Best Places to Eat on Mackinac Island
If you’re looking for the best Mackinac Island Restaurants, you’re in the right place.
Sure, Mackinac Island is Michigan’s travel gem, but I’m going to leave the sightseeing and activity planning to the other Mackinac posts and simply focus on everyone’s favorite part of vacationing: the food!
I’ve rounded up some of my favorite spots to eat on Mackinac Island, including everything from casual to fine dining, and even some of my favorite fudge shops. I’m including a map, too, to help you plan your dining experiences while visiting the beautiful island.
Read on for the 25 best Mackinac Island restaurants and scroll to the bottom for our handy interactive map!
Fine Dining on Mackinac Island
1852 Grill Room
Inside Island House Hotel, 6966 Main St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
This upscale eatery inside the Island House Hotel offers a full breakfast and lunch menu as well as a dinner menu. You’ll find gorgeous harbor views and a live pianist setting the mood for a relaxed and refined dining experience. The ambiance here is great here, but the food is pretty outstanding, too. Try the Chef’s Tower Sampler, with Italian Spring Rolls, mussels and Ahi Tuna.
7485 Main St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
The Carriage House is a great place for that upscale dinner that you save for your last evening of vacation. And although it is a bit fancier, their traditional hot fudge sundae will make you feel like a kid whose mom finally said yes to ice cream before dinner.
While I daydream about that sundae, I am going to rack off a few of my favorite dishes including
Seafood Mediterranean Pasta with Shrimp, Scallops, and Calamari in a White Wine and Herb Concasse; Berkshire Tomahawk Pork Chop with Wild Rice; Veal Piccata with Basil Pesto Fettuccine Alfredo; and the amazing Pan Seared Diver Scallops.
And, last but not least… the American Wagyu 14oz Kansas City Strip. I know. Jaw drop.
One Lake Shore Dr, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
This farm-to-ferry restaurant at Mission Point Resort is one of the most elegant dining experiences on the Island. You’ll find a hand-crafted, 5-course prix fixe menu featuring everything from Lake Michigan Walleye and Sunflower Seed Pesto to Elk Tenderloin and Grilled Shitakes. A perfect wine pairing is also part of the experience.
Grand Hotel Main Dining Room
286 Grand Ave, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
The lavish Grand Hotel dining room, with the sounds of the Grand Hotel Orchestra in the background is the setting for a memorable meal. The dining room overlooks the iconic front porch of the Grand Hotel, providing a picturesque view – you’ll want to bring your camera. The fabulous luncheon buffet here is legendary, featuring everything from oysters and smoked fish to cheeses, meats and desserts.
Casual Restaurants on Mackinac Island
The Pink Pony at the Chippewa Hotel
7221 Main St #103, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
Located in the historic Chippewa Hotel, a stop at the Pink Pony is a Mackinac Island-must. The first thing to know is that this wildly popular spot does not take reservations. But with their sprawling dining rooms that include a waterfront patio, a second floor deck, and dining room with views of the harbor, you shouldn’t have trouble finding a table.
For an island hot-spot, the Pink Pony is pretty low-key. You’ll even find live music acts on most days. What I like most about this eatery is that you can always count on finding something good for everyone in your group, from Whitefish Dip to Burgers; from fresh salads to Mackinac Surf-n-Turf.
It’s the breakfast’s, though, that keep me coming back. From a build your own omelete to my personal favorite, the homestyle french toast made of local cinnamon or banana nut bread drizzled in warm syrup, the options are a breakfast lover’s jam!
7337 Main St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
Located right down the road from Pink Pony, is the Seabiscuit Cafe, home to some amazing gluten-free options. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this restaurant is your one stop shop for a tasteful Mackinac meal. The fresh Perch taco, featuring fried Michigan perch, is a favorite, as is the WhItefish Reuben, which features locally-caught Whitefish.
Guess what…there is more. They have some pretty tasty and unique cocktails. A Mango Frosé? Yes, please! Or if you’re on the classier side, the build your own Old Fashioned is calling your name. And of course, if you’re feeling basic, they have your domestic beers and seltzers alike.
The Yankee Rebel Tavern
1493 Astor St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
If you enjoy your food with a side of history this is the place for you! Named after Ambrose R. Davenport, an American soldier who was a prisoner of war during the War of 1812, there is plenty to learn with your delicious prime rib. Or if you’re feeling cheesy, the smoked gouda mac & cheese with panko crust is amazing.
7400 Main St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
Yeehaw! For almost 60 years, The Chuckwagon has been serving breakfast and lunch to all of the locals and visitors with its stylish cowboy theme. This local favorite is known for one of the best burgers on the Island. It’s a ⅓ pound burger on a pretzel bun that you can customize with everything from Chipotle Aioli to grilled mushrooms and onions. This is a great spot for breakfast, too, with an unforgettable cheesecake french toast. Don’t miss it.
The Gate House
1547 Cadotte Ave, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
The Gate House, one of the many dining options at the Grand Hotel, is one of my go-to- spots on the island. You’ll want to check out this Mackinac Island favorite for a delicious cocktail or their famous Trapper Burger.
Just a quick walk down the hill from the hotel, you can sit out on the porch to enjoy the sunset or cozy up the fire if the weather is a bit too fall-like for you. Don’t forget to listen to some live music while you’re there, too.
Mary’s Bistro Draught House
7463 Main St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
If you like meat, this is your spot. Mary’s Bistro is known for their wood-grilled meats and rotisserie chicken; from an amazing Pork Chop Schnitzel to a spicy lamb burger with Tzatziki sauce, you’ll find something delicious.
There are a couple of things about Mary’s Bistro Draught House that makes this the place I bring newcomers to the island, though. They have a really good appetizer menu that includes truffle fries. Cheese curds and a spectacular charcuterie board. Not to mention they have 50 craft beers and cocktails on tap!
Bistro on the Greens
One Lake Shore Dr, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
Mission Point Resort is one of my favorite places to stay on Mackinac Island, and Bistro on the Greens’ wide, comfortable patio is just one of the reasons. Its upscale, casual dining menu includes everything from grilled octopus with roasted chickpeas to an amazing whitefish sandwich that may be one of the best that I’ve tried. The star here, though, is the chocolate mascarpone mousse with fresh berries and cream.
Horns Gaslight Bar and Restaurant
7300 Main St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
Another historical hometown restaurant? Yes, please! Stepping into Horns is like walking into an old-time saloon, complete with a tin ceiling. This is one of the best night spots on Mackinac Island, and is also home to many people’s favorite mexican/southwestern dishes. Their white beach and chicken chili is pretty legendary, and you won’t want to miss the sugar-caned shrimp skewers on rice. There’s live entertainment nightly, too.
Millies on Main
7294 Main St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
Millies serves both lunch and dinner with a menu ranging from sandwiches to whitefish, pastas and salads. Dont miss the savory chicken salad, featuring dried Michigan cherries.
8655 Cudahy Cir, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
Another dining option from the Grand Hotel, Woods Restaurant is set in an opulent Tudor-style mansion, surrounded by the woods. Located on the west side of the island near Stonecliffe, you can take a horse and carriage to this beautiful 1905 Bavarian style home and enjoy a meal, dessert, choosing from gluten-free and healthy options, too. You can even do some bowling here.
PRO-TIP: If you do go bowling, reward yourself for getting a strike on America’s oldest duckpin bowling alley with some fresh popped popcorn!
7263 Main St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
This waterfront restaurant has exceptional news to match its great food. Featuring both indoor and outdoor seating, you’ll find a menu heavy on Tex-Mex and BBQ. The “Trashcan Nachos” are my favorite here. With a slogan like, “where barbeque and bourbon meet tacos and tequila,” you know you’re in for a great time.
1485 Astor St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
Michigan’s most historic tavern, the Mustang Lounge serves up some of the best hand-tossed pizza on the Island and one of the must-visit Mackinac Island restaurants. Originally built in the 1780’s – possible as a fur-trading station – this is a must-stop on any visit to Mackinac Island. It’s a cozy spot, and you’ll find anything from a simple burger to a crafty cocktail here.
Mackinac Island Coffee Shops and Cafes
6939 Main St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
Combine a waterfront art studio with a restaurant/beanery serving some of the best coffee on the Island, and you’ve got the Watercolor cafe. This bright, pleasant spot on Main Street near the Harbor is just delightful. Whether you’re hungry for some fresh baked goods or are looking to brush up on your painting skills, this is your place.
Lucky Bean Coffee House
7383 Market St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
Drum roll please…another coffee shop! The Lucky Bean Coffee House where lattes, teas, and cold brews come together. Grab a Betty White, an island original white mocha with rum syrup (non-alcoholic for our under 21 friends) and you’re ready to start the day! Breakfast muffins or bagels are also available for some extra fuel.
Good Day Cafe
7216 Main St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
Mackinac Island Fudge Shops
The Original Murdick’s Fudge
7363 Main St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
You can’t go to Mackinac Island and not get fudge. Or at least try it, if in some crazy world you haven’t yet. Even if you end up not being a fan, the family history behind this store is worth the stop. Since 1887 Mudrick’s fudge has been wiggling itself into the hearts of Islanders and tourists alike. To this day, through the ups and downs and different generations, the shop still follows Sarah Mudrick’s original recipe and uses her original techniques. Talk about a taste of history!
7314 Main Street, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
You know it by the signature pink box, and the unique fudge flavors such as Strawberry Pecan and PIstachio Pecan, my favorite! Add Ryba’s to your Mackinac Island Fudge tour and you’ll thank me later!
More Mackinac Island Fudge Shops
- Joann’s Fudge
- Devon’s Mackinac Island Fudge Co.
- Murray Hotel Fudge
- Mays Fudge
Quick Bites on Mackinac Island
7641 British Landing Rd, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
If you’re planning on biking or walking around the island, you’ll want to keep this cool spot top of mind. Located at British Landing, this drive-up (if you’re on a bike), walk-up food stand is a welcome relief after a workout. You’ll find cold drinks. Hot dogs, chicken strips, pizza and even frozen ice cream treats.
7531 3rd St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
If the smell of fresh donuts beckons you, head to the Feed Bag, tucked away in the Surrey Hill Carriage Museum. In addition to delicious, fresh-baked donuts, you’ll find other tasty treats like hotdogs, nachos and even fresh-baked hot pretzels.
Dog House at Windmere Point
7498 Main Street, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
One of my favorite spots to sit back, relax and take in the spectacular natural beauty of Mackinac is here, at Windmere Point. Yes, it’s a hotdog stand, but the setting and extras on the menu like ice cream and floats elevate it into a simple but special dining experience.
The Lawn at the Inn at Stonecliffe
Inn at Stonecliffe, 8593 Cudahy Cir, Mackinac Island, MI 49575
If you’re looking for fast, casual outdoor dining, head to the Lawn at the Inn at Stonecliffe. You can take in some gorgeous views of the Straits of Mackinac while dining on small plates, salads or burgers and pulled pork.
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About the Author–
Allie Horning is a current undergraduate Senior studying Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science at Michigan State University. She has had a passion for writing since elementary school and hopes to continue writing throughout her life, whether it be for fun or for work. Or, if the two overlap that would be even better! Currently she is figuring out her post-graduation plans and enjoying her last true summer.