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Little Bohemia

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American, Bar, Pub
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540 W Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684
+1 231-946-6925
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Wed 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went for a nice lunch during work. It started great until we were greeted by the bartender/ over stressed person. As she yelled from the pop station want a coke? Two of them? That's when I knew we should leave but stuck it out as long as we could. I grew up in this town and it amazed me that... More 

Thank Jason H
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Quaint neighborhood restaurant opened in 1932. TC cherry turkey sandwich was outstanding. Free parking and close to downtown.

Thank Jdmccarty
Romeoville, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking forward to an interesting meal, what disappointment! Ordered the beef stroganoff and bohemian platter. Bad service and attitude.

Thank Angie N
Traverse City, Michigan
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our first time to Little Bohemia and have been in Traverse City for 13 years. The sign said they closed at 10 but at 9 they were shutting everything down and told a gentleman that just walked in that they were about to close. We ordered the triangle which were tasty. Then we ordered half a perch dinner and a... More 

Thank alwayshonest33
Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Same as last time - awesome good and service! My wife had a burger, and it was like an upgraded, less greasy "bar-burger" - meaning delicious! Same old cold, delicious Pilsner Urquelle on tap... And the coup' de grace - we ordered the carrot cake and vanilla ice cream. This is the best carrot cake we've ever had (see pic)!

Thank Rob R
Mason, Michigan
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

Enjoyed chatting with the owner of Little Bohemia and taking in some of the history behind the place. It really felt like you were in a German beergarten. Really enjoyed the hospitality, service, and the food. Hubby had the celebrity approved Olive Burger and I had the house special 1/2 order Bohemian. Even saved room for the star of the... More 

1 Thank foofooqueen
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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23 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

We often go to traverse City and on a Thursday night we decided to try a restaurant we had not yet gone to. There had been an ad in a local magazine that claimed Mario Batali said they had the best olive burger in town. I probably should have tried that, but after a late lunch that day I just... More 

3 Thank Coragene
Bay City
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Service was good; however, we had the perch dinner. I wasn't impressed with it. Very over priced. I ordered wine. Wasn't a very good one and 3 glasses cost us $27. Our total bill for 2 dinners and drinks was close to $80. Would not go back.

Thank SandraJBayCity
LittleBohemia, Guest Relations Manager at Little Bohemia, responded to this review

We located a bill paid via credit card on May 20, 2016 with 3 glasses of William Hill Chardonnay (all our glasses of wine are 8oz pours), 2 Bottles of Beer and 2 full Michigan Lake Perch Dinners on it; seems to fit your review. The bill totaled $73.80 and as there was no charge tip added, we can only... More 

Livonia, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

In town for a wedding and the rehearsal dinner was held at Little Bohemia. The space we had was great and took up a little more than half of the restaurant. We had plenty of space to move around and socialize. There was a small buffet of Lasagna, salad and garlic bread. The food was very good and there was... More 

Thank scott h
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

The made-in-house applesauce, the bread dumplings, the 8-ounce pours of Michigan wine (try the Bower's Harbor Rose), the straight-out-of-Prohibition atmosphere, the live Irish music on Tuesday nights, the very friendly owner at the end of the bar relating the restaurant's 85-year history--what's not to like about Little Bohemia? No televisions, no canned sound, rotating selection of Michigan beers, free attached... More 

Thank James H
LittleBohemia, Guest Relations Manager at Little Bohemia, responded to this review

Thank yo so very much James for your very wonderful and kind review of Little Bohemia. You nailed what we are all about so much that we copied and posted it on our Facebook page. It was our pleasure to serve, meet and talk with you and your bride. We hope to have the opportunity again real soon. TCB More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $18
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Reservations
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 540 W Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-946-6925
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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