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Restaurants

Thanks to its award-winning wines and talented local chefs, Traverse City enjoys an international reputation as a place of surprisingly sophisticated food and drink.

Whether you prefer elegant dining at a waterfront restaurant or grabbing gourmet-to-go sandwiches for an impromptu picnic at Lake Michigan, Traverse City’s eclectic restaurants will never fail to satisfy your inner-foodie during a summer trip to Traverse City.  In fact, for two years in a row, Midwest Living has listed Traverse City among its Five Top Food Towns, and Bon Appetit has listed it as one of America’s Top Five Foodie Towns. 

Our unique cuisine borrows freely from other regional styles and relies heavily on imagination, boldness and spunk. Capitalizing on fresh ingredients from nearby farms, forests, lakes, streams and orchards our restaurateurs seem to be on a mission to showcase the best of what the area has to offer.

And what could go better with all this culinary bounty than a fine wine? The beautiful Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas are dotted with vineyards and award-winning wineries that have established a firm reputation for crisp, intensely flavorful wines.

Recharge during your Downtown TC shopping day with a light summer lunch at a sidewalk café. Dinner might be a fancy affair at a rooftop restaurant or a more casual evening of food-truck fare paired with an icy pint of local craft beer.

A popular destination for families, Traverse City has plenty of fun kid-friendly restaurants, as well! Choose from a 1950s-inspired diner or a woodsy, Up North-style eatery. Head west of town to sample what Good Morning American viewers voted the Best Ice Cream in the country! At Moomers you’ll enjoy real farm-fresh ice cream in a huge homemade waffle cone … right on the farm!

TRAVERSE CITY SPOTLIGHTS