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Chandler's A Restaurant

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215 1/2 Howard St, Petoskey, MI 49770-2411
+1 231-347-2981
08:00 - 21:00
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Sun 08:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 08:00 - 23:00
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147 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2015

The reviews are correct that this is a small place. 10 tables, 10 seats at the bar. The tables are not terribly crowded, but they are very close to the bar. Add in a few loud patrons, and you feel like you are at the bar. Food was good. Parking was a pain. Service was pretty good. Wine list was... More 

Thank Manager V
Kingsport, Tennessee
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60 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015

Had an enjoyable lunch with friend whom we were visiting. Nice basement location with very comfortable 'cellar' feel. Good food.

Thank JahCruiser
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

Loved the ambiance and food at this wonderful wine bar/restaurant. It's a bit small, but worth the reservation! Great wine list as well

Thank Jessica K
Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2015

The Wine Cellar was a great venue and the Chandler's team did a terrific job! From the efficiency of the service to the culinary delights of the food...it was first class evening. Although we had 40+ people, and allowed each person to choose their entree when they arrived, the staff kept us on schedule without feeling rushed. Most of our... More 

Thank wwgreen3
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
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365 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2015

Spent a night in Petoskey and stopped in here for a couple pre-dinner drinks. We sat at the bar, which is a great place to see the open-concept kitchen. We didn't eat here, but the food that was coming out of the kitchen looked & smelled amazing. Staff were very friendly (and there was alot of them, so service should... More 

Thank MSkinner
Denver, Colorado, United States
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2015

Let's be honest here folks - Petoskey, Michigan is not exactly a culinary gem on the map. However, as a summer resident for my entire life (and the 4 generations before me), we've ferreted out a handful of places that satisfy our craving for a "nice" night out. Chandler's has always been on that list, but after a steady decline... More 

5 Thank Chelsea I
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177 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2015

It's probably the best in town. What a nice treat to dine and people watch. Outdoor seating is tight and the they have live music that's not too loud. The wine cellar seating is unique and the main room indoors is hip along with pleasant servers and hostesses alike. There is a small bar to sit down and enjoy a... More 

1 Thank hockeyeh
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2015 via mobile

Expensive, cramped and with little ambience. The food was good but lacked presentation. What took away from the dining experience was the fact we were seated by the VERY BUSY entrance door. Our waitress wanted us to order quickly as she had a brief 5 minute meeting to attend . She seemed annoyed we weren't ordering anything to drink other... More 

5 Thank Travelplans4me
Orlando, Florida
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 July 2015

We're traveling back from Machinaw Island to family cottage near Torch Lake, stopped in for dinner. Been at Chandlers about 4-times over many years we live in FL. The food has always been tasty and great, service can be up and down. This time the service was to slow for a Tuesday night. We had 3-adults and 2-girls (ages 3... More 

Thank Steven M
Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2015

The dining room at our hotel was closed. A disappointment since it had a lovely view of the lake. But WOW am I glad it was. Chandlers was one of the best dinner's we've had in a while and we dine out nearly 5x a week. Awesome unexpected sushi. But the halibut special was truly spectacular!! And truly outstanding service.... More 

Thank Lori M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 29 - US$ 50
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 215 1/2 Howard St, Petoskey, MI 49770-2411
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Emmet County  >  Petoskey
  • Phone Number: +1 231-347-2981
Located in the heart of downtown Petoskey, Chandler's - A Restaurant is a cozy and inviting place nestled behind Symons General Store. Chef Tommy creatively crafts seasonal menus and daily specials which offer a delightful selection of local fare, fresh fish, sushi and entrees prepared to perfection. We also proudly feature an extensive wine list and fun and unique cocktails such as the "Howard Street Punch" and "Awesome Coffee", that is sure to please any palate. For a change of scenery, guests can enjoy dining in our Wine Cellar where they are surrounded by the 4,000 bottle collection that serves both Chandler's and Symons General Store. Our Wine Cellar seats up to 54 guests and is available for private parties and special events. Enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday evening and in the summertime, dine on our outdoor patio and enjoy evening, live music every night of the week.

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