Luxury Restaurants of the World: Jockey Club Grand Hotel Mackinac Island Michigan
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Jockey Club

I absolutely LOVE eating at The Jockey Club when I’m on Mackinac Island. It’s such a beautiful restaurant, situated directly across from Grand Hotel and next to the first tee of The Jewel Golf Course, and one that can’t be missed by anyone riding down the “main hill” of Mackinac Island. Stepping through the arch of Jockey Club is like stepping into another world where horse racing, the excitement that thrives under the warm summer sun, and gourmet dining all converge, and the experience of dining in a place like this can only be found at this jockey themed restaurant.

Luxury Restaurants of the World: Jockey Club Grand Hotel Mackinac Island Michigan

The Jockey Club at the Grand Stand
Location: Mackinac Island, Michigan (Across from Grand Hotel)
Address: 1874 Cadotte Avenue, Mackinac Island
Hours: [Seasonal] Luncheon from 11 am – 5 pm
Dinner from 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm Daily
Food Type: Meat, Seafood, Soups & Salads
Price: $75+ per person
Dress Code: Cocktail
Reservations: Recommended for Dinner
Special Diets: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Pescatarian

Luxury Restaurants of the World: Jockey Club Grand Hotel Mackinac Island Michigan

 The exterior’s peppy red and yellow colors convey a sense of youthful exuberance that is only heightened by its proximity to laughter on The Jewel golf course. Inside, the restaurant is even grander than the outside, with tartan carpet, jockey cap lighting fixtures, oil paintings dotting the walls, a full, wide bar, and other equestrian-themed paraphernalia. Jockey Club is fun, quirky, and regal all at once.

While there is no formal dress code, almost every diner was dressed in resort formalwear whenever we visited. For women, think Lilly Pulitzer dresses, skirts, or chino shorts with an Oxford or polo, and for men, the dress typically looks like golfing attire or nicer. Whenever my husband and I have dinner at Jockey Club, we relish the opportunity to dress up and wear outfits similar to what we would wear inside Grand Hotel’s main dining room. If you’d like some outfit inspiration or to see more of what we’ve worn to dinner on the island in the past, check out this post.

Luxury Restaurants of the World: Jockey Club Grand Hotel Mackinac Island Michigan

Service:5/5
Décor:
5/5
Variety of Dishes:
4/5
Wait Time: 
With reservations, none
Food Quality:
5/5
Plating:
 5/5

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Luxury Restaurants of the World: Jockey Club Grand Hotel Mackinac Island Michigan

Like all other restaurants owned by Grand Hotel, Jockey Club uses only the freshest and finest ingredients available. The seafood is caught fresh daily from Lake Michigan, like the delightful whitefish, or is flown in directly from the source. Vegetables and garnishes are brought up daily from Detroit’s freshest sources, ensuring that each meal served to guests of Jockey Club will be flavorful, nutritious, and memorable. As you can see above, few restaurants in Michigan go so far above and beyond in the careful, creative, and entertaining presentation of dishes.

Luxury Restaurants of the World: Jockey Club Grand Hotel Mackinac Island Michigan

We love seeing the new and exciting ways our delectable meals will be plated, and the delightful preparation of each dish serves to enhance our entire dining experience. While you’re dining at Jockey Club, I highly recommend bellying up to the bar and ordering a specialty cocktail here. Their mocktails are also incredible for those who don’t imbibe or for younger people.

Luxury Restaurants of the World: Jockey Club Grand Hotel Mackinac Island Michigan

I cannot write this post in good conscience without acknowledging how absolutely incredible the staff of Jockey Club are. I was recently diagnosed with a severe gluten allergy, and when last I dined at Jockey Club, I informed my server and asked him for advice on what I should order. Not only did he return with an entire menu full of gluten-free options, but he also offered to customize anything that interested me on the main menu. He also informed the other servings and asked that special care be taken when preparing my meal, and the kindness and understanding in his voice when he did this was very touching.

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I have had unkind things said to me by other wait staff in other places (although never anywhere on Mackinac Island), so it’s always a relief to have my inquiries greeted by compassion rather than scorn. If you or someone else in your party have any special dietary needs or allergen concerns, trust that Jockey Club’s phenomenal staff will take exceptional care of you and your meal, as will all other members of Grand Hotel’s family of restaurants, and rest assured that you will be treated with the dignity and respect that you deserve.

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I love Jockey Club, and some of my favorite memories on Mackinac Island include sitting out on Jockey Club’s patio, enjoying a delectable, warm meal as the sun begins to set, and the breeze from the Straits of Mackinac plays with my hair. Whenever I think of warm summer days, delicious food shared with wonderful company, and a beautiful atmosphere, I think about the many meals I’ve enjoyed a Jockey Club.

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Golfers are able to order boxed lunches if they call ahead so that they have a wonderful meal to enjoy out on the greens. Grand Hotel guests on the Modified American Plan for dining may opt to take dinners at Jockey Club instead of the main dining room, which is a great change of scenery for those enjoying extended stays or who wish to try a new restaurant during their time on Mackinac Island. Unlike the main dining room or other places inside Grand Hotell, tipping is expected at Jockey Club as a way of thanking the staff for their excellent service.

Luxury Restaurants of the World: Jockey Club Grand Hotel Mackinac Island Michigan

Verdict: I highly recommend visiting The Jockey Club!

Have you had a chance to enjoy a meal at Jockey Club? Check out my review of Woods Restaurant on Mackinac Island and my Photographic Tour of Grand Hotel!

Luxury Restaurants of the World: Jockey Club Grand Hotel Mackinac Island Michigan

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18 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    I love this island! I wonder how busy they are in the winter months?

    1. Unfortunately, Jockey Club is closed (as are many businesses, hotels, and restaurants on the island) for the season. Everything opens back up in May when the snow is gone and beautiful flowers bloom everywhere!

      1. Paul Wright says:

        Is there no one at Grand Hotel to update web information? Menu is not shown because it appears to be old. The Jockey Club won’t open until the snow leaves the island. Take a look, the snow has melted. It is the middle of July.

  2. Rebecca Piersol says:

    Oh my gosh! This place looks AMAZING!!!!

    xx Rebecca

  3. cathclaire says:

    I want to go to all of these!!!! So magical!

    xo

    Cathclaire

  4. This looks so nice! Definitely need to go here!

  5. Oh wow this looks amazing! I’ll have to check it out when I visit!

    XOXO
    Cathy

  6. Wow. The decor and vibe of the place is quite amazing. Love the food presentation. I had not heard of the place and now will have to look it up.

  7. You always visit the cutest, most lovely (and delicious-sounding) places that leave me wanting to travel to them ALL!

  8. What a beautiful place to visit! The food looks incredible!

  9. Ok, I am a big foodie and have a list
    If restaurants on my “must visit” list! This one is certainly going on it

  10. I love the ornate details of the club! And each plate of food is like a work of art! No wonder you love it so much!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

  11. I love the Jockey Club! The colors and decor are fantastic and the food is the best. I adore the small details like the helmet lights. You really can’t go wrong with a restaurant the Grand Hotel creates. Great post.

    1. I agree with you – it’s such a unique place and the food is amazing! Thank you so much for reading! I hope you’re staying warm up north!

  12. Well written, made me feel like I was there. Hope visit it one day.