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Bywater Cafe at Michigan Beach

Lake Michigan Beach,
Charlevoix, MI 49720
(231) 547-3615

The Bywater Cafe (formally known as The Beach House) is a summer cafe located in Charlevoix Michigan. Enjoy their made-to-order lunches on their patio while you watch the boats come in off of the Big Lake and into Pine River Channel. Stop down for dinner and watch the world renowned sunsets!

American Cafe / Deli

Google Reviews


Victor Rendon

5 months ago
A great location to stop by for a quick bite to eat while out at the beach. I tried the smoothie, magnificent shakes, root beer float, and the Coney. The friendly staff brings it out to you when it's ready.

Heather Garcia

2 months ago
I have been here a handful of times over the past couple years. Last time I was here I brought my 90 yr old client with me for a lunch date and she and I had an amazing time. We loved our chicken salad wrap and our seasoned bag of fries. The setting was perfect and the owner even brought our meal to us while we sat at the beautiful painted tables to our surprise we found out she even hand painted the tables and chairs. Highly recommended and sad that its only open for the summer season but definitely understand since its at the beach!!!

Sherle Abramson-Bluhm

2 months ago
Hardest thing about end of summer is saying goodbye to the Bywater. Go through French fries withdrawal all winter. End of season brought some limitations to menu, which caused us to get something other than our regular order and so happy to have a new favorite. Thanks for all the great meals this summer. Look forward to 2023.

Jamie Bogart

5 months ago
My family loves the Bywater Cafe!! Annie takes great pride in making sure her food is fresh, fair priced and always made to order. It saddens me to see negative reviews about there being “too many hand cut fry’s” or “bland”, or that it’s a “concession stand”….or that Annie or her staff would be considered “racist” ( that couldn’t be farther from the truth) Annie has young-teenaged kids working for her, for many of them it’s the first job And I have never been treated unkind by any of them. Annie not only runs this cafe but she also takes great care of making sure the litter is being kept picked up not only on her patio but on the beach as well. Simple rules to live by while visiting… Be kind to the staff Don’t vandalize their property No smoking on patio Pretty easy!! Bywater cafe Staff & Annie, don’t worry about the petty comments left by angry, entitled customers. Anyone who knows what a great place this is, will keep coming back.

Kim Lange

3 months ago
We loved the burgers. If you don’t like spice ask for the fries with nothing on them. The spice made me sick. My husband loved the fries. So it’s a choice I didn’t know about!!!


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