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108 S Union St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2520
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8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Great tasting food

This small gem of a place serves up fantastic soups, salads, and sandwiches. I just wish their soup portions were larger for the size.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Eric O
Traverse City, Michigan
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Traverse City, Michigan
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This small gem of a place serves up fantastic soups, salads, and sandwiches. I just wish their soup portions were larger for the size.

Thank Eric O
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236 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Popular spot in town. Outdoor seating when the weather is right. Very good sandwiches, wraps, and smoothies. Good place to people watch.

Thank scarletman1972
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185 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Had a Ham and Pepper Ciabatta of lunch. It was ok and something that might be a repeat. But not fantastic. Not a relaxing atmosphere very plain and unmemorable interior. A bit nosy and fairly slow service. Obviously no the cafe for me.

Thank Retiree55578
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We live about 30 miles from Traverse City in Benzie County. I love Benzie County, but the restaurants generally need improvement. Dish on Union St. is where we head for good, reasonably priced lunches in Traverse City. The smoothies and coffee are good, too. My wife is especially fond of their quesadillas.

Thank denverstevew
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

my brother was the original owner. cute place. i designed the logo, menu, etc back in the day. used to have a lot of fum sandwiches and salads named after every one. still smile when i see the place

Thank Pj S
Port Clinton, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

A friend and I went there for lunch around 1:00 pm. Friendly, quick service with yummy soups and sandwiches! I will go back!

Thank rbec43452
Detroit, Michigan
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315 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

One of the volunteer guides for the TCFF recommended the Dish Cafe to me for a quick bite to eat, since I was time-pressed to make one of the films. Good recommendation. They have nice sandwiches, wraps, etc. I had a delicious soup and a pop for under $8.00. Highly recommend for a quick bite.

Thank applegirl57
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

The service wasn't the best the first time we went. The worker at the counter kept telling us the wrong prices for beverages and overcharged by $1 for one item and said that water was $2 instead of $1 because of sales tax. Obviously she didn't really know what she was doing. The second time we went everything went smoothly.

1 Thank Emma S
Holt, Michigan
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

Very busy local establishment with fresh food and seating both inside and outside. Many wraps, I had the Chubby wrap which was surprisingly good. They feature a number of smoothies but my banana & strawberry one was a little heavy on the ice and light on the fruit. Worked ok for our two children, 2 1/2 years and 6 months.

Thank tdm00
Beulah, Michigan
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

A great spot for a quick and easy lunch. The smoothies are great! Lots of seating inside and out, free Wi-Fi. We enjoyed our visit.

Thank Jim A

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 108 S Union St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2520
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: 231-932-2233

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
9:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?