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Little Bohemia

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540 W Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2208
+1 231-946-6925
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Thank Thomas H
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

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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119 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

Thank cherbear6000
Chicago, IL
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

We visited because my father in law was born in Traverse City and was of Bohemian descent. Great retro, north woods atmosphere. Mostly American faire with a few Bohemian dishes from family recipes. We tried the Bohemian pork dinner and the Bohemian Goulash. My husband pronounced the traditional dumplings "just like mom's!" Our kids had standard faire. Of course, we... More 

1 Thank jalowu
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

We stopped in for a craft beer and appetizers!! What a treat!! The owner is a blast...but you better like Elvis!! That's the only music there (but at a nice volume so you're not yelling at the people at your table to be heard!!) The mussels were FANTASTIC... had to get a spoon so we could finish the yummy broth!... More 

1 Thank laura99rq
North Ridgeville
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Insane Insane food got to have the cherry bread pudding, mussels and anything that has sauerkraut anyone that says this place is not legit is nuts?!!!!!!!!!!!

1 Thank Richard P
Page, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Well I had been to Lil Bo's about 38 yrs ago or so for a wild night of partying. This is not what Little Bohemia has in store for you now. The family owned and operated spot has great food, is clean as a tack and the gal who operates it for her family takes pride in the fact that... More 

1 Thank Joe L
Rolla, Missouri
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

we didn't eat here. My issue is with the fact that they close at 7:30 at night. We were very excited to go here and saved it for our last night of our trip. We walk up to the door about 7:15 and the OPEN light is off with a sign on the door. They were obviously not allowing new... More 

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

We're very sorry that we were unable to serve you during your recent visit to Traverse City. We did close early a few nights the week of November 8th due to lack of business. We closed early on election night and the night after. We do hope that you will came see us on your trip. Thank you, thank you... More 

Flint, Michigan
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65 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

This restaurant has the best burger I have ever tasted. Meat was delicious and fresh. Green olives were mixed with mayo and piled high on the burger. Swiss cheese is melted over the olives and the bun is perfect. Truly a burger of my dreams! Oh, and don't pass on the bread pudding. Equally delicious. You won't go away hungry!

Thank Nancy S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$18
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
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
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
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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