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Shari At the Willard Hillton

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1506 W Beaver Rd, Auburn, MI 48611-9712
+1 989-662-6621
17:00 - 21:30
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Saginaw, Michigan
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Went here on a busy night, Valentine's Day. They were busy but well staffed. We loved the appetizers, super wine list, and dinner was awesome. Hubby had seafood risotto and I had stuffed pork tenderloin. We both agreed we would order the same thing again. Enjoyed the pallet-cleansing sorbet. Had carrot cake and red velvet cake for dessert. The carrot... More 

Thank T L
Auburn, Michigan
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89 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Wow! Very impressive Mother's Day brunch, complete with omelet station, hot and cold dishes and fantastic desserts. We brought children and it was appropriate for them as well (we usually leave them home when we go for dinner). Shari's never disappoints!

Thank Jill H
Barrington, Illinois
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242 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

After being seated 40 minutes we still didn't have a bottle of wine. We had ordered four different bottles from the winelist and none was in stock. Finally after waiting on each recheck, a RESCUE! Three bottles of Cab that they did have were brought to our table with a price reduction in line with what we wanted to spend.... More 

Thank Cam8880
Mt. Pleasant, MI
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2016

After hearing several rave reviews, we had dinner here. Arrived at 6:00 p.m. mid-week. Although there was only one other table seated, we were given a table in the same room very near to the other couple. A family came in shortly thereafter, and were seated next to us. The room was small and quiet, and everyone could hear everyone... More 

1 Thank Nancy P
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 March 2016

I go to shari's 2-3 times a year, more if I can. This place is amazing! I've been attached to this restaurant since my first visit and have been telling friends and family about it ever since. The atmosphere is calming, the service is very friendly but not overly intrusive while your trying to enjoy your meal and the food... More 

1 Thank Alex R
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187 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2016

We get to Shari 2-3 times a year. This visit was a impromptu family outing. We arrived shortly after they opened and seated us without a reservation. The menu has changed since we were last year with some new entrees. A little about Shari, don't come here if you are in a hurry. Savor the experience, adjust your attitude. Things... More 

1 Thank drlooper
Midland, Michigan
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41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2016

I was very excited to take some friends to dinner with my husband for their Christmas gift to this restaurant. We have had nice dinners there before. This time I ordered risotto with lobster tail and shrimp which sounded great. Everyone else ordered petite filet with Boursin cheese stuffing. Dinners came and I looked at my dish. The waitress asked... More 

1 Thank lenorecrawford
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88 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2015

The Shari famous salad is one of my favorites. The homemade soups are always good. I enjoy the fish dishes. We dined at Shari's this past weekend and enjoyed meat dishes for a change of pace. We had veal tenderloin and duck. Prepared the way the chef recommends-rare. their vegan food is always good for those that care about vegan.... More 

Thank cjsbrown
Saint Helen, Michigan
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2015

We walked in and asked if we had a reservation. We didn't. The young man seating us then looked at the reservation book as if they weren't going to have any tables available. There was one table in there with a couple when we were seated. We ordered shrimp for an appetizer. It was just okay....a little too bland for... More 

2 Thank bartender126
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2015

My husband took me to Shari's for my birthday. I was blown away by the flavor of the food. At first glance the building gives no clue as to the delectable food inside. On Thursdays they have a fixed menu option where you can choose from either soup or salad, two different entres and two different desserts for $35 a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$60
Italian, French, American, International
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
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Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1506 W Beaver Rd, Auburn, MI 48611-9712
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Auburn
  • Phone Number: +1 989-662-6621
Shari at the Willard Hillton is centrally located in Mid-Michigan, in one of Michigan's last known Ghost Towns. The "Willard Hillton", our building, was once known as the Beaver Hotel. It was built in the late 1800's, and housed not only the hotel, but the local jail, general store, and saloon. It was jokingly nicknamed "Willard Hillton" by townspeople 50 years ago, and has been known as such ever since. Today it is one of only three original buildings remaining in the town of Willard. Interestingly enough, the historic jail cell with its cave like walls and sand floor now houses our Wine at perfect cellaring conditions year round. Executive Chef and Owner Shari Rae Smith is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. She has transformed this Historic Saloon into a highly acclaimed Restaurant. With the ever ambitious yet creative spirit of the restaurant Shari and Executive Chef Stephen Litchey, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, create new menus every two to three weeks. As a result we are continually expanding our wine program. Our establishment carries in excess of 110 wines at any given time, ranging in price from $28.00 to $275.00. This allows everyone exceptional wine in every price category. In addition, Shari offers Wine dinners no less than four times a year. The wines we showcase at these dinners are wines we want to familiarize our clientele with. We select five to six wines that we would like to feature for the upcoming menu pairing the wine with Shari's cuisine resulting in an evening of exceptional wine, fine food, and an enjoyable dining experience for a very reasonable price.

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