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Cawthorne's Village Inn

1384 Hoban St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757-5151
+1 906-847-3542
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good24%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1384 Hoban St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757-5151
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went in for drinks, happy hour. Great bartender, he had great stories. Good drinks. Will return for dinner!!

Thank Cattop812
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent food we ate there 2 times during our stay on the island both lunch and dinner. I would highly recommend the planked Whitefish. The portion is big so if you order an appetizer the planked Whitefish can be split between 2 people. Our server...More

Thank wigsy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lunch at the Village Inn when we got off the ferry. We had whitefish, it was excellent. We have been to the Village for lunch almost every time we get to Mackinac Island. The food and the service are really good. Our waiter...More

Thank F. Peter H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My sister in law from the West coast had never eaten Whitefish so we went to the Village Inn. We had the smoked Whitefish dip, the Whitefish pieces, and the planked Whitefish. For desert we had cherry pie and coffee. Miles provided fabulous food and...More

Thank walleyefd
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We LOVE their planked white fish. We always have to have at least one dinner here. My husband liked the tv at the table so he could watch "the game." Great service. Great drink special!

Thank Davidamy617
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped in here twice for a quick lunch on the porch. So relaxing! The food was great and the prices much better than other restaurants on the Island. The french fries are the best ever.

Thank Sharon F
Reviewed September 12, 2018

The service was great. Had salad & others had soup. All very good and just right for a light lunch. Sat outdoors so we watched all the traffic of the horses and bikes, as folks staying on the island went about their business without cars.

Thank CTNana
Reviewed September 10, 2018 via mobile

We often eat at the Village Inn when we visit Mackinac Island. For a few years, the restaurant was under Grand Hotel management. If anyone is familiar with the Grand Hotel, you know everything they touch is very classy and fine. Well, I asked a...More

Thank berky2010
Reviewed September 8, 2018 via mobile

Disembarked from Sheplers Ferry and walked up to Cawthornes for lunch. Found table on the front porch and watched the horse taxis go by as we enjoyed a whitefish sandwich and cider ale. Friendly service by Lisa and reasonable price.

Thank donnabL7555GF
Reviewed September 4, 2018

Hungry on the night of our arrival, we found good food, good value and wonderful staff who stopped to check on us often. The waitress chatted just enough to share good hints and make us welcome, even bringing small dishes of things to taste.

1  Thank mlc48813
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August 29, 2018|
Response from tvansimaeys | Reviewed this property |
You can definitely walk. It’s only a couple hundred yards away.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1384 Hoban St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757-5151 (Formerly The Village Inn)
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Upper Peninsula  >  Mackinac County  >  Mackinac Island
  • Phone Number: +1 906-847-3542
  • E-mail
For 37 years, Cawthorne's Village Inn has been a favorite Mackinac Island destination of locals and tourists alike. In fact, it has consistently been voted one of northern Michigans best restaurants! A half block off Main Street, on Hoban Street and straight up from Shepler's Ferry Dock, sits “the VI,” where summer visitors can dine on the outdoor patio and watch a passing parade of horses, carriages, bikes and walkers. Originally opened as the Village Inn in 1981, diners enter below a hanging sign announcing its house specialty, Planked Whitefish, which has garnered international acclaim. We also feature other Great Lakes fish, fresh from waters in and near the straits of Mackinac. Inside, enjoy your favorite sporting event on the indoor televisions and take your chance at Keno and pull tabs. You can also enjoy live musical entertainment on select evenings and seasonal bar specials.
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