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Little Bohemia

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540 W Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2208
+1 231-946-6925
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11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Chelsea, Michigan
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been vacationing in Traverse City for years, but lunch today was our first visit to Little Bohemia. Our expectations were far exceeded! The owner, who was also our server, was not only attentive and professional, but also very friendly. They were also very accommodating of our 1 year old daughter. I had the goulash, which was delicious. My... More 

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Thank Rosebud1975
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40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

"Little Bo" has been around TC for a very long time, however it's reputation did not live up to expectation. We had dinner at the bar around 8:15. We watched as the staff warmed meals up in a microwave behind the bar. We had the pulled pork entree which included sauerkraut, applesauce, a dumpling and brown bread. The food was... More 

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Plymouth, Michigan
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good food but expensive. Service was very slow. We waited for we quite a while after meal was finished for someone to clear table and take desert order. Had to flag waitress (Michele) down and she had a very bad attitude claiming they were short staffed. Bill was $140 for 4 people and my wife and I shared the stroganoff!... More 

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Thank Ray S
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They ran out of the daily special. They ran out of Gravy Long wait for dinner Absolutely no way can I recommend this place. I wish we never came

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

Thank you for your support, tcb! More 

Madison
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131 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were looking for a local dive and this fit the bill. No ambience at all. A small bar with a few seats and various tables splayed out across the room. According to our “bar maid”, this restaurant is supposed to be on Food Network in the near future for their Olive Burger. So, of course, we ordered one. It... More 

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

Wow, this is some review! We feel that we need to address every single line of it. (1) “A local dive!" We are not a dive; shame on you! See pictures on our profile. (2) "No ambience at all"  Seriously? We get nothing but compliments on how nice, clean, and inviting our building is inside. (3) “A small bar with... More 

Barrington, Rhode Island
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It’s with mixed emotions that I write this review. Little Bo is a charming little neighborhood place with good food, but the service we received has dragged down this review. We were a party of 10. We had called ahead and they had set up a table for us in their cute little dining room. The woman who took our... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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 

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Thank Jason H
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

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

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Thank Jdmccarty
Romeoville, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

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

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Thank Angie N
Traverse City, Michigan
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $18
Cuisine
Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, 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, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 540 W Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2208
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-946-6925
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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