We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

The Gate House

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
286 Grand Avenue, Mackinac Island, MI
+1 800-334-7263
Today
11:00 - 02:00
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

272 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 272: English reviews
Brooklyn, Michigan
Level Contributor
71 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

Great food, great menu, great atmosphere. The wait staff was friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. I highly recommend this place.

Helpful?
Thank danschultz
GHKellie, Social Media Manager at The Gate House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are glad that you had a good time and hope to see you again soon! More 

DeWitt, Michigan
Level Contributor
74 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

Every year we come to the island we come here for a meal. This place never disappoints. The greens salad is spectacular, the burgers amazing, roast chicken juicy and yummy.

Helpful?
Thank LISA C
GHKellie, Social Media Manager at The Gate House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We appreciate you being a repeat customer and look forward to seeing you again! More 

Atlanta
Level Contributor
84 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

If you go here there is so much to choose from on the menu that is really good. The trout dip, pretzel sticks and nachos were really good. The Moscow Mule was very tasty and they used a ginger beer that has more spice then sweetness, which I like. The patio has great atmosphere and on a sunny day you... More 

Helpful?
Thank ZK29
GHKellie, Manager at The Gate House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. The Trout Dip is a new favorite and we are glad you enjoyed it. More 

Fostoria, Michigan
Level Contributor
35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

The Gate House reminds me of an upscale sports bar. They have several TV's around the restaurant and the bar area seems to be a hopping place. The food is of much better quality than a typical sports bar. The portions are very generous. We tried their nachos, great, and loaded potatoes, also great. And they have a number of... More 

Helpful?
Thank klovasz
GHKellie, Manager at The Gate House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Sounds like you got to try a few of our best sellers, we are glad you had a good time and enjoyed the food. We hope to see you again on your next visit to Mackinac Island. More 

Eau Claire, MI
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

We had dinner at the Gate House Tuesday evening. The food was excellent and the service was great. The creme brulee was wonderful!

Helpful?
Thank Ann G
GHKellie, Social Media Manager at The Gate House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are glad you had a good time. More 

Holland, Michigan
Level Contributor
223 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

We went for dinner & had good food (whitefish & ribs) with big portion sizes. The service was excellent. The only challenge was that the high ceilings create a huge acoustical problem when the dining room is full (which it was). Our group of 7 had difficulty hearing each other converse. There is a beautiful outdoor seating area, too.

Helpful?
2 Thank IKE48
GHKellie, Social Media Manager at The Gate House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are sorry for the acoustical issue, we do have decorations that go up after we are open a bit longer that help with that problem. We are happy that you enjoyed the dining experience and hope to see you again soon. More 

Hessel, Michigan
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

A must stop for lunch,snack or quick drink!! Spinach & Lobster Dip and Carmen Miranda Rum Punch is my favorite. Service is super friendly!!

Helpful?
1 Thank lynelle02
GHKellie, Social Media Manager at The Gate House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. More 

Macomb, Michigan
Level Contributor
16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016

Had lunch at the Gate House and it was delicious. Had chicken sandwich. Service was quick and reasonable.

Helpful?
1 Thank jijakymcka5
GHKellie, Social Media Manager at The Gate House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We hope to see you again on your next visit to Mackinac Island. More 

Warren, Michigan
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

It has been a longstanding tradition to enjoy lunch outside at the Gate House. The views are as great as the food. Sometimes they even have outside live entertainment.

Helpful?
2 Thank Sgphoto1
Empire, Michigan
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

I have been coming to Mackinac Island every year for the last 20 years and have tried just about everything. I was really annoyed when the Grand Hotel started buying all of my favorite places. I was especially annoyed when they bought the Village Inn and stopped serving the best breakfast around. I resisted trying the Gate House for a... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank lelanddoc

Travellers who viewed The Gate House also viewed

Mackinac Island, Mackinac County
Mackinac Island, Mackinac County
 
Mackinac Island, Mackinac County
Mackinac Island, Mackinac County
 

Been to The Gate House? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$18
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 02:00
Monday
11:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 02:00
Thursday
11:00 - 02:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 286 Grand Avenue, Mackinac Island, MI
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Upper Peninsula  >  Mackinac County  >  Mackinac Island
  • Phone Number: +1 800-334-7263
Description
A casual restaurant/bar just a short walk down Grand Hill. Serving lunch, dinner, and beverages inside and outside. Televisions and live music. Overnight guests of Grand Hotel on the Modified American Plan or Full American Plan receive a $20.00 per adult credit towards the food portion of their dinner bill. There is tipping at The Gate House. Check the Restaurant Events Calendar for live music schedule, food/drink specials and more.Hours of Operation: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.Luncheon: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Dinner: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday Overnight guests of Grand Hotel on the Modified American Plan receive a $20.00 per adult credit towards the food portion of their bill.There is tipping at The Gate House.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Gate House and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Traverse City, Michigan

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from The Gate House staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?