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Little Bohemia

540 W Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684
+1 231-946-6925
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Ranked #28 of 255 Restaurants in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $7 - $17
Tue - Wed 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Pub
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: LITTLE BOHEMIA, Traverse City's 2nd Oldest Tavern, was built as a hot dog stand in 1932, with Curb Side Service and outdoor seating, an annual ritual of making sauerkraut, and a Speak Easy in the basement. Folks would knock on the back door and go directly to the basement. One evening while closing up the owner was paid a visit by a couple of Al Capone’s men. They held him at gunpoint, warning him he’d better get his liquor from Capone or else! The men were chased off by an employee who was able to sneak out to his truck and get his shotgun; he surprised them; fortunately they never returned. Located in the heart of “Little Bohemia” as the area was known and being of Bohemian descent, the original owner named his business in honor of the Bohemian community that had settled on the west end of the city. Little Bohemia immediately became the gathering place on Saturday nights. At the end of prohibition, the building was expanded to include a tavern and its popularity continued to grow into a Traverse City landmark, now an icon and a premier destination in the city’s West End District. This traditional Michigan tavern has stood the test of time and still maintains its original name. Little Bohemia is blessed with fame in its own right, as the 2nd oldest tavern in Traverse City, but basks in the glory of the late Sir Walter Hagen. The golf legend, who settled on Long Lake after he retired, made a daily stop to “hold court” or play a few games of bumper pool and of course have a few drinks. Mr. Hagen lovingly referred to Little Bohemia as his “home away from home” and often spoke of it during his travels. In 1961, just as he walked off the course from his 1st British Open win, Arnold Palmer received a call from Walter Hagen; a call that was the beginning of a lifelong friendship. “The biggest thrill I got when I set a British Open record of 276 strokes at Troon, was to have Walter Hagen phone me from Little Bo’s in Traverse City to congratulate me,” said Palmer. “I didn’t even know The Haig knew I was alive until then. So when I went to Traverse City to honor him near the end of his life I had to go and visit this place he called his home.” The actual interview can be seen on YouTube; just search Arnold Palmer.Stop by for great home cooking and fast friendly service.

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Kodiak, Alaska
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104 reviews 104 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Cool stop in a historic sense but overall just your average local hangout. Nothing too special but worth stopping for that northern bar feel

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Traverse City, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Excellent food. Excellent fun. Excellent atmosphere. Excellent people. I have read the reviews that people didn't like the food, the staff, the whatever. Well, if you don't like it, don't go back. This is a place where you feel welcomed and at home. You get a little bit of ribbing and a lot of good food. And the staff can... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Not great - not horrible - just average. Oh except for the Black Russians - trust me you will only need one! Home cooking type of menu.

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Grosse Pointe Woods
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 via mobile

We have been vacationing in TC for over 30 years and just discovered Little Bohemia at the west end of Front Street. Walking in the door is like stepping into the past. Old World charm, friendly service and great food. We tried the perch dinner and the TC Cherry sandwich. Both were outstanding. Nancy, the manager and daughter of the... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
5 reviews 5 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

My husband and I made a second visit but that will be the last time we ever go back. We had a small white bag on our table leaning against the wall; the owner (who waits tables, too) came up to us and stated, "There better not be food in that bag." My husband informed her it was fudge from... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Little Bohemia is the second oldest restaurant in Traverse City - from the 1930's and has a fascinating history that is a must read on the back of the menu. Little Bohemia has fantastic, reasonably priced food and tons of character. I have been to Traverse City many times and have no idea how I missed this gem. It is... More 

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Elmira, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This was the worst restaurant in the whole week of our trip. The staff is rude, the food is over priced and if you are hungry, plan on ordering extra since the actual "full" meal is very small. The entertainment is so loud you can't hear the person next to you which makes for a very uncomfortable dining experience. They... More 

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Big Rapids, Michigan
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83 reviews 83 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

There are always three questions about a restaurant that must be answered. Is the food really good? Is the service really good? Is the place clean? Yes, yes, and yes. There are featured items that vary by day in addition to the regular menu. This was my only disappointment. I wanted lasagna and that's available on Thursdays. So, I'll go... More 

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Haslett, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

A warm, friendly neighborhood restaurant with great food and a fascinating history. As a breast cancer survivor, I was pleased to see that they are donating a portion of their proceeds to breast cancer research and services during October.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Had the pork. It was great! Applesauce was fantastic. Service was even better. Cherry bread pudding was VERY good. Nice band on Saturday night. It was fun!

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Additional Information about Little Bohemia

Address: 540 W Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone Number: +1 231-946-6925
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
Open Hours:
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 7 - 17
Cuisine: Pub

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