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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, Breakfast, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Something very different and delicious.

A fascinating little restaurant serving authentic Polish dishes. Lots of history with this restaurant and an unusual décor with wood sculptures, totem poles and driftwood pieces. Service was excellent and the menu and food were fantastic. I do think the portions could be a little larger. I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
Rick K
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Fenton, Michigan
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Scenic view
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Fenton, Michigan
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

A fascinating little restaurant serving authentic Polish dishes. Lots of history with this restaurant and an unusual décor with wood sculptures, totem poles and driftwood pieces. Service was excellent and the menu and food were fantastic. I do think the portions could be a little larger. I noticed the potato pancake portions were large and I would order that next... More 

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Bloomfield Hills
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

After driving 20 miles from Harbor Springs to Cross Village along spectacular views of Lake Michigan you come into Cross Village. No further directions are needed to find Legs Inn. The outside of the building with the Tee Pee tell you this place is unique. But when you go inside, you will be amazed with the up north charm of... More 

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Lansing, Michigan, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Not just great homemade polish and american food, but incredible building and views directly overlooking Lake Michigan. Service is excellent! On our last visit actually had a polish exchange student who was pleasure to talk to. Plan on a little extra time so you can enjoy the unique woodworking and the garden areas.

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Novi, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Second time at the Legs Inn and a very enjoyable one once again!! Our waitress was a student from Poland and was very attentive and helped us make the right choices. Will be back this is one of my favorite up north choices!!

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Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

As other reviews have noted, this is a restaurant for Polish food - mostly. They have plenty of other choices so you needn't go Polish if you are not interested. The food is tasty, to be sure. We had goulash as well as the typical Polish stew. Excellent tasting dishes. We also had pierogis as an appetizer. They were so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I have travelled all over the world and this rates as one of my favorites. Awesome setting overlooking Lake Michigan with lovely flower gardens. Food is outstanding. My husband and I ordered the lunch combo plate and potato pancakes to share. Both were fantastic. Beer selection is excellent. Try the polish beer on tap. Worth driving to!

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Bloomington, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We've been coming to Legs for over 30 years and it's still good. It's expensive for what you get, but frankly it's hard to run a restaurant in the middle of nowhere and people have to appreciate its harder than bring in a city. They are only open in the summer, do we don't get to enjoy them at thanksgiving... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

When in the area it's a must do lunch spot. Hasn't changed since my first visit 25 years ago! Of course pierogi and potato pancakes with some Polish beer.

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Fraser, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Staying in Mackinaw City or nearby? At most a half-hour journey to Legs Inn. The Polish food is excellent, the history about the place is all about you as you wait for a table. And the art work and carvings! You don't mind the wait. The wait - it can be up to an hour, there are no reservations taken... More 

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This place is just awesome. We've been here numerous times and can't wait to return again. I had the kielbasa entree and my wife and kids had the golabki. My one - 2 years old - gobbled up all of his dinner and part of mine! My wife, I think, would have this meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (maybe... 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: American, Polish, Seafood, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Families with children, Scenic view, Special occasions, Romantic

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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