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Boatwerks

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216 Van Raalte Ave, Holland, MI 49423-3154
+1 616-396-0600
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11:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Holland, Michigan
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Love the hummus and outdoor seating... but we have had some of the worst waiter service ever. It's unfortunate because they could hire higher end staff and train them more. For the price the food could be better too. I'll keep coming back for the hummus and view but it's not a place to impress friends with when service is... More 

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Thank travel_chicx
Boatwerks, Manager at Boatwerks, responded to this review

Thank you for giving us your review. Please do not hesitate to give us a call, or ask to speak to a manager if you ever have this type of experience again. We do consider our staff quite good, but that being said, there is always room for improvement, and mishaps do happen. We take this sort of feedback very... More 

Holland, Michigan
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the Hummus for appetizers, a Burger, Fries, Perch Sandwich and a Cuban Panini. All the food was good, and the menu had some things I would like to try, but I thought the add on expense for Fries, (2.50), and a coke, (2.49), was a little steep. Nice views of the lake.

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Thank vette350
Boatwerks, Manager at Boatwerks, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give us your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our food and menu options! Your feedback will also be passed on to our management team. Thanks again! More 

Holland, Michigan
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119 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Surprisingly good brunch. Usually smorgasbord brunches are so-so on food quality with thick tough meats and always slow refills of food. . The food for this holiday brunch was really good and there was never a wait for any of the foods. Tender roast beef, great turkey, wonderful sides, and a table full of fantastic deserts. These folks did a... More 

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Thank hjb4971
Boatwerks, Manager at Boatwerks, responded to this review

We are happy to hear that we surprised you! We really try to go above and beyond when it comes to our food quality and selection. Thank you for your wonderful feedback! More 

Kalamazoo, Michigan
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23 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I made a last minute reservation for New Year's Eve dinner. With no advance warning, I informed the waitress that I can't eat onion or garlic. I assumed that I would just go without sides, but my salmon came with very well prepared substitutes. On such a busy night, I was so grateful! Great service, very friendly and helpful staff.

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Thank MurphKazoo
Boatwerks, Manager at Boatwerks, responded to this review

Wonderful to hear! Thank you so much for taking the time to give us your review! We have an amazing team here at Boatwerks, and we are so pleased that they were able to accommodate your needs. More 

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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the most attractive restaurant settings in Holland; we live here and go there frequently. At the same time, we're never sure what to expect. Sometimes the meals are excellent; sometimes the meal we looked forward to is no longer on the menu. Sometimes the service is great and sometimes they're overwhelmed. Nonetheless, we still go -... More 

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Thank Linda C
Boatwerks, Manager at Boatwerks, responded to this review

Hi Linda, thank you for your feedback. We are so happy to hear that you have continued to visit us despite some frustrations. Our menu does change, generally twice a year. We have a summer, and winter menu. That being said, we do try to keep our most popular items available for year round guests. Our Whitefish, Perch, Stir Fry,... More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Delicious! Lots of choices... A really really good "spread" of food! All food and desserts kept stocked! Wait service is excellente! I would totally recommend this buffet to friends and family

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Thank Caroline S
Boatwerks, Manager at Boatwerks, responded to this review

That's fantastic! Thank you so much for taking the time to give us your feedback! More 

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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

This is a wonderful restaurant with plenty of atmosphere, both inside and out. Everyone in our large party, thoroughly enjoyed their meals. It has a delightful nautical decor. The service was excellent, as well. All in all a great dining experience.

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Thank Frederick W
Boatwerks, Manager at Boatwerks, responded to this review

Thank you for your compliments. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. More 

California
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163 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Excellent service, beautifully decorated restaurant on the shore on Lake Macatawa. Do yourself a favor and get away from the boring, cookie-cutter chain restaurants and try something different. You will not regret. Menu options area creative, attractively presented, and flavorful. This is a great choice for lunch or dinner.

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Thank mitravel206
Boatwerks, Manager at Boatwerks, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review, your feedback is greatly appreciated! More 

Kentwood, Michigan
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100 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Summer's over, but still a nice location near downtown Holland on the waterfront. A little hard to get to with a lot of one-way streets, but parking available on site. Nautical theme in a contemporary building, with Chris-Craft prints, ships wheel, historical local and nautical artifacts. Mostly a burger and salad place for lunch, although half-order entrees available. Lunch "special"... More 

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Thank Gerald D
Boatwerks, Manager at Boatwerks, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to give us your feedback. I have shared your review with our management team, and we will be sure to discuss the soup prices. Thank you for your business! More 

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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

So much potential. Good bar options and lots of outdoor seating, but... Food is very inconsistent. Some trips it's excellent, some trips its unacceptable. That's just referring to quality. 90% of the time it comes out wrong. Service is bad about that amount of time as well. Poor speed, orders wrong, inattentiveness, etc. Been going there for 8 years and... More 

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Thank Aaron M
Boatwerks, Manager at Boatwerks, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are very disappointed to hear that this was your experience and opinion of Boatwerks Restaurant. We would love to speak to you in more detail if possible. Please call 616-796-0740 and ask for Shawna, or feel free to email me at sgroendal@boatwerksrestaurant.com to discuss your experience in more detail. Your feedback is certainly appreciated,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 40
Cuisine
American, Bar
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Private Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 20:00
Monday
11:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 20:00
Thursday
11:00 - 20:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 216 Van Raalte Ave, Holland, MI 49423-3154
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ottawa County  >  Holland
  • Phone Number: +1 616-396-0600
Description
Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant is Holland's only waterfront restaurant! The indoor dining room and Runabout Lounge feature picturesque views of Lake Macatawa on three sides, or enjoy outdoor dining and unbeatable views from the outdoor patio and bar during warmer months. The New American Menu features fresh seafood and premium meats, with a focus on fresh preparations and quality produce. The building's design features exposed beams and brick, harkening back to the historic boat-building factories that lined the shore of Lake Macatawa in earlier days. The restaurant walls are lined with historic photos of Lakes Michigan and Macatawa and historic Holland, Michigan. The Boatwerks Event Center features the beautiful, 3,300-square-foot Black River Ballroom and an outdoor courtyard, suitable for weddings and family or corporate events of up to 300 people. Make your dining plans for Boatwerks Restaurant in Holland, Michigan today!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?