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Shari At the Willard Hillton - CLOSED

1506 W Beaver Rd, Auburn, MI 48611-9712
+1 989-662-6621
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good22%
  • Average11%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible3%
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“sorbet” (3 reviews)
“white fish” (2 reviews)
“salmon” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours Closed
Italian, French, American, International
$$ - $$$
1506 W Beaver Rd, Auburn, MI 48611-9712
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Reviewed July 10, 2017

We went to dinner to celebrate my boyfriend winning Staff Member of the Month where we work. When I made our reservation, I learned that the restaurant was closing for business in a couple of weeks. I'm so glad we got a chance to eat...More

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank SandraJBayCity
Reviewed June 15, 2017

We were hoping to celebrate our 60th wedding anniversary at Shari At the Willard Hilton, as we had celebrated other anniversaries and birthdays there. In the past, we usually enjoyed being there and the food. This time we were very disappointed. The food was very...More

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank DaveMich2013
Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

Went here on a busy night, Valentine's Day. They were busy but well staffed. We loved the appetizers, super wine list, and dinner was awesome. Hubby had seafood risotto and I had stuffed pork tenderloin. We both agreed we would order the same thing again....More

Date of visit: February 2017
Thank 963TL
Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Wow! Very impressive Mother's Day brunch, complete with omelet station, hot and cold dishes and fantastic desserts. We brought children and it was appropriate for them as well (we usually leave them home when we go for dinner). Shari's never disappoints!

Date of visit: May 2016
Thank Jill H
Reviewed August 1, 2016

After being seated 40 minutes we still didn't have a bottle of wine. We had ordered four different bottles from the winelist and none was in stock. Finally after waiting on each recheck, a RESCUE! Three bottles of Cab that they did have were brought...More

Date of visit: July 2016
Thank Cam8880
Reviewed June 3, 2016

After hearing several rave reviews, we had dinner here. Arrived at 6:00 p.m. mid-week. Although there was only one other table seated, we were given a table in the same room very near to the other couple. A family came in shortly thereafter, and were...More

Date of visit: May 2016
1  Thank Nancy P
Reviewed March 15, 2016

I go to shari's 2-3 times a year, more if I can. This place is amazing! I've been attached to this restaurant since my first visit and have been telling friends and family about it ever since. The atmosphere is calming, the service is very...More

Date of visit: May 2015
1  Thank Alex R
Reviewed February 9, 2016

We get to Shari 2-3 times a year. This visit was a impromptu family outing. We arrived shortly after they opened and seated us without a reservation. The menu has changed since we were last year with some new entrees. A little about Shari, don't...More

Date of visit: January 2016
1  Thank drlooper
Reviewed January 10, 2016

I was very excited to take some friends to dinner with my husband for their Christmas gift to this restaurant. We have had nice dinners there before. This time I ordered risotto with lobster tail and shrimp which sounded great. Everyone else ordered petite filet...More

Date of visit: January 2016
2  Thank lenorecrawford
Reviewed August 11, 2015

The Shari famous salad is one of my favorites. The homemade soups are always good. I enjoy the fish dishes. We dined at Shari's this past weekend and enjoyed meat dishes for a change of pace. We had veal tenderloin and duck. Prepared the way...More

Date of visit: August 2015
Thank cjsbrown
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$10 - US$60
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1506 W Beaver Rd, Auburn, MI 48611-9712
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Auburn
  • Phone Number: +1 989-662-6621
Shari at the Willard Hillton is centrally located in Mid-Michigan, in one of Michigan's last known Ghost Towns. The "Willard Hillton", our building, was once known as the Beaver Hotel. It was built in the late 1800's, and housed not only the hotel, but the local jail, general store, and saloon. It was jokingly nicknamed "Willard Hillton" by townspeople 50 years ago, and has been known as such ever since. Today it is one of only three original buildings remaining in the town of Willard. Interestingly enough, the historic jail cell with its cave like walls and sand floor now houses our Wine at perfect cellaring conditions year round. Executive Chef and Owner Shari Rae Smith is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. She has transformed this Historic Saloon into a highly acclaimed Restaurant. With the ever ambitious yet creative spirit of the restaurant Shari and Executive Chef Stephen Litchey, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, create new menus every two to three weeks. As a result we are continually expanding our wine program. Our establishment carries in excess of 110 wines at any given time, ranging in price from $28.00 to $275.00. This allows everyone exceptional wine in every price category. In addition, Shari offers Wine dinners no less than four times a year. The wines we showcase at these dinners are wines we want to familiarize our clientele with. We select five to six wines that we would like to feature for the upcoming menu pairing the wine with Shari's cuisine resulting in an evening of exceptional wine, fine food, and an enjoyable dining experience for a very reasonable price.
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