📍Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie 📷 @jessboroniec
Cozying in near the open kitchen of a European-inspired bistro for artisan carbonara and wines made in-house, or sharing Neapolitan pizze and classic pasta dishes that'll have you feeling you've arrived in the Italian countryside — inviting eateries are dotted all throughout this flavorful region.
Whether a beer-forward restaurant with 54 taps sounds enticing, or sampling wine flights and sharing charcuterie is more your style — get a taste of our fall & winter food scene here:
📍Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie 📷 @ninarand
Newer + Noteworthy Restaurants
Molasses Smokehouse + Bar (Midland) Smoked-low-and-slow St. Louis-style barbecue, served up in an industrial-rustic space. Grab extra napkins for all the sticky-sweet goodness here — from Smokehouse Meats to Brisket Burnt Ends Mac & Cheese — and wash it all down with a Molasses Sweet Tea or one of their signature mules.
📍Molasses Smokehouse + Bar 📷 @minnie_bites
MI Table (Bay City) Farm-to-table restaurant in Downtown Bay City with a fresh, seasonal menu inspired by Michigan's culinary roots. Tuck into comfort-food faves like their Cornish Pasty or Amish Organic Chicken Pot Pie, then close out the meal with the Michigan Fudge Charcuterie Board.
📍MI Table 📷 @candace_rose
Artisan Urban Bistro (Saginaw) Open-kitchen, European-style, upscale bistro in Old Town with a menu shaped by seasonality and local sourcing. Start with an order of Arancini de Riso (deep-fried risotto), share traditional Naples-style pizza (served on dough that's handcrafted daily using the whey from house-made mozzarella), or opt for your choice of artisan carbonara. And, to top it all off? Wines made in-house!
📍Artisan Urban Bistro 📷 @riverfrontsaginaw
Real Seafood Company (Bay City) Uptown Bay City waterfront eatery with walls of windows overlooking the Saginaw River — serving top-catch fish and premium seafood from the Atlantic, Pacific, Great Lakes, and Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy fresh-catch in your choice of seven prep styles, share Paella for two, dive into an order of King Crab Legs, or nosh on premium oysters, chilled from the raw bar.
📍Real Seafood Company 📷 @kay.sasithorn
Gratzi (Midland) Inspired by the various regions of Italy, enjoy a layered dining experience that builds from antipasti and artisanal meats and cheeses to the decadent final course, dolce. Share Neapolitan pizze, classic pasta dishes, plus prime meats and top-catch seafood — with wine selections from two floor-to-ceiling, walk-in glass cellars.
ONe Eighteen (Midland) American tavern at the H Hotel serving up its take on classics in gorgeous, mid-century modern digs. Order Tavern Favorites like the Chef's Catch (...or the Maryland Crab Cake... or Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf) and explore every option on this local, seasonal menu with a handcrafted Old Fashioned to sip on.
📍ONe Eighteen 📷 @placeswithb
Costela Brazilian Steak House (Bay City) An authentic churrascaria experience in Uptown Bay City! Sample from 15+ cuts of top-tier heritage beef, lamb, pork, and chicken — cooked in centuries-old tradition over open, mesquite-wood-fired grills, then carved table-side. Pair with fresh selections from the Brazilian Market Table and Feijoada Bar, and cap off the night with traditional Caipirinha — a Brazilian specialty drink with fresh, muddled fruits.
Old City Hall (Bay City) Filet Bordelaise to Jambalaya, enjoy casual fine dining at this historic hangout inside the city's original City Hall. Sample from a global wine list of over 150, try any of 23 brews on tap, or sip concoctions crafted from more than 120 spirits.
📍Old City Hall 📷 @jeffcaverlyphoto
The Station 100 (Frankenmuth) A restaurant steeped in European tradition, with a menu that reads like an heirloom collection of recipes passed down through the generations. Enjoy scratch-made, soul-stirring food — from Roasted Rack of Lamb to Traditional Austrian Goulash — paired with the perfect wine selection by an internationally certified sommelier.
Maru Sushi & Grill (Midland) Chef-driven restaurant and sushi bar, crafting with top-notch ingredients from the finest fish to the freshest house-made sauces. Enjoy traditional cuisine through a modern lens in everything from Sharing Plates to Signature Rolls and Hibachi Grills.
📍Maru Sushi & Grill 📷 @_simply_nourished
Riverfront Grille & Lounge (Bay City) With an extensive menu ranging from small plates to seafood and another menu exclusively for steaks and chops — stunning waterfront views of the Saginaw River aren't the only surprise you'll find here.
Genji Japanese Steakhouse (Saginaw, Midland) Inviting Japanese steakhouse with teppanyaki tables where you'll see your selections grilled up before your eyes — plus an impressive selection of sushi and sashimi.
Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie (Frankenmuth) Cozy up at the fire bar as far into fall as possible, or pull up a seat inside this inviting, European-patterned wine bar — named "Best Wine Bar in Michigan" (BuzzFeed, 2016). Build your own charcuterie board, go in together on shareable plates, and pore over a list of wines from around the world — including a rotating selection of six on tap!
📍Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie 📷 @staceylongo
Jake's Old City Grill (Saginaw) Casual-upscale chophouse in historic Old Town, with mouthwatering steaks, seafood, and spirits — plus a Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast award-winning wine list.
Whine (Midland) A wood-fire grilled Wagyu Whine Burger. Beef Bourguignon stewed in red wine, or red-wine-braised chicken thighs. Savor all things made in wine (or made with wine in mind) at this stylish-not-stuffy place with overstuffed leather chairs, an open kitchen, and an overall inviting vibe.
Tavern 101 (Bay City) Rustic-chic, beer-forward restaurant with views of waterfront Wenonah Park, elevated American gastropub classics, and 54 selections on tap. Try flatbreads they're known for and pair with a beer flight (maybe from the featured Brewery of the Quarter).
📍Tavern 101 📷 @tavern101restaurant
WhichCraft Taproom (Midland) Taste pub grub, reimagined — like the WhichCraft Cuban with beer-braised pork and house-made IPA mustard, or an ooey-gooey Grilled Peanut Butter & Jelly! Pair with your choice from the taps, knowing only made-in-Michigan beer, cider, wine, and mead's served here.
Frankenmuth Brewery (Frankenmuth) Michigan's original craft brewery, serving comfort food with award-winning ales and lagers. Share a local Smoked Sausage Sampler or Buffalo Chicken Mac N' Cheese, and order up a pint of Oktoberfest in fall, or Christmas Town Ale come winter.
📍Frankenmuth Brewery 📷 @frankenmuthbrewery
Michigan on Main Bar & Grill (Frankenmuth) Tucked inside Bavarian Inn Restaurant, this bar & grill spotlights seasonality and local sourcing. Order the Chicken & Waffles — confit dark chicken quarter on a buttermilk waffle, with fried egg and mustard-infused Michigan maple syrup — or house-made bratwurst with a piping-hot Bavarian pretzel! Sample from 17 rotating Michigan craft beers on tap, or enjoy Michigan's greatest selection of German brews.
The Maple Grille Restaurant and Microbrewery (Hemlock) Off-the-beaten-path microbrewery with farm-to-table eats, tucked away in the Hemlock countryside (but worth the drive). No freezer or microwave here — just fresh, seasonal dishes cooked over wood-fired barrel grills and best enjoyed with a wood-fired craft brew.
Midland Brewing Company (Midland) Historically great beers like the flagship Copper Harbor Ale, paired with elevated brewpub classics. Split House-Smoked Wings and beer-battered Hog Fries — smothered in MBC beer cheese and topped with pulled pork that's been barbecued out back on a custom smoker!
📍Midland Brewing Company 📷 @midlandbrewingcompany
Bavarian Inn Restaurant (Frankenmuth) Join over 20 million who've dined here, and dive into the deliciousness of world-famous, all-you-can-eat chicken dinners — served in courses, family style, with sides like buttered noodles and breads house-baked fresh daily.
Zehnder's of Frankenmuth (Frankenmuth) Heaping platters of world-famous, premium Frankenmuth Golden Fried Chicken, plus traditional sides — like Grandma Zehnder's Dressing and Buttered Egg Noodles — served up since 1856.
📍Zehnder's of Frankenmuth 📷 @thejamilynhall