One thing I know that is pretty safe to say is that most everybody likes dining out and trying new places. And here in a state surrounded by the Great Lakes, which also has a boatload of lakes, rivers and streams inland, is where you will find so many options for waterfront dining, you will have a hard time deciding where to eat. Once I started searching out great places to enjoy a relaxing water view along with fine cuisine, I was blown away at the options.

You certainly couldn’t ask for a more beautiful place to take a drive in than Michigan. Whether it’s Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Whitehall, Traverse City, The Detroit area, Lansing, Saginaw, Bay City, Mackinaw City or even in the Upper Peninsula, you will find many options to enjoy the natural beauty in our state, along with many unique opportunities to sample different menus at some of Michigan’s best waterfront dining establishments.

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Keep in mind with the pandemic some of these locations could be closed, and some may have different mask rules since things are changing right now. If you find or know of great waterfront dining locations not listed here, please share. If we get enough we can always do a follow-up post with even more places to experience.

52 of the Best Michigan Waterfront Dining Locations

You probably already have a favorite dining location with a view, most of us do. But what you will find here is a nice long list of waterfront dining locations in every part of Michigan. Be adventurous, take a drive and explore something new, you'll find locations within an hour or more away from you that you have yet to experience.

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