Beach dining.

Michigan has some great restaurants and fantastic views, so it makes sense that many establishments combine both. With the Great Lakes and so many inland lakes, there are plenty of Michigan restaurants that overlook water, making that dining experience extra special.

Now that the weather is getting nicer, it’s an even better time to explores this state and find some eateries with incredible views. The crew at recently put together a list of 12 Michigan restaurants with beautiful views, and we’re sharing it below.

One of the restaurants, The Cudahy Chophouse Restaurant on Mackinac Island, has sadly closed since their article published. In place of that spot, I picked my own favorite Michigan restaurant with a view, which is The Butler in downtown Saugatuck. The Butler has been situated on the water in Saugatuck for more than 60 years and offers fresh seafood, classic American cuisine and more. It’s a casual dining restaurant, so no need to get fancy.

One of the spots that made’s list is very familiar to me: The English Inn in Eaton Rapids. That was the best spot to go for prom when I was in high school, so I ate at The English Inn at least twice in high school on prom night. “Cozy is the hallmark of this restaurant and inn, where you can warm yourself by a crackling fire while gazing over what feels like the grounds of your private castle estate,” states of The English Inn. “The 15-acre property was developed just 30 minutes from Lansing for auto baron Irving Jacob Reuter and his wife Janet, and the view still includes their pergola, swimming pool and gazebo. After a formal meal upstairs, retire to the lower level English pub for a nightcap.” Read the full list below and try to visit at least one of these delightful spots this season.

  • 12 Michigan Restaurants with Incredible Views

    This list is via the fine folks at

  • 1. Fitzgerald's Hotel and Restaurant – Eagle River

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    Menu - Fitzgerald's Hotel & Restaurant

    Our menu is subject to product availability and may change without notice. This is our current dine-in menu for the week of 5/28, but it will change frequently. For takeout or outdoor dining, please view the meny and place your order by clicking HERE .

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    Monday - Wednesday | ClosedThursday | 4 - 9 pmFriday & Saturday | 11 am - 9 pmSunday Brunch | 10 am - 2 pm Reservation Policy If you are unable to make it, please cancel your reservation as soon as you know you are not coming.

  • 3. Aerie Restaurant and Lounge at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa – Acme


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    Aerie Restaurant & Lounge in Traverse City, MI | Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

    Dine at Aeire for a luxurious meal at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. Enjoy the views over Grand Traverse Bay and elevate your taste by finding your new favorite dish.

  • 4. English Inn, Restaurant and Pub – Eaton Rapids

    The Pub Menu is back and available in the Pub or on the Terrace. Book a pub table online at or call us at 517-663-2500 for same day Terrace reservations. Cheers!

    Posted by The English Inn, Restaurant and Pub on Tuesday, June 15, 2021
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  • 5. Iridescence – Detroit

    Iridescence - Detroit, MI

    276 reviews and 647 photos of IRIDESCENCE - CLOSED "This would be my vote for restaurant of the year. It is the most amazing space in Detroit, I hate to wreck it by describing- very modern, well designed- I would put it up against anything in NY or Vegas- it blows anything in Detroit away.

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    Iridescence Menu

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  • 6. Rose's on Reeds Lake Restaurant – Grand Rapids

    Rose's On Reeds Lake | East Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Rose's On Reeds Lake-legendary lakeside dining in historic East Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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    Rose's - Grand Rapids, MI

    ROSE'S, 550 Lakeside Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, 347 Photos, Mon - 11:00 am - 9:00 pm, Tue - 11:00 am - 9:00 pm, Wed - 11:00 am - 9:00 pm, Thu - 11:00 am - 9:00 pm, Fri - 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Sat - 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Sun - 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

  • 7. Gates Au Sable Lodge Restaurant – Grayling

    Restaurant - Gates Au Sable Lodge

    The restaurant at Gates Lodge serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual setting beside the Au Sable River. Our food is prepared almost entirely in house

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    Gates Au Sable Lodge, Grayling

    View the menu for Gates Au Sable Lodge and restaurants in Grayling, MI. See restaurant menus, reviews, ratings, phone number, address, hours, photos and maps.

  • 8. Arcadia Bluffs – Arcadia

    Dining | Arcadia Bluffs

    Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club is one of the premier golf destinations in The United States, offering two championship golf courses, exceptional lodging, and exquisite dining.

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    The Bluffs Dining | Arcadia Bluffs

    Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club is one of the premier golf destinations in The United States, offering two championship golf courses, exceptional lodging, and exquisite dining.

  • 9. Boyne Highlands Resort – Harbor Springs

    On Resort Dining Options | The Highlands

    Enjoy a variety of on-resort dining options. From casual, local-inspired fare to upscale dining, you are sure to find your next favorite meal.

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    Main Dining Room at The Highlands - Gourmet Breakfast with Slopeside Views

    Experience a gourmet breakfast buffet with stunning mountain and slope views at The Main Dining Room, situated on the second level of the Main Lodge hotel.

  • 10. Noto's at the Bil-Mar – Grand Haven

    at the Bil-Mar

    The Noto family brings their Sicilian roots to Noto's at The Bil-Mar, rebuilt at the spot of the Bil-Mar restaurant, which served the lakeshore since 1952. Noto's at the Bil-Mar is an upbeat, contemporary restaurant and bar with something for everyone. Sample our eclectic wine list with a Lake Michigan sunset and fine dining in our lakefront dining room.

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    Main Menu

    Chef's Whipped Butter, Toasted Pistachios, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Flowers, Shaved Prosciutto, Warm Italian Bread

  • 11. The Lakeview Restaurant – Bellaire

    The Lakeview Restaurant

    Located in Summit Village, The Lakeview Restaurant features innovative regional fare with majestic views of Lake Bellaire. Voted best steak and best dessert in Northern Michigan by Northern Express readers.

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    Lakeview Restaurant - Bellaire, MI on OpenTable

    Book now at Lakeview Restaurant in Bellaire, MI. Explore menu, see photos and read 173 reviews: "This was a very good value, and the view was totally awesome. I would recommend it to anybody.".

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    The Butler

    Restaurant menu, map for The Butler located in 49453, Saugatuck MI, 40 Butler Street.

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