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Little Bohemia - Family Tavern in The West End

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” (61 reviews)
“goulash” (8 reviews)
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CUISINES
Italian, European, Pub, Czech
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
540 W Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2208
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1 - 10 of 380 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They have great hamburgers and other great food. Tuesday evening 7 to 9 an Irish music group plays. We try to go every Tuesday evening. Get there early for a good table.

Thank nzylstra
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is delicious! It's a little bit outside of the downtown area, which is nice because parking is easy and there was no wait at all. The TC cherry sandwich is amazing with the cherry walnut mayo!! We also got the famous olive burger...More

Thank Kathryn R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is now my new favorite restaurant for a perch dinner, so much better than the place up the Bay that has gone down in quality and up in price. I can't believe this was my first time eating here. Perch was just right, moist,...More

Thank NancyBay
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had to try this place once I saw it reviewed on Food Network, with Mario Batali and Michael Simon --- Olive Burger!!!! Clean, great food and good old fashion hospitality! I had the green olive burger (house specialty) and it was just perfect! My husband...More

Thank truemichigan
Reviewed 17 May 2017

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!!!!

1  Thank CNB1308151717
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.

1  Thank HoloNorthRoyalton_OH
Reviewed 8 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.

Thank pamperedchefkerri
Reviewed 5 April 2017

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

1  Thank sailinjen
LittleBohemia, Guest Relations Manager at Little Bohemia - Family Tavern in The West End, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2017

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...More

Reviewed 26 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

Thank Nancy H
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...More

Thank Michael H
LittleBohemia, Public Relations Manager at Little Bohemia - Family Tavern in The West End, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2017

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.

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Borissgal
Did they inform you that they were out of dumplings when you ordered that meal? Did they tell you that they were substituting something else for the dumplings? Did they say that they couldn't accommodate you since they were too busy attending to something else that night? Were you warned that the owner was so snarky?
26 September 2016|
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Response from LittleBohemia | Property representative |
Another diatribe; shocking!
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Borissgal
They claim to have the #1 perch dinner in Traverse City but I have had much better, with better portions and better prices at other establishments. As for their Olive Burger, don't waste your money. If you really want a great olive burger go to Rico's on US31 in Grawn, they have the absolute BEST olive burger in town! Were you treated well at this establishment? Did you get the same unwelcome greeting from management that most of have?
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
We went to this restaurant a few years ago and now I'm recommending it to a friend. However, I didn't see the traditional pork dinner on the menu, is it still offered?
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
Italian, European, Pub, 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
Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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