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Overlooking Lake Michigan

Enjoy a delicious dinner overlooking Lake Michigan. Located just a few miles North of Escanaba, Freshwater Tavern features modern American style food all made from scratch. You won’t go thirsty with our great selection of craft cocktails, extensive bourbon list, local wines and a dozen craft beers on tap, brewed right here in the Upper Peninsula. Our customer focused service and unique menu items combined with an unbeatable waterfront view, have earned us the reputation as one of the best restaurants in the Upper Peninsula.

Crafted & Curated

Beverages

Craft Cocktails Made From Scratch

Delicious selection of scratch-made craft cocktails

12 Local Craft Beers On Tap

We have a great selection of craft beer from local Upper Peninsula Breweries.

cedar smoked bourbon

Whether you like it Cedar Smoked or just on the rocks we’ve got you covered with a great selection of premium bourbon.

Premium Bottled Wine

From local estate grown wines to curated labels from around the globe we have a great selection of premium bottled wine.

New Cocktail Lounge inside of Freshwater Tavern.

Daily Happy Hour Deals!

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Customer Reviews

Kim Bosanic
Kim Bosanic
February 3, 2024.
Amazing food, drinks & service! Our serve was extremely friendly & prompt without being too much - we never had to ask for a single thing because she was on top of it! The food was exceptional as well. One of the best meals we’ve ever had. We will definitely me back! Thanks Robin for the great service! :)
Von Cole
Von Cole
February 2, 2024.
The staff here are really nice and above all the food was amazing!
Rosie Cochrane
Rosie Cochrane
February 2, 2024.
Everything about this place is great. Get the fried Brussels sprouts, you'll thank me later! The menu has very clear dietary restrictions options. Lots of gluten free stuff for me!
Lisa Martin
Lisa Martin
January 31, 2024.
I really enjoyed my meal, but the wait times between getting my appetizer, then meal, then dessert were VERY long. From start to finish, it took a little over 2 hours, from the time we got there until we could leave. The person I had supper with had paid using a debit card, so her bill was taken care of rather quickly, while I had to pay in cash, figuring out my gratuity.The waitress left to give me time to figure out what I needed to before paying my bill. I waited quite some time for her to come back. Not seeing her around anywhere, we decided to go to the hostess station to see if we could pay my bill there. They explained that they needed my server to be able to pay my bill, so one of the Hostesses left to go look for her. Eventually they found her so that I could pay. I do not know if they were overly busy, or understaffed that day, but I was a tad frustrated with the amount of time things took from start to finish. Also, I wish I had more ability to locate my waitress when I needed her. I was told that the part of the dining room we were seated in had recently been reopened. It was quite a distance from the other dining room, with the bar in between both dining rooms. We also noticed that each table had different wait staff waiting each table, in our section, which seemed rather confusing, especially since I have been a waitress myself for just over 10 years. (Not sure if she may have forgotten that we were over in the other dining room or not, since we seemed to be so far away from her other customers. Her service, when there, was very good, but I really wish she had been around our area more frequently. I had needed more tartar sauce with my meal & could not find her, so I ended up asking the 1st waiter I could find. The food was extremely good, but pricey. (I do not eat out often.)The total for my meal alone was well over $50. As a once in a very great while meal, it was very delicious. I did not have a single complaint about how it was cooked, or about the flavor of any of it. I do, however highly recommend the Bombolini dessert! It was amazing, as was the rest of my meal! Great food, just a little more expensive than I am used to.
Jolynn Blackburn
Jolynn Blackburn
January 31, 2024.
Melissa was awesome and so helpful
Beth Goodenough
Beth Goodenough
January 29, 2024.
Moved to the UP from a west coast city and I am so thrilled to have found this place. The view and atmosphere are gorgeous and elevated but also very welcoming. Jordan C. was our server and she was very knowledgeable and charming! Super helpful guiding my friend through the menu who has a gluten allergy. I got the southern shrimp and grits which surpassed to my standards having spent some of my youth in Louisiana. The chef absolutely has Cajun spices down! Can’t wait to come back.
Bob Weisenberger
Bob Weisenberger
January 28, 2024.
We’ve been here several times and the food, service, and cocktails are consistently stellar. Most recently, Jordan C. was our server and she was outstanding.
The Bear Hunter
The Bear Hunter
January 27, 2024.
Signature cocktails are excellent and appetizers could have been the meal alone. The entrées presentation matched the flavor, can’t say one bad comment about our visit or dining experience. Thank you Melissa, we will see you again soon.
Beth Jones
Beth Jones
January 27, 2024.
Wonderful