Michael's Tavern & Steakhouse

4.8
262 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
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.

Support Michael's Tavern & Steakhouse during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 262 people are saying
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SandieH
Northern MI
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here. Amazing staff and food outstanding. So glad to have this fine dining experience in Indian River.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food good atmosphere good service

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DrKix
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of my go-to places. Have to recommend the cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, and mushroom apps. My fave is medium-rare salmon on top of a caesar salad.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding drinks and food was spectacular. Glad to see the wine list has improved as well. This is one of the top restaurants in northern Michigan and doesn’t disappoint. Great service as well. Happy to support them and see it busy after all these shutdowns.

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KarenH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appetizers we had were the cauliflower and Brussel sprouts- both were absolutely delicious! Each of us had different meals and everyone was very pleased with their meals. I don’t think you can go wrong with any choice.

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thomash
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar staff was friendly, cheerful, and attentive. Food was prepared to perfection, as usual. Owners made themselves available for a brief conversation. NICE!

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mogcoop
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Presentation and Taste of food was superb! Walleye, Salmon and the Polenta...delicious..

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vipOpenTable Diner
Northern MI
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sushi night is always fun but their menu is outstanding regardless of what you decide to order. Michael is a very talented chef and we always enjoy the personalized attention

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DanOKel
Northern MI
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Traverse City and nothing sounded good except Michael's - so I was able to make reservations online and it worked out great - sat at the bar which we prefer. Saw some friends and have a very enjoyable meal. As always Cheryl and Virginia were specular. Thank you!

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vipJefferyS
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal & very comfortable to dine.

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to try this new restaurant for my birthday. The service was exceptional, the atmosphere was beautiful, and the food was absolutely outstanding! I cannot express that enough it was the total package and one of the best experiences I have had up here in northern Michigan! If I could give this 5000 stars I would!!!

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Suzanne
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!! The cocktails were excellent, the service was great, the ambiance was wonderful and the food was top notch. So glad this place exists! Definitely would go back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always Fantastic!

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Foodies
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great. Service was great. Quite pricy especially considering everything is a la carte. We will be back but for special occasions only due to price.

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DianeR
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great bar service and conversation. One of our favorites!!

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TammyD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance. Would highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

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Robb
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must stop place in Indian River - make this a destination

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GlenM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live in the area and first time visiting Michael's. Excellent food, atmosphere, and service. Service was probable the highest followed by food.

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JeremyM
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Service was incredible, and we look forward to our next visit!

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Jowags
Northern MI
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wednesday sushi night! Spicy tuna was excellent! We had two different steaks at our table. Possibly the best steak around. The prices are a little stiff but the food is amazing. Our go to place for special events and showing off when company comes to town.

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MichaelF
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and friendly service. The food was outstanding. We will definitely be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food, service and ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Out of the vegetarian tagliatelle, but the chef prepared a awesome zucchini noodle dish!

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JoeK
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent. The wife and I will be back

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DianeR
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service exceptional... Always feel welcome by owner and staff. They are doing a great job given current Covid restrictions... Feel very safe! Wish them nothing but the best (we are and will continue to be regulars!)!

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JohnC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent steak! Juicy and flavorful. Cooked to perfection.

JC
JamisonC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael’s is a real hidden gem of the north. From the moment we walked in to the moment we rolled out the door, our experience was superb. Only thing I was missing was a broader selection of old world red wines, but that’s a personal quirk - the wine list was otherwise spectacular. I would recommend Michael’s to anyone looking for a top-notch dining experience in Northern MI.

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CarolC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Michael’s never disappoints. So lucky to have a restaurant of this caliber in our town. ❤️

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MaryT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrated Valentine's Day at Michael's with friends. The special course choices were varied and thoughtful. We all enjoyed the presentation and the food. Diane is a very good server.

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Danimal
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding food and service... All four courses of our meal was fantastic and paired with a wonderful bottle of red wine.

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Paintgirl
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We did the Valentine's 120$ 4 course meal for two. The portions were very scant. My shrimp cocktail consisted of two shrimp. Husband's crab cake was the size of a silver dollar. Salad, excellent, Lobster bisque excellent. My salmon was advertised with candied sweet potato julienne strips. They were the size of embroidery thread and maybe 5 on the plate. BUT the salmon was the best I have ever tasted. Husbands steak was fantastic but lobster had a bitter aftertaste, not sure why. Portions were small. I expected to take home extras as we are both light eaters but there were none. We were seated in a high traffic area next to the kitchen doors and in the pathway between the. bar and dining room. I would not locate a table in that spot but perhaps with COVID they have had to make unusual seating paths. Our server was just awesome and the bus staff was quick to remove used dishes. Water and drinks were attended to promptly. It was loud as we were next to the kitchen and a large group of 6 was seated directly behind us. But, overall, it was a pleasant enough evening and we would def go back. But will not do a preplanned menu again. Will stick with a custom order. We appreciate that this has been a horrible year and thank the staff and owners of Michaels for hanging in there!!!!

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WinoNana
Northern MI
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu, food and service. Highly recommend.

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DocJ
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak was prepared spot on.
Wait staff did an excellent job with social distance seating and were very attentive.

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JessicaO
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dining experience with friends, and our server Kristen was fabulous! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, very friendly service.

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MaureenM
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was very good. We loved the Brussels sprouts. Keep in mind that wine pours are a bit on the light side so you might want to consider a bottle. We had a great table in the corner in the tavern area. We don’t eat out a lot but will go there again.

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RussB
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner at Michael's, celebrating our 27th wedding anniversary. The food was perfectly prepared and professionally served by Emma. We love dining here, it makes a night out very special.

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DeniseJ
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have eaten at Michael’s a number of times since it opened. Our waitress this time was Diane. She was great. Previous waitresses were great. Food has always been outstanding. They let us enjoy relaxing before ordering.

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RichardM
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service lead to an enjoyable evening !!! Yum

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JoanneV
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent!!! You are our favorite restaurant!!!

FAQs

Michael's Tavern & Steakhouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (231) 238-2137.

Michael's Tavern & Steakhouse is rated 4.8 stars by 262 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.