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Joe's Friendly Tavern

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American, Bar, Pub
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11015 W. Front St., Empire, MI 49630
+1 231-326-5506
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7:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were just expecting mediocre bar food, but we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of our dinners! I had a fresh fish sandwich, and my husband had the special which was a fresh whitefish with cherry butter. Both were great! (as were the sweet potato waffle fries). I would recommend Joe's Friendly Tavern.

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Thank AJ862013
Destin, Florida
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86 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stumbled on this restaurant while at Sleeping Bear Dunes. What a find! Rare to find a Vegan section and even though it only had a few options, all were tempting. Although Known for its hamburgers, I got the grilled cheese with Apple and honey on sunflower bread. One of best grilled cheese I have ever had. Highly recommend.

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Thank Linda O
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this review

It's true, we are not just about the burgers. It sounds like you enjoyed the Bohica, one of Joe's signature sandwiches. Glad you enjoyed, we hope to see you again, soon. More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped in for dinner while staying nearby. We were seated right away, and greeted by a friendly waiter. Food arrived quickly and was very good! I would definitely recommend this spot.

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Thank Stephanie S
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for telling the TA community about our 'Friendly' little tavern in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. We are glad you enjoyed us and our area, we hope you return, soon. More 

Empire, Michigan
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a fun place to go after Hiking the Empire Bluffs or spending time on beautiful Empire Beach! Open for breakfast for after hiking.

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Thank glenlaker
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed our burgers....and our little corner of NW Michigan. The Empire Beach and the Empire Bluff Trail are truly awesome, thanks for spreading the word about them, also. Please visit us again, soon. More 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio
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101 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We've stopped for breakfast here a couple of times. There aren't many people here as early as we arrive but they show up before long. It's good food and friendly people. And it's about 30% cheaper than the same breakfast in Ann Arbor.

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Thank cdsJerry
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are glad you found our fare tasty and reasonably priced. Most of the time I'm explaining why our prices are so high (cost of transporting supplies so far off the hub, etc.) I was even told in one review that our breakfast was more expensive that the Sunday brunch at the Hyatt in Chicago.... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

A fabulous pit stop for our family road trip. Food was excellent! Our waitress was lovely. Highly recommend. PS It was super family friendly! There were lots of families with younger children.

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Thank MinivanMadnessMom
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this review

Even though 'Tavern' is part of our name, Joe's Friendly Tavern is actually a family restaurant. Thank you for bringing your family to Joe's, we hope to see you again, soon. More 

Hastings, United States
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped at Joe's Friendly Tavern while visiting sleeping Bear Dunes. The price is a little higher than we have experienced in similar venues but the food was great with the use of high quality meats that had great flavor. The wait staff did a great job. When we are in the area again we will plan to eat at... More 

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Thank DDKD46
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this review

Why thank you, we look forward to return. More 

Greenville, Ohio
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114 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Three for lunch, after 1PM, waited for lengthy period, while the group of eight in front of us were worked in to a seating option. Oh yeah, they had a specific table request, there were many many empty tables, where any of the small groups (such as us) could be seated. This was not addressed by the young and inexperience... More 

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Thank retireetraveller47
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for dinning with us and for being understanding about our inexperienced greeter. This time of year we lose a lot of our "veteran" staff when they return to school. We are glad you enjoyed our food and service and we hope you visit our area again. More 

Lynchburg, Virginia
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed both dinner and a breakfast here! Nice friendly staff and great food ! Also really enjoyed the music playing! Short walk down to the beach !

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Thank kprice90
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this review

Yes, our jukebox device does play some tasty tunes, I see customers singing along (and dancing) all the time. Thank you for visiting our little village. More 

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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food, super friendly service. Kids loved it, I had a craft beer, they had a craft root beer. Nice atmosphere, cannot go wrong. Prices are not cheap, but the quality ingredients and large portions were totally worth it. Probably ruined local burger joints for me. :) the bacon BBQ burger went down quick and sat comfortably! Kids could easily... More 

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Thank Craig O
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you, please visit us and our area again. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?