Chef preparing meal at Bay Harbor

Whether you are craving breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks, the community of Bay Harbor is home to a variety of exceptional cuisines. This lakeside town is not only filled with picturesque views but also one-of-a-kind dining experiences that keep visitors and foodies returning year after year. Here is an insider’s look into dining opportunities in the area that will not disappoint.

Exquisite Eateries

Lining the streets of The Village at Bay Harbor are elegant shopping and dining options, as well as seasonal retailers and premium services. While in town, visitors make it a priority to dine at the Vintage Chophouse located within the Inn at Bay Harbor. Serving as a steakhouse and wine bar, a meal at this luxurious restaurant is unforgettable. If you are looking for tasty drinks, weekly specials, and marina views, stop by Knot…Just A Bar.

Just recently opened, Maple + Batter has already turned heads as one of the best new breakfast and brunch places in town. Their unforgettable pancakes and great atmosphere make this one of the newest favorites at Bay Harbor. If you are searching for farm fresh ingredients, Local is your go-to restaurant. From locally sourced ingredients to locally crafted cocktails, this restaurant offers a variety of menu items while dining along the beautiful Bay Harbor Lake Marina.

For an intimate atmosphere and stunning views, The Links Grille overlooks The Quarry’s final hole at the Bay Harbor Golf Club and is perfect for lunch, light bites, or cocktails after your round.

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Top-Notch Tastes

One of the finest private clubs in the world, Bay Harbor Yacht Club, offers five outstanding restaurants for members to choose from. Adam Hightower, the Club’s new executive chef, has curated diverse menus that members find refreshing and delicious.

Celebrating a special occasion? Overlooking Bay Harbor Lake and Little Traverse Bay, the elegant Bay View Dining Room provides formal dining, warm hospitality, and unparalleled views. Members look forward to dining here year-round and attending the seasonal special events and exclusive wine dinners.

family eating at bay harbor yach club

Seasonal Selections

When visiting Bay Harbor Yacht Club during the summer months, outdoor dining is a must. When club members are looking for casual fare and one-of-a-kind views, they hit the Quarter Deck. We highly recommend catching a sunset from the Gazebo Bar! The Beach House is another perfect place for members to have a bite after a long day in the sun. This beachfront restaurant offers light meals in a laid-back, waterfront setting. Plus, there is often live music and game nights hosted here.

outdoor dining experience on Lake Michigan - bay harbor

Year-Round Favorites

Completed this summer as part of the club’s expansive renovations, the Harbor View Lounge and The Grille Room are the two newest spots to drink and dine year-round. These locations provide the perfect place to grab a drink, watch televised sporting events and share appetizers with friends.

Members will have the best seat in town on any given night at the Harbor View Lounge. Marvel at the panoramic views of the harbor while enjoying your favorite libations. For classic, casual dining, members enjoy The Grille Room. Although families are more than welcome here, parents also have the option to bring their kids next door to the Kid’s Club where child care is offered select evenings throughout the year. This area provides a safe and protected area kids can play in while parents enjoy their meals and libations.

family dining inside of bay harbor yacht club

Beyond the unique dining opportunities, there are so many reasons to love Bay Harbor. Encompassing 5 miles of the Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor’s natural beauty – serene lake views of crystal-clear water, lush woods and gently rolling topography create a peaceful haven away from the noise of everyday living. Families often enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing off the shores of Lake Michigan or walking or biking along the Little Traverse Wheelway. The Bay Harbor Golf Club has been called “The Pebble Beach of the Midwest” and the Bay Harbor Yacht Club is known as the social centerpiece of the entire community.

Bay Harbor Yacht Club has recently undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation and members are loving the new facilities. This renovation brought a state-of-the-art Wellness Center, Relaxation Spa, full Aquatics Center, and upgrades to the member dining experience making this cherished lifestyle even more spectacular. There is so much interest in Bay Harbor that real estate inventories are very low. Joining Bay Harbor Yacht Club has become a great way for potential homebuyers to enjoy the lifestyle and stay updated on the newest listings.

The coolest thing about this community is that the fun doesn’t have to end when the sun sets. Bay Harbor makes for a great place to stay a day, a week, or a lifetime. With more than 30 neighborhoods, Bay Harbor offers a wide array of homes and price ranges to match your lifestyle. Visit to learn more about the local real estate opportunities and becoming a Bay Harbor neighbor. For those who want to visit and explore the possibility of ownership and membership, two outstanding hotel options are available within Bay Harbor. Check out the Inn at Bay Harbor and the Village Suites Bay Harbor and start planning your dream.

No matter how long you stay, you’ll wish it could be longer. It’s never too late to plan your Northern Michigan adventure by requesting a complimentary digital copy of the 2021 edition of Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the area, more local events, and tips for planning your trip. Go to to find out more!