The Riverside Inn

302 River St
Leland, 49654
Reviews:
Good food! Though portions small. Salad just lettuce greens sliced asparagus yikes!! It's only lettuce and for the price? That was disappointing. Might want to step that up! Don't mind paying the cost just want to get my monies worth. I have been coming here for a long time and each time I'm disappointed. Step it up lots of new restaurants popping up everywhere in the area now.
We had a fabulous meal and our great waiter Hugh indulged us by serving our ending libation on the dock overlooking the river. All of our wine pairings at his suggestion were excellent. A great way to begin our vacation in lovely Leland.
This is a really terrific restaurant with great food and great service. The wine list is extensive with lots of French and other international wines as well as U.S. Our server, Brady, was really really great which made the evening more enjoyable. Lamb and rib eye were really good. Good salads and good deserts. A little pricy, but worth it.

(231) 256-9971

American (New), Hotels

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Whaleback Inn

1757 N Manitou Trl,Ste M22
Leland, 49654
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Very welcoming staff that came out from behind the desk, shook our hands and made us feel like family. Not only that but the property is gorgeous with amazing views of the lake. Don't miss the private doc with Adirondack chairs right on the water. Of course since this is a hotel we should also comment that the room was well equipped and very romantic.
Stayed here for a long weekend with a group of girlfriends. Snagged a Cottage Suite, which was way more spacious than we expected--nice surprise! We had a full-sized fridge and a small stove. We didn't use the stove, but the fridge was great for storing all the L. Mawby! :) Whaleback Inn is beautiful, conveniently located, and well-appointed. The owners were super friendly and readily accessible. We enjoyed breakfast on the porch each morning, and took advantage of the Lake Leelanau access for swimming and hanging out on the dock. Honestly, the only complaints were the lack of a soap dish at the bathroom sink (the soap kept sliding off the sink and onto the counter!) and morning coffee that wasn't as strong as we would have wished... super minor things that don't merit a loss of star by any means. We'll definitely be back!
Staying at the Whaleback Inn was a total delight from check-in to check-out. A very large group of us from all over the country (most of which were in town from New York City) stayed here for a destination wedding that happened about 20 minutes away. I couldn't imagine a more relaxing, comfortable and hometown-feeling place to stay. The very courteous staff were always working hard to make sure that everything went smoothly and that we were accommodated. The rooms are "rustic" in a Disney's Wilderness Lodge kind of way. Clean and attractive (with very comfortable beds), modern conveniences like HDTV and most have a view of the lake across the street. They are quiet and relaxing. There is a rec room where you can buy candy, popcorn, water, soda, coffee or ice (based on the honor system). I would have loved to have a bathtub in the restroom...but given the size of the space, it is understandable why not all rooms have one. The porch breakfast and "afternoon tea/lemonade" were both great. Plenty of hardboiled eggs, fruit, yogurt, breads, bagels and pastries (as well as coffee, tea and an assortment of juices). Don't miss the dock across the street! Carefully cross the street and bring a towel with you to sit on...there is a paddle boat and a few chairs. This place was a perfect example of a small, family run inn. I'd recommend it to anyone and hope to be back again sometime soon!

(231) 256-9090

Bed & Breakfast

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Early Bird Restaurant

101 S Main
Leland, 49654
Reviews:
Nooooo, no, no, no, no, no. I mean it, no. This place is horrible. Total tourist trap. Run. We usually eat breakfast at home or over in Glen Arbor, but we happened to be in Leland recently for breakfast and I now remember why we've avoided this place like the plague for years. It wasn't too busy on the morning we went in, but breakfast for four of us took over an hour to make it to our table. It seems as if the server forgot we existed as once we said something, our food came 10 minutes later. There was literally an entire fresh seating of people served before we got our food. Ridiculous. Corned beef straight out of a can. Over easy eggs cooked to the consistency of hockey pucks. I didn't even KNOW you could cook eggs to that consistency, seriously terrible. Weak coffee. RAW bacon. Literally, raw. Out of four of us, one person got the right toast. Undercooked potatoes. I'm not picky when it comes to breakfast, but I literally ate about 3 bites of mine and pushed it aside. My step-mother took the drastic step of putting ketchup on hers (shocking the entire table, she's never done that before) and still couldn't eat it. Just awful. An extra star for the cinnamon rolls and the nice staff, but do yourself a favor and avoid. If you can't make a simple breakfast correctly, you've got some serious problems.
Great diner breakfast. Corned beef has with eggs is a favorite as are all the breakfast items. Don't miss it!
I love breakfast at the Early Bird. Such a great place to get a delicious, no-nonsense breakfast. Everything is great, but the pancakes are truly amazing. Don't miss the cinnamon rolls, which are related to their famous cousins at the Bluebird Restaurant & Bar next door. The coffee is good, and the hot cocoa shows up with a generous helping of whipped cream. Get there early. No reservations, and at peak breakfast time during tourist season the line for a table goes out the door and into the parking lot. Also open for lunch, but less remarkable fare than what is served for breakfast.

(231) 256-9656

American (Traditional)

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Bluebird Restaurant & Bar

102 E River
Leland, 49654
Reviews:
Got the runs after about 4 hours of eating the food. Felt like my ass was on fire . It wrnt in and it came out
My wife and I stopped in for lunch yesterday and were pleasantly surprised. We were greeted immediately upon entering and seated at a table for two on the river side of the room. We were in the mood for fish so I had the whitefish and my wife ordered the walleye. A wide variety of salad dressings were offered and our salads were perfect. They also had a very complete fresh salad bar which we could have upgraded to for $4. Our fish dinners were lightly breaded and deep fried and tasted good. I had asked for broiled or blackened but the friendly young waitress said it was not available for lunch. Standard french fries came with the fish but it would have been good to have an alternative starch and a side dish, but it was lunch after all. Oh yes, the bread was a cinnamon roll - really a dinner roll rolled in cinnamon and sugar. We took one bite and pronounced it so good, we saved it and took it home for breakfast the next day. Service was just right, food fine, pleasant atmosphere, good value, we would return again.
Some of the best smelt and walleye I have had anywhere. Lightly battered as opposed to the "here's something the size of a frickin' banana with a smelt somewhere inside" that you find at some other places. The batter is supposed to add some flavor and not supposed to be *the* meal. A good place to drop by on your stroll thru downtown Leland and Fishtown. If nothing else, stop in and have the smelt basket.

(231) 256-9081

American (Traditional), Bars

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Trish’s Dishes

407 S Main St
Leland, 49654
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Just had a late lunch here today. Very consistent with some of the other recent reviews, food was great - chicken salad salad and ham and Brie panini; but still it always seems like the person behind the counter is doing you a favor by taking your order.
Four star food one star service. Three visits and service consistently rude except for one young woman behind the counter.
If you want breakfast at 11:01 AM, I hope you don't find yourself at Trish's Dishes. Knowing that they stopped serving breakfast at 11AM, we hauled our tushes to get in line and arrived around 10:55, just in time (or so we thought). After waiting behind one other gentleman and getting up to the counter at 11:01 AM. We asked (extremely kindly) if it was still possible to get breakfast. The young woman behind the counter, who had started a conversation with her friend standing behind us while serving the man in front of us, said "Well, it's 11:01, so why not?" in a tone that told us she could not be bothered. We then asked if our other five friends, who were standing a few people behind us in line would also be able to get breakfast and she answered "We probably shouldn't." Learning this we left. This is the second time that we had been to Trish's Dishes and the service was just as unfriendly as before. Being from Michigan, my friends and I take trips to Leelanau Peninsula often and look forward to getting the kind service "Up North" is known for. This is not one of those restaurants. I do not think that they need to bend over backwards to change rules for us, however, this is not McDonald's and a little flexibility would go a long way. However, the two star rating comes from the way the message is provided not that they would not change the rules. I have to admit, the one time I ate here, the salad I had was both interesting and delicious but the taste of the food cannot outweigh the bad taste I have in my mouth from the sour attitude the staff always has. PS. If you open a restaurant that serves breakfast after 11AM on Saturday in Leland, MI, I will be a customer for life.

(231) 994-2288

Cafes

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Highlands of Leland

612 N Lake
Leland, 49654
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(231) 256-7632

Hotels, Bed & Breakfast

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The Cove

111 River
Leland, 49654
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(231) 256-9834

Seafood, American (New)

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The Leland Lodge

565 Pearl St
Leland, 49654
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(231) 256-9848

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