Food & Drink

Traverse area dining and wineriesThe Traverse Area is home to a variety of distinctive restaurants; nestled in among the trees, on the water or in the city. Our program is designed to provide the valuable information you’ll need to discover these unique owner-operated businesses.

Love wine? Meal Tickets & Unusual Ideas features wineries from Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas and an urban winery in the heart of Traverse City, offering award-winning wines, knowledgeable staff and an entertaining experience for the all the senses.

Our region is becoming well known for craft beer and handmade spirits as well. A visit to one of the many breweries or distilleries should be added to the bucket list on a trip to Traverse City. Click the links below to discover some of the best this region has to offer.







45 North Vineyard & Winery
Experience the Latitude

Located squarely on the famed 45th parallel, we use our distinct location as the driving force behind our approach to crafting world-class wines that represent the region.

Using grapes from estate and regional vineyards, everything is hand-crafted on-site with the ultimate goal of producing the most approachable, elegand wines possible.


Open Year Round

Visit our website for tasting room hours

45 North Vineyards & Winery
8580 East Horn Road
Lake Leelanau, MI
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Bel Lago Vineyard & Winery
Bel Lago … Beautiful Lake

Surrounded by vineyards and located on a hill above the western shore, Bel Lago Winery features a tasting room with a panoramic view of beautiful south Lake Leelenau.

Grown with a deep respect for the land and the place that is Leelanau, our wines reflect the soils and the climate of this beautiful peninsula.
The emphasis at Bel Lago has always been on quality, with an unwavering commitment 
to excellence.



May – October

Mon-Sat 11-6, Sun 12-6

November – December
Daily 12-5

January – April

Sat-Sun 12-5

Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery
6530 South Lake Shore Drive
Cedar, MI 49621
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Bella Fortuna North
A Florentine Ristorante in Lake Leelanau

Drop your cares at the door and enjoy premium casual dining on our beautiful terrace or in one of our comfortable dining areas. Our ristorante features a trattoria and full bar.


Experience traditional Tuscan and Florentine cuisine using the best seasonal, locally grown ingredients – so important to Italian culture, and to our chef. Enjoy delicious appetizers and entrees prepared in our wood-fired oven.


Browse our gift shop for specialty wines, books and unique gifts. We accept reservations and offer group and private dining areas.


Visit us online and discover our menu, wine list, hours, special events and more.



Bella Fortuna North
104 W Main Street
Lake Leelanau, MI
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Black Star Farms
Leelanau Peninsula

Our original location has an inn, creamery, café & winery plus tasting room offering a full selection of wines and brandies.

10844 E. Revold Rd.

Suttons Bay, 49682


May to November

Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun 12-5

November to May

Mon-Sat 11-5, Sun 12-5


Old Mission Peninsula

This winery & tasting room offers a full selection of our premium wines,
dessert wines & brandies.

360 McKinley Rd. E.
Traverse City, 49686
May to November
Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun 12-5
November to May
Mon-Sat 11-5, Sun 12-5
Closed Tues in Jan, Feb, March


Village at Grand Traverse Commons

TASTES features a full selection of our wines & brandies. Small plates served daily & Matterhorn Grill dinners served after 5pm.
800 Cottageview Dr.
Traverse City, 49684
Year Round Hours:
Tues & Wed 12-7, Thurs-Sat 12-9, Sunday 12-4

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The Filling Station Microbrewery
Ales by the Rails

Located just off the TART trail in the historic railroad district, The Filling Station Microbrewery features handcrafted ales and wood-fired flatbreads in a casual pub-style setting.


We brew on a 10 bbl and 3 bbl system creating small batches of craft brew in a variety of styles.



  • Outdoor covered patio seating
  • Picturesque views of Boardman Lake
  • Rotating list of at least 8 beers on tap


Enjoy hand-made flatbread pizza prepared daily with fresh, flavorful ingredients and cooked in our wood-fired stone oven.

Open Year Round

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The Filling Station Microbrewery
642 Railroad Place
Traverse City, MI 49686
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Grand Traverse Distillery
End Your Dependance on Foreign Alcohol!


True North Vodka is an ultra-premium spirit, hand-crafted in small batches using locally grown grains which support Michigan’s agriculture.

Our Products

True North Vodka • True North Cherry Vodka • Chocolate Vodka • Wheat Vodka • Rye Whiskey • Bourbon • Custom Michigan Whiskey

For Your Home Bar

Take home a mini barrel and 
a custom blend of 125 proof 
Michigan Whiskey to age at home

Grand Traverse Distillery Tasting & Retail Hours

Monday-Saturday 11-5pm


Labor Day to Memorial Day, Thurs-Sat or by appointment
Extended Summer Tour Hours

Michigan’s International Award-Winning Distiller

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Top 5 Vodkas of 2009, 2010

781 Industrial Circle
Traverse City, Michigan 49686

New Leland Tasting Room! Open Seasonally
110 Lake Street | 231.256.0128

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Left Foot Charley


Left Foot Charley owns no palatial estate. Our energy is focused on fermenting, aging, and bottling wine. We searched for a unique place to create wine from the region’s most significant vineyards and settled in he Village of Grand Traverse Commons. Formerly the Northern Michigan Asylum, it’s one of the most extensive historical restoration projects in America. Come for a taste, stay for a glass and a small plate snack. Be part of the next chapter in the story.


Wine by the glass and small plate menu available daily


April – November
Thurs-Sat  11:00am – 9:00pm
Sun  12:00pm – 6:00pm

December – March
Mon-Wed  11:00am – 6:00pm
Thurs-Sat  11:00am – 9:00pm
Sun  12:00pm – 6:00pm
Left Foot Charley
806 Red Drive, in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons Traverse City, MI 49684
So what’s the story behind Left Foot Charley? Visit us so we can tell you the tale and share the flavor.

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Food for the Soul


Our soups are from scratch, we use house-smoked meats and the homemade desserts are delicious!


Some of our Favorites
  • The Divine Swine Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • Reuben Sandwich with housemade corn beer
  • Drunken Peach Cobbler
  • 24-Karat Cake


Open Year-round

Monday – Saturday 11am-6pm
Sunday noon-4pm

Dine in the Mercado or Carry-out


Ask about our Catering!

Mana  |  231.941.6648
located in The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

800 Cottageview Drive, Suite 30
Traverse City, Michigan 49684

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Peninsula Cellars

Six miles north of Traverse City, on the Old Mission Peninsula, sits the charming 19th century one-room schoolhouse tasting room of Peninsula Cellars. Owned and operated by the Kroupa family since 1994, Peninsula Cellars focuses on producing regionally expressive wines, with minimal handling and impact to the environment. The Kroupa family has been working the land for five generations, giving a uniquely long-term perspective to their environmentally verified vineyards and orchards. 

Varieties Include: Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Merlot, several cherry & apple wines and Riesling Ice Wine.

Please call ahead for groups of 10 or more

Seasonal Hours:

May to October
Mon. to Sat. 10-6, Sun. 12-6

Off-Season Hours:

November to April
Mon. to Sat. 11-5, Sun. 12-5 


Peninsula Cellars
11480 Center Rd.
Traverse City, MI 49686


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Right Brain Brewery

Welcome to Right Brain Brewery. Bringing you creative craft brews using the finest local ingredients we can track down in the Traverse City area. Yes there is heaven on earth! It’s a microbrew fest EVERYDAY at RBB!


Visit our website for current hours

  • Mangalista Pig Porter
  • Shadow Watcher Stout
  • Asparagus Spear Beer
  • Pie Whole Beer Series
  • Will Power Pale Ale
  • Northern Hawk Owl
  • Dead Kettle IPA
  • Black Eye PA

Sip at the bar or get a Grower to-go. Visit us at our NEW location opening July 2012!

Right Brain Brewery
225 16th Street
Traverse City, MI
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Seven Monks Taproom
46 Draughts



46 draughts, Select Liquors, Local Wine, Mead & Cider on Tap

Bottled Beer to-go



Abby burgers

Taproom pizza

Meat & cheese board



7 Monks Taproom
Located in Downtown Traverse City
128 S. Union Street
Traverse City, MI 49684

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