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Stafford's Pier Restaurant

102 E. Bay Street, Harbor Springs, MI 49740
+1 231-526-6201
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good30%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Open Now
11:30 - 21:00All hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
102 E. Bay Street, Harbor Springs, MI 49740
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Love the food and atmosphere. It's a family tradition. Can't beat the views and the seafood. Outside dining available too.

1  Thank Susan B
Reviewed yesterday

We went to the lounge and had to wait a bit to get started, but then the service was quick. We shared to small salads and two seafood small plates. They were delicious.

2  Thank Chris C
Reviewed 3 days ago

We spent 6 days recently in the northern regions of Michigan's lower peninsula. Of the places where we ate, this was by far the best package. It is not cheap, but we found the food and setting delicious and relaxing, followed by a stroll around...More

1  Thank Stoddard C
Reviewed 3 days ago

Our friend is a local and took us to this restaurant for lunch. The inside of this place was so fun to see! The story behind the tour boat that's parked right outside is great... what a find! From what I understand, it will take...More

Thank Geenza
Reviewed 4 days ago

I am a professional chef and happened to be in the Harbor Springs area with friends. We went to the Pier as we are all seafood and fish enthusiasts. It took some time to get a server to our table to take drink orders. I...More

Thank 81Vicki2013
Reviewed 6 days ago

I am not even a seafood fan! Stafford's, once again, "gets it right" with this classic seafood establishment right on the water next to the harbor in "downtown" Harbor Springs. I had the opportunity to enjoy a late lunch here with my two children and...More

1  Thank cmw1013
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the location of this restaurant, but actually sat outside at the bar overlooking the harbour....with all the fancy boats. The tour boat is also anchored here, though it was pretty finished for the season...I think. Sat outside on a cool afternoon, and had a...More

1  Thank WorldTvlerParker_CO
JodyEwbank, General Manager at Stafford's Pier Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello World, thank you for taking the time to write a review. Our boat tour is still going, though times are consolidated in the shoulder season, and we haven't missed a day yet this summer. Thank you for enjoying our view and one of our...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I have now been to Stafford's Pier 3 times and each time is even better!! We LOVE this place. Excellent food. Fun presentation. Phenomenal lake and marina views. A classy restaurant with an east coast feel. Friendly staff (both servers and hosts)....More

Thank B M
JodyEwbank, General Manager at Stafford's Pier Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you BM for your review. You described exactly what we planned when our remodel was in process. Bree IS great, and we're happy she is part of this team. Please join us again soon, and again, thank you!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The view is always a draw here and the decor update is very nice. My husband and I both ordered the oak plank whitefish. The presentation was appealing and the fish was served with just a hint of brown on the top but it really...More

Thank Joan42469
JodyEwbank, General Manager at Stafford's Pier Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Joan, thank you for your kind words regarding our decor, view and service. Whitefish is most definitely a very mild fish, which is usually why it is enjoyed by so many who visit our area. I'm so sorry you wanted a cappuccino, as this...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stafford's is a beautiful restaurant with a wonderful view of Harbor Springs Harbor and the bay beyond it. The food is just ok, but good enough, and with the great view it is very popular. We came for lunch, and were seated on the patio....surprise...a...More

Thank Gatorgolfer
JodyEwbank, General Manager at Stafford's Pier Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Gatorgolfer, Thank you for your nice comments regarding the view and our restaurant. I am hoping that you weren't charged wrong, as our perch sandwich is 15.00 on the menu, and always contains four perch fillets. Would you please contact me at jody@staffords.com so...More

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2 September 2017|
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Response from 909joann | Reviewed this property |
I have been there many times and had a very bad experience when we took relatives there from out of town! We waited more than an hour for our food, when our waitress showed up she asked if we wanted to order??? The manager... More
9 July 2017|
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Response from JodyEwbank | Property representative |
Hi Katsuan, feel free to call anytime for reservations. 231 526 6201, ask for the captains table. It is a large, semi circular booth that will seat 12 people. We look forward to your visit. Jody
Sally W
4 July 2017|
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Response from JodyEwbank | Property representative |
Hi Sally, the outside dining does not take reservations, due to constant weather changes. If you come early enough, there's always plenty of space, For lunch 1130 is when we open. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$28
Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 102 E. Bay Street, Harbor Springs, MI 49740
    (Bay at State)
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Emmet County  >  Harbor Springs
  • Phone Number: +1 231-526-6201
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A tribute to the maritime heritage of beautiful Harbor Springs, Stafford's Pier Restaurant offers true waterfront dining, quite literally, as the Pier Restaurant was built on original pilings over the harbor. The Pier's Pointer Room overlooks the historic yacht basin while offering visitors a superb choice of fine cuisine. A local meeting spot, the Wheelhouse Lounge is open daily for cocktails with a complete menu. Dudley's Deck is without question the most famous outdoor dining spot in northern Michigan and the place to be each and every Fourth of July. Along with spectacular views, the Pier notes an impressive culinary team, lead by Executive Chef Rob Sargent. The Pier is always the center of action in Harbor Springs all year long. And especially when summertime hits, there is probably no more popular nightspot in town.
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