Enjoy our guide to dining options in Glen Arbor, Empire, and the rest of Leelanau County.

Classically-inspired contemporary Italian cuisine prepared with the freshest local ingredients by Chef John Piombo. Accompanied by full bar service and boutique wines. Served in a three level, timber-framed structure with natural stone fireplaces, a chef’s table, two intimate dining areas and a warm and welcoming loft. The unique layout of Nonna’s allows it to offer […]

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Art’s Tavern has been located at the corner of Lake Street and M22 is some form or another since before prohibition. Originally called the Blue Goose Saloon when run by Frank Sheridan, it was renamed by Frank’s son Art when he took over after his father’s accidental electrocution in 1934.

Contemporary American with flavors from around the world, this is Blu. The daily changing menu sources the freshest local ingredients available with Chef Randy Chamberlain’s unwavering desire to be spontaneous.

Enjoy family dining inside or outside in a cozy, rustic “Up North” atmosphere with friendly service. Boondocks offers a wide variety of steaks, seafoods, salads and sandwiches. Daily specials, Live entertainment, and a Sleeping Bear Sweet Shop with ice cream and treats in the summer. Hang out on the deck in the summertime and hear live music every night a week, including Cabin Fever, the Boone Doggies and New Third Coast.

What could be more fun than a brewpub and outdoor beer garden in the most beautiful place in America? Cherry Public House, which opened in 2018, offers both a ‘cheers’ to the present and an ode to nostalgia.

The concept of the Good Harbor Grill was born on Brendan and Ann’s sailboat in the Caribbean, as the northern Michigan couple struggled with two questions: What would be the ideal restaurant to find in the next harbor? And what could they do if they moved, full-time, to their cottage in northern Michigan?

Owners Tim and Sue Nichols began Riverfront Pizza in 1982, which has become the go-to eatery for locals and visitors alike. They pride themselves in creating delicious, homemade dishes with the abundance of fresh foods that the area has to offer.  Come relax on our deck next to the clear waters of the Crystal River, relax, and enjoy a meal at Riverfront.

Casual fine dining located in scenic downtown Glen Arbor best describes the Western Avenue Grill, whose rustic building decor gives a comfortable feeling to all that visit this location. Enjoy cocktails, lunch or dinner on the outdoor patio. The Western Avenue Grill offers an extensive wine list and daily creative specials.

The Foothills is a year-round motel and cafe on the east side of Big Glen Lake with eight clean and comfortable rooms. The Foothills Cafe, voted best breakfast in Leelanau County, serves breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily.