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Hours of Operation


Currently Closed until December 9th, 2020

The Boathouse will be following the Governors and MDHHS three week epidemic order to save lives, protect frontline workers and our staff.  We will be closed and not offering carry out during this time and plan to re-open on Wednesday December 9th.  


We will still be offering Thanksgiving Carry Out for those that have signed up.  Reservations can still be made online or taken over the phone for the rest of December or any other dates in the future.  We will be taking orders for Holiday Gift Certificates.  


Stay Safe & Thank You

Doug & Staff

By Executive Order 2020-147 from Governor Whitmer:

Face Coverings are Required to Enter this Business

Stay Safe to Stay Open!

Boathouse To-Go Specials

Thursday, December 24th 

Christmas Eve Dinner To-Go!

Pick up 12pm - 3pm

Boathouse Christmas Eve to-go menu 2020-

Thursday, December 31st 

Go Big or Go Home, New Year's Eve Dinner To-Go!

Pick up 12pm - 3pm

Boathouse New Years Eve to-go menu 2020-
Welcome to the Boathouse


Nestled on the shores of beautiful Bowers Harbor the Boathouse takes full advantage of its delightful view of the docks and bay with wide-open windows and a summer deck. Indoors, the charming decor invokes a relaxed cottage atmosphere where both the casually and formally attired feel welcome.


Our talented culinary team pays attention to the entire plate, combining flavor, texture and presentation together so there won’t be a bite you don’t enjoy. Sunday brunch, cocktails by the fireplace, or dinner during our exclusive sunset views make your dining experience a memorable one.


There is an absolutely exquisite view from any area in the restaurant. Every dining experience at the Boathouse is accompanied by gorgeous West Grand Traverse Bay and sunsets that make for an unforgettable evening.

Check out this article in the Northern Express featuring the Boathouse!

About Us


From Doug Kosch, owner of the Boathouse:


I have been in the restaurant industry for over twenty years, and I never tire of hearing customers tell me what a wonderful experience they have had at the Boathouse.


It is our philosophy at the Boathouse that dining out should be more than entertainment; it should be an occasion of joy and fulfillment. From start to finish, we strive to ensure that this happens with delicious food, amazing service and extraordinary ambience.


The Boathouse experience begins with a drive along the shores of beautiful West Bay and its sparkling blue waters. Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted by either me or one of my friendly staff members. Your eyes will immediately be drawn to the welcoming cottage décor and the wall of windows that affords outstanding views of Bowers Harbor and the marina.


Once you are seated, our knowledgeable wait staff will offer advice in guiding you through the extensive food and wine menus. And while you are enjoying your meal our culinary team may venture out of the kitchen to share recipes and restaurant stories.


It is of the utmost importance to all of us at the Boathouse that our customers feel comfortable and appreciated. Offering fine dining in a casual atmosphere is, in my mind, the ultimate way to achieve this. That includes a welcoming space; elegant white table linens; fresh, high-quality, prepared-from-scratch ingredients; the finest wine selections; and gracious, accommodating service. Our guests may be joining us straight from the beach, a bike ride or the golf course, or dressed to the nines for a special occasion – in any case, their attire is the right attire for the Boathouse. All of this, combined with our incomparable waterfront location, provides the ultimate Northern Michigan dining experience.


While I am proud of the accolades that the Boathouse has received over the years from both local and statewide media, as well as from our customers, I am most proud of my staff. They are loyal and dedicated to their profession and truly skilled in what they do. Their enthusiasm, teamwork and smiling faces make it a pleasure for me to come to work every day.


I cordially invite you to come and share our wonderful setting and outstanding cuisine and look forward to seeing you soon!


Doug Kosch

Hours of Operation


Currently Closed

Dine in service will resume December 9th and weill be restricted to

50% capacity and no groups larger than 6 people*