Where to Eat in Elk Rapids: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Etsuko Causey

Elk Rapids is a village in Antrim County in the state of Michigan. The population was 1,642 at the 2010 census. The village is located within Elk Rapids Township, about 15 miles (24 km) north of Traverse City. It is physically split by the Elk River, which runs between nearby Elk Lake and Grand Traverse Bay.
Things to do in Elk Rapids

1. Pearl's New Orleans Kitchen

617 Ames St, Elk Rapids, MI 49629-9593 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks SGD 20 - SGD 26 +1 231-264-0530
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 466 reviews

Pearl's New Orleans Kitchen

Reviewed By Randy-Renee S - Bradenton, Florida

Service was Excellent, the food was excellent, we’ve missed Cajun food and found a Honey hole! Started out with fried green tomatoes which were good except the watery sauce underneath took away from the crunch.
Husband had crawfish/andouille Etouffee and I had the the Catfish with crawfish-garlic sauce, cheddar grits and broccoli. Both dinners were excellent Will definitely be back!

2. Cone Corral & Pizzeria

115 Ames St, Elk Rapids, MI 49629-9800 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 231-264-6880
Excellent
26%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 42 reviews

Reviewed By Gail S

We opted for ice cream treats after dinner one night. We ordered a variety of flurries. They were good...very similar to the offerings of Dairy Queen/Culvers/Tastee Freeze. There were a variety of ice cream creations to choose from. Bonus: they were open later than most businesses in town.

3. Java Jones

131 River St, Elk Rapids, MI 49629-9614
Excellent
28%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 7 reviews

Reviewed By MInone4 - Traverse City, MI

We stopped in on our way to a golf outing. Counter service only. I got the Breakfast Casserole, daughter got a bagel and fruit cup. Nice seating by the window!

4. Harbor Cafe'

129 River St, Elk Rapids, MI 49629-9614 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 231-264-8700
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 109 reviews

Harbor Cafe'

Reviewed By Gerri B - Beverly Hills, Michigan

Breakfast is served all day here, thank goodness, because the blueberry pancakes are so good, served with real butter, real maple syrup and real orange juice. The eggs & bacon are well-prepared too and the prices are reasonable and the service quick and friendly. What's not to like?

5. Ice Cream Peddler

141 River St, Elk Rapids, MI 49629-9614 American
Excellent
34%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 6 reviews

Reviewed By Al J - Fort Worth, TX

What a great little ice cream shop! Situated on River Street in the little village of Elk Rapids, the Ice Cream Peddler offers unusual flavors...great flavors. One of my favorites is the maple flavor (I think it's called Gary & Dan's Maple Nut). The size is a great value for the money, and the waitstaff are all cordial and pleasant...great place!!!

6. Siren Hall

151 River St, Elk Rapids, MI 49629-9614 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Highchairs Available American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night +1 231-264-6062
Excellent
58%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 219 reviews

Siren Hall

Reviewed By wally k - Charlevoix, Michigan

The food at Siren Hall is very tasty and the portions are large! Our only disappointment (there were 4 of us) centered on the wines and alcohol. The wine list is pretty obscure although we found an adequate Chardonnay, and we were told they had a specific brand of single malt scotch, but when it was served, it in no way was that -- too light in color and didn't taste like what my friend knows well. Still and all, we were happy diners!

7. $5 Meal Deal

133 Ames St, Elk Rapids, MI 49629-8300 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 231-313-9094
Excellent
77%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 46 reviews

$5 Meal Deal

Reviewed By Travelgirl965 - Traverse City, Michigan

We are locals & recently heard about this fabulous Soul Food eatery from a co-worker & had to check it out. I must have driven past this gem a hundred times over the past 4+ years. Took my boyfriend & two teenage boys,17 & 15, who all can pack it away... They LOVED It. Met Kolu & her son who are very friendly. The food was amazing! Quite a variety of both sides & meat, it was hard to choose only one meat & 2 sides for only $5. Three of us had the jerk chicken & one ribs of Huge portions! We tried the beans & rice, Mac n cheese, candied yams, green beans w almonds, mashed potatoes w chives..all were better than you could imagine. Every one of us left stuffed & raving how delicious it was. I've traveled all around the world & very rarely have had such a delectable experience!

8. Cellar 152 Gourmet Market & Wine

152 River St, Elk Rapids, MI 49629-9614 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Wine Bar, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Lunch SGD 7 - SGD 26 +1 231-264-9000
Excellent
77%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

Cellar 152 Gourmet Market & Wine

Enjoy a glass of wine at our bar or on the waterside deck. Or allow one of our experts to help you select the perfect bottle to take home. You'll love our homemade, gourmet items - ready to enjoy in-house or to take with you.

Reviewed By ElaineMI - Michigan

I got lunch here as take out on a Sunday. The lamb pasty was fine, more dough than filling, but tasty and other offerings in the case looked appetizing. Service to take my order was quick, but then disappeared when I needed to pick it up and go, so I talked to the kitchen myself. They have an awkward set up, where you order to the right of the entrance, then pay to the left of the entrance and it doesn't look like they have any communication between the two.

9. The Town Club

133 River St, Elk Rapids, MI 49629-9614 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
43%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 51 reviews

The Town Club

Reviewed By Robert H - Green Valley, Arizona

I'm a frequent customer at The Town Club and a "local". This is our village's traditional "Up North" bar. Only this place has very good food-not just the usual fried stuff you find in most bars. The burgers are the most popular and for good reason. But I prefer the gyros. Nearly as good as I've found in good Greek restaurants. The Philly sub is a great choice too.
The Edmund Fitzgerald porter on tap is a great dark craft beer.

10. Chef Charles'

147 River St, Elk Rapids, MI 49629-9614 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 231-264-8901
Excellent
60%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

Chef Charles'

Reviewed By Gary P

Take into account this review is based on a lunch time "by the slice" pizza order and not ordering a fresh pizza. We had been told this was a must stop for pizza so we did. Both my wife and I did not even finish our slice. Very little taste in crust and ingredients were less than average. Definitely the vacations biggest disappointment

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