25 incredible waterfront restaurants in Michigan everyone should visit

Whether you want your toes in the sand or a bird's eye view from a lakeside retreat, Michigan's waterfront restaurants are second to none. We've gathered our top 25 waterfront spots that are within driving distance of Detroit so you can make sure your summer dining is a sight to behold.

 

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Boatwerks Waterfront
216 Van Raalte Ave., Holland; 616-396-0600; boatwerksrestaurant.com
Boatwerks celebrated more than ten years of lakeside service and boasts indoor and outdoor seating with views of the water. The walls are lined with historic photos of the Lake Macatawa, Lake Michigan, and Holland areas, so you'll get a mini geography lesson while you dine.
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Boatwerks Waterfront

216 Van Raalte Ave., Holland; 616-396-0600; boatwerksrestaurant.com

Boatwerks celebrated more than ten years of lakeside service and boasts indoor and outdoor seating with views of the water. The walls are lined with historic photos of the Lake Macatawa, Lake Michigan, and Holland areas, so you'll get a mini geography lesson while you dine.

Photo via Facebook, Boatwerks Waterfront
Burke's Waterfront Restaurant
2403 Sunnyside Dr., Cadillac; 231-775-7555; burkeswaterfront.com 
This family-owned joint used to be famous for sock hop with a '50s-style atmosphere, burgers, shakes, and fries. Now, the restaurant on Lake Cadillac reels in patrons with its down-home cooking and round-the-clock menu.
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Burke's Waterfront Restaurant

2403 Sunnyside Dr., Cadillac; 231-775-7555; burkeswaterfront.com

This family-owned joint used to be famous for sock hop with a '50s-style atmosphere, burgers, shakes, and fries. Now, the restaurant on Lake Cadillac reels in patrons with its down-home cooking and round-the-clock menu.

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LakeHouse
3029 Lakeshore Dr., St. Joseph; 269-982-8020; thelakehouserestaurant.com
With live music, this is one lakeside spot that knows how to have a good time. And since it's on the shores of Lake Michigan, you can count on jaw-dropping views of the sunset. 
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LakeHouse

3029 Lakeshore Dr., St. Joseph; 269-982-8020; thelakehouserestaurant.com

With live music, this is one lakeside spot that knows how to have a good time. And since it's on the shores of Lake Michigan, you can count on jaw-dropping views of the sunset.

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Bentwood Tavern
600 West Water St., New Buffalo; 866-238-2208; bentwoodtavern.com
Located within the Marina Grand Resort, this swanky spot has a rooftop bar you can enjoy breathtaking views of the harbor and Lake Michigan. The tavern serves up items that are a "sophisticated spin on comfort food," including gourmet wood-fired pizzas. Nom.
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Bentwood Tavern

600 West Water St., New Buffalo; 866-238-2208; bentwoodtavern.com

Located within the Marina Grand Resort, this swanky spot has a rooftop bar you can enjoy breathtaking views of the harbor and Lake Michigan. The tavern serves up items that are a "sophisticated spin on comfort food," including gourmet wood-fired pizzas. Nom.

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Boathouse Restaurant
14039 Peninsula Dr., Traverse City; 231-223-4030; boathouseonwestbay.com
Like the name suggests, Boathouse is nestled right on a dock that sees a lot of activity. The food is on the expensive side, but it's more than worth it, especially if you order one of their fish dishes. 
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Boathouse Restaurant

14039 Peninsula Dr., Traverse City; 231-223-4030; boathouseonwestbay.com

Like the name suggests, Boathouse is nestled right on a dock that sees a lot of activity. The food is on the expensive side, but it's more than worth it, especially if you order one of their fish dishes.

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The Waterfront Restaurant
5713 Beech Ave., Coloma; 269-468-7777; waterfrontcoloma.com
The Waterfront Restaurant is the last remaining restaurant and bar on Paw Paw Lake and still proudly family-owned and -operated. 
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The Waterfront Restaurant

5713 Beech Ave., Coloma; 269-468-7777; waterfrontcoloma.com

The Waterfront Restaurant is the last remaining restaurant and bar on Paw Paw Lake and still proudly family-owned and -operated.

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Su Casa
206 Center St., South Haven; 269-767-7493; sucasa-restaurante.com
This family-owned and operated South Haven spot serves up seafood staples with a bountiful selection of dishes inspired by Mexican culture. It'll have you feeling right at home.
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Su Casa

206 Center St., South Haven; 269-767-7493; sucasa-restaurante.com

This family-owned and operated South Haven spot serves up seafood staples with a bountiful selection of dishes inspired by Mexican culture. It'll have you feeling right at home.

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Webber's Waterfront Restaurant
6339 Edgewater Dr., Erie; 734-723-7411; webbersrestaurant.com
If you're serious about seafood, give Webber's a try — they've got boozy beverages made for a day by the water.
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Webber's Waterfront Restaurant

6339 Edgewater Dr., Erie; 734-723-7411; webbersrestaurant.com

If you're serious about seafood, give Webber's a try — they've got boozy beverages made for a day by the water.

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Apache Trout Grill
13671 S. West Bayshore Dr., Traverse City; 231-947-7079; apachetroutgrill.com
The crew at Apache have more than 20 years of serving experience, so whether you're in the mood for steak or shrimp, they're here for you.
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Apache Trout Grill

13671 S. West Bayshore Dr., Traverse City; 231-947-7079; apachetroutgrill.com

The crew at Apache have more than 20 years of serving experience, so whether you're in the mood for steak or shrimp, they're here for you.

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Blu
13671 S. West Bayshore Dr., Traverse City; 231-947-7079; glenarborblu.com
Blu's chic menu will satisfy any foodie's quest for flavor, but it's real claim to fame is the sweeping view of Lake Michigan it offers. 
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Blu

13671 S. West Bayshore Dr., Traverse City; 231-947-7079; glenarborblu.com

Blu's chic menu will satisfy any foodie's quest for flavor, but it's real claim to fame is the sweeping view of Lake Michigan it offers.

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