These three Leelanau towns offer unique outdoor and waterfront dining, from in-town people watching to a seat just feet from beautiful Omena Bay to secluded patio settings. Spend your day exploring Leelanau’s wineries, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Leelanau’s beaches and trails, then relax with a good meal and cool breeze.

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1. The Garage Bar & Grill

108 S. Waukazoo St. | 231.386.5511

Serving up classic comfort and fried foods, the Garage is the perfect place to grab a hearty meal and a cold drink. Located in downtown Northport, you can enjoy one their famous pulled pork nachos or sandwich on their outdoor patio perfect for gatherings during the hot summer months.

2. North Country Grill & Pub

420 N. St. Joseph St. | 231.271.5000

With spacious outdoor seating and a walk-up bar, North Country is the perfect summer lunch or dinner location, serving grill favorites like burgers, soups & salad, prime rib and even lobster. Here you’ll find something for everyone’s tastes while you enjoy the beauty of Northport like never before.

3. The Mitten Brewing Co.

112 W Nagonaba St. | 231.386.1101

Nestled in the center of historic Northport, Mitten Northport offers guests the chance to enjoy their favorite Mitten tap selections while taking in the view of Grand Traverse Bay and Northport Marina. Enjoy one of their signature craft brews on their expansive outdoor patio perfect for a hot summer night.



Knot Just a Bar

5019 N. West Bay Shore Dr. | 231.386.7393

The perfect place to hang by the water, watch the every-changing Omena Bay and enjoy great food and drink. Knot Just a Bar has all of your favorites on tap and local bottled or canned favorites, and after a dinner of one of their hearty burgers or whitefish dinners try a giant slice of their moist and sweet carrot cake to top off your visit.

Lake Leelanau



104 Main St. | 231.256.2222

For the perfect hearty and healthy breakfast or lunch, Figs’ veggie hash or famous burrito are sure to become a new favorite. Focused on using locally sourced ingredients and an always adjusting menu of new goodies, each time you stop by you’ll find something new and delicious from the local Chef’s kitchen.

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.