12 Michigan Restaurants with Stunning Scenic Views
Memorable dining is often about the Pure Michigan view you can pair with the cuisine. Here are ways to soak in the scenery with your meal, any time of year.
Lake Superior waves. Savor the Pitmaster's Pie of smoked brisket, pork and vegetables, baked in a wine sauce and topped with mashed potatoes, or the savory ribs that make up the dish named Douglas Houghton's Anchor. Book an on-site room with a water view, then explore nearby Brockway Mountain Drive and The Jampot, a shop run by a local skete of monks that offers a wide selection of preserves, jams and jellies.
Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail.
The 16-story tower at this resort is more than a local landmark, it's one of the state's classiest restaurants and arguably the best 360-degree sunset view out the pinnacle's floor-to-ceiling windows. Chef Bryan Petrick is known for his steaks and homemade pasta with Bolognese. Sunday brunch and happy hour cocktails are also draws. The resort itself makes for a perfect gateway to a string of farm markets; on-site there’s a spa, three championship golf courses, a beach club and multiple pools.
5. Irisdescence – DetroitThis AAA-rated four-diamond restaurant is perched on the top floor of MotorCity Casino Hotel, and it's widely considered to have the best skyline view of Detroit. The cool vibe echoes the renaissance happening across the city, the dim lighting makes it a popular date night spot. There's also the sumptuous food, prepared by a chef trained at multiple Michelin-starred restaurants.
Inn at Stonecliffe, a circa-1911 mansion designed by a high-society architect. There's white-tableclothed dining generally preceded or followed by a hike to the stone outcropping called Sunset Rock, especially popular for engagements, and make a S'more or two in the blazing fire on the wide lawn.
On chilly nights, heat lamps and a roaring fireplace keep dinners toasty even in the wide sunroom, in fact, Rose’s offers lakeside dining overlooking Reeds Lake any time of the year. The summer view is dotted with sailboats, while the winter view consists of ice skaters and fish shanties. For the table, watch for the popular wood fired pizzas and weekly wine specials.
9. Arcadia Bluffs – ArcadiaThe Scottish links course has been named among the best in America, in part for the stunning Lake Michigan vista you'll catch from the Dining Room at Arcadia Bluffs, open to golfers and non-golfers alike. The restaurant boasts maybe the most dramatic lake view on the state's west coast, fine dining and live bagpiper music at dusk. The wine inventory is another star, guests can choose from among hundreds of bottles displayed in temperature-controlled cases with glass doors.
During winter weekends, catch an unusual lift to the top of Boyne Mountain's North Peak for an especially romantic perch where cozy fires burn in the surrounding snow and candles light up the room on the white linen-decked tables. Even in the dark, you can experience the illuminated ski runs, distant valley towns and even the lights of the Mackinac Bridge. Live music is also part of the Aanoch Mor set-menu dinners that end with a course of chocolate fondue.
The vista from Lakeview Restaurant makes for one of the state's best colorful views. Down a valley over Lake Bellaire is also a stunning view. In the fall, dinner can be paired with chairlift rides offering yet another perspective of forest and lake. Fall golf is popular enough for both a challenge and a view that staff jokes it's a “four-hour fall color tour by foot.”