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Joe's Friendly Tavern

11015 W. Front St., Empire, MI 49630
+1 231-326-5506
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Overview
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“burger” (153 reviews)
“salad” (24 reviews)
Open Now
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
CUISINES
American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
11015 W. Front St., Empire, MI 49630
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1 - 10 of 410 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

Stopped for a late lunch after hiking Pyramid Point and Empire Bluff. My husband had the bacon cheeseburger and he LOVED it. I had the club sandwich and it was also fantastic! We both had sweet potato fries and they were perfectly crunchy and flavorful....More

Thank lovetotravel0405
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in for a quick bite before hiking to the dunes. Club sandwich was so big I could only eat 1/2. Whoever was cooking the day we were here knows how to work a fryer as our fries were just crispy enough on the outside...More

Thank JsChou
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing your experience at Joe's. I believe our man Conor was manning the deep fryers the day you dined with us. I'll let him know that his effort and artistry was appreciated. Hope to see you again, soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice music, fairly good food even if you may not find anything really healthy. The service was good. Not warm but erything ordered arrived as expected. This is a good place for families.

Thank ET010203
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for joining us at Joe's. Hope to see you the next time you visit our area.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped off after a day on the river. The service was friendly and the drinks and food were brought out quickly. The burgers were very tasty, as was the Thai Cobb salad. It was a bit cold inside the restaurant with the air conditioning....More

Thank Passport544391
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for making Joe's part of your 'float trip' day. Glad you enjoyed. We hope you visit our region (and us) again.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having a party of 10 seemed like an impossible task for a late lunch/early dinner, but Joe's knew how to handle it with ease.

Thank Denis F
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We aim to please. Thanks for bringing your crew to Joe's. We hope to see you again.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was my father's favorite years ago, and now one of mine! Tucked away in Empire (just down the hill from the Empire Bluff Trail), it's worth checking out. Have gone there the last couple of years and enjoyed the friendliness of the staff, the...More

Thank Deb H
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are happy to help you continue your 'family tradition'. Thank you for the great review of our restaurant and for making us part of your Sleeping Bear Dunes experience. We look forward to serving you (and your family and your families family....etc.) for generations...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Joe's Friendly Tavern is just that- a friendly place. The service is great and the food is good. We had the "impossible Burger" and for a vegetarian burger, it was great. Prices were a bit high, we felt but in line with other restaurants in...More

Thank robd
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for telling the TA community about our 'draft Root Beer'. It's is made exclusively for us by Northwoods Soda, a local Traverse City company. Our guest can not only enjoy our root beer here at Joe's, they can also take some home in a...More

Reviewed August 12, 2018

A family favorite for generations.I recommend the Reuben sandwich. It's best-know for burgers, but the grilled cheese is another favorite.

Thank taggartb
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

It's true.... we're not 'just' about the burgers. Thanks for spreading the word. We hope to see you again.

Reviewed August 11, 2018

Nothing here really grabbed our attention. I'll sure there must be a better place to eat in the area. My wife had the walleye which was " all right" , but the sides were tasteless, bland, and cold. My burger wasn't anything special. I actually...More

1  Thank photoguywisconsin
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2018

Thank you for telling the TA community about the 'other' dining options in Empire and for the generous star rating. Yes, we are a small village but we do offer 'dining choices'. I would also like to mention Tiffany's for take out sandwiches and ice...More

Reviewed August 9, 2018

Known for their burgers...we indulged in their fish specials and went more than once. Walleye, Whitefish, Blue Gill and Smelt..fixed to perfection with fabulous sides.

Thank averyjentzen
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2018

Thank you for telling the TA community about our nightly dinner specials. Joe's features around 4 to 5 different specials nightly during the summer season.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11015 W. Front St., Empire, MI 49630
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Leelanau County  >  Empire
  • Phone Number: +1 231-326-5506
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