About Aerie Restaurant & Lounge
Located on the 16th Floor of the Tower at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Aerie Restaurant & Lounge offers a premium casual dining experience like no other in Northern Michigan.
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:pm
Friday - Saturday: 5pm - 12am
1/2 mile north of the interstection of M-72 & US31
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Entertainment is featured in the Aerie Lounge on Friday and Saturday nights.
No charge for parking. Valet parking available for a fee.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Aerie Restaurant & Lounge can accommodate all your special event needs.
Aerie Restaurant & Lounge Ratings and Reviews
Delicious food, great service. Make a re ...
Delicious food, great service. Make a reservation around sunset, you won't be disappointed.
Amazing view and so-so food
My wife and I had dined here once a number of years ago and thought we'd try it again since we had a gift certificate we won at a silent auction. The view is truly spectacular and clearly the best reason to go. And the food wasn't bad per se, just not at all at the level that you might expect these days - 20 years ago it would have been amazing, but things have evolved. We also tend to like more local ingredients which clearly seemed to be lacking here. I think it will be a number of years again before we go back as there are just too many better options in town.
Loved the service and view. For the price food was s disappointment. Overpriced for what you get. Salad should be included in meal.
Service was excellent on our 53rd anniversary - our server was exceptional - filet was perfectly prepared.
wife ordered the Sea Bass. It looked like catfish. We will not be back. Used to be a good restaurant.
T.C. Restaurant Week Dinner, February 26, 2016
Aerie, high atop Grand Traverse Resort, is what locals think of as a special occasion restaurant, with its majestic views of the surrounding hills and water. We hadn't been to this venue since it was The Trillium, and took advantage of the Restaurant Week features. The space is still cavernous, the ambiance somewhat cold, and it's hard to catch waitstaff simply because of the concentric ring layout. Food focus: The fried beet appetizer was interesting with its crunchy shell and prompted discussion about recreating it for a party. Grilled endive salad, although flavorful, would have been better with romaine to avoid discreet teeth-picking of the curly greens. As to the entrees, my dining partner ordered the salmon and I had chicken. Midway through dinner, we traded plates as I liked the salmon better than the poultry - nice crisp exterior, cooked perfectly, and the shaved asparagus was an appealing side. Both of us had the tropical dessert selection of coconut panna cotta, raspberries and passion fruit coulis. Kudos to the pastry chef as this dish was beautifully plated and offered a delicious combination of flavors. A few negatives: There were no bread plates or salt and pepper shakers on our table and I had to ask for butter twice. On our way out, we checked out the bar area which felt more intimate and offered a lounge menu. We plan to keep it on our list for future visits. If you're visiting the area, go to Aerie, revel in the panoramic scenery of Grand Traverse Bay and sate your appetite with innovative food. If you are a local, go for the same reasons. It's worth adding to the trove of Traverse City food finds.
We loved the ambiance and the view at the restaurant. The only thing was that our server kept coming by every 2 min. We felt like we were at the Olive Garden for a few minutes there. She kept pushing at what we wanted next and next while we were chilling with drinks. We're the fine dining type who like to be disturbed as little as possible and plan to spend a couple of hours enjoying our experience. We had not even decided what to order for dinner and our server came up and asked us what we wanted for dessert!! We were pretty ticked and she figured that out and left us alone. Don't let Alex be your server.
Fresh and delicious food , loved the music and the view is beautiful!! We will be back
Velentine's Get Away
This was our fourth year booking the "Do Not Disturb" package over Valentine's weekend. Saturday evening dinner and Sunday brunch at the Aerie were amazing. See you next year!
Sunday brunch is awesome.
Sunday brunch is awesome.
My girlfriends and I live in the Grand Traverse County area. We were surprising our friend with a night away. She has had a rough year raising her 3 & 4 year old mostly alone as her husband is out of town frequently, she's suffered a few tragic deaths in the family, etc. We booked a tower room and made reservations at Aerie for what was supposed to be a beautiful dinner. Our server (never disclosed his name) was fair, but seemed abrupt and not very accomodating. We really wanted this to feel special for Meagan. We ordered calamari and shrimp cocktail to share to start and it was sub par.( Barely enough to share and way over priced.) Clearly the shrimp was frozen and thawed, it was mushy and not good. The calamari was mostly breading and not good. We went on to order filets and sides of scallops. For $15 we received 2 scallops each the size of quarters and they were so salty they were inedible. We all sent them back. Meagan's filet was the same, so salty it actually crunched in your teeth, she sent it away. By this point she was so disappointed in her meal she settled for a bowl of over priced soup. The entire experience was terrible and we will never recommend this restaurant to anyone and trust me when I say we see several hundred clients a month between the four of us. The waiter tried to justify (very condescendenly) that "we should know that scallops come from the sea which is why they are salty". He doesn't know us! I've traveled the world and eaten scallops a lot of places and NEVER have they tasted so bad. Shame on him! The view was nice, though living here, it was the only thing that didn't surprise us. Michelle
Great food, great view
Ambiance is perfect, view is unmatched. Servers were helpful, courteous and friendly. Food was well-made, perfect temp, and servers were friendly.
thought the food was on the cold side.
We had the brunch and new fish was brought out and it was not hot.
a bit dissapointed about the NYE's offering
When we arrived they didn't have some of the menu items, which was disappointing. The portions were also relatively small considering the price (55$ pp). The waiter tried to make accommodations but it was still sup par. They also had a band playing but those sitting in the front part of the restaurant (like us) couldn't hear the music. It was a bummer considering that this is a beautiful restaurant with astonishing views, and their christmas brunch is great. They should consider doing a NYE's buffet instead of what they did this year...
Ridiculous Rip Off
We came here after a beautiful, memorable Christmas dinner a few years back.....BUT what adiffernce....it was simply a joke..... Service was slow (but very kind and courteous), no bread, no salads included with a $ 40.00 Filet....and the portions were RIDICULOUS.....so small....2 scallops was the whole appetizer...and tiny a arugula salad - sans arugula, (spinach, pine nuts and feta for 12.00 bucks), for our entre' my wife had quail was the size of two bites of a chicken wing.....my filet was less than 5 oz for 40 bucks...... We laughed instead of crying for 115.00 - NEVER will we go back........insane!! Ended the evening going for take out afterwards at Culvers!
Food was not hot. I had expected more choice of both side and main dishes. Salmon was dry and overcooked. I expected a higher quality of food. Dessert bar was excellent as was the omelet station. Servicer had too many tables to tend to at once, so not much personal attention although she was pleasant
Buffet's are not my favorite form of a m ...
Buffet's are not my favorite form of a meal. I found the dessert table not that great & the breads many were dried out.
We had a very pleasant experience here
Very nice views, friendly service and good food. Recomendeded.
Excellent food and location
The food at Aerie is consistently excellent, with a changing menu and local fare. At the top of the Grand Traverse Resort Hotel, Aerie also has the most scenic view in the Traverse City area. This is a great place for date night, with a quiet ambiance and attentive, but reserved servers. We will definitely go back.
This was the first time we have ever gone out to eat for thanksgiving and we will definitely be coming back BEFORE the next thanksgiving holiday!! Food, service and atmosphere were ALL above par!!!
The turkey and stuffing was okay but I loved the bread pudding.
This is the second year we joined Aerie for Thanksgiving brunch and it was equally spectacular. Great food and atmosphere, no one rushed us. It was a relaxing day!
Great View; Good Service; So-So Food
This was the second year in a row that my wife and I have gone to the Aerie to celebrate Thanksgiving. Lets be honest - the Aerie is one of the best locations for a meal. Last year, the Thanksgiving buffet was a true and wonderful surprise. The curry soup unexpected, unusual and outstanding; the dessert great; the main course wonderful. Since we would be spending our Thanksgiving at our place in Elk Rapids again this year, we decided to return. This was in some ways a mistake. When we arrived, we were seated in a booth; when we asked if we could have a window seat, we were told that that was for groups of three or more. BTW, later on, we saw groups of two being seated at the same type of window tables (must be who you know); when we left, we saw several tables next to the window that had remained empty during our entire stay. Second, the meal, while plentiful, was not up to past standards. The omelette was tasteless; the heritage carrots tasty but undercooked; the dessert spread mediocre; the sweet potato/bacon soup sweet and crunchy (a new experience). BTW, the turkey was very tasty and tender. Overall, a disappointment compared to last year. Pity because the quality of the meal contrasted greatly with the beauty of the view (we had quite a view of the area, being on the 16th floor with the sky being clear). Before finishing this review, I would be remiss in not complementing the Aerie for the quality of their staff. Except for the person who led us to our table, the serving staff was helpful, friendly, and informative. We will have to try this spot again next year to see which experience was more indicative.
excellent food, loved the Pumpkin Praline soup!
Easter Buffet was excellent, food was outstanding as always, buffet was set up very nicely and what can I say about the mesmerizing dessert bar. The deserts were stunning. It was very evident that a lot of effort and care went into preparing this delicious buffet. ingredients used were fresh and vibrant. Wait staff very attentive. We most certainly will be going again.
The menu in such a beautiful restaurant ...
The menu in such a beautiful restaurant (upscale) should have more vegetarian and gluten-free options. Ordered the house salad and it came with bacon, even though it was not on the menu description. The meat eaters in our party had a great experience. The vegetarians had the choice of salad, cup of soup or tofu, which is not a good vegetarian option.
Excellent food we were there for Sunday ...
Excellent food we were there for Sunday brunch and the view was amazing with the fall colors and lake outside our window.
Great food, great views.
We arrived and were promptly seated. The flowers I ordered were on the table. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and helpful. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Sunday Brunch Buffet
We went for Sunday brunch buffet and were very disappointed. We have enjoyed this buffet in the past, but this time it was not much more than a breakfast buffet. The food was good, but too costly for what was offered. Our server, Elise, was excellent!
Food not as good as in the past.
I was rather disappointed with the food this year. No carving stations of ham or prime rib. All the smoked salmon, cheese and crackers were gone. Very limited food choices. No pancakes/waffles or French toast? Also very limited dessert choices? The service was great! Felt well taken care of. Even brought a special dessert from the dessert buffet with a candle lit for my daughter's 10th birthday.
Food was good, but limited options. The ...
Food was good, but limited options. There was a good omelette station, your typical breakfast foods, and some limited salad options. There was only 2 "non breakfast" dishes, noodles with a little meat, and veggies with a little meat, that was disappointing to my spouse, as he was hoping for some other food options. Dessert was very good, lots of choices. It is nice that they include a drink, even Mimosa. Service was good. We had a great scenic view of Grand Traverse Bay! Make reservations on Sunday morning, very busy.
Restaurant had great views but decor is ...
Restaurant had great views but decor is outdated, the atmosphere lacked energy, and the wait staff was slow.
Slow Service but Good Food
I am not one to typically complain but I found this restaurant slow even as far as romantic dinners go. By the time our appetizer came I had honestly forgotten we ordered one and thought they just forgot. The food is great and the view is unbeatable. But it was seriously 2 hours from the time we entered until we left. Like I said, that is slow even for the busiest of restaurants. Other than that, nothing to complain about though.
It was just so-so.
Overall, it was just so-so. It felt like any generic restaurant with a great view. Nothing unique.
Very nice experience.
We were there on September 16 for a company meeting. We had a very nice experience, from the service to the food quality and presentation. We will definitely return.
Food was amazing! Very impressed!
Food was amazing! Very impressed!
I made a reservation for my wife and I through Open Table for our 1st anniversary. In the comments section I specified that it was our first anniversary and we'd like a table on the window, and that my wife has celiacs disease so our waiter/waitress would be aware of that. 99% of the time at other restaurants the staff/host/whomever will read that on the reservation and adjust accordingly, even saying something like "Happy Birthday" or something related depending on the occasion. Arriving at The Aerie, I was disappointed to see that our table was not on a window (there are LOTS of them) and our server (who otherwise did a fantastic job) was not aware of my wife's food allergy or our anniversary. For a such a nice, relatively pricey place, I was hoping something simple like this would be an easy request to fulfill. We'll probably go back, just a little more attention to detail would have really made our experience more memorable. The food was good, our server was great, the view was beautiful, but that last bit of icing on the cake would have made The Aerie more on par with the other upscale restaurants in town.
Brunch with a view
I had made reservations for brunch at this restaurant during out stay at Grand Traverse Resort. It did not disappoint. The view was outstanding. The brunch was about average with the exception of the desserts which were terrific. Service (Jenny) was exceptional.
The view from this nicely appointed restaurant is spectacular as you look out over Grand Traverse Bay. Our table of 4 each chose different entrees and all arrived nicely presented and all were enjoyed. Service was average. It was a pleasant dining experience and we would return again.
Baruch with a View
I had not dined at the restaurant in years but remembered such a great view and delicious brunch choices. I made a reservation which was great, except for the fact we were early. I quickly learned we were not able to be seated earlier than my reservation time. It word of warning to guests: There is no point in showing up early. My family and I had to wait for about a half hour because we could not be seated until our exact reservation time... I did think this was a little annoying. The view from the top of the restaurant is great and the brunch was good as well. I was also pleasantly surprised by the price... It was much less than I expected☕️🍳
Overcrowded breakfast buffet made for 30-40 minute waits at omelette bar. With a toddler it meant we had to take turns and breakfast extended two hours or more where the baby had to go back to the room and dad ate by himself. There were lots of options except no other eggs besides the omelette station. The manager refused to have an omelette made in the back. Omelettes ordered with egg white and Pam were made with so much oil they were inedible anyway. Overall a huge disappointment
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