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Inspired by the classic cafes of Europe, fall head over heels for the intimate Café Zinc, situated inside The H Hotel. Dine in sophisticated elegance right next to a roaring fire, and savor Pan-Roasted Sea Scallops to Pasta Bolognese.
A gourmet farm-to-table concept tucked into Downtown Midland, indulge in a delicately crafted meal at Aster. With intimate dining spaces and a shareable, seasonal menu, taste East Coast Oysters on a Half Shell to red wine-braised Bison Short Rib — and snuggle up to split the Pot De Creme for dessert!Read More +
Nestled inside of a former train station, experience casual fine dining with European influences at The Station 100. Dine on menu selections including Lobster Tail, Mushroom-Truffle Risotto, and Beef Filet Rossini, and enjoy a location as unique as your love. An internationally certified sommelier will help to pair your meal with the perfect wine!Read More +
Cuddle up indoors by candlelight or outdoors by the fire bar with cozy, provided blankets at Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie, a “gathering place built on the love of wine, an appreciation of culture, and a passion to be inspired…” Here’s to crafting artisanal charcuterie boards together and sipping selections of wine on tap. Prost!
Indulge in Italian cuisine and fine wines at Gratzi in Midland. With seating for more than 230 guests, including the Mezzanine balcony and specialty seating at the Captain’s Table, expect a dramatic, layered dining experience — all leading up to the decadent final course, dolce.Read More +
If seasonal, local produce and fresh-catch seafood both bring a sparkle to your eye, you’ll love Real Seafood Company in Uptown Bay City (where every seat in the house offers gorgeous views overlooking the Saginaw River). Slurp fresh-shucked premium oysters, served chilled from the rawbar, or enjoy Surf & Turf with cold-water lobster tail.
Cozy up together inside Old Town Saginaw’s Artisan Urban Bistro, and prepare for an exquisite evening. With an open kitchen and artful decor, select from the seasonally changing menu, sip house wine (made on premise), and enjoy your intimate dining experience.Read More +
Experience a romantic evening inside The Public House. Sample provisions from Steak + Frites to Potato Street Tacos, and sip thoughtfully crafted artisan cocktails — or order their specialty drink for two to share! Want a conversation starter to break the ice? Ask about The Public House’s extravagant attention to detail, right down to its proper, crystal-clear cocktail ice.Read More +
Slip into a cozy booth at this mid-century-inspired American tavern inside The H Hotel and be surrounded by rich woodwork and thoughtful details throughout. Start the evening with shareables, order the Chef's Catch or Braised Lamb Shank, and finish with the Cheesecake Flight and a handcrafted Old Fashioned.Read More +
Order from the seasonally changing menu at this farm-to-table eatery, and know you’ll be presented Michigan produce, fish, game, vegan and vegetarian options, and dishes deeply rooted in Michigan's history. Want to share in a special toast, to new adventures and romantic evenings? MI Table serves Michigan wines, brews, and cocktails, too!Read More +
Share in a comforting, memorable meal at Maru Sushi & Grill in Midland, and set your sights on each other while splitting signature sushi rolls, sashimi, and nigiri. Try the ever-popular Crouching Tiger or one-of-a-kind Chef Roll creation — and possibly partake in a bottle of bubbly, wine, or sake alongside your flavorful dishes.Read More +
Gaze into each other's eyes — and out at the waterfront scenery — while you dine on specialty pizzas, pastas, steaks & chops (even O's Famous Burgers) at H2O's Waterside Grill in Bay City, right by a bustling marina. Enjoy the laid-back setting together — and the shareable, mousse-filled chocolate torte for dessert!Read More +
Experience a casual-upscale chophouse with gracious service at Jake's Old City Grill. Select from an extensive wine & martini list, sample share plates or order from the steaks & chops menu, and return time and again for the warm ambiance and unforgettable flavors.Read More +
Inside the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bay City - Riverfront, indulge in casual fine dining at Riverfront Grille & Lounge. With the chance to savor Filet Mignon and sample from a robust wine list (before retreating to a plush room with river or city views), you might find this place to be exactly what you’ve been looking for, lovebirds!Read More +
Slip into Three Bridges Distillery & Taproom, hand-in-hand, and discover a distinctive distillery, brewery, and winery in one! Relax amidst the rustic charm, split wood-fired pies from Pizza Baker, and cozy up together with a Hot Toddy, Cinnamon Whiskey Sour, or even Adult Hot Chocolate!
Unwind in an elevated atmosphere (maybe in a cozy booth, or cuddled up by heat lamps on the year-round outdoor patio) at Harvey's Grill & Bar in Saginaw. Explore a chef-created, seasonal menu, handcrafted cocktails, and signature martinis — and dig into decadent Creme Brûlée for a sweet end to the evening.Read More +
With high ceilings, soft lighting, and local art lining the walls, discover a small-but-memorable gem that specializes in authentic Asian (Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Lao) fusion dishes. Share a luscious bowl of Pho or traditional Pad Thai, and absolutely split an order of the spring rolls Pasong's is known for.Read More +
Love traveling together? Fulfill your wanderlust inside Costela Brazilian Steak House, an authentic churrascaria in Uptown Bay City. Select from an array of premium meats, carved and served table-side, fine wines, and a full bar — and feel like you’re far away together here.Read More +
It’s summertime in Pure Michigan's Great Lakes Bay Region, and there’s no better way to savor this delicious season than to dine al fresco! Gather up in inviting neighborhoods pleasantly packed with patios — and discover social zones where city streets become one big outdoor dining space!Read More +
With full menus to small plates for savoring, baked goods and pastries made fresh daily, and java jolts to mellow-mood teas at the ready, enjoy tasting your way through these cozy coffee shops & tea lounges in the Great Lakes Bay!Read More +
By: Jen W. O'Deay | Updates: Go Great Lakes Bay | Jen is a Saginaw native and owner of Feel These Words, an independent copywriting studio & home to the free "5 Day Website MiniBoost". Jen specializes in writing that connects, delivered through website copy, branded content articles, and WingWoman writing services. You'll find Jen camping with her family, laughing, and at feelthesewords.com