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Chef John's Bakery & Cafe

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110 W Filer St, Ludington, MI 49431-2047
231-843-3327
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8:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch

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Visitor rating
  • 63
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Wonderful Breads

We've visited Chef Johns a number of times and love the bread and sandwiches. You can also take home a loaf of their fresh baked bread. It's tucked away on a side-street so it's not as easy to find, but well worth visiting.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
Cheryl L
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Ludington, Michigan
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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99 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Ludington, Michigan
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We've visited Chef Johns a number of times and love the bread and sandwiches. You can also take home a loaf of their fresh baked bread. It's tucked away on a side-street so it's not as easy to find, but well worth visiting.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Our favorite breakfast spot in Ludington. Great, fresh food, properly prepared. Great service and competitive prices. The bakery is also good.

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Ludington, Michigan
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This was the fourth time I've been here, always for lunch. Yes, the atmosphere is quaint, but I've learned to pick one of the more comfortable quaint chairs; otherwise for the most part the chairs are uncomfortable. Every soup I've tried is excellent, fresh made. The pickles served with sandwiches are crisp and very tasty. Even my non-pickle eating sister... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Ate lunch here around 1 PM on Saturday. There was plenty of seating and the menu had a variety of options. Service was quite slow and the sandwiches we had were good, but not great. After reading so many great reviews we expected more.

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Chef John's has some interesting food choices. Soups are very interesting. Sandwiches inventive. But somehow I always leave feeling it costs more than average to eat there.

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Ann Arbor, MI
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

We went twice for breakfast during our recent visit. Our first visit we ordered nested eggs and shirred eggs. A bit rich for our palates. The next visit we had smaller meals. We enjoyed our smaller meals. They also have a nice pancake they sell, whole grain, and it was rather tasty. Their cinnamon rolls are the bomb! We picked... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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39 reviews 39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The place is so beautiful and the food is delicious! I had an eggplant sandwich on super tasty bread. Husband had a Reuben and devoured every last crumb. The dill havarti soup is wonderful and so are all the baked goods.

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Gladwin, Michigan
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47 reviews 47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We come to Ludington on vacation one to two times a year and we always visit Chef John's multiple times during our stay. Great breakfast dishes that you will try but fail to duplicate at home. And for lunch their sandwiches are fantastic. We always have to get their famous Dill Havarti soup at least once. The waitresses are wonderful,... More 

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Whitehall, Michigan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Quaint country decor, loved the different chairs, table cloths and table settings. Place smelled heavenly from the time we walked in the door. Soup, salads, sandwiches. The soup was great and all their bread is fresh made. They also sell souvenirs and bakery items.

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Livonia, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

My husband and myself have been going to Ludington for years. This time we went to Chef John's Bakery and Café. Never knew it was there. The food at Chef John's was fantastic. The dill Havarti soup is to die for. We got the Cafe Special and Grilled Chicken and Cheese. Excellent food. Can't wait to go again..

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 110 W Filer St, Ludington, MI 49431-2047
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ludington
  • Phone Number: 231-843-3327

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Bakery, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?