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Legs Inn

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6425 North Lake Shore Drive, Cross Village, MI 49723
12315262281
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Scenic view, Special occasions, Romantic
Description: *** LEGS INN IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR THE SEASON...WE WILL REOPEN IN MAY...
*** LEGS INN IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR THE SEASON...WE WILL REOPEN IN MAY 2016 *** 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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Stopped in for lunch while driving through the tunnel of trees. A very unique place with a great view. The berry szarlotka ( crumble cake with apples, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries topped with ice cream and whipped cream) is absolutely delicious, definitely give it a try... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Tai8592
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Grand Blanc, Michigan
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Grand Blanc, Michigan
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped in for lunch while driving through the tunnel of trees. A very unique place with a great view. The berry szarlotka ( crumble cake with apples, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries topped with ice cream and whipped cream) is absolutely delicious, definitely give it a try if stopping in for a meal!

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Ridgewood, NJ
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Being on the Upper Peninsula, we were driving around and came across the Legs Inn. It has a fieldstone exterior and looked like a rustic type of inn. It however, does a thriving business for lunch as we quickly found out. We arrived around 1:30PM during weekday in Sept. and there was a 40 minute wait for a table inside... More 

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Norton Shores, MI
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

I would recommend this place to those that are in the area since the history alone is worth the visit. There are few restaurants to dine in within the area, so it is probably one of the better selections. We have been here twice in the past few years. We ended up here since we were driving the Tunnel of... More 

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Milan, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Had a fantastic evening at Legs Inn. Dinner with our friend followed time on the beach at Sturgeon Bay. We had drinks on the grass out back while waiting for our table. We split our dinner which was plenty. The atmosphere is fantastic. Friendly, musician playing, great service. Don't miss this. Worth the wait!

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Thank ILoveIreland2011
Waukee, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Good Polish food. Portions were generous. The people, location and uniqueness of this restaurant are its best attributes. Also an interesting souvenir store where the owner is a riot to talk with. Very busy place, be prepared to wait. Nice stop on our motorcycle drive through the Tunnel of Trees which was absolutely beautiful.

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Thank Randall L
Frankfort, Michigan
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52 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

I was expecting a wait since they always seem busy when driving by in the past and today was no different. We had to wait for about 45 minutes but it was nice that we could sit at a waiting area and glance over the menu before our table was ready. They give you a pager to let you know... More 

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Thank Amy J
Grand Blanc, Michigan
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34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

We visited Legs Inn on our annual trip to the Petoskey/Harbor Springs area (from home in Grand Blanc) Oct 2015. Of course we drove the Tunnel of Trees and it was beautiful. This was our first time at Legs Inn (Saturday, Oct 2015) and it was quite something. The building inside and out was amazing. Lots of cool things to... More 

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Milford, Michigan, United States
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49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

I've been trying to get my boyfriend to dine at Legs Inn for a few years, but have always encountered lines out the door. This time, we were there when they opened and darn good that we were! By the time we left, there was a 45 minute wait. I've had better Polish food, however, it's the history, the people,... More 

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Thank Linda H
South Branch, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We love unique places and this one qualifies. We had heard about it many times over the years, but had never gone. What did surprise us was the crowd, we could barely get in the door, and when we did make it to the hostess station, we were handed a buzzer and told it was an hour wait, now understand... More 

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Thank James S
Royal Oak, United States
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149 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Leg’s Restaurant is like an oasis after driving through the “Tunnel of Trees”. Created with local materials (stones & trees) by Polish immigrant Stanley Smolak during the 1930s with the help of the Odawa Indians. My “Black & Blue” burger $10.49 was cooked to my preference & good. (photos). Our other order of “Cheesy Tomato” $7.49 sandwich also very good... 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: 12315262281

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Polish, European, American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Scenic view, Special occasions, Romantic

Description

*** LEGS INN IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR THE SEASON...WE WILL REOPEN IN MAY 2016 *** 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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