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Knot Just a Bar

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820 Front Street, Bay Harbor, MI 49770
231.439.2770
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 19
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Frenetic with Beautiful Views

---There are two Knot locations – one in Bay Harbor and one in the Leelanau Peninsula, the latter of which I have never visited. ---Group. Dinner. Weeknight in August. The place was packed to the gills; lots of energy, reminded me of the cattle yards; very long wait times to even get drinks... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 24, 2015
Kaj4
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Greenville, Michigan
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

We came in on a Saturday night. The waitress sat us right away and was very helpful at recommending food. I got the pulled pork and mashed potatoes. My husband got the perch. With dinner and 2 beers, it was $35. The views would be beautiful but it was dark when we were there. They could use more outdoor lighting... More 

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Thank Aswarts
Woodbury, Minnesota
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59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015 via mobile

2 of 3 entrees were good when the food finally arrived--seemed to take forever. Ordered milk for our daughter but the were out but charged us anyway. Young server was eager and tried--almost too hard as his efforts seemed forced, unnatural and uncomfortable. Overall a bit on the pricey side but there's not a lot to choose from int the... More 

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Thank Doug B
Alexandria, Virginia
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

---There are two Knot locations – one in Bay Harbor and one in the Leelanau Peninsula, the latter of which I have never visited. ---Group. Dinner. Weeknight in August. The place was packed to the gills; lots of energy, reminded me of the cattle yards; very long wait times to even get drinks. The demographics were mixed and suspect that... More 

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Thank Kaj4
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015 via mobile

This is such a beautiful place to dine in the summer time. It's a shame the food and service can't be just as great. The wait time is long and the food is just so-so. Even just plain fish & chips came out cold and flavorless. We enjoyed the atmosphere, the music, and reading all of the names stenciled on... More 

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Thank GreenBayTraveler1
Western Springs, Illinois
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65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

We visited on Labor Day, which is the end of the season, but is very busy. We had a table outside, and the weather was perfect to sit in the shade and enjoy the beautiful view. This restaurant sits right next to the harbor, and has beautiful views any time of day. We were there for lunch, but I'm sure... More 

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Thank Zlch0c
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

The Knot has the potential to be a great restaurant: Nice location and reasonably good food. But, during high season if you aren't a high profile resident it would be best to move on to some place more welcoming. In the winter when no one is around and business is slow the staff will welcome you with open arms. In... More 

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Thank JohnRWestman
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
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267 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We stopped in here for a happy hour drink & snack during our visit of Bay Harbor. While the drinks were cold, the appetizer was good (the hummus), and the service was fine - it's all about the million dollar view! Literally. Because the restaurant is overlooking an amazing harbour with quite a number of million dollar boats and multi-million... More 

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Thank MSkinner
Florida
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258 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Four entrees and all were delicious. The Perch was outstanding and lots of it. The smoked fish pate was great and so was the chowder. Service was friendly and informative. Many craft beers to chose from and the view was outstanding by the water. The only negative was it was very loud inside and the music level did not help.... More 

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Thank Greg P
Monroe, Michigan
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Stopped to eat here while biking the little traverse wheel way. Setting was beautiful watching boats come and go on the crystal blue waters. Food was pretty good. When we look back on our trip up north this experience will be one that we say "that was fun" and that's what we were looking for. If you want gourmet 5... More 

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Thank Michigancos
Clifton, Virginia
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196 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

First, this restaurant is in Bay Harbor and not Petoskey so someone needs to fix it. We showed up for lunch and were seated immediately - lots of open tables. A nice young kid took our order but had no clue what the items were on the menu. Then after waiting for 20 minutes and we were starving I ordered... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 820 Front Street, Bay Harbor, MI 49770
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Emmet County  >  Bay Harbor
  • Phone Number: 231.439.2770

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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