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Joe's Friendly Tavern

11015 W. Front St., Empire, MI 49630
+1 231-326-5506
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Overview
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“burgers” (99 reviews)
“cheeseburger” (7 reviews)
Open Now
07:30 - 22:00All hours
CUISINES
American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
11015 W. Front St., Empire, MI 49630
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1 - 10 of 353 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Came here before going to sleeping bear dunes, place was nice, clean with friendly service. Was surprised by the lack of fish on the menu being right on lake Michigan. But the burgers were good, large and we'll cooked. Beer was cold with a nice...More

Thank TWalker03
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The good: quickly seated, custom beers on tap that were brewed for them, friendly staff, pretty good burgers. The bad: worn table clothes and seats, limited pub style menu, expensive burgers.

Thank The_GR_Blade
Reviewed 3 days ago

Everyone was super nice, the food was delicious (get the olive burger!), and they have a great bar. Highly recommend it!!

Thank Michele33657
Reviewed 5 days ago

Great small town bar!! Still able to accommodate a larger party - 6 people - without any wait on a Friday night - very impressed!! Burgers were great - very filling. Tater tots are a great side choice. Would come back here for sure if...More

Thank JenG1234
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We are happy we could accommodate. We hope you visit our area (and us) again, soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Friendly staff, great breakfast and lunch we ate twice a day for two days and enjoyed everything! Try their house beer. We will be back next year

Thank jstuck2500
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing your Joe's Friendly Tavern experience with the TA community. We look forward to seeing you again next year.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed a raspberry shake, a Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato sandwich with chili on the side. Everything was very tasty and filling. Shannon was a very good waitress.

Thank Gasunflower
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for joining us at Joe's, glad you enjoyed everything. I'll be sure to pass the kudos on to Shannon. We look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Their burgers are really one of the best I have ever tasted! So juicy and buttery! And I am not even a huge burger fan. I got mushroom swiss. My husband got one with chili cheese on it which kind of took away from the...More

Thank Mallory A
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. We hope you visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes (and us) again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The service was pretty terrible, the food was expensive (grilled cheese for 10 dollars?) and the food wasn't very good. After a day of hiking we were starving and stopped here before our hike on the Empire Bluffs Trail. The sign at the front says...More

Thank Corinne L
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for telling us of your experience at Joe's, all customer input is important to us. We are sorry about the quality of food and service you received on your recent visit to Joe's. As you can tell by our many positive reviews this...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worst service in Northern Michigan. Waitress was a nag. Food was marginal. Actually had a server push me and yell at other customers. What a dump!! Owner must promote the behavior and atmosphere.

1  Thank _stevinskevin77
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for bringing this to our attention, steps will be taken to see that this does not happen again. I assure you that the owner does not promote bad customer service.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This local haven seems to have a lot of history, and its walls are loaded with it. We had good service even on a crowded night with less than a full staff, and the walleye was excellent. We'd come back again in a heartbeat when...More

Thank Tim M
Villageinnempire, Public Relations Manager at Joe's Friendly Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for joining us at Joe's....we are glad you were pleased. We look forward to seeing you again.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
07:30 - 22:00
Monday
07:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
07:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
07:30 - 22:00
Thursday
07:30 - 22:00
Friday
07:30 - 23:00
Saturday
07:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11015 W. Front St., Empire, MI 49630
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Leelanau County  >  Empire
  • Phone Number: +1 231-326-5506
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