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Michael's Tavern & Steakhouse, Indian River, MI

Michael's Tavern & Steakhouse

4.8
4.8
582 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 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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 582 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 5Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.7Value

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

    Good for business meals

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Innovative

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Good for groups

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Neighborhood gem

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Romantic

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Lively

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Overall

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Food

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Service

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Ambiance

  • Northern Michigan

    Best Value

  • Northern Michigan

    Good for business meals

  • Northern Michigan

    Innovative

  • Northern Michigan

    Good for groups

  • Northern Michigan

    Neighborhood gem

  • Northern Michigan

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Northern Michigan

    Romantic

  • Northern Michigan

    Lively

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, great service. Will definitely go back when we are in the area.
  2. BD

    BobD

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always. Really enjoyed our waitress
  3. DD

    DanaD

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time we go to Michaels we walk away full and happy! The atmosphere is great, the service is on point and the food is exceptional always!
  4. AC

    AaronC

    Toledo

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall1food5service5ambience3
    STAY AWAY!! Not that we want too, but the owner doesn’t respect or appreciate anyone! Have kids running reservations and apparently you are not allowed to make changes. Owner was extremely rude and disrespectful after being shown that we called to make changes. Our waiter was amazing, the food was awesome- the the owner made it a point to tell the whole staff about an error that was their own. Sat people who had reservations and regulars in an awkward table set up OVER a walk-in. STAY AWAY!! You may enjoy your service and food, but you will not be able to escape the rudeness of the owner in the front of the house!
  5. BD

    BobD

    Northern MI

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant, great team members, great experience. Looking forward to our next visit.
  6. AC

    AaronC

    Toledo

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall1food5service5ambience1
    The one owner is rude and disrespectful - I believe childish is more appropriate. Too bad that she doesn’t appreciate her customers. Have eaten there almost weekly for almost 2 years and she could careless. We won’t go back and will ensure that everyone in town knows what happened when her staff makes mistakes. It’s obvious that the young woman that have working are scared of her. So very sad considering her husband ensures the food is amazing and the wait staff is always on top of things.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food
  8. ME

    MarkE

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michael’s continues to excel as an exceptional restaurant. Great food and service. Definitely one of the best in northern Michigan!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal. Great service from Miles.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We like to come up every Wednesday to listen to music
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food and service. It was a little chilly where we were sitting and the music was loud. Our server had the music turned down but before long it was turned up again.
  12. SM

    SusanM

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Wonderful ambience. Maggie and Michael go the extra distance to make your dining experience unforgettable.
  13. RM

    RonaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and dinner! We’ll be back again soon.
  14. SM

    SaraM

    St. Louis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michael’s is a place we look forward to visiting as often as possible. The food is amazing, the service impressive, and the atmosphere is welcoming. Our last visit was fantastic as usual! Must haves are the chopped wedge, crab cakes, truffle fries, any entree is great, but favorites are ribeye, short ribs or the craft burger. For dessert try the Oreo donuts! The cocktail menu is imaginative and delish, good wine list as well!
  15. SG

    SaraG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service is wonderful and the location can't be beat. I was disappointed with the wedge salad, as it was only some lettuce on a plate drowned in dressing, as opposed to an actual lettuce wedge. Overall we had a lovely evening and will definitely return.
  16. RF

    RandyF

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Everything was great except the dining room temperature was quite cool. Otherwise a great meal with great service.
  17. DR

    DianeR

    Detroit

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love it. Love the service, food, warm welcoming of the staff. No complaints!! Wish it was next door!!😳
  18. U

    Upnorth

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Are you kidding? Is there any other place to go and really enjoy your meal while Up North? We certainly go to many of the restaurants in the area, but Maggie, Michael and their talented staff always do their very best to accommodate their guests. The food is terrific and the renovation with the continued building of other spaces, blends into welcoming spaces everywhere. Now Michael, how about for dessert some hot apple crisp with a large scoop of ice cream? 😀
  19. TP

    TonyaP

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every experience at Michaels Tavern and Steakhouse has been excellent! Great food, excellent service. Everyone needs to experience this establishment.
  20. KN

    KarenN

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michael's Tavern & Steakhouse rates high on our families favorite place to eat in Northern MI. We always look forward to a lovely dinner due to excellence in food quality, professional and friendly staff who provide attention to detail, and overall ambiance that contributes to a special dining experience. Thank you for all you do, KarenN
  21. CC

    CurtC

    Northern MI

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We eat here often, the tavern menu keeps it affordable for more visits in between splurges with the same awesome service and ambiance.
  22. KO

    KellyannO

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always our experience at Michael’s was outstanding. The food was fabulous, our service was top notch! You never disappoint! 😊
  23. GA

    GingerA

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michael's never disappoints! The short rib was fantastic as was the filet. Highly recommend!
  24. L

    Lori

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful environment. staff is incredible and happy, and the food is fresh, creatuve, and high quality. We love it!
  25. U

    Upnorth

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best from Maggie and Michael with a tremendous staff too!!!! Bob M
  26. KF

    KarlaF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Wonderful dining experience. Great food and great service.
  27. RT

    RobertT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was very attentive and kind. We were celebrating both my birthday, and my wife’s, as they are only 4 days apart. Michael’s gave us BOTH free desserts, which was greatly appreciated. This is a great place for a date night, and the atmosphere is equally conducive for jeans and a cap as it is for business dress. Would highly recommend.
  28. N

    Natalie

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love eating at Michaels. It feels so warm & cozy in there. We have had Virginia twice now & she is great. I have a lot of allergies & they always accommodate me so well. The steak rub is SO GOOD.
  29. LJ

    LynelleJ

    Dallas

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great diner!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish the food and service was top notch. One of the most flavorful tenderloins I have ever had. 72 hours short ribs. Seriously how is that done? But killer. Had no room for the donuts but had to find a way and great finish.
  31. CB

    CBauer

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best wings around!
  32. R

    Rosemarie

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great addition to the Indian River dining scene!
  33. DJ

    DeniseJ

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All 3 of us were very happy with our dinners. Drinks could be a little stronger.
  34. DR

    DianeR

    Detroit

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, the service, the owners and staff are always outstanding. Noise level was moderate only because we sat in the bar section and there was an entertainer (he was good), but a bit loud in the area.
  35. KM

    KMSGrandRapids

    Palm Springs

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal, my steak was perfect and my wife had the scallops and she loved them!
  36. p

    pooljewel

    Tulsa

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eric did a great job. And, Virginia and miles were so sweet to come say hi!!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing menu with a great atmosphere that sets them apart from any other northern Michigan steakhouse.
  39. LA

    LindaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food exceptional! The service was great! We really enjoyed the whole experience!
  40. PT

    PamT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit and it’s now a favorite. Amazing food, super friendly staff without being intrusive and great environment meaning spaced out tables so you aren’t sitting right on top of other diners.

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 4.8 stars by 582 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 2 times today
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

  • 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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