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Legs Inn

6425 North Lake Shore Drive, Cross Village, MI 49723
231 526 2281
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Polish, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Located in historic Cross Village, Michigan, Legs Inn is a "monument to nature." Built on a high bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, it is unique and mysterious as seen in its architecture and decor. The fantasy-like atmosphere of this medieval looking stone, timber and driftwood landmark was created by one man, Polish immigrant, Stanley Smolak. He fell in love with Northern Michigan and its people, many of them Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and decided to settle in Cross Village in 1921.A blend of Old World European and Indian cultures creates a memorable atmosphere. The entry foyer, tavern, game and dining rooms are all filled with an intriguing collection of nature and hand carved furniture -- whimsical creations made of tree stumps, twisted limbs and roots, driftwood sculptures and massive fieldstone fireplaces.Authentic Polish cuisine is our specialty, but delicious American dishes, including local fresh Whitefish, are also served. The Smolak family and staff are dedicated to making your visit to Legs Inn an unforgettable experience, which will have you returning often with family and friends throughout the years.Throughout the decades Legs Inn has become a famous family destination and restaurant. It has been acknowledged and praised by major magazines, TV broadcasters, newspapers, travel-related web sites, tour guides and guests from across the country and around the world. We look forward to your visit.
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Shepherd, Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Great authentic Polish cuisine but it is little pricy for the amount of food you get. We try to only have lunch at the Legs Inn due to the price (there are 6 of us). The decor is always a hoot & the bloody mary's are the best I've ever had in Michigan. We eat at Legs Inn at least... More

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El Paso, Texas
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

My husband & I found this place years ago before we left Michigan and always try to stop in for a meal when traveling back home. The food never disappoints and the service is outstanding. The view of the lake is spectacular and the unique driftwood carvings always amuse us. Well worth the drive to this quaint little town in... More

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Walnut, Illinois
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

What a great place to dine! Out of the way, absolutely unique, excellent food and great service! We drove a considerable distance out of our way to find this place and were not disappointed. We thoroughly enjoyed both the meal and the ambiance!

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St. Charles, MO
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Well like everyone else we headed from Harbor Springs MI to the Legs Inn. it is a historic site but a few warnings. If you have the time or it is the foliage season take HWY 19 up to the Inn, but if you want to get there, eat and return. take Hwy 32. Hwy 19 takes abut 45 minutes... More

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Niles, Michigan
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50 reviews 50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

This has been on our list of places to visit and glad we went, but not sure I'd hurry back. Great view of the lake but it was really packed and we did have to wait a bit to get seated. We didn't have any traditional polish food, but I'm sure it's great. My husband had a Rueben and it... More

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Brighton, MI
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

After an enjoyable ride thru the Tunnel of Trees we went to Legs Inn. So unique and so many interesting items inside. Love the use of the natural wood items. Visited on a Monday and had about of 15 minute wait around 2PM for lunch. Enjoyed a generous cocktail at the interesting bar about mid area of the dining rooms.... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We visited Legs Inn in October 2013. It was a beautiful day in the 70's so we took advantage of the outdoor patio. It was such a nice atmosphere. The waitress was very friendly and the view was breathtaking. The restaurant itself was very unique and historical. It was built in the 20's by a polish immigrant that enlisted the... More

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Commerce Township, Michigan
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91 reviews 91 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Authentic Polish food from a restaurant owned by the same family for over 90 years. We ate inside, though we wandered the lawn and garden on the lake side while we waited to be seated. It is a beautiful view from the back yard of the restaurant. We had been advised that wait for a table can be long so... More

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Kelowna, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

What a spectacular place. We booked 3 nights in one of the rustic little Legs Inn cabins for our honeymoon. Staff was really friendly and helpful, and when we arrived late our first night, the lovely young waiter we had was very good about explaining the food. We ordered the "Taste of Poland" to share, and the waiter also recommended... More

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Clarkston, MI
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

This is a little hidden gem on Lake Michigan. The Polish food is wonderful. My wife and I enjoyed a helping of pierogies and Polish borscht soup along with a local Ale. We dined on the outdoor patio. Being Polish I found this to be some of the best food that grandma didn't make. The service and friendly atmosphere along... More

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