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Michael's Tavern & Steakhouse, Indian River, MI

Michael's Tavern & Steakhouse

4.9
4.9
756 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (231) 238-2137
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Michael Wilp
  • Neighborhood
    Petoskey
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 756 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 5Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Overall

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Food

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Service

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Ambiance

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Best Value

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Innovative

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Good for groups

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Hot spot

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Neighborhood gem

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Overall

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Food

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Service

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Ambiance

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Value

  • Northern Michigan

    Innovative

  • Northern Michigan

    Good for groups

  • Northern Michigan

    Hot spot

  • Northern Michigan

    Neighborhood gem

  • Northern Michigan

    Great for outdoor dining

756 Reviews
  1. KateG

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We are lucky to have this restaurant in Indian River. Michael's delivers a great experience every time.

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  2. AJRWAS

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice rustic feel topped off with some of the best food you can ask for

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  3. JenniferM

    Indiana

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I have been there twice and ordered a filet. Both times I have ordered it medium. It came out raw and I mean raw in the center. The first time I sent it back it came back decent. The next visit on valentines day it happened again. I sent it back and they . Brought it back out totally dried out on outside and still raw inside. It was so bad the blood came thru on the blue cheese topping. I was completely disgusted. This really saddens me. I drove 5 hours to have a special valentines date with my husband and that’s the dinner we ended up having. Please let the cook know that maybe butterflying it should be how it’s cooked. We waited a lot of money on that meal.

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  4. JimL

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service, as usual. We love it. We’ll be back

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  5. AmiN

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food! The crème brûlée was perfect! Our server was attentive and took great care of us.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    10/10 in all categories! Northern Michigan needs more great spots like Michael’s!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding meal and our server Susie was marvelous. Pork chop was wonderful. Half salad options are a smart dining attraction. Eileen, a most welcoming hostess, is part of an exceptional staff. Our second time here and now our local favorite.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is awesome… a bit pricy but a great night out for dinner… great wait staff ( our last server was Virginia)

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  9. MarkE

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant, food and service was fantastic! Our server, Mandy was the best!

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  10. JoanneK

    Western NC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Randy is always terrific and the meal was great too. Thank you

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  11. LynC

    Detroit

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Michaels has yummy food and a warm up-north cabin-y feel but with a more modern vibe. Kudos for a diverse menu, with several price points and drink menu with a twist (Try the Limoncello Lemon Drop.) The value stars took a hit bc adding a protein to your salad or pasta can be double the price, but that’s not really a complaint, just an observation. Will be back soon!

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  12. laxman

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently great food every time. Sat at the Bar this time, Mark the bartender was fantastic, great friendly service. Love this place!

    1 person found this helpful

  13. fflyer

    Orlando

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Virginia was fantastic and meal and wine were memorable. Thank you.

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  14. GloryaJ

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Virg was our server - she’s always pleasant and efficient. Great food and atmosphere.

    1 person found this helpful

  15. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing went for my parents 53 rd anniversary dinner and loved it such good food. Love this place.

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  16. JBH7

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited for my wife's birthday. The service was excellent (thanx, Virginia!). The steaks were expertly prepared, properly cooked, tender and tasty. Prices were reasonable for this quality of food. The desserts were OK, but not great in flavor. The ambiance of Michael's is classic northern Michigan, warm and very comfortable. Parking was easy. Every staffer we interacted with was polite and friendly. This is definitely on our "repeat" list!

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  17. KateF

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Love this place so much. Just being an extra sweater if you’re not seated in the fireplace room.

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  18. MJC23

    Northern MI

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent food and service! There isn't a bad seat in the house.

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  19. marthae

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great as usual! One of our favorite places to go for a steak dinner, well actually Michael's is the only place to go for great steak dinner ☺️ Nice job Michael, Maggie and all of their fantastic staff..

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  20. MichaelP

    Detroit

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    When we're in Northern MI, we happily make the drive to Michael's to have their NY Strip. It is by far one of the best we've had anywhere! It's a terrific restaurant, managed well, with excellent servers.

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  21. jilln

    Phoenix

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated the eve of New Years Eve! Fantastic!! Service wonderful !! Thank you!!

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  22. DeniseW

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a good choice! Food and service were great.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    amazing restaurant! such good food and worth every penny. i would highly recommend this restaurant!

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  24. JillA

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food selection, service and atmosphere!

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  25. MargieB

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the Michael’s family! Always a wonderful, fun, time. Never disappoints. Adore several of the waitstaff and bartenders.

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  26. CindyK

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our dinners there were four of us. We all had delicious food, our server Randy was very attentive with great sense of humor..

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  27. SaraM

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal wedge salad, ribeye is amazing, and Mac and cheese a perfect compliment. The Oreos are a treat to top off the meal!

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  28. ElenaC

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good and service was excellent. A little pricey, but well worth it.

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  29. JimA

    Northern MI

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We’ve tried many Northern Michigan restaurants, and are usually greatly disappointed. We understand that the availability of quality product can be a challenge up here. We’re also steak snobs. Our visit to Michael’s was worth the drive and the price. We will be back!

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  30. DavidU

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely a most enjoyable experience . Service and food were both outstanding - my new favorite in Northern Michigan . And yes , I do reside here . Thank you

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  31. SteveH

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was Randy. He was very attentive and cordial. Look forward to our next visit and having Randy as our server. OUTSTANDING!!!!

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  32. Chef3cats

    West Palm Beach

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice service and excellent food flavor and presentation.

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  33. MarsieW

    Northern MI

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    waitress very good, nice and efficient. Yummy rissotto, shrimp cocktail, salads, and burgers!!

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  34. Tracy

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I just love it. Great food, great music on Wednesdays - just the right volume. Great staff. Great owners.

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  35. CathyP

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the hostess to the waitress and the bus boy they were all fantastic. It was a very pleasant experience.

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  36. gelta

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ordered the lobster Mac & cheese (which cost twice as much as the side order Mac& cheese which my husband ordered) & yet it was the same size with only 2 tiny pieces of lobster in it!

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  37. DeannaH

    Northern MI

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The sushi was not as good as I thought it would be. The tuna roll was on the mushy side.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our absolute favorite restaurant in all of northern Michigan. Nothing matches this place. I can not say enough good things. The food, service and atmosphere is so fabulous. As always our sever Virginia was the absolute best tonight.

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  39. LaurieW

    Northern MI

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Virginia, was excellent-polite, knowledgeable, friendly! Food and drinks were top notch just perfect!! We love Michael’s and truly enjoy the food, drinks and atmosphere! Highly recommend this lovely restaurant!

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  40. JasonK

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely love this restaurant! Everyone is friendly! Food is fantastic! Love the atmosphere!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.9 stars by 756 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Michael's Tavern & Steakhouse

4653 S Straits Hwy, Indian River, MI 49749-9301

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Petoskey
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Michael Wilp
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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