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Harrington's By The Bay

13890 S West Bay Shore Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684-6204
+1 231-421-9393
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good33%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“steak” (61 reviews)
“truffle fries” (15 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00All hours
Steakhouse, American, Bar, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
13890 S West Bay Shore Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684-6204
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We only waited a few minutes to be seated and our food was delicious...esp the bacon wrapped shrimp. They have the usual kids menu (which we appreciated) and yummy bread. It was crowded and they seemed a little short handed but they managed. The menu...More

Thank angie1027
Reviewed 4 days ago

Harrington's By the Bay is a must try for anyone who loves a great tasting burger and fries and the view is pretty great too! My husband and I come here every time we are in Traverse City. Their burgers are made with a blend...More

Thank Shannon V
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Four people at our table for six opted for a burger and we all agreed that the meat was one of the best tasting burgers we've all had. Delicious. I don't eat potatoes, so the waitress offered asparagus for my side. The asparagus was grilled...More

Thank Christine317
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lunch prices are VERY reasonable and everything is fantastic!!! Could eat there every day!!! Great view of Traverse Bay and outdoor seating.

Thank bankfox
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a group of 34 people attend our rehearsal dinner. We asked them to have several appetizers ready 15 minutes after we arrived so we could get started. The two waitresses we had were spot on. Our drinks were never empty. Appetizers came out...More

Thank Linda E
Reviewed 1 week ago

We celebrated relatives 50th wedding anniversary with a lovely meal at Harrington's. The servers were wonderful and very efficient. The meal was amazing. The location is perfect. I have nothing but positive things to say about this restaurant!

Thank MIC49D11
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good meal and very active bar. Wait was a bit long but most restaurants in Traverse City (summer) have a wait. Had the prime rib sandwich. Fries were good.

Thank TJW777
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice ambience and decent menu. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Grill is visible if you walk by which is cool. Good choices on the menu, truffle fries are tasty although left us really thirsty afterwards.

Thank Gurmeet S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have never had a bad meal here. They have a large diversified menu. We visit Traverse City at least once a year and always eat at Harrington's. Can't go wrong here.

Thank John B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This isn't my first visit to Traverse City but was the first to Harrington's. The food was excellent. I had the chef's special, pan seared salmon with crab and risotto. My guy had the New York strip and sauteed spinach. It was all delicious. The...More

Thank Tgriff3
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Questions & Answers
Shelly W
13 February 2017|
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Response from Stacey B | Property representative |
The building was home to two previous restaurants: Freshwater Lodge and Switzer's by the Bay-- neither of which are associated with Harrington's By The Bay. We hope this helps!
12 January 2015|
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Response from Stacey B | Property representative |
Thank you to all who helped us by answering the above. We do have a Gluten Free menu; dress code is casual; parties of 14 or less can call the restaurant at 231.421.9393 and parties of 15 or more should call our event... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 40
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 13890 S West Bay Shore Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684-6204
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-421-9393
  • E-mail
There is just something about Harrington’s By The Bay. Graciously sitting across from the beautiful shores of West Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, Michigan, At Harrington’s By The Bay, you’ll find a delicious lunch menu featuring: steak burgers, house made soups and salads…..over a half dozen salads all served with a variety of signature custom dressings. Many of our sandwiches are served on house made bread and even our lunch portion sizes are sure to leave you satisfied. Vegetarians will be impressed with options from our fresh start choices, sandwiches, salads, and pasta and specialty items on both our lunch and dinner menu. Our dinner menu is sure to amaze with both its quality and its variety. Much of our menu is chosen from the finest cattle graded PRIME by the US Department of Agriculture and hand cut all our steaks in house. Whether you choose our tenderloin of beef, New York Strip, or melt in your mouth rib-eye; you will be planning your next meal with us before you finish your first. For our seafood lovers we offer wild caught salmon, fresh Great Lake’s walleye, to die for crab cakes, perfectly prepared Scallops Rockefeller, and much more. Whether you’re a beef, chicken, pork or pasta lover, we have a meal you’ll enjoy! Happy Hour is truly Happy Hours in our lounge as it is ALWAYS happy hour in the Red 8 Lounge. With a special small plates menu, discounted and well-crafted $3 drinks, $5.5 glasses of our house wines (cabernet, chardonnay, merlot, pinot noir, pinot grigio and more), House Bloody Mary, House Bellini, and other options will satisfy your thirst. With DirectTV, Sunday Ticket,and 4 flat-screen TVs we can put your game on so you can remain your team's biggest fan. Whether you dine indoors or outdoors, we believe that award winning meals must be served with award winning service and that is just what you will find at Harrington’s. Our amazing team not only loves what they do, they love sharing the Harrington’s By The Bay experience with you. This leaves us back where we started. There is just something great about Harrington’s By The Bay.
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