DBusiness’ Northern Michigan Dining and Iconic Restaurant Guide

Check availability; some restaurants are seasonal. The listings were selected from establishments located approximately north of the 45th Parallel and south of the Upper Peninsula.

Bay Harbor


Located on the waterfront in Bay Harbor, NOMAD offers a vibrant atmosphere that pairs well with its sharable plates, evolving wine list, and house cocktails.
795 Front St., Bay Harbor, 49770
231-881-9090, nomadbayharbor.com
D Mon.-Sun. / $25-$56

Vintage Chophouse & Wine Bar

Welcoming, stately, and rich in history, Vintage Chophouse & Wine Bar embodies the charm of the classic all-American steakhouse, complemented by elements of an upscale lounge.
3600 Village Harbor Dr., Bay Harbor, 49770
844-717-2072, innatbayharbor.com
L & D Mon.-Sun. / $27-$80


Corner Bistro

Enjoy lounging in the intimate bar area, up-front Bistro seating, or on the front porch.
102 N. Bridge St., Bellaire, 49615
231-409-7088, cornerbistrobellaire.com
D; Open every day but Tuesdays / $16-$38

Toonie’s Fish & Steakhouse

A casual dining atmosphere where no one leaves hungry.
216 N. Bridge St., Bellaire, 49615
231-533-8513, tooniesfishandsteakhouse.com
B, L & D Mon.-Sat. / $10-$27

Boyne City

Bella Vita

The goal at Bella Vita is to provide guests with a true dining experience, from exceptional service
and delicious food to a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
2911 Boyne City Rd., Boyne City, 49712
231-582-3341, bellavitaboyne.com
D, Seasonal / $25-$45

Cafe Santé

A casual, European-style bistro serving “The Classics” simply and with flair.
1 Water St., Ste. 100, Boyne City, 49712
231-582-8800, magnumhospitality.com
L & D Mon.-Sun. / $20-$27

Provision Lounge

The Lounge is an adult-centric bar offering curated wine by certified wine specialists.
123 Water St., Boyne City, 49712
231-582-2151, provisionsbc.com
D Tue.-Sat. / $26-$36

Boyne Falls


Everett’s is named after Everett Kircher, founder of Boyne Resorts. Choose from a menu of steaks, seafood, pasta, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and more.
1 Boyne Mountain Rd., Boyne Falls, 49713
231-549-7959, boynemountain.com/dining/everetts
D Mon.-Sun. / $22-$52

Forty Acres Tavern

Guests are invited to stop in, quench their thirst, and stick around until they’ve had their fill of food, spirits, and 40-acres-worth of fun.
1 Boyne Mountain Rd., Boyne Falls, 49713
231-549-7270, boynemountain.com/dining/forty-acres-tavern
L & D Mon.-Sun. / $36-$46


Argonne House

The Argonne House is a full-service restaurant where one can walk in a stranger and leave as friends.
11929 Boyne City Rd., Charlevoix, 49720
231-547-9331, argonnehouse.com
D Wed.-Sat./ $24-$44

Grey Gables

Staff is dedicated to making every experience guests have a memorable one, whether
they’re dining in or enjoying a catered event.
308 Belvedere Ave., Charlevoix, 49720
231-547-9261, greygablesinn.com
D Tue.-Sat./ $26-$62

Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant

Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant offers signature and regional cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere and is true waterfront dining, nestled along the busy Pine River Channel in downtown Charlevoix.
106 Pine River Lane, Charlevoix, 49720
231-547-4311, staffordsweathervane.com
D Tue.-Sat./ $21-$50


Terry’s offers excellent full-course dinners in a warm, casual dining atmosphere.
101 Antrim St., Charlevoix, 49720
231-547-2799, terrysofcharlevoix.com
D, Closed Tuesdays / $36-$68


Hack-Ma-Tack Inn

The Hack-Ma-Tack Inn is a fine dining restaurant located on the Cheboygan River right at the mouth of beautiful Mullett Lake.
8131 Beebe Rd., Cheboygan, 49721
231-625-2919, hackmatackinn.com
D Tue.-Sun. / $29-$60

Cross Village

Legs Inn

Housemade Polish cuisine is the specialty, but a variety of American dishes including fresh, locally caught Great Lakes whitefish offerings also can be found on the menu.
6425 North Lake Shore Dr., Cross Village, 49723
231-526-2281, legsinn.com
L & D Mon.-Sun., Seasonal / $20-$40

Elk Rapids

Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen

Pearl’s offers authentic and enduring Southern specialties like etouffée, jambalaya, and fried green tomatoes, alongside crawfish, shrimp, and other fresh seafood.
617 Ames St., Elk Rapids, 49629
231-264-0530, magnumhospitality.com/pearls
L & D Mon.-Sun. / $15-$30


Bennethum’s Northern Inn

Rustic refined dining, featuring consistent quality and variety. From unique daily features to signature entrées and an upscale pub fare menu, there truly is something for everyone.
3917 Old U.S. 27 South, Gaylord, 49735
989-732-9288, bennethums.com
D Tue.-Sat. / $30-$70

Legends on the Hill

This cozy hilltop lodge with incredible views serves American classics in a relaxed atmosphere. The service is impeccable.
625 Resort Blvd., Ste. A, Gaylord, 49735
855-337-3110, treetops.com/legends-on-the-hill
B, L & D, Seasonal / $15-$26

Glen Arbor area


European techniques fused with local ingredients and the finest from afar influence daily changing menus with an emphasis on the products, simplicity, and flavor.
5705 South Lake, Glen Arbor, 49636
231-334-2530, glenarborblu.com
D Tue.-Sat., Seasonal / $44-$63

La Becasse

La Becasse offers French classics, an encyclopedic wine list, craft cocktails, locally sourced produce and provisions, and friendly and knowledgeable staff.
9001 S Dunns Farm Rd., Maple City, 49664
231-334-3944, restaurantlabecasse.com
D Tue.-Sat. / $55-$32


Gates Au Sable Lodge

The restaurant at Gates Lodge serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual setting beside the Au Sable River.
471 Stephan Bridge Rd., Grayling, 49738
989-348–8462, gateslodge.com
B, L & D Mon.-Sun. / $24-$32

Harbor Springs

Crow’s Nest

Locally sourced produce and the freshest ingredients means food that’s exceptional in taste.
4601 N. State Rd., Harbor Springs, 49740
231-526-6011, crowsnest-harborsprings.com
D Thu.-Sat. / $24-$48

New York Restaurant

The New York Restaurant in downtown Harbor Springs offers eclectic cuisine in a comfortable setting, overlooking Little Traverse Bay’s waterfront.
101 State St., Harbor Springs, 49740
231-526-1904, thenewyork.com
D Wed.-Sun. / $22-$48

Paper Station Bistro

Bistro dining in Harbor Springs, serving lunch and dinner.
145 E. Main St., Harbor Springs, 49740
231-242-4680, paperstationbistro.com
L & D Mon.-Sun. / $25-$41

Stafford’s Pier Restaurant, Harbor Springs

Stafford’s Pier Restaurant

A tribute to the maritime heritage of beautiful Harbor Springs, Stafford’s Pier Restaurant offers true waterfront dining.
102 E. Bay St., Harbor Springs, 49740
231-526-6201, staffordspier.com
D, Closed Wed. & Sun. / $26-$56

Indian River

Michael’s Tavern & Steakhouse

Michael’s Tavern & Steakhouse is a go-to destination for delicious food and a warm, welcoming atmosphere in Indian River.
4653 S Straits Hwy., Indian River, 49749
231-238-2137, michaelstavernandsteakhouse
D Tue.-Sat. / $24-$38


Vivio’s Northwoods Inn Restaurant is famous across northern Michigan for its pizza, pasta, and salads.
4531 S. Straits Hwy., Indian River, 49749
231-238-9471, viviosfood.com
D Thu.-Sun. / $23-$46


The Riverside Inn

Delicious seasonal fare, an eclectic wine list, and excellent service all overlooking the picturesque Leland River.
302 River St., Leland, 49654
231-256-9971, theriversideinn.com
D Thu.-Sun. / $30-$50

Mackinac Island

1852 Grill Room

Enjoy fine dining on Mackinac Island at the 1852 Grill Room, a casually
sophisticated restaurant with first-class selections and a romantic ambience.
Inside Island House Hotel, 6966 Main St., Mackinac Island, 49757
906-847-7222, 1852grillroom.com
B, L & D, Seasonal / $28-$125

Carriage House, Mackinac Island

Carriage House

Discover Mackinac Island’s most exceptional waterfront dining experience.
7485 Main St., Mackinac Island, 49757
906-847-3321, carriagehousemackinac.com
L & D, Seasonal/ $40-$80


A destination for foodies and wine lovers. One won’t find another culinary adventure like Chianti on Mackinac Island or in northern Michigan.
One Lakeshore Dr., Mackinac Island, 49757
906-847-3007, missionpoint.com
D, Seasonal / 2024 menus not posted

Grand Hotel (Main Dining Room)

The main dining room offers one of the most picturesque dining experiences in an elegant setting for breakfasts, lunches, and formal dinners.
Mackinac Island, 49757
906-847-3331, grandhotel.com
B, L & D, Seasonal / $25-$50

Ice House BBQ

Indulge in Ice House BBQ’s selection of classic home-style smoked barbecue favorites and stone-fired pizza, all while basking in the ambience of the beautiful hideaway garden.
Behind Island House Hotel, 6966 Main St., Mackinac Island, 49757
906-847-7223, icehousemackinac.com
L & D Mon.-Sun., Seasonal / $18-$34

Jockey Club at Grand Stand

With welcoming and inclusive hospitality, the Jockey Club is a gathering place for all; families with kids can feel just as comfortable as a couple on a date or a group of colleagues gathering by the bar.
1 Grand Ave., Mackinac Island, 49757
906-847-9212, grandhotel.com
L & D, Seasonal / $28-$39

Mary’s Bistro

Mary’s is a downtown favorite, featuring home-style cuisine and draft craft beer and cocktails. It’s one of the best places to eat on Mackinac Island.
7463 Main St., Mackinac Island, 49757
906-847-9911, mackinacmarys.com
L & D, Seasonal / $28-$41

Pink Pony

The Pink Pony is said to be the best bar and restaurant on Mackinac Island. Thrillist has voted it Michigan’s most iconic bar and grill.
7221 Main St., Ste. 103, Mackinac Island, 49757
800-241-3341, pinkponymackinac.com
B, L & D Mon.-Sun., Seasonal / $28-$47

Seabiscuit Café

Delicious food and creative cocktails. Seabiscuit Café is one of the most popular downtown restaurants on Mackinac Island. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
7337 Main St., Mackinac Island, 49757
906-847-3611, seabiscuitcafe.com
B, L & D, Seasonal / $26-$37

Woods Restaurant

Woods Restaurant offers a unique Mackinac Island dining experience and is just a short, scenic horse-drawn carriage ride into the island’s wooded interior.
8655 Cudahy Circle, Mackinac Island, 49757
906-847-3699, grandhotel.com
L & D Mon.-Sun., Seasonal / $42-$75


Fischer’s Happy Hour Tavern

Fischer’s Happy Hour Tavern has been family-owned and operated since 1971 and is a third-generation restaurant.
7100 N. Manitou Trail, Northport, 49670
231-386-9923, fischershappyhour.com
Mon.-Wed. / $24-MKP


Douglas Lake Bar & Steakhouse

The Douglas Lake Bar & Steakhouse, known to locals as the “DLB,” has a rich history of providing great food and service in a rustic log building overlooking Douglas Lake.
11001 Douglas Lake Rd., Pellston, 49769
231-539-8588, douglaslakebarandsteakhouse.com
Seasonal / $25-$48


1911 Restaurant

From a quiet location atop a bluff overlooking Little Traverse Bay in Petoskey, the 1911 Restaurant offers casual fine dining to the public year-round.
1549 Glendale Ave., Petoskey, 49770
231-347-2410, 1911restaurant.com
Wed.-Sat. / $30-$49

Beacon Bistro

Dinner consists of high-quality steaks, pasta, salads, proteins, and creative burgers.
319 Bay St., Petoskey, 49770
231-489-7999, beacon-petoskey.com
L & D Mon.-Sun. / $31-$50


Chandler’s has three dining areas for guests to enjoy: the main dining
Room, which includes the bar; the patio, available in warmer months; and Symons wine cellar.
215 1/2 Howard St., Petoskey, 49770
231-347-2981, chandlersarestaurant.com
L & D Mon.-Sun. / $43-$59

Palette Bistro

A warm, double-decker cafe with bay views, serving gourmet-style Mediterranean fare and wine.
321 Bay St., Petoskey, 49770
231-348-3321, palettebistropetoskey.com
L & D Mon.-Sun. / $24-$49

Pour Kitchen & Bar

An eclectic menu with worldly flavors, made from scratch daily.
422 E. Mitchell St., Petoskey, 49970
231-881-9800, pourpetoskey.com
D Mon.-Sun. / $20-$56

Spring & Porter

Indulge in an unforgettable dining experience at Spring & Porter, where staff blends the artistry of new American cuisine with the warmth of its charming locale.
887 Spring St., Petoskey, 49970
231-347-1440, springandporter.com
B, L & D Mon.-Sun. / $39-$55

Suttons Bay

Martha’s Leelanau Table

A charming spot serving scratch-made regional specialties with European accents, plus beer and wine.
413 N. St. Joseph, Suttons Bay, 49682
231-271-2344, marthasleelanautable.com
D Thu.-Mon. / $32-$45


Located in the heart of Suttons Bay, Wren offers a small seasonal menu with a farm-to-table approach, served in a casual atmosphere.
303 N. St. Joseph St., Suttons Bay, 49682,
231-271-1175, wrensuttonsbay.com
D Tue.-Sat. / $30-$50

Traverse City


Located in the heart of downtown Traverse City, Amical has been offering eclectic European cuisine to patrons since 1994.
229 E. Front St., Traverse City, 49684
231-941-8888, amical.com
Mon.-Sun. / $32-$59

Artisan Restaurant

Daily menus feature fresh and in-season ingredients sourced from local and regional vendors.
615 E. Front St., Traverse City, 49686
231-421-2150, artisantc.com
D Mon.-Sun. / $25-$95

Boathouse Restaurant

Nestled on the shores of beautiful Bowers Harbor, the Boathouse takes full advantage of its delightful view of the docks and bay with wide-open windows and a summer deck.
14039 Peninsula Dr., Traverse City, 49686
231-223-4030, boathouseonwestbay.com
D Tue.-Sun. / $32-$85

Cooks’ House

A Traverse City food destination! Cooks’ House is built on the
bounty of locally grown and foraged foods, and offers a quality experience.
115 Wellington St., Traverse City, 49686
231-946-8700, cookshousetc.com
L & D Tue.-Sun. / $23-$37

Farm Club

Farm Club is a farm, restaurant, brewery, and marketplace nestled in Leelanau County.
10051 Lake Leelanau Dr., Traverse City, 49684
231-252-3079, farmclubtc.com
L & D Wed.-Sun. / $18-$32

Frenchies Famous

Frenchies provides Traverse City with fresh, flavorful food made from scratch with a whole lotta love.
619 Randolph St., Traverse City, 49684
231-944-1228, frenchiesfamous.weebly.com
B & L Mon.-Sun. / $12-$16

Modern Bird

Modern Bird is a seasonal American restaurant by Chefs Andy Elliott
and Emily Stewart.
541 W. Front St., Traverse City, 49684
231-421-5046, modernbirdtc.com
D Tue.-Sat. / $21-$63

Pepe Nero

An upscale restaurant and lounge with swanky decor serving Southern Italian cuisine in a former chapel.
700 Cottageview Dr., Traverse City, 49684
231-929-1960, pepenerotc.com
D Tue.-Sat. / $28-$58

Red Ginger

This upscale, chef-owned spot offers small plates of light Pan-Asian cuisine and signature cocktails.
237 E. Front St., Traverse City, 49684
231-944-1733, eatatginger.com
D Tue.-Sat. / $32-$55


A relaxed choice spotlighting artful plates of traditional Italian fare, plus house-infused vodkas.
250 E. Front St., Traverse City, 49684
231-421-5912, slatetc.com
D Wed.-Sat. / $24-$52

Trattoria Stella, Traverse City

Trattoria Stella

Established in 2004 in The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, Trattoria Stella is a multi-award-winning Italian restaurant with an emphasis on authenticity.
830 Cottageview Dr., Ste. G01, Traverse City, 49684
231-929-8989, stellatc.com
D Wed.-Mon. / $26-$46

Walloon Lake

Barrel Back

An airy, contemporary restaurant and bar featuring a new American menu and views of Walloon Lake.
4069 M-75, Walloon Lake, 49796
231-535-6000, barrel-back.com
B, L & D Mon.-Sun./ $21-$49

Walloon Lake Inn

The Inn’s innovative menu borrows influence from local ingredients and the finest cuisines, then adds creative twists and distinct seasonal offerings.
4178 West St., Walloon Lake, 49796
231-535-2999, walloonlakeinn.com
D Mon.-Sun. / $33-$60

To suggest a restaurant in Northern Michigan for our annual list, email rjking@dbusiness.com.