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18 South Main Street
Clarkston, MI 48346
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- 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
4.4 of 5.0 from 73 reviews
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Clarkston Cafe Reviews
I 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.
No 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 entrιes 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.
Filet - 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
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 ππππ
by Nicholas P.
Best pizza ever!!
by Miranda S.
They have great BBQ!
by Kim E.
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.
by David M.
The smoked ribeye was awesome!
by Gregg N.
Amazing atmosphere. Skee ball, foosball and good staff.
by Kerri C.
At least they're apologetic!
by Jared M.
Great food. Mac n cheese is amazing. Also the ribs are awesome
by Jay G.
Food was awesome. Emily was the server, was great as well.
by Otis W.
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
by Carlos S.
Upstairs is a great reason to wait! Fried pickles, pulled pork, and butterscotch pudding!! YUM!!
by Jessica F.
Try the fried pickles.
by Lindsay A.
They have great Belvedere here.
by Jon T.
Try their macroni and cheese...and homemade ice cream.
by Yolanda W.
Pig on pig on pig is where it's at
by Kevin M.
Holy Pulled Pork and Sweet Potato Mash!! Totally worth the 1 hour wait!! We will definitely be back.
Don't leave without sampling the Sweet Potato Mash
by Roxy H.
Fifty wings and two growlers for $50!
by Julia P.
Awesome food! Worth the drive out to the middle of nowhere!
by Erik N.
Best Mac n cheese ever
by Danielle M.
Bloody Hell, it's not your usual bloody Mary.
by Don D.
Bland food, will never return. Very, very disappointed.
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!! :)
by Christina G.
Grilled chicken club is delish!!!
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by Matt Q.
3 Hour Wait!
by Andrew L.
Delicious! Get the steak ο
by nick g.
I am hammered
by Bret L.
Gotta try the fried pickles. So yummy!
by Kristen P.
Suggested: The Woodshop
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.
by Alan M.
Get the fried pickles!
The food is AMAZING!!! We were a party of 14 and the staff were accommodating and friendly.
by Valerie M.
Next season I'm going to fill my pool with their butterscotch pudding, and swim in it ALL SUMMER LONG!!!
by Laura L.
Stay away from rob
by Adam D.
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.
by Bill N.
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.
by Tyler L.
The Baby Back's are not to be missed. Neither is the Brisket. SERIOUSLY!!! Best BBQ in my life!!!
by Tricia N.
Ask for the Hell, Michigan sauce it's really good!!
by Chandler C.
Delirium Tremens, have one.
by Micheal H.
If you like spicy, ask your server for the Hell sauce. It's not on your table.
by Rajeev K.
Try the Bourbon Ice Cream - So sinful! Bourbon ice cream with bourbon sauce and Spanish peanuts! Must try! (via @Foodspotting)
by Deborah C.
Best Mac 'n Cheese on earth. But be prepared for a long wait to get a table.
by Terri L.
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.
by Andrew M.
The stools at the bar don't have backs on them. The lounge chairs are tight though.
by Scott M.
Wait times can be extreme, its best to call ahead to check wait times before coming.
by Greg S.
This place is sooo awesome! Im sure it'll be swarming soon when people start to discover it.
by Sara J.
Mix Tenn and Hell sauce - amazing!!! Best BBQ north of Memphis.
The BEST mac and cheese you'll ever have. Make sure to get it with ham!
by Maddy M.
Watch for random Bob sightings. And notice how he doesn't drink that nasty Badass Beer
The new bar upstairs rocks! Jeff is an awesome bartender!! LOVE THIS PLACE!!
by Nancy K.
Probably the best french fries I've had! Perfectly burnt! Even tasted awesome reheated in the microwave, which I still can't understand...
by Kayla K.
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.
by Stacy V.
Amazing pulled pork and mac & cheese. Great sauces too. Ask for the Michigan Hell sauce
by Jason U.
Love the pulled pork!!! LOVE THIS PLACE PERIOD!!! MOM? Lets go!!
by Brandon B.
They have an amazing gluten free menu!
by Julie M.
BEST MAC AND CHEESE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by Lauren G.
Best onion rings EVER. Holy cow!
by Jordan M.
Eat the Sweet Potato Burrito!!
by Chris L.
Best pulled pork in Michigan! Pair with hell sauce for some tasty heat
by Nicole R.
Woodshop chili underrated.
by Paul K.
Yum Yum Yum
by Stacey J.
There's a secret ghost pepper sauce from Hell, Michigan if you're into spice.
by Henry B.
Rhonda is the bartender
by Jeanne W.
Best cosmo in the world. Grey goose and Cointreau made by the bartender in the back
by Jeanne W.
Try their chiken it rocks
by Courtney R.
Awesome Mac & cheese and I don't usually like that dish.
by Amanda H.
Onion rings, brisket, pulled pork and mac n cheese are all phenomenal! Worth the wait
by Elise P.
Get the butterscotch pudding. You will lose your mind.
by Mike N.
Great BBQ, love their Alabama sauce, woodfire pizzas, and Mac & Cheese
by Katie K.
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