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Little Bohemia

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540 W Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2208
+1 231-946-6925
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Sat 11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
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Rolla, Missouri
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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78 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
Traverse City, Michigan
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Went in with my 86 year old mother-in-law and my sister-in-law after finding everywhere else too crowded, the place was nearly empty on a saturday evening, should have known something was wrong. We sat at the bar and had some drinks for about an hour and a half. In talking with the gal behind the bar I asked " Is... More 

Thank dal2n45
LittleBohemia, Guest Relations Manager at Little Bohemia, responded to this review

Little Bohemia is a Family Tavern, we close at 9pm every night. Thank you, thank you very much for your review. More 

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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

The olive burger was outstanding! The perch dinner was very good. The coffee was instant! Yes, I said instant! Other waitresses were helpful but ours was totally neglectful. We won't be back.

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

Thank you for your complaint on our food. We must, however, correct you on your comment about our coffee; it is not instant. We use local coffee company and every cup is made to order. We are sorry that you feel that you didn't receive good service from "your server", but our staff work as a team. More 

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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

My husband, sister-in-law and I visited Little Bo on a weekday and were surprised to find it almost empty. After their recent brush with fame via Mario Batali we expected a crowd. We all had olive burgers which were very good, but honestly I have had others just as good. Both my husband and I found the meat a little... More 

Thank Jamjar202052
Traverse City, MI
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216 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

4 of us enjoyed lunch at Little Bohemia, one of our group is kinda a smart alack. Our Server (I wish I remembered her name) was right on top, with quick remarks and feedback! We loved it. Finally someone that could put him in his place. Plenty of laughter at our table. Nice tap beer selection, good food too!

Thank MInone4
St. Paul
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Visiting from Wisconsin and bicycled by this sweet restaurant/neighborhood today. Stopped in, checked out the interesting history/menu and spoke with a very friendly employee . . . Decided to return for dinner with my husband. We tried the olive burger and Reuben! Both were delicious. The warm, homemade cherry bread pudding a la mode was the grand finale. Oh yeah,... More 

1 Thank RoadWarriorSt_Paul
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

I refused to let the negative comments of a disgruntled few, keep me from giving this place a try. Service was attentive and friendly. We had the Olive Burger and the Meatloaf, which is the Tuesday special. Both were very good! Food was hot, fries were crisp. Portions were as expected. Dessert was also very good, with huge portions. We... More 

1 Thank Leafangel
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Great food and friendly service in old time bar atmosphere. The customers are mostly locals that are happy to welcome you to their city. Burgers are impressive

1 Thank Phyllis D
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

A short walk west from the City's downtown commercial area will give the discriminating diner a memorable experience at Little Bohemia. Easy choices abound at Little Bo: just choose the "House Specialities" such as the slow roasted pork dinner, replete with homemade apple sauce and sauerkraut, or the daily special such as last Saturday's beef stroganoff made with prime rib... More 

4 Thank Sherry K

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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, Groups
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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