The Antlers Restaurant – Sault Ste Marie, Michigan – Review
The Adventurers Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Anyone who has ever visited the Soo Locks has probably heard of The Antlers Restaurant in downtown Sault Ste. Marie. A unique little place just outside of the city center, The Antlers boasts more stuffed animals per square inch than any other restaurant around. And when I say “stuffed animals” I don’t mean teddy bears. It’s like a taxidermy shop, only with food. The menu is pretty standard: Burgers, sandwiches, fish, steak… you shouldn’t have any trouble finding something you like.
Overall the place was nice. Betsy had fond memories of going here as a child and so we decided it would be fun to go back. It looks, however, like it has seen it’s day and is a bit past it’s prime. The gimmicky lights and whistles would have been a big draw years ago but now seems sort of sad and forced. The wait staff was somewhat friendly but we felt like tourists walking into the “locals” place. The food portions were generous and none of us finished all of our food. Also, the animal heads kept the kids entertained while we waited (what seemed to be abnormally long for how slow it was) for our food.
Betsy: As Chris mentioned, I do have fond memories of dining here when I was a kid. My Grandparents took us here whenever we were in the Sault Ste Marie area and I remember being very excited by it. Unfortunately going back to the restaurant as an adult wasn’t as magical of an experience. The service seemed pretty slow despite the restaurant not being busy and the food was nothing to write home about. It was just an ok experience and if we are ever in the area again, I would look elsewhere for dining options.
Chris: Normally I’m a big fan of touristy places like this but not this time. My burger tasted strange and it just seemed like we were a bother to be waited on. Not only did it take a long time to get our food… but also refills on our drinks. We sat around staring at each other for a while before we got our bill, I was going to use my charge but then scraped together enough cash to just pay and get out because who knows how long it would have taken otherwise. We gave ourselves plenty of time to go eat before the next scheduled freighter at the Soo Locks but missed it because of the slow as molasses service.