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The Rowe Inn Restaurant

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6303 E Jordan Rd, Ellsworth, MI 49729-9701
+1 231-588-7351
05:00 - 09:00
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

The “Rowe Inn” is a dining experience we indulge in five or six times a year. It is located outside of Ellsworth in Northern Michigan. I have never been disappointed with my meal or the service. I find the menu changes with the season and always has something new to sample. I find it pleasing that every time we call... More 

Thank John F
Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Over the years this was a must do when traveling in northern Michigan. No longer. The menu has not changed in twenty years. Love the atmosphere but, the manager is obnoxious. Where was the owner. Not going back until I hear things have changed

2 Thank Mary Beth K
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Tucked along the side of a road this restaurant recalls roadhouses of yore, but one that is considerably tamer and warmer. Rich wood panelling completes the homey feel. The Rowe Inn boasts of its exceptional wine list and, if anything, they are being modest. Pages and pages of exceptional wines, from moderately priced to very expensive make for tantalizing reading.... More 

Thank John O
South Haven, Michigan
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

We had been to this restaurant many times in the past for great food and excellent wine. We made the special trip because it is charming spot but what a disappointment. It's past its hay day. The wait staff was not knowledgeable about menu and not helpful. Something you expect at these prices. We tried the Foie Gras and it... More 

2 Thank mpett4
Bloomfield Hills MI
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87 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

I wanted to love our return visit to the Rowe after so many years, but all I can express is disappointment. The food was for the most part tasty, and they still have an excellent wine list, and our actual server was nice enough, but the overall experience just isn't what one expects when spending over $200 on a dinner... More 

1 Thank jmbjdc
Scottsdale, Arizona
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130 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Went with a handful of golf buddies. The caprese salad was delicious, the chicken was cooked perfectly. Service was very nice. Dessert was good. Really nice cheese plate. Setting seems a bit odd/dated, but a truly wonderful meal. Worth the drive if u r golfing out west in Michigan.

Thank desertduffergolf
Berkley, Michigan
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

My husband and I have been here twice for our wedding anniversary. It is out in the middle of no where, but don't let that stop you. This place is amazing and will not disappoint. The service is ON IT! and the food has been over the top both times. They even put our names on the menu and happy... More 

Thank Jodie B
Toledo, Ohio
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Finally had dinner at the Rowe Inn! (twice) Our first evening in Ellsworth we had dinner at the Rowe. From appetizer to dessert the meal was fabulous. Awesome wine list as well. We liked it so much we went back the next evening. Another amazing meal. Don't miss this one if you are Up North!

Thank beagle25
Columbus, Ohio
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Th best food I've had in a long time. The service and the ambience are second to none. I highly recommend the Lasagne

Thank dtrotter54
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106 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

This has been a great place over the years, but it's in a slump. My lasagna arrived frozen in the center, as did my companion's. The filet was very, very small. Service is good.

1 Thank chicagolover59

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 40
French, European
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
05:00 - 09:00
05:00 - 09:00
05:00 - 09:00
05:00 - 09:00
05:00 - 09:00
05:00 - 09:00
05:00 - 09:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6303 E Jordan Rd, Ellsworth, MI 49729-9701
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Antrim County  >  Ellsworth
  • Phone Number: +1 231-588-7351
The Rowe Inn of Ellsworth, Michigan, offers an intimate, casual atmosphere of fine dining for Charlevoix, Torch Lake and all of Northern Michigan. You'll find our seasonal menus and expansive fine wine collection perfect for any occasion. Individuals, couples, groups and families are equally welcome and catered to. All our meals and wines are served with passion and commitment unsurpassed by anyone in Northern Michigan's fine dining industry.

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