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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%
Travellers talk about
“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 September 4, 2014

Shari never fails to perform when we're looking for a spot to celebrate a special event or just looking for a romantic evening for two. The menu is more reminiscent of a trendy Seattle or NYC eatery than the usual mid-Michigan fare, and the old...More

Thank Biljrat
Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

Shari has changed her menu so it is updated daily. The choices are outstanding and you can eat food you can not find anywhere else in the area. Tonight we had butterfish and stuffed flatiron steak. Excellent

1  Thank dew-s02
Reviewed July 11, 2014

I recently visited this restaurant and found it to be exceptional. The menu is quite diverse and the food is seasoned to perfection. My husband and I were not superbly hungry so opted to split a meal. We had a raspberry chicken crostini pre appetizer,...More

1  Thank 921rachelb
Reviewed June 13, 2014

To say this restaurant is in the middle of a cornfield is true! Leave the main drag now, enter and dine! You don't need a tie and jacket but you will believe you are eating in a suave NYC eclectic uptown eatery! Do not let...More

2  Thank Kay M
Reviewed June 1, 2014

Part of the adventure is leaving the crowded Interstate (only a few minutes away) and driving through the cornfields to an almost abandoned country crossroad. The general store was torn down long ago and the one pump gas station is boarded up. Only the old...More

Thank BoHahn
Reviewed May 10, 2014 via mobile

Two couple.s I have heard it was good.it isn't .It's fan-freaking-tactik .The fusion of flavors perfectionist. The chef must be from another planet. Because the food was from another world. Service A+.don't be in a hurry have fun. Please chef I have a dream we...More

Reviewed March 21, 2014

Decided to dine here for birthday and am glad we did. Shared the small spinach salad with avocado and strawberries which was just enough for 2. Bread was just okay and the dipping oil with garlic was just a tad too strong. Liked the sorbet...More

Thank Joan42469
Reviewed October 19, 2013

Had dinner at Share's again the other evening. As usual the food was excellent, service was top notch. One of the best restaurants in the area.

Thank ARP313
Reviewed October 13, 2013

I dined with 7 work associates. Service was terrific. A vegetarian in our group was told to "challenge the chef" with a food request. Another group member couldn't decide between two options so the server offered to give him half of each. For my entree,...More

Thank PJW83
Reviewed September 16, 2013

My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Shari's recently and found the experience quite mixed. Some of the food was quite excellent; some left us very disappointed. Some of the meats were overcooked; the dessert was very nice. The food by itself may...More

Thank michigantraveler05
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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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