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Little Bohemia - Family Tavern in The West End

€€ - €€€, Italian, European
540 W Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2208
+1 231-946-6925
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Overview
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good13%
  • Average5%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“olive burger” (65 reviews)
“goulash” (8 reviews)
Closes in 17 min
11:00 - 14:00All hours
CUISINES
Pub, Italian, European, Czech
PRICE
€€ - €€€
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
540 W Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2208
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1 - 10 of 390 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

What a great place to eat!!! And the kindest owner ever. We arrived for a late lunch just after the tavern closed prior to dinner. We were so disappointed because we had heard about the famous "olive burger". This restaurant was featured on The Food...More

Thank MDtraveler98
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Out of the ordinary and delicious. My husband had the olive burger-raved about it. I had the goulash which was wonderful with unique spices. We had the cherry bread pudding which easily fed two and took home a carrot cake. Lots of pride in their...More

Thank crystalhaven
Reviewed 5 days ago

The food was delicious but had an issue with our check. My husband paid the bill and after we left he said he thought we were overcharged. The next day on our way home we stopped back in for an explanation of our bill. We...More

Thank bshilling462
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I guess in the Midwest it's tavern food but I definitely know it as pub or bar food. However you describe it, this place is really good. It was a little walk from downtown but well worth it. We had the perch, which was exceptional....More

Thank Rob W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this older place still has some pazazz. Great place to eat, drink, and visit with friends. Lots of beverages to choose from.

Thank dowie2017
Reviewed 15 July 2017

We stopped in early one evening to this little gem in Traverse City. Be sure that you take time to read the history of the restaurant, which is on the back of the menu - there may be a quiz! We were greeted by the...More

Thank Karin K
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

This place was top notch. The owner was our waitress and she was the best part of the meal! She told you how it was and that made the meal great! I had the olive burger and it was the best burger I had in...More

Thank Mike B
Reviewed 10 July 2017

I went there with a friend and we had the olive burger, and it was really good. But the vast majority of the items on the menu made me feel like I was stepping into a time machine to the 1970's with a lot of...More

Thank MikeP1957
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We ate here on the strong recommendation of friends and they were right! Since we didn't have large appetites at the time, we just split a TC cherry chicken sandwich with excellent cherry walnut mayo. Half a sandwich each was still plenty for both of...More

Thank D0UgB
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Even though they were closed, the manager let us in and personally made the famous olive burger for us. Let me tell you, that iliv5burger certainly lives up to the hype, it is the best one I have ever had. Would definitely go back.

Thank M Sue G
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Borissgal
26 September 2016|
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Response from LittleBohemia | Property representative |
Another diatribe; shocking!
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Borissgal
26 September 2016|
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Response from LittleBohemia | Property representative |
Gosh we're so happy that you have posted! This our opportunity to tell the truth about you! We remember you all too well, just like it was yesterday; we recognize your name, Borissgal, from Elmira, New York! You were the... More
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Stoeck
6 March 2015|
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Response from LittleBohemia | Property representative |
Hi Stoeck, Yes, the Bohemian Pork Dinner is always available; for lunch or dinner and in a full or half portion. Can you please let us know where you saw our menu, so we can update it. Thank you so much for contacting us.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$9 - US$18
Cuisine
Pub, Italian, European, Czech
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, 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, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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
  • E-mail
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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