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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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Chicago, IL
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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190 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
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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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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86 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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
Traverse City, Michigan
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

1 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
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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 17 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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234 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
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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!

1 Thank MInone4

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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
Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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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