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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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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good13%
  • Average5%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible7%
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“olive burger” (65 reviews)
“goulash” (8 reviews)
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Pub, Italian, European, Czech
$$ - $$$
540 W Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2208
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Reviewed 15 July 2017

We stopped in early one evening to this little gem in Traverse City. Be sure that you take time to read the history of the restaurant, which is on the back of the menu - there may be a quiz! We were greeted by the...More

Thank Karin K
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

This place was top notch. The owner was our waitress and she was the best part of the meal! She told you how it was and that made the meal great! I had the olive burger and it was the best burger I had in...More

Thank Mike B
Reviewed 10 July 2017

I went there with a friend and we had the olive burger, and it was really good. But the vast majority of the items on the menu made me feel like I was stepping into a time machine to the 1970's with a lot of...More

Thank MikeP1957
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We ate here on the strong recommendation of friends and they were right! Since we didn't have large appetites at the time, we just split a TC cherry chicken sandwich with excellent cherry walnut mayo. Half a sandwich each was still plenty for both of...More

Thank D0UgB
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Even though they were closed, the manager let us in and personally made the famous olive burger for us. Let me tell you, that iliv5burger certainly lives up to the hype, it is the best one I have ever had. Would definitely go back.

Thank M Sue G
Reviewed 12 June 2017 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 28 May 2017 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 27 May 2017

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 24 May 2017

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!!!!

3  Thank CNB1308151717
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26 September 2016|
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Response from LittleBohemia | Property representative |
Another diatribe; shocking!
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
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
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$18
Pub, Italian, European, Czech
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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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
  • E-mail
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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