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Palette Bistro

321 Bay St, Petoskey, MI 49770-2406
+1 231-348-3321
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (12 reviews)
“paella” (33 reviews)
“crab cakes” (21 reviews)
Opens in 20 min
All hours
Mediterranean, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
321 Bay St, Petoskey, MI 49770-2406
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Fabulous food. Fun atmosphere and great view of Lake Michigan! Looking forward to another visit at Palette Bistro!

Thank B M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The four of us live in Petoskey and chose the Palette for our get-together between Christmas and New Year’s. The food was great, but we wanted time to catch up and chat, and felt pushed to order. We were having drinks, so still spending $$...More

Thank D5515KPsue
Reviewed 29 November 2017 via mobile

If your idea of a meal is greasy fries and burgers at a fast food restaurant this is not your place. We are so pleased we stopped for lunch at Palette Bistro on our visit to Petoskey. My quiche was served on a bed of...More

Thank Mimaggie
Shawn P, Manager at Palette Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the kind review. I'm glad you and your spouse had an enjoyable meal with us. I hope you'll let Palette treat your palate again during your next visit. ~Shawn

Reviewed 18 November 2017

fine dining environment with a great menu. service was excellent and staff very friendly and accomodating. would recommend this restaurant to anyone. Cooked to perfection.

Thank Mysticloon
Shawn P, Manager at Palette Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the kind words and for recommending us to others. I hope we'll have you back again soon. ~Shawn

Reviewed 16 November 2017

The Palette Bistro offers a seasonal menu, their regular menu and a small plate menu. As we could possibley eat it all we opted for the small plate menu which gave us slightly smaller portions of a three course meal. Appetizer, main and dessert. All...More

Thank Donna M
Shawn P, Manager at Palette Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Donna, Thank you for the nice review. Our Taste Of Palette option is a great way to enjoy three courses of food from our menu without feeling "stuffed." I'm glad you and your friends enjoyed your experience. Please come visit us again. ~Shawn

Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

Great view of little traverse bay. Love the paella. Nice wines. Also great spot for small parties. Servers are alway excellent.

Thank William S
Shawn P, Manager at Palette Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

William, Thank you for the nice review. I'm glad you enjoyed our signature paella. It's one of our most popular menu items and one I love to order on these chilly winter days. Please visit us again soon. ~Shawn

Reviewed 10 November 2017

I want to love Palette Bistro. The ambiance and service is wonderful. The food is adventurous. I like the small plate format and the happy hour specials. As I was dining there tonight and was served a peach cobbler when the waiter had told me...More

Thank marilynsA1164DF
Reviewed 5 November 2017

What a great place looking out on the lake on a cold damp day. Soup and white fish were the menu for us and we really enjoyed it. No cross contamination and a good gluten free selection of dishes.More

Thank Reese K
Shawn P, Manager at Palette Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the kind review. I'm glad you enjoyed your meal and the view of Little Traverse Bay from our dining room. I know firsthand how scary it can be dining out when you have Celiac disease or other food allergies, and we take...More

Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

I have to say that Wineguys is THE place to dine with in Northern Michigan. Their quality of food and their service is top notch. I’m writing this review for Palette Bistro because my wedding menu was based off of Palette’s brunch menu; which is...More

Thank Stephanie M
Shawn P, Manager at Palette Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Stephanie, Thank you for the kind review and thank you for letting us be a part of your special day. I'm so glad to hear how much your guests enjoyed the food. The staff here at the Wineguys Group wish you and your new husband...More

Reviewed 21 October 2017

We loved the view from our window seat facing the lake. The ambience and drinks were very good. We would have liked more choices on the menu. I enjoyed the pork tenderloin and the Cesar salad was very good.More

Thank paulmcall2016
Shawn P, Manager at Palette Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Thank you for the positive review. We are fortunate to have such an amazing view of Lake Michigan from our dining room. I appreciate your desire for a wider selection of choices on the menu. Due to the quaintness of the restaurant, our cozy kitchen...More

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21 August 2016|
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Response from Stephanie M | Reviewed this property |
Yes, leashed dogs are allowed on the lower-level patio.
Jamie M
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Response from Jen K | Reviewed this property |
Yes - it's small but there is one!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 321 Bay St, Petoskey, MI 49770-2406
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Emmet County  >  Petoskey
  • Phone Number: +1 231-348-3321
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Palette Bistro, located on the edge of downtown Petoskey, is a unique alternative in upscale casual dining. The food is innovative and pleasing. A Mediterranean inspired menu that evolves seasonally featuring small plates and rustic brick oven preparations. Complimented by carefully selected wines from Europe, Michigan Craft and Belgian Beers. The restaurant offers two floors of seating with stunning views of Little Traverse Bay, intimate lounges and al fresco dining.
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