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Legs Inn

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American, Polish, Seafood
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6425 North Lake Shore Drive, Cross Village, MI 49723
231 526 2281
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Located in historic Cross Village, Michigan, Legs Inn is a "monument to...
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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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

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    Very good
  • 19
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  • 10
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  • 12
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Delicious!

Wonderful Polish food in an unbelievable rustic stone and wood structure beautifully located on the shores of Lake Michigan. Very busy but staff was very friendly.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 7, 2015
garden4ever
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Westerville, Ohio
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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332 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Westerville, Ohio
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Wonderful Polish food in an unbelievable rustic stone and wood structure beautifully located on the shores of Lake Michigan. Very busy but staff was very friendly.

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

If you are going to see the wood carvings, good idea. But look and leave. Tourist trap. Poor service, very long wait for every thing. Food barely warm.

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Petoskey, Michigan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

If You are looking for a experience try this place. Keep a open mind and enjoy probably the coolest atmosphere in northern Michigan.

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Big Rapids, Michigan
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This place has some great Polish food! They have lots of other options on their menu and we loved we could buy smoked fish to take home. Love the rustic setting and the view from the back patio can't be beat! Part of the fun is driving the "tunnel of trees" (M119) to get there of course! Prices are fair... More 

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Kincardine, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We stopped in here for a hot meal after a cold fall day of riding and were thoroughly impressed. The building in itself is impressive and something to be seen! Built with stones and wood and beautifully decorated with carvings. Places like this are the whole reason I do road trips in the first place. The staff were friendly and... More 

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Commerce Township, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

It was a beautiful sunny day and we had a beautiful view. We ordered the polish sampler plate and love it all. Good food beautiful settings. Worth the trip. I highly recommend it!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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59 reviews 59 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The Legs Inn is truly unique. Great down to earth people running it and a friendly, eager to please staff. We had heard about this place from a few other people and decided to experience it for ourselves. Keep in mind, we were there on the very last day they were open for the season (don't plan on going during... More 

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Romeo, Michigan
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I liked the Polish food that I had, but I had to order two separate appetizers so I could try the potato pancakes and pierogies- there isn't a Choose-what-you-want option on the menu with the combo plates. I was drinking the "Black Lager", but when I asked the waitress who made it, she couldn't tell me. I liked that the... More 

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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120 reviews 120 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Leg's Inn is named for the architecture on the outside utilizing a series of legs from cast iron stoves. The atmosphere is "woodsy" and casual. We visited on a rainy day so were not able to fully enjoy the gardens or view. Make sure to include the "Tunnel of Trees" when traveling from the south near Harbor Springs. It is... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The food will not blow you away, but will satisfy you with run of the mill Polish fare when you are at least somewhat hungry. The atmosphere in this more tourist attraction than restaurant is friendly, the joint is managed well and the location is charming. Holidays, weekends and such may necessitate a wait to be seated, but there are... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6425 North Lake Shore Drive, Cross Village, MI 49723
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Emmet County  >  Cross Village
  • Phone Number: 231 526 2281

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Polish, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients

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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