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Les Cheneaux Culinary School, Hessel, MI
Award-winning

Les Cheneaux Culinary School

4.8
4.8
291 Reviews
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Simplicity is the essence in good taste... In the world around you, and in food.
Experience the almost seamless setting of “up north” blue waters and pure air. Delight in the breathtaking sunsets while sipping finely crafted cocktails. An unforgettable experience in dining, with the freshest of local produce, fish and game, prepared in carefully understated fashion to respect the wonderful specialness of original flavors.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 2 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Farm-to-table
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2022
  • Neighbourhood
    Hessel
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 291 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

291 Reviews
  1. AnnW

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were thrilled with everything we got on the menu except for the duck. Although the flavors were very good, my husband’s duck was difficult to chew. The whitefish Thai chili was a delight, the cornbread was mouth watering and both desserts (s’mores and blueberry shortcake were delicious. The restaurant itself was beautiful and our server was excellent. We will definitely return!

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  2. Renec

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely dinner with friends and dinner was excellent.

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  3. carlandjanet

    Omaha

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Les Cheneaux is one of our favorite restaurants anywhere. We visit the UP yearly and make a point to eat there as often as possible. The service is outstanding and the food is excellent. Everything is presented beautifully.

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  4. Joyce

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was disappointed that the polenta was swapped out for barley in my dish. I realize it is your last weekend, but for a vegan dish the ratio of mushrooms to barley was off balance. Too much barley. However, we will be back next year!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is a lovely gem in the UP. Gourmet food, impeccable service, and beautiful setting. We make it a point to dine here if we are anywhere in the vicinity; this time we traveled down from our vacation spot in Paradise, MI, well over an hour away.

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  6. LSQ1

    Grand Rapids

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious! Best whitefish ever. The charcuterie board, desserts, all were delicious.

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  7. LindaM

    New Mexico

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent menu, great service, beautiful venue and view. Will make this an annual trip.

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  8. TheMittenFarm

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The whitefish curry just might be one of the best fish dishes I have ever had. Really, really delicious!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was perfect! Lovely atmosphere and service. Great food.

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  10. DRNO

    Grand Rapids

    157 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    157 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love coming here! The food and service is fantastic. We started with the charcuterie board and it was amazing! Beautiful presentation and fantastic food items! Next was the salmon sashimi and the mixed green salad of which both were delicious! The entree of the night was the duck as it was beautifully presented and with the most flavor! I had the whitefish in curry sauce that was outstanding but had heat! Flavors were amazing! Salmon was delicious too! To top it all off was the blueberry shortcake - yum! Wine list was fabulous and the dining experience exceeded our expectations! Try the place and please leave a donation for the school as they definitely deserve it!❤️👏

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal and excellent service. Will be back!

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  12. JaneF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful evening celebrating a birthday for a friend. We were treated as very special guests, I guess everyone is. Good food, fun time, laughs.

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  13. JADK

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This dinner exceeded my expectations in every way. Innovative, delicious cocktails started our evening. Each dish was exquisitely presented and the food flavors/textures/combinations were creative and so professionally prepared. The service was A+. I am from a large city with an enviable food scene and never imagined I would have this type of dining experience in the Les Cheneaux area. Well done!!

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  14. MariaL

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as usual. Great addition to last nights menu the scallops ceviche! Please publish a cooking book with the recipes, it would be a hit among patrons! Enjoy coming for dinner 4 times this season.

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  15. WendyS

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very wonderful and unique dining experience .

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  16. JanineP

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s always a pleasure to eat at the Culinary School. The view of the Marina adds to the calm vibe there. The service is great, too. But it’s the amazing food that keep us coming back. The chefs are able to make the dishes with both eye appeal and elevated flavors, so the experience is different every time-and always delightful!

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  17. LynneO

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The creative combination of local “in-season” ingredients made the food absolutely delicious. The black mayo on the Bison burger was wonderful, as was the salmon sashimi. The house salad was fabulous with the blueberries, goat cheese and a rhubarb based dressing!

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  18. SharonS

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dining on the patio on a beautiful evening with outstanding food and service made for a memorable evening.

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  19. ThomasN

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great tasting and porton size was good. All our questions were answered. The Director of the facility visits with every table. Main entree selections were limited to 5 or 6.

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  20. davidm

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was exceptional. The curry whitefish was pleasantly better than I expected. Our server was great.

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  21. Susan

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a small wedding celebration and chose the Les Cheneaux Culinary School for our dinner afterwards. The service staff was extremely accommodating and made our evening special. We enjoyed the steak, the duck and the hamburger that were served. We would recommend the restaurant to anyone who wants to enjoy a delicious meal with a beautiful view of the water.

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  22. ScottL

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The duck was not spectacular, a little chewy but others were satisfied with their meals.

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  23. BrendaD

    Northern MI

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a hidden gem!! Delicious. What a great experience

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  24. MaryV

    Tampa

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful setting. Food was average. Wish the staff were more knowledgable about items on the menu.

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  25. KeeG

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing dinner and ambience. Staying in Mackinaw City but wanted a unique experience and amazing food. This checked all the boxes! Loved everything and service amazing . Highly recommended!

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  26. SchoonerHuronJewel

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We operate a sailing charter business on Schooner Huron Jewel and always encourage our passengers to make reservations at LCCS when we take them sailing to Hessel. They are never disappointed and always look forward to eating there again! Thanks for the great food!

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  27. TomP

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding. The service was excellent. Fantastic place. I highly recommend this place for a great experience.

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  28. JamesD

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service are excellent. Dining at the Les Cheneaux Culinary School is a unique experience. This is a "high ticket" experience, more akin to an urban setting, yet set alongside a picturesque harbor in Hessel Michigan. The experience is worth the money.

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  29. GenaG

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and variety offered. Left us speechless

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  30. micki

    Denver

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As always the experience was superior in every way.

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  31. LindaL

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great experience. The staff was friendly and helpful. Food very, very good. We will definitely be back.

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  32. susanp

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing meal as usual. My husband and I love the concept of school/restaurant. Staff is fantastic, friendly and attentive. Going back 2 more times by the end of the season.

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  33. Chris

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bavette steak was absolutely perfectly done & so tasty!! Beautiful out on the deck too, overlooking the water. Very peaceful, & excellent service by Madison!!

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  34. CarrieC

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My mom and I started at the bar area ordering Purple Rain Martinis. Beautifully presented and tasting. Once seated, we had the charred zucchini and house bread. Outstanding. We both had the Whitefish Curry and think it was the best meal we’ve ever had. The setting, service, and view is second to none. Chef Zach and his team do an absolutely exceptional job. Kitchen and front of the house staff are all calm, pleasant, and just really appear to enjoy their jobs. The Les Cheneaux Culinary School is a must visit for anyone in Northern Michigan and beyond!

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  35. JimL

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Served a poor cut of steak. It was nicely prepared but the meat was so gristly that I couldn’t chew it enough to swallow. Inedible and very disappointing. Will not return.

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  36. DonnaM

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience. Great food. We loved it. We sat at the bar and it was highly entertaining.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From start to finish,your staff was more than willing to accommodate all if are needs. The food was magical,meaning different, but amazing and not expecting the different flavors! Loved everything! A+ top to bottom!!!

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  38. NorthernFoodie

    Indiana

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We ate inside on a very hot day but the outside porch was also bustling and nice you can see the marina and water across the street even from inside. We loved the homemade cornbread- very special ; loved the delicious fish curry- even though fish portion is on the smaller size but beautifully displayed and delicious unique sauce; salmon was also tasty- Chou Chou was also unique;my husband asked for the salmon seasoning on the side as he likes less seasoning which he was glad they accommodated; we enjoyed moderated priced Rioja wine; liked our friendly and efficient server. Fun memorable meal, worth the drive.

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  39. RobertM

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal, and the ambience was great. Faith was an excellent server.

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  40. Frank

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated outside where we wanted a table and received excellent service. A great success.

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Les Cheneaux Culinary School is rated 4.8 stars by 291 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Les Cheneaux Culinary School

186 S Pickford Ave, Hessel, MI 49745-9300

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2022
  • Neighbourhood
    Hessel
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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