A hotspot for tourists looking to enjoy one of Northern Michigan’s most well-known rivers, Manistee holds some of the best hiking, camping and outdoor activities you can find in the mitten. After a day on the water, exploring Arcadia Dunes or a weekend at the campground, a drive into town and you’ll find some of the best eats in Manistee with everything from breakfast all day and late-night bar food to fine dining on the water, there’s something to feed everyone in this rustic and historic lumber town.
1. Bluefish Kitchen & Bar
312 River St. | 231.887.4188
For a magic fine dining experience with incredible views right on the Manistee River, Bluefish is the ideal spot to grab great seafood and steak dishes, fresh salads, greens and a cocktail or beer an extensive drink list.
2. The Fillmore
318 River St. | 231.887.4121
With food made from only locally sourced ingredients and inspired by Northern Michigan tastes, The Fillmore is an ideal place to grab a char-grilled burger or a flavorful wood-fired pizza. Enjoy their delicious eats at their outdoor patio in beautiful downtown Manistee.
3. Goody’s juice & Java
343 River St. | 231.389.9580
The perfect cup of coffee is just a drive away at Goody’s Juice and Java. With hot sandwiches and sweets that hit the spot, this quaint restaurant will help fuel your day. Enjoy their creations on their outdoor patio in downtown Manistee and get a great view of the Manistee River, too.
4. TJ’s Pub
399 River St. | 231.389.9174.
For a pleasant dining experience in a unique and cozy atmosphere, TJ’s Pub is a great option for the picky eaters in your life. Offering fresh menu options accommodating to special diets including a wide variety of vegetarian and gluten free options enjoying, TJ’s menu and full bar on their outdoor patio will keep you filled and happy.
5. Taco Bout It Mexican Fusion
344 River St. | 231.887.4441
Self-described as a restaurant “defined by fresh,” Taco “Bout It has all of your favorite Mexican classics like tacos, quesadillas, burritos and a whole lot more. Come enjoy a cold drink and a taste of Mexico with menu items made using only the best ingredients at their downtown outdoor patio.
6. River Street Station
350 River St. | 231.732.8411
River Street Station brings you the best in steaks and seafood, serving up sandwiches, soups, ribs, and flavorful fish filets. Enjoy their hearty offerings and wide drink selection on their outdoor patio with views of the Manistee River.
Olivia Fellows was a 2020 intern at MyNorth Media. She will graduate from Grand Valley State University in 2021 with a Communications and Multi-Media Journalism degree, and serves as the News Editor for GVSU’s The Lanthorn.