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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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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good33%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“steak” (65 reviews)
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Steakhouse, American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
13890 S West Bay Shore Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684-6204
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While in the Traverse City area we had lunch with an old friend who lives there. She recommended Harringtons and we certainly were not disappointed. We both had the lake perch and butternut The squash and it was superb. The fish was lightly battered as...More

Thank shivergirl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Homey, warm, great view! The best part is the FOOD! One of my favorite places to have lunch in Traverse City. Good, personable service...all the meals are described to a tee. You really get what you order! It is served hot, and well displayed with...More

Thank vloomis5
Reviewed 16 October 2017

My family and I decided to go out for a "NICE" dinner while we were in Traverse City. Harrington's was referred to us by a family friend. Their "Whitefish Pate" was absolutely awesome. The ribs were fall of the bone delicious, and you could definitely...More

Thank LadyDi1957
Reviewed 14 October 2017

Well worth the extra couple bucks for a nice sit down lunch. We ate at another place for lunch the day before & paid a few bucks less for 2 sodas & we split a sandwich ( $20.00 ) . The salmon was excellent &...More

Thank kamhome51
Reviewed 13 October 2017

Great setting for dinner. The atmosphere is comfortable and relaxing as you look over the water and enjoy the dinner selections. Food is good and service was good too. Fish, steak, and salads all included in a good menu selection. Nice sit down restaurant with...More

Thank Lori B
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

A little pricey. No hostess at the door, I had to find someone to seat us. Was looking forward to the white fish pate as an appetizer. We ate it but it was salty. We both ordered the Parmesan White Fish with tomatoes, basmati rice,...More

Thank Angel0671
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

I do not recommend this restaurant. First our appetizer came at the same time as our entrees. Secondly after eating the dry, uninspired Mahi Tacos, We looked for an ice cream parlor so I could get the lingering fish taste out of my mouth!

Thank KathyKenai
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

If you enjoy eating somewhere with a beautiful view this is your spot. Great local fish, nice wines and romantic views. Restaurant faces east so bright hot sun is not an issue.

Thank Mary Jo K
Reviewed 24 September 2017

We were seated quickly on a Thursday night, Grandma and 2 boys,3 yrs and 4 yrs. I was thinking steak but the Walleye in Parmesan bowl sounded intriguing, walleye filet, basmati rice, asparagus spears and heirloom tomato with a pistachio vinaigrette. It does sound amazing...More

1  Thank DuchessGaga
Reviewed 21 September 2017

This restaurant came highly recommended and we loved the food! Their fish is delicious, so you can't go wrong there. No one at our table got the steaks. I will say that it is an open dining area and a very popular place. So, having...More

Thank Geenza
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Questions & Answers
Shelly W
12 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
US$5 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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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