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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 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
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17:00 - 21:00
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Lake Worth, Florida
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very overrated place....The food was Horrible...Owner was Rude...Service was slow and only a few customers.......Very overpriced food...Oh the drinks/beer...Cheaper in Chicago!!!!

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Thank CNB1308151717
North Royalton, OH
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135 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

The manager, Nancy was delightful. She made the stop at this Traverse City landmark very enjoyable. You have to try their famous Olive Burger, it was fantastic.

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1 Thank HoloNorthRoyalton_OH
Grand Rapids MI
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Food was AWESOME! Server/ owner was very attentive and fun. We loved her sass!! Definitely go here. Get the burgers, cherry bread pudding and carrot cake.

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Thank pamperedchefkerri
West Chester, Ohio
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 April 2017

terrible food, awful waitstaff or lack of . Rude server. The food was freezer burnt, buns were stale. the restaurant was dirty.

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

As we were closed from March 19th to April 4th for our annual Spring Break, your review of our food is virtually impossible as we started our return to business on April 4th with all fresh food items and your remark that our restaurant was dirty couldn't be further from the truth. We clean the entire restaurant daily and it... More 

Plymouth
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 March 2017

What a fun place to eat. Great food and the chef comes to your table to make sure everything is ok. Great food and great music. Our favorite

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Thank Nancy H
Cleveland, Ohio
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

I've seen this place and heard about it over the years, but hadn't stopped in. There are so many good restaurants in TC, and from the outside Little Bohemian looks like it's seen better days. I finally had a chance to try it and I can see why so many people love it. Yes, the burgers and fries are good... More 

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Thank Michael H
LittleBohemia, Public Relations Manager at Little Bohemia, responded to this review

Thank you, thank you very much for your wonderful review; we truly appreciate it and we look forward to seeing and serving you again soon. More 

Michigan
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

We all thoroughly enjoyed our dinner, food was great! Glad we found out about this place, we'll be back!

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1 Thank LORIAVWTRAVELS
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Yummmy great burgers cool local place. Beers & burgers what else do you need. Looking forward to some cherry bread pudding for dessert.

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Thank Thomas H
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

This restaurant has a rich history and an amazing menu. The olive burger is a staple, but I've never had a bad meal here. Nancy, the owner is welcoming and always happy to share a story from the past.

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

Thank you, thank you very much Trevor for your wonderful review, we truly appreciate it. More 

Lowell, Michigan
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146 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Stopped in here for the 1st time, was surprised because no one was in there. The menu has many great looking dishes and requires a return visit. Nancy was very friendly and helpful with menu. I had Olive Burger....was not disappointed no wonder Martin Batali featured it. It was delicious and big, had to take half home. They have local... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$7 - US$18
Cuisine
Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Saturday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
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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