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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Dining Room at Arcadia Bluffs restaurant
4.9
4.9 (318)
$31 to $50
American
Frankfort
About the restaurant
The Dining Room at Arcadia Bluffs offers full service dining to the public, and our guests. The spectacular views of Lake Michigan and sunsets from The Dining Room and deck make it the most dramatic dining experience on the shore.

The Lakeview Bar offers a more casual dining experience. It includes a bar with multiple flat screens to catch up on the latest leaderboard updates, indoor dining and a uncovered porch with panoramic views of Lake Michigan. Seating for an additional 30 is available in the Lakeview Dining Room, including a private space for that special occasion—all of course with spectacular views of Lake Michigan and Arcadia Bluffs.

The Sunroom offers additional seating with stunning views of Lake Michigan. It is also available as private space that can be sectioned off into two spaces that accommodate up to 45 on each side or opened up to host 90 guests. The Sunroom also has an outdoor glass walled terrace with seating available for use with private events.

Top review
AnneBvip
Dined on Jul 16, 2024
Wonderful birthday celebration for my mom. We were seated in the lovely main dining room next to the window with a stunning view of Lake MI. Our server, Michelle, was outstanding. Super attentive without being disruptive, and gave great recommendations. The food was delicious: filet mignon was excellent quality and was cooked to perfection, which is rare. The halibut, and sea bass mains and the ahi tuna and the apple cranberry salad also were delicious. Great wine list too. Finally, the dining room worked with us to surprise my mom with a pie with candles. An all around very special evening. Thank you so much to everyone. We’re looking forward to celebrating another birthday there next week!
A photo of Walloon Lake Inn restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1243)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Walloon Lake
About the restaurant
Walloon Lake Inn is a unique upscale restaurant, which was totally renovated in 2014. It is a popular destination for people seeking a distinctive dining experience with a reputation of fantastic food, lovely atmosphere and superb service.
Top review
Spartans
Dined 2 days ago
Fabulous! We took advantage of the picture perfect day and enjoyed wine on the lake before dinner. We then proceeded to enjoy the summer special 3 for $60- appetizer or salad course, entree and dessert. Fantastic food and incredible deal. The burrata salad was so fresh and flavorful, my husband had the beef tip appetizer which was a full meal in itself. The whitefish and seafood risotto did not disappoint. Service was attentive, professional and friendly. Walloon Inn is fabulous and we cannot wait to dine there again
A photo of Michael's Tavern & Steakhouse restaurant
4.9
4.9 (816)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Petoskey
About the restaurant
We have thoughtfully renovated a historic 1938 log building to a beautiful rustic chic atmosphere. Executive Chef Michael will take great care to provide our Guests a dining experience like no other. Our menu will offer a selection of ala cart steaks, seafood, salads, and shareables. We also offer an array of craft cocktails, beer, and an extensive wine selection. Michael and Maggie Wilp share a passion for quality food and service, careful attention to details, and are determined to treat every person that walks through the door as a welcome Guest.
4653 S. Straits Highway, Indian River, MI, 49749.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Steak cooked to perfection per usual! Good wait staff. Highly recommended!
A photo of Boathouse Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1902)
$50 and over
European
Traverse City
About the restaurant
The cuisine of the Boathouse, created with distinctive flair is refined and contemporary, with an underlying element that echoes the classical French tradition of Escoffier.

The Boathouse experience begins with a drive along the shores of beautiful West Grand Traverse Bay and its sparkling blue waters.

When you dine with us, you get the best of both worlds: We are both locavores and connoisseurs of what the rest of the world has to offer, so you get the freshest, finest ingredients from near and far. Owner Doug Kosch adheres to the "farm to table" concept.

Top review
RobW
Dined 7 days ago
Boathouse was a quaint, beautiful getaway from the usual Traverse City hub-bub, and it more than met our expectations. The service, food, and views were exquisite, and it provided for some beautiful memories that we hope to relive in the future!
A photo of Carriage House at Hotel Iroquois restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1344)
$31 to $50
American
Mackinac Island
About the restaurant
Under the direction of Chef Greg Murphy, the Carriage House Dining Room is known island-wide for its fine classic American cuisine. Local seafood selections such as Carriage House whitefish from Lake Superior and prime steaks from a Detroit family butcher are paired with fresh salads, soups and desserts topped with signature Iroquois Hot Fudge.

Directly overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, guests enjoy flawless service in our glass-enclosed dining room or on one of our breezy outdoor waterfront verandas. The restaurant features an extensive wine list, full bar and nightly entertainment at the piano bar.

Top review
MichaelWvip
Dined 2 days ago
Delightful lunch. Good service and wonderful atmosphere
A photo of Prost Wine Bar & Charcuterie - Bay City restaurant
4.9
4.9 (16)
$31 to $50
Wine Bar
Bay City
About the restaurant
Prost! is a new refreshing experience located in Uptown Bay City! Offering a wide selection of wine and beer from around the globe, along with perfectly crafted cocktails. Our menu encompasses the European culture from imported charcuterie and cheese, shareable plates, salads, paninis and heartier dishes. We are dedicated to ensuring our guests are given a welcoming experience and bringing something new to the community for all to enjoy!

In the summer, our intimate dining space opens to the wonderful outdoors, leading to a lovely patio experience!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Our server, I cant remember his name, was outstanding!! So good at keeping touch with us throughout the meal and developed such quick rapport with us. We celebrated a birthday & mini bridal shower too and he was on top of it with the timing of the dessert & champs! Espresso martini was such a must!!
A photo of Bennethum's Northern Inn restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1996)
$31 to $50
American
Gaylord
About the restaurant
HERE AT BENNETHUM'S, WARM HOSPITALITY IS AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING WE DO. BECAUSE WE ARE FAMILY-OWNED AND OPERATED, WE PERSONALIZE YOUR VISITS AND ATTEND TO ANY SPECIAL REQUESTS. THE COZY ATMOSPHERE IS RUSTIC YET REFINED. THE FOOD AND DRINK OFFERINGS ARE DIVERSE AND HIGH-QUALITY.
Top review
Jenser313
Dined 7 days ago
It was a very delightful experience. Theresa was wonderful and very attentive! Thanks, Jen Kotwicki
A photo of Douglas Lake Bar & Steakhouse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (546)
$31 to $50
Steak
Petoskey / Boyne City
About the restaurant
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 beautiful Douglas Lake. The two giant fieldstone fireplaces offer the perfect dining ambiance during the spring and fall seasons. Summer guests enjoy drinks on the outdoor patio and dining on the lakeside deck or the screened-in porch.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Made a reservation two weeks in advance and table was ready for us when we arrived. We requested a table on the porch but did not get that which was disappointing but the service and food were outstanding.
A photo of Pour Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (566)
$31 to $50
Global, International
Petoskey
About the restaurant
We define ourselves as a Modern American Restaurant focused on local & seasonal ingredients wherever possible. We balance these with worldly ingredients, which are reinterpreted in an inviting & familiar way, to create an eclectic range of dishes. POUR prides itself on using carefully selected ingredients, which we prepare from scratch daily, to deliver to our guests. We hope to bring not only a new & unique dining experience to people in the area, but also to serve as a vessel to for the plethora of local producers to showcase their own talents & products. Pour has an extensive wine list, and hand made craft cocktail selection, along with over 15 beers on tap.

Enjoy the POUR Kitchen & Bar Experience!

Parties of 6 or more will need a credit card to hold a reservation.

Top review
GloriaCvip
Dined 4 days ago
It was very busy but the manager and his staff were able to make everyone feel cared for and happy. The bartender is very talented at making fresh skinny margaritas! The food came out quickly and it was delicious. All in all a great experience. Thank you!
A photo of Chandler's a Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2118)
$31 to $50
Global, International
Petoskey
About the restaurant
Chandler’s opened it’s doors in December of 1999 behind the historical Symons General Store building. It’s a cozy place with only 50 seats in the main dining room & 10 seats at the bar. When real estate is too tough to find - it’s standing room only! For a change of scenery, guests can enjoy dining in the wine cellar where they are surrounded by the 4,000 bottle collection that serves both the restaurant and Symons General Store. In the warmer months, guests can choose to dine outside, on Chandler’s brick courtyard.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Food & Service are unbeatable!
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