Fine Dining in Bay Harbor, Michigan
Location: Bay Harbor, Michigan
Address: 3600 Village Harbor Drive
Bay Harbror, Michigan
Hours: 11am – 11pm Daily
Food Type: Steak, Seafood, Salads, Local & Seasonal Specialties
Price: $100+ per person
Dress Code: Smart Casual+
Special Diets: Pescatarian, Gluten Free
Bar Service: Full wine, beer, and cocktail menus
Valet Parking: Yes
Recommendations: Vintage Salad, Crab Cakes, Shrimp Linguine, Wild Mushroom Soup (seasonal), Bananas Foster Sundae
Vintage Chophouse and Wine Bar inside Inn at Bay Harbor in Bay Harbor, Michigan is one of the midwest’s most luxurious dinner spots and they serve only the finest wine, cocktails, seafood, and cuts of meat. Located directly on Lake Michigan, overlooking the gorgeous lake, Vintage Chophouse & Wine Bar is an excellent place to enjoy a sunset meal, and take in the stunning Northern Michigan scenery. While primarily a steakhouse, as the name implies, Vintage also has an extensive menu of the freshest seafood, fish and greens money can buy. They also offer several options suitable for vegetarians and vegans, so everyone can enjoy a bite to eat in one of America’s most luxurious dinner spots. Explore their menu here.
During the course of our meal, our waitress ensured that everything was positively perfect, from our appetizers and drinks to our dessert, she helped us select things that fit our dietary needs and palate preferences. For our first course we savored Vintage Chophouse’s specialty, unbelievably fresh Crab Cakes topped with caviar and local greens, and it was love at first bite. We also both savored their exquisite Wild Mushroom Soup, which was a beautiful take on Northern Michigan’s famously elusive and difficult to come by seasonal mushrooms, which can only be found by particularly skilled mushroom hunters May-June. As our main courses, I opted for lighter fare, as the portions here were very generous, and elected to enjoy the Vintage Salad, which exquisitely blended fresh strawberries, organic mixed greens, dried Michigan cherries, apple slivers, spiced pecans, and fig vinaigrette. My husband chose the linguine with jumbo shrimp, and he said it was some of the very best pasta he’s ever had, and that it could hold its own against anything we had in Italy.
The atmosphere of the restaurant is very cozy and inviting, with a roaring fire going, floor to ceiling bay windows that offer guests an unmatched view of the whitecaps on the lake and the million dollar sunsets that has made the Petoskey Area famous the world over. I truly can’t think of a more elegant or romantic place to dine in Bay Harbor, and I’ve eaten at nearly every restaurant in town.
We, and the other diners, dressed at a level commiserate with the quality of the food we were served. The men donned suits, ties, dress shoes, and pocket squares, while the ladies and I wore dresses, heels, and elegant, understated jewelry. I would advise against wearing blue jeans, shorts, or tee shirts here.
I would also strongly advise guests to make reservations at least a day in advance, because it seemed like everyone who was seated after us had a table reserved for them, and I don’t think anything puts a damper on a stately meal quite like having an unexpected wait to be seated. Especially during the busier summer tourism season, I would absolutely recommend calling advance. To reserve your table, simply call (231) 439-4051.
Read more about Inn at Bay Harbor, dining options, and amenities in my post Luxury Hotels of the World: Inn at Bay Harbor.
Until next time!
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Thank you to Petoskey Area CVB & Inn at Bay Harbor for sponsoring our stay
As always, all opinions, recommendations, and photographs are entirely my own