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There’s something simply comforting about a fantastic Italian meal, especially if it comes from a beloved local eatery. Growing up, one of my favorite things was when my family went to a local Italian restaurant, which sadly isn’t in business anymore. We would always order the breadsticks, which came piping hot and with a side of spicy Italian sauce.

Michigan has plenty of incredible Italian restaurants, so it would be difficult to pick a favorite. That said, the crew at Eat This, Not That! has put together a list of the best Italian restaurants in America and named the No. 1 spot in Michigan.

“Whether you want to treat yourself to a pizza after a long day of work or want to treat some friends to a nice dining experience, Italian restaurants provide the perfect ambiance mixed with a cuisine anyone can enjoy,” they state in the study. “This popularity has caused many Italian eateries to pop up across the U.S., but trying to pinpoint the best ones might seem impossible. Luckily, the search for the best Italian restaurant in your state now has a clear answer thanks to Yelp.”

Their methodology was based on Yelp data. “All the businesses on this list are in the ‘Italian’ category on Yelp,” they state. “‘Best’ is measured using an algorithm that looks at the number of reviews and star ratings for a business.”

So, which Italian restaurant came out on top in Michigan? Eataliana in Shelby Charter Township. “For some of the best Italian food in the Midwest, Eatliana not only dishes out homemade Italian favorites in a homey atmosphere but also gives you an incredible variety to choose from,” the publication states. “Whether you go with a dish from their extensive pasta menu or one of their chicken cutlet dishes, you can’t go wrong. With so many great options to choose from, finding the right entree will be the only problem you have to face when you visit!” Find the full list here.

12 Michigan Restaurants with Incredible Views

  • 12 Michigan Restaurants with Incredible Views

    This list is via the fine folks at Michigan.org.

  • 1. Fitzgerald's Hotel and Restaurant – Eagle River

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    Menu - Fitzgerald's Hotel & Restaurant

    Our menu is subject to product availability and may change without notice. This is our current dine-in menu for the week of 6/28, but it will change frequently. For sandwiches and lighter fair, please place your order by clicking HERE . Once you pick up your food, you're welcome to take it out onto our deck.

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    Restaurant at Tabor Hill, Buchanan, MI

    At our winery restaurant, you'll enjoy first-class service, an exquisite menu, and a unique environment.

  • 3. Aerie Restaurant and Lounge at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa – Acme

    Aerie Restaurant Lounge

    Show up in our Social Feed! Tag your photos with #GTRESORT: June 19, 2022 See More Events Eat, Drink, and Relax. Aerie has become a mecca for those who love bold, exciting flavors. Locally-grown produce is paired with products and tastes boasting an international flair.

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    Aerie Menus

    Explore the menus from Aerie Restaurant and Lounge at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, a gorgeous dining experience from the food to the views.

  • 4. English Inn, Restaurant and Pub – Eaton Rapids

    The Pub Menu is back and available in the Pub or on the Terrace. Book a pub table online at englishinn.com or call us at 517-663-2500 for same day Terrace reservations. Cheers!

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    Fine Dining In Lansing, Michigan: Dinner | The English Inn

    Savor the ultimate Lansing area fine dining experience with dinner at the English Inn Restaurant & Pub in nearby Eaton Rapids, Michigan.

  • 5. Iridescence – Detroit

    Iridescence - Detroit, MI

    278 reviews of Iridescence - CLOSED "This would be my vote for restaurant of the year. It is the most amazing space in Detroit, I hate to wreck it by describing- very modern, well designed- I would put it up against anything in NY or Vegas- it blows anything in Detroit away.

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  • 6. Rose's on Reeds Lake Restaurant – Grand Rapids

    Rose's On Reeds Lake | East Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Rose's On Reeds Lake-legendary lakeside dining in historic East Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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    Rose's - Grand Rapids, MI

    Delivery & Pickup Options - 247 reviews of Rose's "I really don't think this is a 1 star restaurant. I was here in the wintertime, and it was sooo beautiful looking out over the frozen lake. The food is really tasty, using many fresh Michigan ingredients, which I really appreciated.

  • 7. Gates Au Sable Lodge Restaurant – Grayling

    Restaurant - Gates Au Sable Lodge

    The restaurant at Gates Lodge serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual setting beside the Au Sable River. Our food is prepared almost entirely in house

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    Gates Au Sable Lodge, Grayling

    Payment Credit Cards Accepted Is this your restaurant? Click to add your description here. | Add Photo 2 Reviews 2 reviews with an average rating of 4.5 stars have been consolidated here. Consolidated reviews are included in the calculation of the average rating of 4.4 stars which is based on 8 total reviews.

  • 8. Arcadia Bluffs – Arcadia

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    With multiple dining options available to our guets, dining at the Bluffs Course is a dining experience you won't forget with incredible views of Lake Michigan. The casual full-service concept features carefully crafted comfort cuisine perfect for any occasion. The restaurant is located on the second floor of our stunning South Course clubhouse.

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    The Bluffs Dining | Arcadia Bluffs

    The Dining Room at Arcadia Bluffs offers full service dining to the public, and our guests. The spectacular views of Lake Michigan and sunsets from The Dining Room and deck make it the most dramatic dining experience on the shore. The Dining Room includes a beautiful cherry wood bar with seating for ten.

  • 9. Boyne Highlands Resort – Harbor Springs

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    The 10th Tee is located on The Ross and Arthur Hills courses at The Highlands. Halfway through your round stop by and pick up a burger, sandwich and cold beverages to refuel and make your back nine your better nine.

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    Main Dining Room

    Located on the second floor in the Main Lodge Our Main Dining Room is situated in the second floor of our Main Lodge Hotel, with a panoramic view that begins with our beautifully maintained grounds and extends to the slopes that serve as the backdrop to The Highlands.

  • 10. Noto's at the Bil-Mar – Grand Haven

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    The Noto family brings their Sicilian roots to Noto's at The Bil-Mar, rebuilt at the spot of the Bil-Mar restaurant, which served the lakeshore since 1952. Noto's at the Bil-Mar is an upbeat, contemporary restaurant and bar with something for everyone. Sample our eclectic wine list with a Lake Michigan sunset and fine dining in our lakefront dining room.

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  • 11. The Lakeview Restaurant – Bellaire

    The Lakeview Restaurant

    Located in Summit Village, The Lakeview Restaurant features innovative regional fare with majestic views of Lake Bellaire. Voted best steak and best dessert in Northern Michigan by Northern Express readers.

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    Book now at Lakeview Restaurant in Bellaire, MI. Explore menu, see photos and read 117 reviews: "Always an enjoyable time!".

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    The Butler

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