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Harrington's By The Bay

13890 S West Bay Shore Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684-6204
+1 231-421-9393
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good33%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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Steakhouse, American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
13890 S West Bay Shore Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684-6204
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful meal here. We were seated outside which is where we asked to be seated. The road noise was quite loud but we aren't picky we just wanted to be outside on a beautiful night overlooking the bay. The seafood was fresh...More

Thank troutcatcher04
Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

Resteraunt was recommended by staff from our hotel. They provided shuttle service, our meal was excellent. Had a shrimp pasta dish. Great service, and nice atmosphere.

Thank dawnwolf1
Reviewed July 9, 2017 via mobile

We sat outside and it was a perfect view right by the water! The food was very good but not exactly what was on the menu. We were told one type of fish but was served something different and then were told the food came...More

Thank Ntaylor720
Reviewed July 6, 2017 via mobile

Food was good. Had Salmon and halibut special. Why does the special more than other items on the menu? Had a new waiter, he was nice enough. But my dinner came while I was still having my soup, a huge pet peeve of mine for...More

Thank whatever017
Reviewed July 3, 2017 via mobile

We had perch with truffle fries and halibut with risotto ,asparagus, and grilled watermelon. The risotto and asparagus was too salty but otherwise very good. Very cool looking inside.

Thank Stacey C
Reviewed June 24, 2017 via mobile

Overall not awful but I'm surly not impressed. Dined with my husband and son for dinner. Busy Saturday night and when we walked in at 5:45pm they were about to go to a wait because they didn't have enough waitstaff. We then asked for a...More

Thank smilesaam
Reviewed June 24, 2017 via mobile

The hostess was very friendly and accommodating. The outward appearance was very tidy and inviting. The main dinning room has a very high ceiling making for a very loud room. The decibel meter showed a max of 87db and average of 77db. Had to talk...More

Thank travelinmanDetroit
Reviewed June 17, 2017

This sort of restaurant will appeal to the older crowd raised on salty, buttery, overcooked food. If you are looking for fresh, healthy fare this place is not for you. The only good thing going for it is the view.

1  Thank NewYorkTraveler12355
Reviewed June 13, 2017 via mobile

Third time here at this restaurant. We like sitting on the bar side. Delicious fish & steaks - reasonably priced. Highly recommend if you're visiting this town! 😎

Thank MissKitty0309
Reviewed June 8, 2017

Great restaurant! Had the whitefish and it was outstanding! Waitress was very friendly and attentive. Will make a return visit next time we are in Traverse City.

Thank denisesW2786LH
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Questions & Answers
Shelly W
February 12, 2017|
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Response from Stacey B | Property representative |
The building was home to two previous restaurants: Freshwater Lodge and Switzer's by the Bay-- neither of which are associated with Harrington's By The Bay. We hope this helps!
January 11, 2015|
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Response from Stacey B | Property representative |
Thank you to all who helped us by answering the above. We do have a Gluten Free menu; dress code is casual; parties of 14 or less can call the restaurant at 231.421.9393 and parties of 15 or more should call our event... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
$5 - $40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi
Good for
Scenic view, Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 13890 S West Bay Shore Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684-6204
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-421-9393
  • E-mail
There is just something about Harrington’s By The Bay. Graciously sitting across from the beautiful shores of West Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, Michigan, At Harrington’s By The Bay, you’ll find a delicious lunch menu featuring: steak burgers, house made soups and salads…..over a half dozen salads all served with a variety of signature custom dressings. Many of our sandwiches are served on house made bread and even our lunch portion sizes are sure to leave you satisfied. Vegetarians will be impressed with options from our fresh start choices, sandwiches, salads, and pasta and specialty items on both our lunch and dinner menu. Our dinner menu is sure to amaze with both its quality and its variety. Much of our menu is chosen from the finest cattle graded PRIME by the US Department of Agriculture and hand cut all our steaks in house. Whether you choose our tenderloin of beef, New York Strip, or melt in your mouth rib-eye; you will be planning your next meal with us before you finish your first. For our seafood lovers we offer wild caught salmon, fresh Great Lake’s walleye, to die for crab cakes, perfectly prepared Scallops Rockefeller, and much more. Whether you’re a beef, chicken, pork or pasta lover, we have a meal you’ll enjoy! Happy Hour is truly Happy Hours in our lounge as it is ALWAYS happy hour in the Red 8 Lounge. With a special small plates menu, discounted and well-crafted $3 drinks, $5.5 glasses of our house wines (cabernet, chardonnay, merlot, pinot noir, pinot grigio and more), House Bloody Mary, House Bellini, and other options will satisfy your thirst. With DirectTV, Sunday Ticket,and 4 flat-screen TVs we can put your game on so you can remain your team's biggest fan. Whether you dine indoors or outdoors, we believe that award winning meals must be served with award winning service and that is just what you will find at Harrington’s. Our amazing team not only loves what they do, they love sharing the Harrington’s By The Bay experience with you. This leaves us back where we started. There is just something great about Harrington’s By The Bay.
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