Lake Erie Dining Guide: The Best Waterfront Restaurants in Michigan

Discover a restaurant with both great food and great views.

Webber’s Waterfront Restaurant (Seasonal)
Located on the Lost Peninsula where Ohio and Michigan meet, park yourself on the patio of this North Maumee Bay staple featuring views of the Ottawa River. A range of broiled and fried seafood dishes steal the show. Come hungry and order the Captain’s Platter, which includes perch, gulf shrimp, frog legs and calamari.
6339 Edgewater Drive, Erie, Michigan, 734-723-7411

Luna Pier Beach Cafe
Located steps away from the water’s edge, kick-back and relax at Luna Pier Beach Cafe, a local dive bar with Key West vibes. Peruse a wide selection of beers, flatbread pizzas and wings, which are fall-of-the-bone and delicious. This local hot spot hosts live music every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day and brings a little Put-in-Bay-esque ambiance to this quiet Michigan town.
4380 Luna Pier Road, Luna Pier, Michigan, 734-317-7711

J.P.’s Waterfront
A family owned-and-operated bar and grill located in the heart of Humbug Marina, J.P.’s Waterfront welcomes visitors by land or sea to an exciting atmosphere that serves high-quality food and drinks and million-dollar views. Whether you’re in the mood for pub-grub, gourmet burger, fish or steak, this is the place for you. Plan your visit around a variety of weekly entertainment or weekend brunch buffet, available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
13200 Middle Gibraltar Road, Gibraltar, Michigan, 734-672-6299

Portofino Restaurant, Banquet & Cruise Center
A landmark destination for diners since 1980, Portofino’s offers the finest in seafood, aged meats, Italian pastas and dessert, as well as more casual selections. Come experience the ravishing river setting, global wine list and full-service bar. For a truly memorable adventure, book a Wednesday lunchtime narrated cruise or Sunday Brunch two-hour cruise.
3455 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte, Michigan, 734-281-6700

The Waterfront Restaurant & Lounge
Nestled along the Detroit River, the Waterfront offers fine dining American cuisine served in a classy dockside restaurant complete with live music and spectacular views from the patio. Start with a Lobster Crostini and Summer Salad before diving into a menu of pizzas, pastas, burgers, sandwiches and elevated entrees, from chicken and fish to steak.
507 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte, Michigan, 734-286-9046

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