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Rare Bird Brewpub

€€ - €€€American, ,
229 Lake Ave, Traverse City, MI 49684-2532
+1 231-943-2053
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
229 Lake Ave, Traverse City, MI 49684-2532
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Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

We stopped by to sample their brews on the a recent afternoon. We asked to try a flight and was informed 10 oz was the smallest size they pour. Seriously! What brewery doesn't want to let you try their products in a small size. If...More

1  Thank Woody W
Reviewed 1 September 2018

So glad we found this place. Cool family tables and great staff. Tasty food and lots of great choices

Thank Amy M
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Cute restaurant, but needs to improve in a couple places. First, there is a parking lot with labeled free spots for Rarebird customers that cannot be read unless you drive into the lot, get out of your car and read them. They are very faded...More

Thank DebAW16
Reviewed 23 August 2018

Interesting place. Unique interior with a somewhat eclectic feel. Food was pretty good, not exceptional. The beers are a bit unique. The brown was good and the IPA was tasty. The rest were just OK. The down side was the service. Our waitress would have...More

Thank MichealWhelan
Reviewed 22 August 2018

Nice ambiance. Decent food, however, the salad was really small. Good prices. Good beer! Worth a stop if you are in the area.

Reviewed 17 August 2018

Stopped in for lunch. Great atmosphere and a nice space. We sat at a community table and enjoyed ourselves. My husband had a burger as did the other couple with us. Splurge the extra $1 or so to get the Pecorino Garlic Dusted Frites. They...More

Thank LeighAnn S
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

We had the pretzel sticks and sampled all their tacos and a few beers. Delicious. Good friendly service and I was happy to see this place is a family friendly hangout.

Thank duckduckllama
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

Went there with friends. Restaurant was not full. Waited over 1 hour for the Cobb Salad along with our other dinners. Our waiter was argumentative and rude. Won't even give us silverware for the burgers. Will never return!

Thank Nancy O
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

My family of 5 + my mom had dinner at Rare Bird. The beer selection is good and the prices are reasonable. However we waited nearly 45 minutes for our meal to arrive and the restaurant wasn’t even that full. Our server said the kitchen...More

Thank walterpartyof5
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Took my Wife and my 75 year old Mother and Mother in-law to Rare Bird at 5pm Saturday happy hour. We all loved it, great food and beer selection, the retirees had great conversations with the friendly staff!

Thank Michael B
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Woody W
29 September 2018|
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Response from Woody W | Reviewed this property |
No they don't...unless you consider single 10 oz pours a flight. It personally do not.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$15
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 00:00
15:00 - 00:00
15:00 - 00:00
15:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 229 Lake Ave, Traverse City, MI 49684-2532
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-943-2053
Rare Bird Brewpub not only offers their award-winning house crafted beers but a large range of great beverages from around the world as well as a fantastic local pub food options. RB has 35 taps which feature house brewed beers, beers from around the world as well as wine, cider and craft cocktails. The food is a fun mix of old pub classics with an exciting and local flare.
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