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Michael's Tavern & Steakhouse

4.8
217 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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  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
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What 217 people are saying
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SkipW
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A very comfortable, friendly dinning establishment where the food and staff are wonderful.

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Marg
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent everything!! Highly recommend a visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service

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KimS
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My husband thought it was the best steak he has had in a very long time!

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vipvergerbill
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bravo Michael’s! As promised, it’s farm-to-table, and what a great establishment! The entire experience was memorable. From the cozy ambiance to the mulled wine poached pear, excellent wine and cocktail choices, and satisfying entrees, we left comfortably full and very happy.

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vipMelC
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We shared the Wagyu Ribeye and it was the best steak I’ve ever eaten. Perfectly charred and seasoned on the outside and tender on the inside. The log cabin decor fits the area perfectly. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and very attentive service. It was our 25th wedding anniversary and we wanted something a bit up scale and our dinner did not disappoint us. We liked the atmosphere of the restaurant, which was a nice warm up north feel. We’ll be back next time we’re in the area.

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vipJefferyS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening.

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Courtney
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak I've ever had! I would highly recommend this place for all steak lovers!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was wonderful. We were socially distanced from other diners. The service was wonderful. The food was even better. We really enjoyed our night out

JP
JenniferP
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious food and great service. Highly recommend and fits in perfectly with Northern Michigan!

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charless
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were very pleased with our dinner and service. We will be back again.

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RobertS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Equal to name brand steakhouses like Morton’s and Capital Grille.

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vipminnied
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

this is our second time eating here. we live locally. food was very good, however at 7:15 they had already run out of their nightly special and three other items on the menu were not available. to begin with, the menu was small. service was only passable but in fairness to the server, she never stopped moving. they did not have enough staff to cover the floor.

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DanOKel
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Michael's - every thing from the the staff, food, drinks atmosphere were phenomenal!!! Virginia and Sheryl were awesome as usual. And it is always great to see Michael, Maggie, Greg and Tina. Thank you for everything that you do.. :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience with delicious food!

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Phxfreis
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the patio which was fantastic on a warm evening. From our greeting, to the dinner specials and right through to our final "good night & thank you" ..... everything and everyone was absolutely wonderful! We will HIGHLY recommend Michael's to our friends and family. A "gem" in Indian River.

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MarcM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding STEAK alert! Had the $98 28 oz Wagyu steak (medium rare) and split with my wife. Wife is not a steak eater and usually only gets any red meat at Michael's. It was fantastic. The wedge salad, sweet potato and wild mushrooms were the balance of the meal. All were great. We ate outside and it was first night they used the new outdoor heaters. Great space for dining 3 seasons. Drinks are stiff. This is a hidden gem and would be a competitive restaurant in any big metro market.
Michael's is a must try designation if you're in the Burt Lake/Mullet Lake/Petosky/Harbor Springs areas. WORTH A DRIVE.

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Meghan
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner! We were very pleased with everything!

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IanM
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael’s is a great place that truly never misses the mark. Everything from their burger to the most expensive steak is amazing. I have to come every time I am in Indian River.

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WGrayF
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

All good, seafood specials always remarkable

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PhyllisB
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had friends visiting and everyone loved their meals. Rave reviews from one who had the fillet with blue cheese and said it was one of the best steaks he ever had! Michaels never disappoints. They are dedicated to excellent service,food and beverages. Highly recommend.

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RobertS
Northern MI
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael’s is the best thing to happen to Indian River. Everything about this place is beyond great, from the GREAT food, SUPER Staff, FANTASTIC owners and a BEAUTIFUL atmosphere. I give Michael’s me very HIGEST rating !!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. It’s a must for steak and seafood lovers

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JoanneV
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had yet another excellent dinner! We waited a few extra days so we could celebrate our Anniversary at your restaurant! We have never been disappointed in the many times we have eaten there!!!

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SCSfromMI
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and exceptional service. Outstanding experience!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner was so friendly… Very good up north feel with amazing food!

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vipErinL
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always! Finally got to take my mom & she said it was the best ribeye EVER!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael’s never disappoints! The food is always fantastic and the service is great. We’ve eaten here many times and all our meals have been amazing!

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Shep
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Had ribs and salmon for entrees. Ribs good salmon a bit overcooked for the price. Should probably stick to their specialty....steaks. Service was excellent although had trouble with reservation confirmation.

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vipBigMFG
Detroit
36 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We ate outside and with the live music and being two tables away it was very loud. Being back further would have been better or they volume needed to be turned down. The server we had was friendly and attentive. Did a great job. We had the crab cakes, Brussel sprout special and the Caprese salad. All were very good. Mixed drinks were tasty. For dinners we have the filet, scallops special and the 1/2 rack of ribs. Steak was excellent and priced at a fair value. The rib flavor was good but a little on the dry side. Could have been more moist. The scallop special with the cauliflower risotto had great flavor. Scallops could have been bigger. For 3 sea scallops there were on the small side and for that I would say a little pricey.

In the end it was a nice dinner out and dinning experience. We will definitely go back. Glad to see that the place was busy.

MD
MichiganDiner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steaks are excellent and the shareable sides are a great idea. The outside patio is fun but often sold out, request ahead. The wine selection is really good, nice mix of choices and prices and the craft cocktails aregreat. The locally made dark Chocolate bourbon ice cream is so delicious! Our third visit and we will be back again

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CaraC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and brought to the table hot and fresh. Our waitress was obviously experienced and had good suggestions.

DH
DianeH
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this place. Food was excellent, staff friendly and good at what they do, atmosphere perfect for an upscale steakhouse.

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vipAllisonH
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!! Rarely do I get a steak brought to the table that’s too hot to eat. Service was perfect and I love the interior. Elegant cabin feel!!!

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BudandCuda
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are pleased to know that the Indian River/Mullett Lake area has a restaurant with a creative but limited menu. We recall pleasant times when it was River Rock and Brown Trout before that. Michael's takes it to a new level. We will be coming back often (if we can get a table.)

JB
JeanneB
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were 6 of us & we all enjoyed our different entrees! The only small issue is that the peaches underneath the sea bass were cold & made fish cold. Would of been nice to have them at room temperature. Everything else with this entree was excellent.

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TomC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael's is our favorite place for a high quality meal and top quality service. They have a great menu with broad choices to satisfy our extended family's different preferences.

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vipSaraK
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time experiencing Michael’s and we had a fabulous time! We sat at the bar (next time we may try to snag an outdoor table) and the food, service, wine were great. Looking forward to visiting again!

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BethV
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food within 50 miles. This outdoes any dining establishment in Harbor Springs and Petoskey. Our service (Eric) was impeccable. My third visit and it keeps getting better.

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 217 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.