Funistrada
Funistrada

Funistrada

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.trattoria-funistrada.com/
  • Phone: 2313343900x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner beginning @ 5:30pm - 9:15pm, seasonal days of operation
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine
  • Catering: We do not have catering services.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Olive St
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: parking is limited - carpooling is recommended!
A word from Funistrada
Italian-American neighborhood dining in the heart of downtown "Burdickville"


WE DO NOT HAVE A CHILDREN'S MENU. CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 6 ARE STRONGLY DISCOURAGED.

We are a small space and can not accommodate parties larger than 12.

Please visit our website for further information, sample menus and directions. We look forward to having you as our guest!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Funistrada reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (51)special occasion (42)fit for foodies (40)romantic (26)notable wine list (13)hot spot (10)good for groups (8)late-night find (3)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • As expected!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    From reading other reviews, we expected Funistrada to be good, and it was! My pasta was a special of the day and included penne pasta, white beans and sausage in a garlic butter sauce. It was delicious. My husband had the Anniversary Chicken, and he loved it! We'll be back next year.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Tables are way to close together. Hard to talk with husband on night out.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food is always consistently terrific at Funistrada.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small, lively and good food!
    MichfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Funistrada did not disappoint! It is a small, intimate dining experience with wonderful food. Our server, Hailey was wonderful and assisted with our choices. Nice choices, with daily specials. Food was delicious. I would recommend a reservation on weekends, as this is a popular spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed versus past visits
    KnK44
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We were introducing another couple touting past successes. It was great being able to walk in and our reserved table ready. The server was friendly and prompt but the experience was down hill from there. Both of our wives had the Salmon Piccata, which was over cooked. I had the veal Piccata, which was tough and may have been due to being over cooked as well. The fourth person had the Eggplant Parmesan, which was one of the specials and who stated that it was very good. All four of us stated that the side pasta was cold. House salad seemed to only have only oil. Now, shame on us for not bringing this to the attention of the server.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fifth Time
    firsttimers
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We live in Ohio and this is our 5th trip to the Glen Arbor area and our 5th trip to Funistrada. We love this place for its food, service and character. A great neighborhood gem. Suggest you make a reservation since there is limited seating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were celebrating a family occasion with a party of six. the relaxed country atmosphere was perfect. Our server was friendly and attentive as well as helpful with the menu. Our favorite dish was the veal saltimbocca which was the best I have had. Our party also enjoyed the veal piccata and the New York strip steak. We topped the evening off with decadent desserts. We will all be back !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Funistrada
    taylor
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Is consistently fantastic - on all fronts. Amazing atmosphere, food and service. . .fresh and original dishes. . .and amazingly nice hosts in Tom and Holly. Adaptable to casual or more formal events, Funistrada is always comfortable and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem near Glen Arbor
    PDB1VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This is a truly great restaurant in the resort area of Glen Arbor. It has excellent food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Funistrada, a favorite
    Lelanders
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We have enjoyed this intimate restaurant for years! Based on the difficulty getting a rez, it has been discovered!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EastsideBill
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great menu, great food, great service in a very pleasant environment. The saltimbocca was wonderful with a perfect sauce. One of northern Michigan's best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ABZ2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We visited last year for our honeymoon. We decided to return for our first anniversary. The service was great, the food was delicious! We had a great dinner and a wonderful anniversary.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice out-of-the-way place
    Doerrway
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Having heard about Funistrada for some years now, we finally found a day and time to try it. Reservations are a must, and need to be done far in advance as it is a popular place. We were ushered to our table, treated very well, and had a marvelous meal. It lived up to its reputation and we shall return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food
    celebratefood
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We have been lucky enough to experience the delicious food at Funistrada for many years. It has become so popular that reservations are needed 7-10 days ahead. We look forward to the specials and both ordered the huntsman- tortellini duck mushrooms and cream. We also had a wonderful bottle of Italian wine and finished the evening with dessert. Great food. Good people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Little Hide Away
    Bdayplanner
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This restaurant may be off the beaten path but well worth the drive! Everything was excellent, this is our new favorite place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall OK
    James814
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We usually eat here every summer when we vacation in the area. We have really enjoyed past meals here. This year the food was only ok. Price a little expensive for so so meal. Service was good. There are limited choices for dining in the area-so we will try again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dinner ever!
    Diane
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food is outstanding. It was suggested by a friend ,so last year I went there for a special occasion and thoroughly enjoyed it. I vacationed in the area again this year and returned to Funistrada for another outstanding meal with delightful service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite spot in NW michigan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Funistrada is our first choice for dinner when we are in the area--good food, pleasant and helpful wait staff, wonderful, friendly ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - could improve service
    TammiSue
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The NY strip was as amazing as was on my prior visit. The pasta dish had amazing taste. Disappointed that each person with a table of 4 couldn't receive a bill for their personal items ordered. I had to get out a calculator and manually add to provide amount to server.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Alfromil
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This a terrific restaurant in the middle of a residential neighborhood by Glen Lake. The service was great and our meals were memorable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kicker1
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    One might mistake the restaurant for a house along the road withouth the sign. However, the building masks the tremendous food associated with this restaurant. Their Italian cuisine is traditional and well made, and they do have non-italian alternative entrees. We were in the region for 6 days, and had 2 dinners to make sure we were able to enjoy the variety. The restaurant appears to hold 40-50 persons, and it was full by 6 pm both weeknights we dined. Reservations for good dining times is a must, and we would recommend at least a 2 week advance to obtain the time you want. Service was prompt. Parking is somewhat limited, and you may have to park along the main (but not busy) road.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorites at Funi
    Tcyum
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Funistrada never disappoints. Always interesting specials on the board, but this time we chose from the menu. Mussels, duck, veal...all delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent little gem
    Paula1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is a dining experience that is always special. Once in a while you find a gem that never disappoints. The restaurant is intimate and the owners are smart enough to keep it that way. The service is outstanding and the food is delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Forever a Favorite
    BowWow
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our dinner was delicious as always!i had the strip steak and my husband had the chicken piccata. Yumm!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roger
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My Family vacations every year at Glen Lake and this is one of our favorite nights because of Funistrada.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Las
    Cols53
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The restaurant is somewhat small and you may need to be flexible on when you dine (because reservations fill up quickly) but it is worth going, because the food has always been wonderful!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Maybe the Food is a tad overrated..
    Krista
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We would not eat here again. We love food and great flavors and I didn't really think there was much of anything "special" on the menus. None of the pastas are made in house. The table next to us ordered the ribeye special and it was literally a slab of meat on a plate with a balsamic reduction and a side plate of spaghetti with marinara. No garnish, no veggies, nothin. Our pasta was not bad. We ordered from the special menu. But like I said, it was nothing that I couldn't get at Carraba's. For the price...ouch! They must feel pretty proud of their food. As for dessert... Lemon cheesecake was delicious. The server said it was made in house.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • walchek
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Definitely need a reservation during summertime hours. Small but quaint. Great food and service. We will be ging back again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local Gem
    Resvpls
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food and service at Funistrata really can't be beat. The menu is small but very good and varied. The specials are always different and delicious. Wait staff is professional and friendly. Only downside is the restaurant is small can be crowded when full ( which is always is) and is always noisy. Children are highly discouraged but there were many there and they detract from cozy atmosphere when noisy and poorly behaved. Reservations required.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Funistrada is always enjoyable. Great food, good service - we'll be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Little Restaurant
    Chris
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Been dining here for years. It never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • goodharborite
    goodharborite
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Dependably good meals. Typically good occasionally excellent, last night was the former.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • funistrada
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    great food, lively restaurant. Saltimboca rocks. good wine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Jdo3
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Had the veal saltimbucca and the salmon on red sauce with olives. Both were delicious. Enjoyed our meal very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite spot in Leelanau
    MichiganFoodie
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We vacation in Leelanau Peninsula and love to dine here for our anniversary night out. Highly recommend their "Anniversary Chicken."
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    my wife and I were referred to this restaurant from a friend of ours. though 20+ years of us vacationing in the area, we never heard of it. the food was fabulous. probably one of the best meals ever.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced and VERY loud
    Foodie42
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Food was just ok, we didn't think it was worth the higher price tag. The restaurant was so loud I could hardly hear my husband. We were celebrating a special occasion and were sat between two large, obnoxious parties so we couldn't fully enjoy our experience. Probably won't be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always love dinner here
    CrystalLakeFoodie
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My favorite is the Saltimbocca (used to eat the veal, but now favor the chicken as a low-cholesterol choice)... both are DELIZIOSO! When I've had specials of the day or other items from the menu, they've been just as good... especially the ravioli, duck dishes, and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus. Absolute favorite restaurant up north... the staff is friendly and helpful and the ambiance is vibrant, fun, and casually elegant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • kenneth
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Service and food always over the top! We always book one week in advance so that we can get reservations. Our favorite restaurant in the Glen Arbor area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 119 reviews are from the Funistrada reviews archive.
  • good meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Simply terrific. Loved everything about it. Haven't been in two years and it seems to get better with time. i am adding thirty five characters to meet the minimum
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.