About Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant

Seeking a fun time with an unbeatable lake view and even better food? Welcome to downtown Holland’s favorite waterfront restaurant, Boatwerks. This beloved local spot provides a warm welcome all year round but is the place to be during a beautiful Michigan spring or summer day.

There is nothing quite as magical as taking in the sparkling sight of Lake Macatawa while enjoying a craft cocktail or house made dessert. Whether you’re seated in the recently renovated bar or dining room, or outside on Boatwerks’ light-adorned covered patio, we are excited to welcome you and your loved ones to experience unforgettable new American cuisine in our beautiful, newly renovated building.

Cruising the lake and want to relax with a great meal? Join us! We have room for 15+ boats to tie up.

Our History

Boatwerks opened for dining in 2006 under the guidance of Joe Walsh, who previously used the building for his marine construction and dredging company. The Boatwerks site has served many boat- and lake-related purposes in its past life. At one point, an aggregate dock and storage area was situated along this part of Lake Macatawa, as well as a coal dock.

In 2018, RedWater Restaurants acquired Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant from Mr. Walsh, making it part of a family of premier restaurants throughout West Michigan while still retaining its distinctive lakeside style. Today, our newly renovated interior offers a polished, modern flair that still holds its roots close.

What We’re Known For

While you can find a little bit of everything on our extensive menu—including upscale pizzas, hearty salads, and flavor-packed handhelds like mushroom bao buns or smoked BBQ chicken wraps—where we really shine is our seafood.

Whether you’ve got a taste for shrimp tacos with mango-pineapple slaw, BBQ-rubbed salmon, or Chesapeake Bay crab mac & cheese, we can guarantee it tastes even better lakeside. Our drinks and desserts are not to be missed—after all, what is an incredible meal without a chilled lemon ice box pie or our signature marg?

We look forward to welcoming you to our eatery and to Holland as a whole. Our stunning city is full of vibrancy (especially in May—don’t miss the tulips!) and relaxing lakeside trails, perfect for strolling post-meal.

Our Values

Our mission is to deliver exceptional and unique experiences to our guests through our people-first culture.

It’s no secret why people keep coming back to our restaurant and event venue. We believe in the simple promise of delicious food, exquisite ingredients, and exceptional service. We abide by four simple values:

  • Guests: We do whatever we can for our guests. We can only say, “Yes.”
  • Food: Our food is consistently delicious. We serve items as described and anticipated by our guests.
  • Hospitality: We deliver an exceptional customer service experience that makes our guests feel like they come first.
  • Team: We work as a committed, competent team that is dedicated to making our guests’ experience one they will enjoy.

What We’ve Got Planned for the Future

Private Dining

Let our team save you time & hassle by booking your next event with us! Boatwerks offers an unmatched private dining experience perfect for your wedding, corporate event, family event, or other social gathering. 

Fresh For The Season

Our menu is always changing and growing! Enjoy beloved favorites like our Faroe Island salmon, fried perch, or something new from our great selection of choice steaks, seafood, sandwiches, and salads. Don’t miss our refreshing cocktails! 

Shaking Things Up

Craving a cocktail? We've got your fix! Take a peek at some of our seasonal beverages handcrafted by our talented team of bartenders.