1. Brown Fisheries Fish House (32638 W M 123, Paradise)
Located in the aptly named town of Paradise, Brown Fisheries is an absolute must-visit for those craving whitefish. Finish up your day at Tahquamenon Falls State Park with a stop at this eatery, which serves up lightly battered fresh catches in a friendly atmosphere. Your mouth will be watering as soon as you arrive.
2. Bortell’s Fisheries (5528 S Lakeshore Dr, Ludington)
Make your way to Ludington for a one-of-a-kind experience at this longtime favorite, which is impossible to miss with its brightly decorated exterior. The process is simple: get in line, select a cut of fish from the display, and wait for it to be cooked on the spot. Add a side of coleslaw and fries and you’re good to go!
3. Apache Trout Grill (13671 S W Bay Shore Dr, Traverse City)
It’s hard to picture a more stunning location or view than the one you’ll find at Apache Trout Grill, but this visual beauty is just part of the experience. You’ll find a fantastic menu that offers a variety of seafood dishes, included panko-crusted whitefish direct from the waters of Lake Superior. Talk about delicious!
4. Freshwater Grill (2264 Harbor-Petoskey Rd, Petoskey)
The nautical theme at this Petoskey eatery will make you feel at home as soon as you step inside, but its real draw comes in the form of a fantastic, mouthwatering menu. Opt for a whitefish sandwich or basket, made with only the freshest catches. If you’ve got a seafood craving, you can certainly satisfy it here.
5. Chamberlin’s Ole Forest Inn (N9450 Manistique Lakes Rd, Curtis)
Tucked away within a lovely bed and breakfast, this restaurant is the epitome of charm. Its welcoming atmosphere is enough to draw in any visitor, and its tasty menu will make you want to stay and dine all day long. The whitefish is fresh, the service is second to none, and the atmosphere is absolutely serene.
6. Real Seafood Company Bay City (199 Uptown Dr, Bay City)
This Bay City fixture is the place to be when you’ve got a hankering for all things seafood. While the menu features fish from across the world, it’s especially proud of its whitefish selection from right here in the Great Lakes region. We recommend the whitefish oreganata for a truly unique flavor experience.
7. Dockers Fish House (3505 Marina View Point, Muskegon)
The fun tiki bar vibe is only half the appeal at this Muskegon eatery. Open seasonally, Dockers Fish House overlooks the lovely Harbour Towne Marina and serves up some of the most delicious eats imaginable. Sip on a cocktail as you indulge in an order of broiled whitefish or breaded lake perch. Are you hungry yet?
8. Keyhole Bar and Grill (323 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City)
When you’re in the mood for a good old-fashioned diner experience, make your way to downtown Mackinaw City. This local fixture is beloved for its whitefish dinners, friendly service, and fun, no-frills atmosphere. Whether you’re a tourist or a longtime visitor, you’ll have an incredible meal (or two!) at Keyhole.
9. Joe Muer Seafood (400 Renaissance Center #1404, Detroit)
This longtime seafood giant has been revived within the Motor City’s Renaissance Center, and its tasty dishes are as incredible as ever. When you’re ready to enjoy your favorite fish dishes with a twist, all while appreciating an upscale atmosphere, Joe Muer is the place for you. We recommend the broiled whitefish, served with a side of fresh lemon to sweeten the deal.
10. Scalawags Whitefish & Chips (multiple locations)
With locations in Traverse City and Mackinaw City, this iconic eatery has long served up fresh whitefish in a fun, upbeat environment. Try an order of whitefish chowder, enjoy a classic plate of fish and chips with the eatery’s delicious tartar sauce, and round it all out with a few hush puppies. You’ll be enamored in no time!
11. The Vierling Restaurant (119 S Front St, Marquette)
This Upper Peninsula classic is renowned for all sorts of incredible dishes, and its whitefish selection is no exception! Start off with an order of whitefish bites to whet your appetite, then move on to an entree made using only the freshest Lake Superior catches. No matter what you order, you’ll never leave hungry.