Casually elegant spot with nauticalrustic decor, fireplace, fabulous view and great steaks, seafood, large local wine selection. Sunday brunch. D • BAR • $$-$$$ 14039 PENINSULA DR., TRAVERSE CITY, 223-4030.
Bowers Harbor Inn
Fine regional cuisine in a romantic, wood-paneled former lumber baron’s bayfront mansion with an extensive wine list, herb garden and wine-producing vineyards. D • BAR • SF • $$$ 13512 PENINSULA DR., TRAVERSE CITY, 223-4222.
CW’s Bluewater Bistro
Flavorful American entrees such as almond encrusted walleye with cherry butter, and old-fashioned carrot cake. BLD • BAR • SF • $$ Wingers Sports Bar— views of the bay and 11 TVs. LD • BAR • $-$$ The Patio— Beachside dining and entertainment. LD • BAR • $$ HOLIDAY INN WEST BAY RESORT, 615 EAST FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 800-888-8020.
A dazzling small-plate menu, sushi, steaks and burgs at a sophisticated hotspot on the river. LD • BAR • $-$$ 310 S. CASS ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 932-1310.
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Aerie—16TH-floor panorama of East Bay and regional fine dining. Music on weekends. D • BAR • $$-$$$ Sweetwater American Bistro—BLD • SF • $$ The Clubhouse Grille—open seasonally, with steaks, chops and fish. D • BAR • $$ U.S. 31 N., ACME 534-6000.
Apache Trout Grill
Rough-hewn eatery affords a great bay view along with ribs, steak, pasta and salad. LD • BAR • $$ 13671 S. WEST BAY SHORE DR., TRAVERSE CITY, 947-7079.
Great Lakes cuisine in a woodsy setting with massive stone fireplace. The porch offers a bay vista. LD • BAR • $$ 13890 S. WEST BAY SHORE DR., TRAVERSE CITY, 932-4694.
Scott’s Harbor Grill
Modern, casual restaurant above the Harbor West Yacht Club with fresh Mex, seafood, nightly specials and indoor and outdoor seating. LD • BAR • $$ 12719 S. WEST BAY SHORE DR., TRAVERSE CITY, 922-2114.
A fine deck on Lake Mitchell. The hunt club–style restaurant features burgers, aged beef, fish and wild game. LD • BAR • $$ 301 S. LAKE MITCHELL, CADILLAC, 775-5332.
A view of Lake Cadillac goes great with Loretta DeJulian Snider’s authentic Italian. D • BAR • $$ M- 115 AND M-55, CADILLAC, 775-9322.
Terrace Room restaurant—Stellar water and woods views plus American fare, Sun. brunch and sandwiches. BLD • BAR • $$ Curly’s Up North Bar & Grill—Casual bar food in a snug knotty-pine setting. Live entertainment. LD • BAR • $$ 7880 MACKINAW TRAIL, CADILLAC, 775-9947.
The Cabbage Shed
A rambling produce warehouse from the late 1800’s is home to serene views, great suds, and superb eats like seared scallops, rack of lamb and Ritzcrusted walleye. D • $-$$ 198 FRANKFORT AVE., ELBERTA, 352-9843.
At the crook of Betsie Bay, find a classic fisherman’s bar with herbed, pan-fried perch and walleye, wet burritos, liver and onions, 8 rotating taps. LD • BAR • $-$$ 515 FRANKFORT AVE., ELBERTA, 352-9136.
Contemporary cuisine—hand-rolled shrimp spring rolls, sesame-crusted yellow fin tuna, citrus-glazed salmon— with a focus on fresh seafood. Spacious patio overlooking Betsie Bay. LD • BAR • $$ 320 MAIN ST., FRANKFORT, 352-6053.
Asian delights like fiery curries and lettuce wraps (plus creative cocktails) served in a serene atmosphere on Frankfort’s main drag. BLD • $–$$ 300 MAIN ST., FRANKFORT, 352-4114.