About The Piper

Our Food Philosophy is Gustatory* (*fancy word for a great sense of taste)

“Here at Piper”, says Pat Eldean, owner and general manager, “we concentrate on diversity of food with the emphasis Flavor, Fun and Value”.

Pat Eldean graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Education, and decided to combine her knack for teaching with her flair with food. For seven years she shared the passion of cooking through her home based school called, “Cooking with a Flair”. In the summer of 1984 she took the huge step of opening her own restaurant, which she called Sandpiper.

Sandpiper ran as an upscale restaurant for many years and built a solid reputation, but Pat saw the need to make some changes.

In 1997 she overhauled the Sandpiper, simplifying it to “Piper”, to showcase a new more casual dining experience.


Whether you’re in shorts, jeans or elegantly dressed, the Piper welcomes you. Reservations are accepted, but limited. Half the space is left available for walk-ins. We also accept 30-minute call ahead, which puts you on the waiting list ahead of those who just walk in. Call early for those limited reservations between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. If there is a wait, we’ll give you a pager so that you can move about the marina and make the wait part of the total enjoyment of picking the Piper.

The Main Dining Room and Bar are strategically located on the second level. To provide a bird’s eye, panoramic view of the harbor, every table offers a great view of the marina activity. In fair weather, an open deck provides an even more intimate connection with the boating scene. Courtesy docks are available for those of you who cruise to dinner. 


We are interested and welcome all comments and questions concerning Piper.

Direct general comments to Piper Owner and General Manager, Pat Eldean

See the great review we had from George Aquino, Grand Rapids Press.

For more photographs, see The Eldean Marina Photo Tour.

Major credit cards are accepted:

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