Not every meal needs to be a fancy affair when visiting Traverse City. The area features plenty of unique and locally-owned restaurants that will provide a great dining experience on any budget. Take a look at some of our favorite spots for casual restaurants in Traverse City:


You can enjoy delicious New American cuisine in a casual atmosphere when you dine in with Poppycocks. This local restaurant is known for their flavorful meals and live jazz music. This restaurant allows you to show up casual while enjoying entrees that look like they were prepared at a fine dining restaurant. Enjoy meals such as fresh cuts of seafood, short rib, various pasta dishes, and much more. Poppycocks also has an extensive martini selection that is their signature drink. Additional drink options include a variety of wines so you can enjoy a bit of everything during your meal at Poppycocks.

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It does not get more casual than with an exciting meal found over at Bubba’s. This local favorite is known for their selection of unique burgers along with a variety of craft beer options. Each burger is grilled fresh to order and is topped with some fascinating toppings. Additional items on the menu that are sure to get a glace from you are the mac and cheese bites and “Irish Sushi.” The daily happy hour always has incredible food and drink specials for you to choose from too. Now that is casual dining done right at Bubba’s!

The Filling Station Microbrewery

Casual dining does not mean you cannot try somewhere unique during your stay in Traverse City. The Filling Station Microbrewery continues to be a local favorite for their handcrafted ales along with their selection of tasty pub food. You can order from a menu that includes different flatbread pizzas and salads. Locals report the tasting room is a cozy dining area where families are always welcome. Make sure to pair your pizza with a tasting flight of all their unique beers offered on the menu!

More Dining Options in Traverse City

These are just a few of the many casual dining spots found all around Traverse City. Prepare for your stay by reserving one of our vacation rentals here by the lake. You can enjoy close proximity to all of the local attractions along with having luxury amenities to make your stay a comfortable one.

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