it was almost over. So it’s really hard to give them a raving review.
Server was the best.
Decided to try someplace new and are we glad we did! This is a delightful restaurant with outdoor seating on the River. There was a singer/guitar player at the pool adjacent to the outdoor seating (this is a resort). The bar inside is a classic design, dark woods and such. The outdoor bar by the pool is good-sized with plenty of seating. The service was wonderful and the food terrific. Both fish dishes we had were excellent and the portions were generous. The wine/beer/cocktail menu was extensive but not overwhelming.
Another plus is that Plank's Tavern takes reservations - something very few establishments along the lakeshore do.
The lemonade needed to be fresh or at least with pulp.
I frequent Planks because I love the outdoor seating and waterfront. It is a nice place, i just wish they would step up the quality of the food. Its good but nothing special. With very little changes it could be much better. I will still go regardless.!
I had a very nice experience here. Everyone in our group of 6 had an excellent meal. We were there after church and there was a brunch buffet but you could also order off the menu.
Food, service and atmosphere were spot on. We had several appetizers and all were very tasty! A must try with amazing waterfront views!
Awesome Food! Great service! Covered porch was great because it was raining!
We ate outside with a beautiful view and a nice breeze. The food was exceptional as well as the service.
Loved the salads and the burgers were big and juicy.
One of a kind in the area. Flavors and views like no other!
This is my second time going to the Tavern for brunch and it didn’t disappoint. Great value and wonderful food. I normally don’t care for waffles but the great cook made them so soft and extremely tasty that I couldn’t pass them up or the toppings! I’ll be going back again!
The food was great and the service superb. We originally opted to sit outside but it got too cold and the staff were very helpful in moving us indoor. Interestingly, shortly after that, all other patrons sitting outside moved in as well for the same reason. Our server was extremely helpful with the menu choices, helped us pick out a great wine very reasonably priced and was most friendly. Our water glasses were never left empty and the overall ambience was understated class - not too formal but very nicely done. We will be back.
Service very slow to start. Our server greeted us right away and acknowledged we were there for a birthday. However, he disappeared and we didn’t see him for about 20 mins and in that time I had to order our drinks at the bar. He came over and said he was sorry about the wait and he was busy outside but he didn’t know that I saw him standing at the bar for at least 5 minutes chatting with the other servers—pretty sure he just forgot. It took another 10 mins to get our drink so a total of 30 mins before we received it. He did improve throughout our meal and the service was much better and I could tell he was making an effort. They have a great birthday presentation! I will say planks has really amazing food and the dishes are visually appealing. Everything was delicious. I would highly recommend for the food. However, this is the second time (out of 3x) that service has been poor/non existent at the beginning of our meal. For that reason I hesistate to fully recommend.
The organic chicken dinner is a winner! It’s local and organic. Great meal and service!
The 72 degree weather helped but between server, food, brunch menu and outside seating it was an excellent 2-1/2 hours for a distance family meal.
The charcuterie board was excellent and so was the Meyer lemon salad!
Food was great. Our first time to this restaurant. We both liked it.
Date lunch with my girlfriend.
food & service was great. We went there for an anniversary dinner and they made it special for us.
This place does not disappoint. Excellent food. Great presentation. Servers were friendly and knowledgeable. Atmosphere conducive for conversation. Enjoy every time I have been there.
The staff(Paul and our server Brian) were very attentive. Paul was so welcoming and truly cares that everyone who comes to dine gets the quality service and top notch food. Hats off to Planks.
We did a birthday dinner
What a wonderful treat. All of our food was superb, our waitstaff was pleasant & helpful. This was such a good experience!!
Great shrimp and grits.
Wonderful anniversary dinner here at this inn’s restaurant; staff were kind, generous, and accommodating and our meals and drinks were spectacular. Would recommend!
Loved the halibut, my husband had the sea bass, both were delicious.
Jen was phenomenal!
We had a nice breakfast on a busy Sunday. It was a beautiful day looking out over the St. Joseph river.
We absolutely love Planks! The food is amazing...great tasting and beautiful, too. Paul and Anthony are so attentive to everyone dining there. We go there in every season...being out at the Tiki Bar is so nice....It's our top choice for dining in this area!
Great place to have dinner when visiting Benton Harbor!
Excellent quality and value. Not fond of the main dining room but the pub area is nice - especially during the winter months with the nice fireplace.
The food and drinks were excellent and the atmosphere was great. We really enjoyed are tome there. Will defiantly stop again when we're in town.
Warm and inviting dining environment with friendly and timely servers. The menu is outstanding while the specials were truly special. The managers Anthony and Paul make a point of visiting each table to ensure your dining experience is exceptional.
Unlike anything in the area! Fresh, innovative and amazing flavors! They have it all!
Good food but definitely overpriced.
The have a fantastic brunch! Excellent bloody Mary's and chicken and biscuits!
The menu items had changed, but the chicken pesto pizza was delicious. We had a great time. The serve was very good.