Midland Michigan Restaurants: Where to Get the Best Food in Midland MI - Bars, Steakhouses, Sushi (Downtown Places to Eat and Outdoor Seating)

Midland Michigan Restaurants -Where to get the best food in Midland MI | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

Midland Michigan is a treasure trove of great restaurants, many with outdoor seating, take out and farm to table options! 

Love sushi, seafood, BBQ, farm to table, wine bars or steak? Midland Michigan has it! There are so many great places to eat with excellent service, food and atmosphere in Midland MI!

What are the most popular restaurants in Midland?

Midland Michigan restaurants are located mainly in two locations; near the mall on Eastman Rd and a short distance away in the quaint downtown region.  

Cafe Zinc, Gratzi Midland, Fuji Sushi, Crepes Et Amis, Aster, Lucky's Steakhouse, Whine and WhichCraft Taproom are a few of our favorite restaurants in Midland Michigan.

Keep reading for our recommendations as we have personally eating at each of them several time as locals! 


“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T.S. Eliot

Top Midland Michigan Restaurants With Great Food and Atmosphere!

Aster - Farm to Table Restaurant in Downtown Midland

Address: 134 Ashman St, Midland, MI 48640

This lovely farm to table restaurant located in downtown Midland Michigan is a great place to eat!  Evan Sumrell, the owner and chef, moved with his wife and son to Midland after working for several years at 3 Star Michelin restaurants in Chicago. 

He and his wife Lisa dreamed of opening their own restaurant so despite Covid 19, they opened their doors in January 2021 and have been serving up delicious, from-scratch recipes ever since.

  • Their menu changes with the seasons (to utilize local produce, harvest and goods), so our photos are just examples of the delicious meals to be enjoyed at Aster. 

Aster - Midland MichiganAster - Midland Michigan

So if you are looking for a friendly, comfortable and delicious dining venue, check out Aster in Midland Michigan. 

Evan puts his heart and soul into his cooking. By the way, be sure to get a bowl of his homemade ice cream with crumbled graham crackers.  YUMMY to the tummy!

Aster also has outdoor seating AND great food in Midland Michigan!

Cafe Zinc (Located Inside Downtown Midland's H Hotel)

Cafe Zinc, Midland MichiganCafe Zinc, Midland Michigan

Cafe Zinc Address: 111 W Main St, Midland, MI 48640

We love Cafe Zinc in Midland Michigan as you can grab a decadent dessert from the case, buy a loaf of bread, or enjoy a delicious meal right in downtown Midland Michigan.

Chris loves a traditional eggs, hash browns, bacon and toast breakfast, so he was in hog heaven with this breakfast at the H Hotel after our lovely stay.  Great food!

We recommend making reservations at Cafe Zinc the night before to ensure you can get your preferred table...either outside on the lovely patio for outdoors seating or inside near the luscious treats case. 

I like a simpler breakfast, so I ordered the steel cut oats with blueberries, walnuts and brown sugar.  I also love whole wheat toast with strawberry jam so I ordered that too!  My breakfast was perfect!

They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner so stop by!  Cafe Zinc (located inside of the H Hotel) is one of our favorite Midland Michigan Restaurants!

Molasses Smokehouse - Who Loves BBQ?

Molasses Smokehouse + Bar, Midland Michigan RestaurantMolasses Smokehouse + Bar, Midland Michigan Restaurant

Address: 201 E. Main Street, Midland, MI 48640

If you are searching for good St. Louis bbq in Midland Mi, check out Molasses Smokehouse and Bar, located right downtown!  The atmosphere is friendly and casual, so no need to get all gussied up for dinner.  They are open, so come visit!

What's St. Louis bbq? St. Louis style is sauce style barbecue and contains delicious molasses!

Just so you know, ribs are only available after 5:00 p.m.  

We are huge bbq ribs and brisket fans, so we always get these two options.  I love the baked beans and corn bread (slather that baby with butter!) side options at Molasses Smokehouse too.  Very tasty!  

Molasses Smokehouse in downtown Midland Michigan also has great drinks! This is a hard cider but you can also enjoy a glass of wine or a beer.

This great American restaurant in downtown Midland also has outdoor seating, so it's a great place to enjoy a meal and drinks all summer long!

If you aren't a fan of ribs, I absolutely recommend the smoked salmon salad.  It is freakin' awesome. The tomatoes and vegetables are crispy and the smoked salmon is fall apart tender and super flavorful. 

Chris also likes the pulled pork sandwiches and dill potato salad.  Super yummy!

Molasses Smokehouse is one of our favorite Midland Michigan Restaurants!

Lucky's Steakhouse - Great Steaks, Seafood and Salads!

Lucky's Steakhouse Address: 830 Joe Mann Blvd, Midland, MI 

We love going to Lucky's steakhouse in Midland Michigan as the servers are so friendly, there is great beer on tap and the food is fantastic.  The menu is very diverse...you can order seafood, steaks, salads and burgers...all at an affordable price.

Plus, this great American restaurant in Midland has outdoor seating where you can enjoy drinks and dinner on a warm summer evening.  Chances are, you will find us there!

Lucky's Steakhouse is one of our favorite Midland Michigan Restaurants to get a great steak!

Crepes Et Amis - Yummy Crepe Cafe in Downtown Midland Michigan

Crepes Et Amis restaurant in Midland MichiganCrepes Et Amis restaurant in Midland Michigan

Crepes Et Amis Address: 130 Townsend St, Midland, MI 48640

Crepes Et Amis is a cute café located in downtown Midland with outdoor seating. They have a huge selection of sweet and savory crepes, so stop in today! I'm sure you will find one that is perfect for you. 

My friend and I like to stop there for lunches as the ham and vegetable crepe is my favorite!

Fuji Sushi - Great Sushi in Midland Michigan

Fuji Sushi Address: 1512 Joe Mann Blvd, Midland, MI 48642

We absolutely love Fuji Sushi, a fantastic Japanese restaurant in Midland Michigan. If you want a comfortable place to enjoy sushi, you will love this Japanese restaurant. 

Fuji Sushi is located near Meijer and Aspen Dental and is available for dine in or take out. 

We have eaten there at least 60 times and I like how friendly the servers are the the quality of the food is top notch. 

Best Places to Get a Drink (and Dinner) in Midland Michigan

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Grape Beginnings Winery in Downtown Midland Michigan

My friend and I needed to catch up on life so we grabbed a fabulous outside table at Grape Beginnings Winery located in downtown Midland, Michigan.  The owner let us sample a couple wines before ordering which is really fun!

We both absolutely loved their "Dangerous" wine that is described as "full body, heavy oak, hints of strawberry and earthy truffles."  

You can also grab an appetizer to enjoy with your drinks!

Grape Beginnings Winery has been creating their delicious wines in Downtown Midland since the beginning of 2015.  

  • They source a variety of juices from all over the world and ferment the juice onsite to create the great tasting wine you can enjoy today! 

Try a wine flight, it's the best way to find a new favorite!

Grape Beginnings Winery in Downtown Midland MichiganGrape Beginnings Winery in Downtown Midland Michigan

There's nothing better than enjoying a glass of delicious wine while sitting outside on a lovely afternoon with a friend.  The vibrant downtown added to the fun of relaxing outside.  Come check out this wonderful winery in Midland Michigan!

244 E Main St, Midland, MI 48640

Whine - Elegant Wine Bar and Restaurant in Midland Michigan

337 E Wackerly St, Midland, MI 48642

You are absolutely going to love Whine!  This Midland Michigan wine bar and restaurant is absolutely beautiful - the décor is fresh and trendy, perfect for enjoying a glass of wine with friends, coworkers or loved ones. 

This great wine bar and restaurant in Midland also has outdoor seating, so it's a great place to enjoy a meal and drinks all summer long!

We love the open kitchen, it's so fun seeing our food prepared! 

The chef at Whine prides himself on creating from-scratch meals that change with the seasons.  You won't be getting any microwaved meals here!  I was excited to meet him and see the kitchen up close!

Our server was excited to tell us this trout was caught 48 hour ago and made fresh just for me!

I have to be honest, I have never ordered a whole fish before and wasn't sure what to expect. I learned the cheeks are one of the best parts!

My meal came with fluffy riced cauliflower and crisp Brussel sprouts - super delicious.  Chris enjoyed the pork belly shareable and said it was better than what we make at home!   

Be sure to try their numerous delicious deserts, including this warm and crunchy apple crisp with creamy cool ice cream.

This great wine bar and restaurant in Midland also has lovely outdoor seating, so it's a great place to enjoy a meal and drinks all summer long!

WhichCraft Taproom in Midland Michigan

Address: 124 Ashman St, Midland, MI 48640

WhichCraft Taproom, located in Midland Michigan is a casual and comfortable hangout that has the perfect atmosphere for grabbing a drink and dinner with friends. 

  • They proudly carry Michigan-made craft beer, cider, mead and wine right in downtown Midland, Michigan!

Choose a quiet seat in the corner or right in the middle of the action with a good view of bartenders mixing up magical concoctions. 

We ordered the Bavarian soft pretzels that came with their house IPA dijon mustard and warm house-made beer cheese sauce.  I'm telling you, these pretzels smelled so yeasty and yummy, like your grandma's kitchen. 

Oh and the beer cheese sauce was creamy and so satisfying for pretzel dipping.

WhichCraft offers paninis, soups, salads, hot dogs on their expansive menu so I'm sure you will find something that sounds tasty. 

I ordered the Turkey Avocado Melt that I really enjoyed. It came with sliced turkey, bacon, avocado, Swiss cheese and a tangy house-made onion marmalade. Chris ordered the grilled cheese with bacon. 

We hope you found some inspiration from our favorite Midland Michigan restaurants!

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Top Coffee Shops in Midland Michigan

We love fantastic coffee shops! The comfortable atmosphere, friendly baristas and tasty drinks are reason enough to stop for a bit to unwind, catch up with friends or do a little work away from your desk at home. 

So...(just for you), we drank A LOT of coffee.  And after the caffeine buzz hit, we took lots of photos and wrote up a review of great coffee shops in Midland Michigan

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Dow Gardens is a spectacular 110-acre botanical garden located at 1809 Eastman Avenue, Midland, MI. It is one of my absolute favorite places to visit!

Since we live close, I walk and explore about 4 times a month! Dow Gardens is a wonderful botanical gardens in Michigan where you can spend the entire day.  Enjoy paved walking trails, children's gardens, ponds, rose garden, a waterfall, and so many nooks and crannies to explore!

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Don't miss Dow Garden's Butterflies in Bloom! See my tips and "Know Before You Go!" It's an amazing experience!

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Wander Midland Michigan's downtown on E. Main Street for great gathering areas with firepits, comfortable chairs, shopping and great restaurants. 

We love shopping in downtown Midland stores for health food, boutique shops, sporting goods and so much more!

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