Where to Eat in Indian River: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Flossie Demartino

Indian River is an unincorporated community in Cheboygan County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a census-designated place (CDP) for statistical purposes and is not legally recognized as a municipality. The population was 1,959 at the 2010 census.
Things to do in Indian River

1. Vivio's

4531 S Straits Hwy, Indian River, MI 49749-9301 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +1 231-238-9471
Excellent
49%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 197 reviews

Vivio's

Pizza, pasta, full bar, great Up North decor

Reviewed By Jills1067 - Battle Creek, Michigan

My husband and I stopped here on our last night staying in town after being on the lake all day so we were famished! This was a Friday night and the restaurant began getting busy just as we were arriving but we were quickly greeted, seated and served our drinks by a cheerful polite server. She was very knowledgeable of the menu items and our pizza came quite quick for as busy as it was and it was very good. We aren't really "thin crust" pizza people and I don't even know if this was considered thin crust but this pizza was awesome! Also, usually I like the marinara or red sauce on my pizza very light because that usually upsets my stomach but this sauce tasted very good it wasn't that cheap strong tasting sauce like a lot of pizza places put on their pizza. The restaurant was clean, there was plenty of parking and plenty of seating and ALL of the staff were hustling busy - we did not see one person in there working that wasn't extremely busy. Our entire experience was fantastic from when the time the pizza arrived and our server served the first piece to us until we walked out the door and the hostess told us to have a nice evening. Make sure you stop here. We will be back.

2. Drost's Chocolates

3676 S Straits Hwy, PO Box 1107, Indian River, MI 49749-5136 Wheelchair Accessible +1 231-238-6911
Excellent
91%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 11 reviews

Drost's Chocolates

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Reviewed By Ellen J - Indian River, Michigan

A great place for hand dipped ice cream and home made chocolate treats, candies, honey, jams and more.
They are open seasonally and then for special holidays/occasions during the winter months. This is a great place to stop if you want that small ice cream and sweets shop atmosphere.

3. Paula's Cafe

4141 Club Rd, Indian River, MI 49749-9422 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 231-238-8323
Excellent
63%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 80 reviews

Paula's Cafe

Reviewed By pandato3 - Spring Lake, Michigan

Looking for a breakfast place near cabins on the river. Found this one and decided to give it a go. Wonderful food (variety and portions), friendly staff (Janet is exceptional waitress), and the place is very clean and comfortable. Loved the teapot theme and the tribute to veterans. We were a party of 6 and were so happy with our experience that we returned the next two mornings.

4. Dairy Queen

3808 S Straits Hwy, Indian River, MI 49749-5146 +1 616-238-8433
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Reviewed By Mike C - Indian River, Michigan

Dairy Queen is gone...but....the Indian River family who owns it, is doing their own soft ice cream. They make their own flavors from scratch and put the customer first. You will not be disappointed....vanilla /chocolate flavors are great...try them.

5. Wilson's Rivers Edge

4208 S Straits Hwy, Indian River, MI 49749-9457 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 231-238-8111
Excellent
42%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
9%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 120 reviews

Wilson's Rivers Edge

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Reviewed By mehandcompany - Sault Ste. Marie, Canada

We stopped for breakfast before heading on the road to home and we had a great experience. The breakfast was great and the service was good. Plenty of food and the prices were good. The restaurant was busy but the staff was on top of it all , Great experience overall.

6. Christopher's Cafe

3725 S Straits Hwy, Indian River, MI 49749-5117 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 231-238-9312
Excellent
47%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 58 reviews

Christopher's Cafe

Reviewed By MIchelle D - Brooklyn, New York

Very friendly spot. Food was decent with a good assortment of breakfast amd lunch items. Could use more vegetarian friendly lunch choices, but they serve breakfast until two, which was perfect!Hello, Thank you so much for your kind words! We hope to see you again soon!

7. The Greenside Grille

3301 Chippewa Beach Rd, Indian River, MI 49749-9750 Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch +1 231-238-7011
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 43 reviews

The Greenside Grille

Reviewed By Trish C

We eat here a lot. Quite often right before closing and whether it's carry out or dine in, the food and service is great. Never had a bad meal and we have tried quite a variety!

8. Tiki Fish Market

4241 S Straits Hwy, Indian River, MI 49749-9457 Takeout Seafood, American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 231-238-3474
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

Tiki Fish Market

Reviewed By BigDMI - Algonac, Michigan

Stopped in for some smoked whitefish but picked up some local made peach apricot jam. They have a great selection of local food products. Also during the season you can get dinner and sit outside. Choices include white fish, trout, smelt, shrimp, and chicken strips. You can buy dinners in a bucket, a better deal. Choices will depend upon the season.

9. Cuppa Life

3859 S Straits Hwy, Indian River, MI 49749-5146 Seating Cafe Breakfast, Brunch +1 231-238-2316
Excellent
73%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 11 reviews

Cuppa Life

Reviewed By Thomas S

This new little sandwich and coffee shop has fast become a popular place. We heard good things about it so stopped in today. We got chicken salad sandwiches. Good quality. Good amount. Fast service. Limited seating. Tasted great. We will go back.

10. Wigwam Bar

4529 Onaway Rd, Indian River, MI 49749-9228 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television American, Bar Lunch, Dinner +1 231-238-0494
Excellent
20%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
8%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Wigwam Bar

Reviewed By HouliMich - Michigan

There were 5 of us, 4 ordered burgers and they were quite dry / over cooked not much flavor even with the mushroom Swiss or olive sauce. The last person ordered fish basket, the waitress didn't know what kind it was.... But they looked like frozen fish sticks. The waitress was OVER zealous... It kinda became a joke, but she was so busy talking that she would forget things requested. Will I return? Sure, it may have been an off day.

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