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The Manitou

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4349 N Scenic Hwy, Frankfort, MI 49640-9719
+1 231-882-4761
16:30 - 22:00
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Wed - Mon 16:30 - 22:00
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Traverse City, Michigan
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

....the food and drinks are great, the service is quick and the setting is perfect. One thing to try is their early bird dinner menu. There are many smaller items found here including sandwiches available prior to 6 p.m. Just a perfect place for couples. Have been coming here for years as have many others. The Owner, Doug is friendly,... More 

Thank John G
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend & I stopped here on a weeknight & were seated right away. We sat in the bar area as it seemed more interesting. We shared the pan fried Walleye & it was excellent, perfectly cooked & flavorful. The Caesar salad was wonderful as well as the fresh bread that came with our meal. The wine choices were nice.... More 

Thank Alice T
Descanso, CA
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63 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is the third time I have eaten at The Manitou over a 15 year period and each time I go I swear I'll never go back, however, I was outvoted this time and had to tag along. It came as no surprise to me that it was an expensive and disappointing evening, but the others in my party learned... More 

Thank Dreamwoman
Durand, Michigan
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

It was delicious! I was hesitant at ordering the carrot bisque, but was so glad I did. Ordered the Trawler and it was fabulous. We will definitely be back. Owner and wait staff very attentive.

Thank Karen B
Traverse City, Michigan
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

The Manitou is a favorite of ours, and has been a recurring monthly visit for several years. We go early (for the early bird dinners) and that menu offers plenty of choices - ribs, fish, burgers are all very good. Good bartender here. Very good service. Worth the drive to this little gem!

Thank luxuryliving
Lisbon, Maine
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

After reading review of area restaurants picked The Manitou for dinner. Was seated without a reservation. Service was friendly and timely. Had the best spinach salad that I have ever had, full portion, and full of yummy ingredients, wonderful homemade dressing. Nice fresh warm bread also. Ended up taking half home for later. Boxed it with additional dressing and a... More 

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Thompsonville, Michigan
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119 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

I have eaten here a number of time and have always had a good experience. From being greeted promptly to having a table ready when we arrive, the experience at The Manitou is always enjoyable. Our waitress was very knowledgeable in regard to the menu offerings and even was able to suggest alternate food preparations for one in our party... More 

Thank Rsmith7412
Santa Barbara, California
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176 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

They have a varied menu with numerous choices. There`s something for everybody. They have a decent small wine selection with many other choices out side of wine. Service is with a smile and our waitress was well informed with details about all dishes discussed. Love the rustic atmosphere. Reservations best to do.

Thank BlakievanHemert
Irons, Michigan
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41 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

We've driven past the Manitou many times when visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes, but never have stopped. We decided to make the hour drive and celebrate a birthday dinner with friends. Unlike many popular lake shore restaurants, we were able to make a reservation. We arrived a 1/2 hour early and were seated 10 minutes late. The place was very busy... More 

Thank Jim A
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

My children gained a better understanding of what goes into sailing a ship during g our trip abound Manitou. The crew was friendly and the scenery pretty. This is not a sightseeing cruise, but a unique way to learn about sailing and enjoy an afternoon on the water.

Thank Fairbornmom

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4349 N Scenic Hwy, Frankfort, MI 49640-9719
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Benzie County  >  Frankfort
  • Phone Number: +1 231-882-4761

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?