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 6/28, but it will change frequently. For sandwiches and lighter fair, please place your order by clicking HERE . Once you pick up your food, you're welcome to take it out onto our deck.

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    Restaurant at Tabor Hill, Buchanan, MI

    Brunch is always a good idea. We are hosting Sunday Brunch Buffet at the restaurant every Sunday till Mother's Day weekend. The contactless brunch buffet items will change weekly and include Prime Rib, chicken & waffles, omelets, and more. We also offer our full drink menu, mimosa flights, and a Tabor Hill Signature Bloody Mary.

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

    Aerie Restaurant Lounge

    Show up in our Social Feed! Tag your photos with #GTRESORT: Sunday, May 8, 2022 Celebrate Mother's Day in style with delicious flavors paired with panoramic views. See More Events Eat, Drink, and Relax. Aerie has become a mecca for those who love bold, exciting flavors.

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    Aerie Menus

    Explore the menus from Aerie Restaurant and Lounge at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, a gorgeous dining experience from the food to the views.

  • 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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    Fine Dining In Lansing, Michigan: Dinner | The English Inn

    Savor the ultimate Lansing area fine dining experience with dinner at the English Inn Restaurant & Pub in nearby Eaton Rapids, Michigan.

  • 5. Iridescence – Detroit

    Iridescence - Detroit, MI

    277 reviews 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

    In order to choose where to eat in Detroit, check out the menu for Iridescence to make the best dining decision.

  • 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

    Delivery & Pickup Options - 243 reviews of Rose's "I really don't think this is a 1 star restaurant. I was here in the wintertime, and it was sooo beautiful looking out over the frozen lake. The food is really tasty, using many fresh Michigan ingredients, which I really appreciated.

  • 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

    Payment Credit Cards Accepted Is this your restaurant? Click to add your description here. | Add Photo 2 Reviews 2 reviews with an average rating of 4.5 stars have been consolidated here. Consolidated reviews are included in the calculation of the average rating of 4.2 stars which is based on 6 total reviews.

  • 8. Arcadia Bluffs – Arcadia

    Dining | Arcadia Bluffs

    With multiple dining options available to our guets, dining at the Bluffs Course is a dining experience you won't forget with incredible views of Lake Michigan. The casual full-service concept features carefully crafted comfort cuisine perfect for any occasion. The restaurant is located on the second floor of our stunning South Course clubhouse.

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    The Bluffs Dining | Arcadia Bluffs

    The Dining Room at Arcadia Bluffs offers full service dining to the public, and our guests. The spectacular views of Lake Michigan and sunsets from The Dining Room and deck make it the most dramatic dining experience on the shore. The Dining Room includes a beautiful cherry wood bar with seating for ten.

  • 9. Boyne Highlands Resort – Harbor Springs


    Nestled among the scenic golf courses of The Highlands at Harbor Springs, the Country Club of Boyne offers classic luxury with contemporary American cuisine.

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    Main Dining Room

    Located on the second floor in the Main Lodge Our Main Dining Room is situated in the second floor of our Main Lodge Hotel, with a panoramic view that begins with our beautifully maintained grounds and extends to the slopes that serve as the backdrop to The Highlands.

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

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    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

    pepperoni . noto's homemade italian sausage onions . peppers . mozzarella . provolone

  • 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 114 reviews: "We eat out several times per week all over Antrim County and especially in Bellaire. There is no place that can compare to the Lakeview whereas the Vi...""

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    The Butler

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