Dockside Restaurants in Muskegon and Grand Haven, Michigan
Many Muskegon area restaurants provide complimentary docking on Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake. Surrounded by many waters, Muskegon, Michigan is a popular vacation and tourist spot for boating and other water sports. Although many vacationers may prefer boating or sailing along Lake Michigan, some with smaller vessels or less boating experience may choose Muskegon Lake instead.
Serious boaters will often spend the entire day on the water; and, while many pack a lunch, others like to dine out. In the greater Muskegon area, there are a few wonderful dockside restaurants accessed from either Lake Michigan or Muskegon Lake.
The Lake House Water Front Grille in Muskegon
Boaters along Muskegon Lake should stop by the Lake House Water Front Grille (a local favorite) next to the Shoreline Inn in downtown Muskegon. This is a fine dining facility offering a very diverse menu. At the Lake House diners can enjoy chef specialties like sweet potato frites, or a fried egg sandwich, and traditional dishes and entrees such as pizza, burgers, ravioli or a perch dinner. Alcoholic beverages, specialty drinks and delicious desserts are also on the menu. Guests to the Lake House Water Front Grille have the option of dining outdoors or indoors. It is recommended to call ahead as this restaurant is often very busy, especially during the lunch hour and on weekends.
Snug Harbor in Grand Haven
Accessed from Lake Michigan (about fifteen minutes south of Muskegon), Snug Harbor is a cozy and family friendly eatery in downtown Grand Haven. This restaurant is slightly more casual than the Lake House with a number of salads, sandwiches and pasta dishes on the menu. Upon arrival, you will have the option of choosing to dine on the deck or inside the restaurant. Just a block or so away from Snug Harbor, you can enjoy shopping (along Washington Avenue), or a nice stroll on the city’s beach.
Dockers Fish House and Lounge in Muskegon
Just off the Muskegon Channel, Dockers Fish House and Lounge offers a fun and festive place to dock and dine. Their menu includes chef favorites such as the po boy sandwich and shark tacos, as well as an assortment of salads, sandwiches, burgers and seafood. This restaurant is adjacent to Pere Marquette Beach, and a block or so from the Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum. During the weekend the lounge provides live musical entertainment.
Other dockside eateries in the area include Old Boy’s Brewhouse in Spring Lake (about ten minutes South of Muskegon and three minutes Northeast of Grand Haven), Jack’s Restaurant (Spring Lake) and Bear Lake Tavern (Muskegon).