Waterfront Restaurants

Nothing beats finding new favorite places to eat on a Michigan vacation... unless, of course, those places come with incredible waterfront views! Read on for a few of our favorites, or browse all restaurants on the water in Michigan's Great Lakes Bay below.

Real Seafood Company

Watch boats pass by while you dine on the wraparound deck or outdoor patio at this contemporary Uptown Bay City seafood restaurant. Serving fresh catch from the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Great Lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico, Real Seafood offers favorites from clams to king crab legs, sea bass to scallops - even oysters on the half shell from the rawbar.

Tavern 101

Nestled near Bay City's Saginaw River with views of waterfront Wenonah Park, this tavern serves up some of the best craft beers in the country alongside its inspired American fare, from flatbreads to burgers, Beer-brined Smoked Brisket Sliders to Bacon Jam Bruschetta.

Uptown Grill

Farm fresh breakfasts, benedicts, and omelets to signature sandwiches and seasonally-inspired salads: this Uptown Bay City breakfast & lunch restaurant serves up its dishes oh-so-close to the Bay City waterfront, with outdoor seating, to boot.

Castaways Bay City

Cozy up on the outdoor deck of this waterfront restaurant in Bay City overlooking the Kawkawlin River and enjoy live weekend entertainment alongside comfort food favorites like their Famous Hand-breaded Walleye, Slow-roasted BBQ Baby Back Ribs, or Cajun Catfish Dinner.

Riverfront Grille Restaurant & Lounge

Enjoy a Bay City waterfront restaurant without ever leaving your hotel when you stay at Doubletree By Hilton - Bay City Riverfront and dine at their casual-upscale Riverfront Grille. Take advantage of seasonal outdoor seating, spectacular views of the Saginaw River, and favorites from Lamb Tacos to Shrimp & Grits. 

Frankenmuth Brewery

Sip & savor inside America's oldest microbrewery and Michigan's original craft brewery while you enjoy stunning views of Frankenmuth's Cass River alongside soulful, scratch-made pub food favorites like Lump Crab Mac 'N Cheese, Slow Roasted Pulled Pork, and Smokehaus Tacos.

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