Traverse City

Restaurants in Traverse City

Northern Michigan and foodie destination aren't often mentioned in the same sentence, but Traverse City restaurants are certainly doing their part to change the conversation. The peninsulas are dotted with farmland and wineries that supply restaurants in Traverse City with fresh produce, cheese, and wines.

No list of the best restaurants in Traverse City would be complete without The Cook's House. It's a popular downtown restaurant in the living room of a historic home—so popular, in fact, that you'll need to make reservations weeks in advance. Seasonal dishes like whitefish roasted in grape leaves are all the rage.

Trattoria Stella is a lovely Italian place with exposed brick walls and flickering candlelight. It's a perfect spot for a romantic date. Try the quick-fired pizzas with house-made mozzarella, sourced from area farms.Mission Table is the most authentic farm-to-table Traverse City restaurant. From the sausage and lamb to the mushrooms and leafy greens, almost everything on the menu is sourced from the 22-mile Old Mission peninsula, where the restaurant is, and all the beers and spirits are crafted on-site.

Juicy steaks and rustic décor make this the perfect spot to refuel.

Executive chef Mickey Cannon's menu features a lively mix of Northern Italian fare. Tuscan Bistro has a dedication to fresh, seasonal ingredients.