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Jolly Pumpkin Old Mission

13512 Peninsula Dr, Traverse City, MI 49686-9717 (Formerly the Bowery)
231-223-4333
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Ranked #24 of 257 Restaurants in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Kalamazoo, MI
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

While the menu isn't terribly large, I was very pleased with what I ordered and had. Pizza's were good and big enough to share.

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Okemos, Michigan
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102 reviews 102 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We stopped here for lunch on our way farther north. Food was good, typical bar food. I had beer battered perch, my husband had a grilled cheese. Everything was a bit salty and greasy which sells lots of beer, but is a bit heavy for traveling. Beer was good.

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Springfield, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Ingredients seemed unusually fresh and flavorful. I had a pulled pork sandwich with fries, which tasted like home made.

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Chicago, Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

A bit further out on the Peninsula but definitely worth the drive. Portions are healthy. Food is excellent, and the desserts are great too. Service has always been good for us - at the last meal we had there we ordered far too much food. Our server told us beforehand it would likely be more than we could eat, and... More

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Management741, Guest Relations Manager at Jolly Pumpkin Old Mission, responded to this review

Hi Matt M, We are happy you hear you enjoyed your time dining with us at Jolly Pumpkin. We strive to give our customers the best service we can provide and we are glad to hear that we have exceeded your expectations. Thank you for your feedback. If you would like to address any other concerns or provide additional information,... More

Sterling Heights, Michigan
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133 reviews 133 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Stopped here half way through visiting the wineries. This restaurant was recommended by locals. All I can say is everything had a weird flavor to it, starting with the chips they brought. My Reuben sandwich didn't taste anything like any Reuben I ever eaten. Hubby had the Turkey Grinder, weird tasting too. If we ever come back to this area,... More

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Management741, Guest Relations Manager at Jolly Pumpkin Old Mission, responded to this review

Hi Bogie-7043, Thank you for visiting Jolly Pumpkin. We apologize that your expectations were not quite met during your recent visit with us. Thank you for your feedback and we will be sure to address your concerns with our staff. If you would like to provide additional information, feel free to contact our General Manager Jim DeMarsh at (231) 223-4333... More

Cincinnati Ohio
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We stopped at the Jolly Pumpkin, about 11 miles out Peninsula Drive at the recommendation of a couple of local folks. It was a great suggestion as both the staff, (one of the more patient and helpful waitresses, and food were great. The setting is very interesting, along the west bay in a very eclectic but well maintained place. I... More

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Management741, Guest Relations Manager at Jolly Pumpkin Old Mission, responded to this review

Hi pawwap, Thank you for visiting Jolly Pumpkin! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time dining with us! We pride ourselves on our food and service and are thrilled to hear that we exceeded your expectations. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and we hope to see you again soon! Cheers! More

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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100 reviews 100 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Spent the weekend in TC on the Paddle for Pint's tour and visited several locations. We were here for dinner and had a wonderful experience. The beer was very good. We especially liked the many sour beers. I asked our server a question about two options and I am VERY glad that she gave me a real answer. I very... More

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Traverse City, Michigan, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We finally went here for the first time last night (and we've lived in Traverse City for 12 years)! One of our daughters made reservations for 6 the night before and I was happy to get in since it's high season summer this time of year. The drive out on the peninsula is gorgeous and the restaurant exterior is very... More

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Management741, Guest Relations Manager at Jolly Pumpkin Old Mission, responded to this review

Hi Kim W, We are so happy you finally came to visit us at Jolly Pumpkin after 12 years of being in Traverse City! And we are even happier to hear that you enjoyed your time dining with us! We love our location on the peninsula and agree that the drive up is very beautiful. We pride ourselves on our... More

UK
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128 reviews 128 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We called the Jolly Pumpkin to make a reservation for 10. They said they didn't take reservations. So we headed to the restaurant. We walked in and said we wanted a table for 10. They asked, "do you have reservations?" Needless to say that was not what we wanted to hear. We replied, we called for a reservation but you... More

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Management741, Guest Relations Manager at Jolly Pumpkin Old Mission, responded to this review

Hi HKflash, Thank you for visiting Jolly Pumpkin! We apologize for the confusion about taking reservations as we do take them for parties of six or more. We will be sure to address this to our staff to ensure it does not happen again in the future. We are happy to hear that you were still able to have an... More

Telford, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is a wonderful restaurant on Old Mission Peninsula, near Traverse City, Michigan. It is a great way to end the day after touring the wineries on Old Mission Peninsula. It is a pub style restaurant. The servers were extremely friendly. I had their white pizza. It was the best white pizza I have ever had. They also made a... More

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Management741, Guest Relations Manager at Jolly Pumpkin Old Mission, responded to this review

Hi Denise D, Glad to hear you were able to to stop by Jolly Pumpkin after touring the wineries on Old Mission Peninsula. We are thrilled to hear that we exceeded your expectations and visited us twice while on your vacation. Happy you enjoyed the white pizza and the pulled pork nachos, those are some of our favorites as well!... More

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