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Clarkston Cafe

18 South Main Street
Clarkston, MI 48346

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(248) 625-5660


  • Sunday: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Monday: 5:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 5:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 5:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Thursday: 5:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Friday: 4:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Saturday: 4:00 am - 8:00 pm

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Cuisine: American Restaurants, Cafes

4.5 of 5.0 from 126 reviews

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  • JADeKoninck reviewThis place has been around Clarkston for more years then I care to remember. The food is always good and a good value. You pay for what you get, and it's worth it...

    44444 by JADeKoninck

  • ChefMozI grew up in Clarkston and the Clarkston Cafe was "the place" for fine dining. It lost its luster a long, long, time ago. But with the remodeling and the exquisite cutting-edge twist on classic fine French cuisine, it's back. Incredible food... I have to warn you though that it is so good that once you eat here you won't be happy with other area restaurants. Truly on a par with NYC and Chicago dining.

    55555 by ChefMoz.org

  • ChefMozNo longer the tired institution of yesteryear. Clarkston now has yet another fine dining establishment that will rekindle and excite the foodie in all of us. The menu is fresh with creative offerings that allow you to first feast with the eyes and confirm all expectations the first moment it passes across your palate.Our party of 5 first sampled the tuna tartare with wasabe ice served with won ton chips. The tuna, cubed, very tender with a delicate application of sesame oil. Placed on a won ton chip and topped with a bit of wasabi sorbet delivered the perfect contrast of heat and temperature. Very creative. All of our party ordered a variety of entres ranging from succulent seafood to tender steaks bursting with well aged flavor. All were served perfectly finished and beautifully presented. The wait staff knew the menu from memory and deliciously described their offerings.Now I will tell you, and my friends will attest, that I can turn down the best of deserts. I was smitten into having the chocolate mousse. served in 2 chocolate shot glasses, supporting a slivered bridge of chocolate that held three clear delicate cubes of gelatin.Wine pairings recommended by our waitress were good recommendations without pretension and well within our price point. what started out as a simple dinner out with friends ended as a 5 hour delightful culinary tour that left me tormented to return within 3 days to sample their hamburger that is prepared with lobster and served with a lobster infused butter that will take your mind directly to the north east coast.My travels around the country have afforded me the opportunity to experience many of North Americas finest restaurants and I am delighted to find the Clarkston Cafe on par with the best I have tasted.

    44444 by ChefMoz.org

  • ChefMozFilet - perfectly preparedHouse salad - heavy garlic, but goodGreen Beans - FantasticGarlic Mashed potatoes - FantasticSaffron Ice Desert - interesting, a little blandService - Extremely pleasant and skilledPrice - High/a la carte

    33333 by ChefMoz.org

  • Luke LRibs are good

    55555 by Luke L

  • April KThe Mac & Cheese❤️ also the deep fried pickles were perfectly battered. I had the porker sandwich and it was so yummy

    55555 by April K

  • Amanda GDelicious food every time I have visited.

    55555 by Amanda G

  • Dano R.One of the best barbecue places that has much to offer. Fairly reasonable prices and a diverse menu that includes many classic barbecue favorites like: brisket, pulled pork, Mac and cheese, etc.

    55555 by Dano R.

  • Nancy H.Over rated...much better options nearby

    22222 by Nancy H.

  • Amy MBeer selection

    55555 by Amy M

  • Ricky S.You have to stop buy if you are in the area. Good food with generous portions. The sandwiches are my choice for lunch. The side are all good and be sure to save room for dessert.

    55555 by Ricky S.

  • Greg T.Some of the best BBQ I've ever had. The pulled pork, mac & cheese, and desserts are some of the best I've ever had. Definitely will be back.

    55555 by Greg T.

  • Fabian SanchezBest mac & cheese ever. Amazing pulled pork and great service

    55555 by Fabian Sanchez

  • Alex JThe burnt ends and the pulled pork are awesome. Mac&cheese is delicious, great beer and great staff!

    55555 by Alex J

  • Isnemm CBest BBQ ever

    55555 by Isnemm C

  • Caitlin H.Make sure to get an order of wood sticks!

    55555 by Caitlin H.

  • Jaz58 SExcellent bbq. Great place. Very popular.

    55555 by Jaz58 S

  • Paul H.Get there early or you'll be waiting a long time.

    55555 by Paul H.

  • Cynn DBest burger ever!!

    55555 by Cynn D

  • Kayla MThe pulled pork sandwich is amazing! I get mine with no chillies & sub the potatoe salad for the mac & cheese. Their margaritas are fabulous!!!

    55555 by Kayla M

  • Joachim BFantastic Pulled Pork! Our favorite restaurant in the area...

    55555 by Joachim B

  • Robert WA fairly standard new-age restaurant. It is far far too loud inside. Conversation is near impossible.

    33333 by Robert W

  • Alex NGreat lobster mac n' cheese. Also some good brisket!!

    55555 by Alex N

  • Kaylyn JI think it was awesome that they had a gluten free menu!! Although I was highly disappointed with my meal. I got the baby back ribs and they barely had any meal and it was burnt to a crisp.

    33333 by Kaylyn J

  • Sarah RThe food was fabulous

    55555 by Sarah R

  • Juliana JTheir deep fried pickles are the best.

    55555 by Juliana J

  • Klaus B.The pulled pork is amazing and better than Slows' in Detroit! Great bar upstairs helps with the long wait.

    55555 by Klaus B.

  • MJ.The food here is VERY good. Try he Porker, which is pork on top of pork, on top of pork...I'm pretty sure you can't go wrong with that!! #nomnom

    55555 by MJ.

  • Kiki K.Amazing BBQ. Mac & cheese. Collards are also great. Nice beer selection as well.

    55555 by Kiki K.

  • ValerieMy favorite restaurant ❤️

    55555 by Valerie

  • Như Ý CI love this place a lot

    55555 by Như Ý C

  • Grant GuntherThe mac and cheese, ribs, or wings are all amazing. The porker is a beast of a sandwich, so make sure you don't have plans later before you order it. The fried pickles are also quite tasty.

    55555 by Grant Gunther

  • Christine O'ConnellFood is amazing. Have the ribs or pulled pork and mac n cheese. Oh they always accommodate a whim. Tonight they took the BLT special and made it an appetizer for our group!

    55555 by Christine O'Connell

  • Alan M.The Porker is my favorite.

    55555 by Alan M.

  • MikeHell sauce on everything! Great!

    55555 by Mike

  • Greg P.Tips....beef tips.

    22222 by Greg P.

  • TV Food MapsCheck out Union Wood Shop as seen on United States of Bacon , Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

    55555 by TV Food Maps

  • John SmithOverrated. Excellent public relations and promotion skills. Average to bland food, long waits for loud noise and mediocre service.

    22222 by John Smith

  • Brooke B.Seriously, order anything on this menu. I've never had anything bad.

    55555 by Brooke B.

  • Marco D.Felt like we went back in time about 30 years. Enjoyed the food... But ate too much!

    33333 by Marco D.

  • Mary AOutside seating was nice - not too hot

    55555 by Mary A

  • D. Rudolph GibsonExcellent visit. Food very good. The onion rings, wing dings, steak all good. Fine place to go for a road trip....

    55555 by D. Rudolph Gibson

  • Renee ABest potato salad ever!

    55555 by Renee A

  • Mark S.The Porker is amazing.

    55555 by Mark S.

  • Nicholas P.If you don't know what to get because you don't want to narrow it down to just one thing and maybe regret not ordering the other thing you wanted to try then order the woodshop 101 👍👍👍👍

    33333 by Nicholas P.

  • Miranda S.Best pizza ever!!

    55555 by Miranda S.

  • Kim E.They have great BBQ!

    55555 by Kim E.

  • David M.Like tangy and spicy? Make some Killer Ketchup. Mix 1/3 of their Hell Michigan BBQ sauce with 2/3 of their Bama sauce. Perfect sauce compliment to their meat.

    55555 by David M.

  • Debbie KThe best BBQ in the world!! Great service and just a fun place to eat!!

    55555 by Debbie K

  • Gregg N.The smoked ribeye was awesome!

    55555 by Gregg N.

  • Kerri C.Amazing atmosphere. Skee ball, foosball and good staff.

    55555 by Kerri C.

  • Cindy S.Porker sandwich is yummy! Me and my boyfriend found it adequate to split when we ordered an extra side.

    55555 by Cindy S.

  • Jared M.At least they're apologetic!

    22222 by Jared M.

  • Jay G.Great food. Mac n cheese is amazing. Also the ribs are awesome

    55555 by Jay G.

  • Otis W.Food was awesome. Emily was the server, was great as well.

    55555 by Otis W.

  • Carlos S.Not an in a rush place, sit outside, calm down, start with the wings, split a salad. Order the porker, pulled pork, or brisket, roasted veg, Mac and cheese side, and pudding for dessert

    55555 by Carlos S.

  • Jessica F.Upstairs is a great reason to wait! Fried pickles, pulled pork, and butterscotch pudding!! YUM!!

    55555 by Jessica F.

  • Lindsay A.Try the fried pickles.

    55555 by Lindsay A.

  • Jon T.They have great Belvedere here.

    55555 by Jon T.

  • Yolanda W.Try their macroni and cheese...and homemade ice cream.

    55555 by Yolanda W.

  • Kevin M.Pig on pig on pig is where it's at

    55555 by Kevin M.

  • Kevin M.4 Hop Slams while waiting kills your appetite but you'll still finish the Porker it's that good

    33333 by Kevin M.

  • SalHoly Pulled Pork and Sweet Potato Mash!! Totally worth the 1 hour wait!! We will definitely be back.

    55555 by Sal

  • Roxy H.Don't leave without sampling the Sweet Potato Mash

    55555 by Roxy H.

  • Julia P.Fifty wings and two growlers for $50!

    55555 by Julia P.

  • Erik N.Awesome food! Worth the drive out to the middle of nowhere!

    55555 by Erik N.

  • Danielle M.Best Mac n cheese ever

    55555 by Danielle M.

  • Don D.Bloody Hell, it's not your usual bloody Mary.

    55555 by Don D.

  • BillBland food, will never return. Very, very disappointed.

    11111 by Bill

  • Christina G.Went here for the first time last week, and I must say it was a lot of fun and they have amazing food! Their woodfire pizzas are amazing, and I highly enjoyed their hard cider jks solstice!! :)

    55555 by Christina G.

  • LynnGrilled chicken club is delish!!!

    55555 by Lynn

  • Matt Q.There's a cool IPhone for diners drive-ins and dives. Has this place and everyone else Guys beenhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fan-app-for-diners-drive-ins/id593294244?mt=8

    55555 by Matt Q.

  • Andrew L.3 Hour Wait!

    22222 by Andrew L.

  • nick g.Delicious! Get the steak 

    55555 by nick g.

  • Bret L.I am hammered

    33333 by Bret L.

  • Kristen P.Gotta try the fried pickles. So yummy!

    55555 by Kristen P.

  • DevonSuggested: The Woodshop

    22222 by Devon

  • Alan M.The porker was so big I didn't think I would be able to finish it but it was so good that I couldn't stop.

    55555 by Alan M.

  • Laura L.The Kid Rock n Rye is tasty!

    55555 by Laura L.

  • RandyGet the fried pickles!

    33333 by Randy

  • Valerie M.The food is AMAZING!!! We were a party of 14 and the staff were accommodating and friendly.

    55555 by Valerie M.

  • Laura L.Next season I'm going to fill my pool with their butterscotch pudding, and swim in it ALL SUMMER LONG!!!

    55555 by Laura L.

  • Adam D.Stay away from rob

    22222 by Adam D.

  • Bill N.Avoid the weekend hassles and order a pizza or slab to go. Very fast and little wait! Enjoy a glass of Bad Ass while you wait upstairs in the lounge or at the bars.

    55555 by Bill N.

  • Tyler L.Great American fare. Mac & Cheese is a must. Maple Bourbon Ice Cream is big enough for 2 or 4 to share. They don't take reservations so be prepared for a 30-45m wait in peak times. It's worth it.

    55555 by Tyler L.

  • Tricia N.The Baby Back's are not to be missed. Neither is the Brisket. SERIOUSLY!!! Best BBQ in my life!!!

    55555 by Tricia N.

  • Chandler C.Ask for the Hell, Michigan sauce it's really good!!

    33333 by Chandler C.

  • Micheal H.Delirium Tremens, have one.

    55555 by Micheal H.

  • Rajeev K.If you like spicy, ask your server for the Hell sauce. It's not on your table.

    55555 by Rajeev K.

  • Deborah C.Try the Bourbon Ice Cream - So sinful! Bourbon ice cream with bourbon sauce and Spanish peanuts! Must try! (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Deborah C.

  • Terri L.Best Mac 'n Cheese on earth. But be prepared for a long wait to get a table.

    55555 by Terri L.

  • Andrew M.Wtf is all this hype about the Mac n cheese? It's mediocre at best. Go to Clubhouse BFD. Now that is some proper Mac n cheese.

    33333 by Andrew M.

  • Scott M.The stools at the bar don't have backs on them. The lounge chairs are tight though.

    33333 by Scott M.

  • Greg S.Wait times can be extreme, its best to call ahead to check wait times before coming.

    55555 by Greg S.

  • Sara J.This place is sooo awesome! Im sure it'll be swarming soon when people start to discover it.

    55555 by Sara J.

  • SherryMix Tenn and Hell sauce - amazing!!! Best BBQ north of Memphis.

    55555 by Sherry

  • Maddy M.The BEST mac and cheese you'll ever have. Make sure to get it with ham!

    55555 by Maddy M.

  • GuidoWatch for random Bob sightings. And notice how he doesn't drink that nasty Badass Beer

    33333 by Guido

  • Nancy K.The new bar upstairs rocks! Jeff is an awesome bartender!! LOVE THIS PLACE!!

    55555 by Nancy K.

  • Kayla K.Probably the best french fries I've had! Perfectly burnt! Even tasted awesome reheated in the microwave, which I still can't understand...

    33333 by Kayla K.

  • Stacy V.Don't go there starving or you will turn into one of the douchebags screaming at the hostess because the wait is so long. Guaranteed 2 hour minimum wait. Deal with it.

    33333 by Stacy V.

  • Jason U.Amazing pulled pork and mac & cheese. Great sauces too. Ask for the Michigan Hell sauce

    55555 by Jason U.

  • Brandon B.Love the pulled pork!!! LOVE THIS PLACE PERIOD!!! MOM? Lets go!!

    55555 by Brandon B.

  • Julie M.They have an amazing gluten free menu!

    55555 by Julie M.

  • Lauren G.BEST MAC AND CHEESE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    55555 by Lauren G.

  • Jordan M.Best onion rings EVER. Holy cow!

    55555 by Jordan M.

  • Chris L.Eat the Sweet Potato Burrito!!

    55555 by Chris L.

  • Nicole R.Best pulled pork in Michigan! Pair with hell sauce for some tasty heat

    55555 by Nicole R.

  • Paul K.Woodshop chili underrated.

    55555 by Paul K.

  • Stacey J.Yum Yum Yum

    55555 by Stacey J.

  • Henry B.There's a secret ghost pepper sauce from Hell, Michigan if you're into spice.

    55555 by Henry B.

  • Jeanne W.Rhonda is the bartender

    33333 by Jeanne W.

  • Jeanne W.Best cosmo in the world. Grey goose and Cointreau made by the bartender in the back

    33333 by Jeanne W.

  • Courtney R.Try their chiken it rocks

    55555 by Courtney R.

  • Amanda H.Awesome Mac & cheese and I don't usually like that dish.

    55555 by Amanda H.

  • Elise P.Onion rings, brisket, pulled pork and mac n cheese are all phenomenal! Worth the wait

    55555 by Elise P.

  • Mike N.Get the butterscotch pudding. You will lose your mind.

    55555 by Mike N.

  • Katie K.Great BBQ, love their Alabama sauce, woodfire pizzas, and Mac & Cheese

    55555 by Katie K.

  • Josh H.Best BBQ in metro Detroit area. Hands down. Burnt ends. Ribs. Pulled pork. Butterscotch pudding. Its all good. Oh yeah, and deep fried Twinkies.

    55555 by Josh H.

  • Karlye CThe pulled pork and brisket are delightful, especially when paired with the mac&chesse and the onion rings. Try the pumpkin pie martini during the Fall!

    55555 by Karlye C

  • Amanda O.Best onion rings ever!!!

    55555 by Amanda O.

  • Kim F.The pulled pork dinner is awesome!

    55555 by Kim F.

  • Joe V.Dancing Pigs and BBQ!http://bit.ly/gPXmAW

    55555 by Joe V.

  • Joe V.Dancing Pigs and BBQ! ---- http://bit.ly/gPXmAW

    55555 by Joe V.

  • Joe V.Try the 101 -- white chicken, pulled pork, back ribs, mac&cheese and onion rings. Order a kid rock bad ass bear to wash it down....bonus points for the butterscotch pudding or deep fried twinkie.

    55555 by Joe V.

  • Andrea EYummy pulled pork sandwich!!

    55555 by Andrea E

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