Looking for a romantic beachfront dining experience this summer? Look no further than these nine gorgeous Michigan restaurants. These locations will give you front-row access to some of the Great Lakes State’s most incredible views.
1. The Carriage House at Hotel Iroquois (Mackinac Island)
Your trip to Mackinac Island won’t be complete without a meal at the Carriage House within Hotel Iroquois. Guests can enjoy carefully prepared, mouthwatering fine dining while looking out at the beautiful Straits of Mackinac.
2. Freighters Eatery & Taproom (Port Huron)
Just steps away from the shores of the Saint Clair River, Freighters offers a fabulous menu with a view to match. Located in the shadow of the Blue Water Bridge to Canada, this restaurant has a little something for everyone — and an unbelievable setting.
3. The Butler (Saugatuck)
Stare out at the stunning Lake Kalamazoo harbor during your meal at The Butler, a restaurant known for its delicious “Butler Burger.” When you’re finished, simply step outside for a stroll along the boardwalk at sunset.
4. Fitzgerald's (Eagle River)
If you’re looking to dine with a gorgeous view of Lake Superior, Fitzgerald’s is the place to be. Whether you’re staying nearby for the weekend or just stopping in for dinner, you’ll be blown away by the view as you enjoy fresh seafood or one of The Fitz’s well-known barbecue dishes.
5. Boatwerks (Holland)
Watch jet-skiers fly by as you dine on the patio at this charming waterfront venue on the shores of Lake Macatawa. With Boatwerks’ wide variety of food and beverage options, including local beers, you won’t leave dissatisfied.
6. Apache Trout Grill (Traverse City)
For more than 20 years, the Apache Trout Grill has offered diners delicious steaks, fresh seafood, and succulent homemade key lime pie. The amazing waterfront view will only serve to make your meal even more memorable.
7. Cafe Santé (Boyne City)
Cafe Santé bills itself as an old-fashioned bistro, and its beachfront view is certainly timeless. There’s no better place to enjoy a brew and a delectable meal while taking in the majestic scenery of Lake Charlevoix.
8. Snug Harbor (Grand Haven)
Snug Harbor is a Grand Haven favorite, and it’s not difficult to see why. Stop in for some fresh seafood and chat with locals while you take in the sights of the Grand Haven Channel.
9. The Current Food & Libations (St. Clair Shores)
Whether you’re seated on the patio or inside, it’s difficult to beat the experience offered by The Current. This restaurant maintains an emphasis on Michigan-produced food and drink, and its marina-view location makes it a prime destination in St. Clair Shores.