The Riverside Inn

The Riverside Inn Fine dining, lodging & special events on the river in beautiful Leland, Michigan.
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This 20oz Snake River Farms Ribeye can mean only one thing... Father’s Day is upon us. Treat dad to a beautifully marble...
06/19/2021

This 20oz Snake River Farms Ribeye can mean only one thing... Father’s Day is upon us. Treat dad to a beautifully marbled 1.5” thick cut, pan seared and served with Yukon gold potatoes, grilled white asparagus and chimichurri. 231.256.9971 or theriverside-inn.com for reservations.

This 20oz Snake River Farms Ribeye can mean only one thing... Father’s Day is upon us. Treat dad to a beautifully marbled 1.5” thick cut, pan seared and served with Yukon gold potatoes, grilled white asparagus and chimichurri. 231.256.9971 or theriverside-inn.com for reservations.

This early summer salad delivers the color with roasted beets, radishes, blueberries and pea shoots. Bocconcini and fenn...
06/19/2021

This early summer salad delivers the color with roasted beets, radishes, blueberries and pea shoots. Bocconcini and fennel mustard vinaigrette top it all off for a rainbow of flavor as lovely as the palette. New on the menu.

This early summer salad delivers the color with roasted beets, radishes, blueberries and pea shoots. Bocconcini and fennel mustard vinaigrette top it all off for a rainbow of flavor as lovely as the palette. New on the menu.

06/16/2021

Just like everyone else, we’re in need of staff this summer. Nieces, nephews, grandkids, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, friend-of-a-friends... Please, if you know of someone who is looking for work, please send them our way. We’re hiring for all positions. Thank you!

It’s a beautiful place to call home. Photo Matt Vailliencourt
06/15/2021

It’s a beautiful place to call home.

Photo Matt Vailliencourt

It’s a beautiful place to call home.

Photo Matt Vailliencourt

It’s Bardenhagen Berries Farm time which means we’ve got a new salad on the menu. Fresh Bardenhagen strawberries, Loma F...
06/14/2021

It’s Bardenhagen Berries Farm time which means we’ve got a new salad on the menu.

Fresh Bardenhagen strawberries, Loma Farms arugula, Boss Mouse Feta, champagne vinaigrette & toasted pecans. Ask your server for their suggested pairing.

Cutest dockside pick up of the summer!
06/11/2021

Cutest dockside pick up of the summer!

Cutest dockside pick up of the summer!

When your chef coat matches the last 60lbs of Norconk asparagus. Get it while you can!
06/10/2021

When your chef coat matches the last 60lbs of Norconk asparagus. Get it while you can!

When your chef coat matches the last 60lbs of Norconk asparagus. Get it while you can!

Who else consumed more ice cream than usual during that last hot spell? Thanks to Chef Aileen's Coffee Brownie creation,...
06/09/2021

Who else consumed more ice cream than usual during that last hot spell? Thanks to Chef Aileen's Coffee Brownie creation, our team enjoyed their fair share and then some.

Who else consumed more ice cream than usual during that last hot spell? Thanks to Chef Aileen's Coffee Brownie creation, our team enjoyed their fair share and then some.

Our chef had a surprise visit from one of her students from the @italianculinaryinstitute today! He and his wife are vac...
06/07/2021

Our chef had a surprise visit from one of her students from the @italianculinaryinstitute today! He and his wife are vacationing in the area and a visit to say hello to Chef Boerma was on the top of the list!

To learn more about what Chef Boerma does in the "off season" visit:https://loom.ly/ITB-HIo

Our chef had a surprise visit from one of her students from the @italianculinaryinstitute today! He and his wife are vacationing in the area and a visit to say hello to Chef Boerma was on the top of the list!

To learn more about what Chef Boerma does in the "off season" visit:https://loom.ly/ITB-HIo

If ever there was an early June night more deserving of a boat ride to dinner, we can’t remember it. Give us a call to l...
06/06/2021

If ever there was an early June night more deserving of a boat ride to dinner, we can’t remember it. Give us a call to let us know you’re on the way, and yes, we have AC.

If ever there was an early June night more deserving of a boat ride to dinner, we can’t remember it. Give us a call to let us know you’re on the way, and yes, we have AC.

It’s never too late for a #fridayintroduction , right? Today we’re pleased to introduce you to our culinary intern Alain...
06/04/2021

It’s never too late for a #fridayintroduction , right? Today we’re pleased to introduce you to our culinary intern Alaina Hogerheide who comes to ⠀
us from The Great Lakes Culinary Institute in Traverse City. ⠀

Alaina has her associates degree and is pursuing a Culinary Arts degree on scholarship. She credits her Hungarian mentor with much of her success and her love of Hungarian cooking, including her very favorite Chicken Paprikash. ⠀

She chose The Riverside Inn for her internship for our strong women lead team and female head chef. ⠀

Welcome, Alaina! We’re so glad to have you!

It’s never too late for a #fridayintroduction , right? Today we’re pleased to introduce you to our culinary intern Alaina Hogerheide who comes to ⠀
us from The Great Lakes Culinary Institute in Traverse City. ⠀

Alaina has her associates degree and is pursuing a Culinary Arts degree on scholarship. She credits her Hungarian mentor with much of her success and her love of Hungarian cooking, including her very favorite Chicken Paprikash. ⠀

She chose The Riverside Inn for her internship for our strong women lead team and female head chef. ⠀

Welcome, Alaina! We’re so glad to have you!

It’s never too late for a #fridayintroduction right? Today we’re pleased to introduce you to our culinary intern Alaina ...
06/04/2021

It’s never too late for a #fridayintroduction right? Today we’re pleased to introduce you to our culinary intern Alaina Hogerheide who comes to
us from The Great Lakes Culinary Institute in Traverse City.

Alaina has her associates degree and is pursuing a Culinary Arts degree on scholarship. She credits her Hungarian mentor with much of her success and her love of Hungarian cooking, including her very favorite Chicken Paprikash.

She chose The Riverside Inn for her internship for our strong women lead team and female head chef.

Welcome, Alaina! We’re so glad to have you!

It’s never too late for a #fridayintroduction right? Today we’re pleased to introduce you to our culinary intern Alaina Hogerheide who comes to
us from The Great Lakes Culinary Institute in Traverse City.

Alaina has her associates degree and is pursuing a Culinary Arts degree on scholarship. She credits her Hungarian mentor with much of her success and her love of Hungarian cooking, including her very favorite Chicken Paprikash.

She chose The Riverside Inn for her internship for our strong women lead team and female head chef.

Welcome, Alaina! We’re so glad to have you!

Salads never get enough of the spotlight in our opinion, but we aim to change that. Pictured is our charred avocado sala...
06/03/2021

Salads never get enough of the spotlight in our opinion, but we aim to change that. Pictured is our charred avocado salad with @lomafarm spring mix, @idyllfarms goat cheese, toasted almonds and cilantro vinaigrette. Pair with a Sauvignon Blanc or Albariño for a beautiful start.

Salads never get enough of the spotlight in our opinion, but we aim to change that. Pictured is our charred avocado salad with @lomafarm spring mix, @idyllfarms goat cheese, toasted almonds and cilantro vinaigrette. Pair with a Sauvignon Blanc or Albariño for a beautiful start.

Very honored to be included in this Eater list of incredible waterfront restaurants in northern Michigan. To read the fu...
05/28/2021
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Very honored to be included in this Eater list of incredible waterfront restaurants in northern Michigan. To read the full list visit: https://detroit.eater.com/maps/16-best-waterfront-restaurants-northern-michigan-upper-peninsula

Writer: Stacey Nield Brugeman
Photo: Brian Confer

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Always say yes to dessert. ALWAYS. One of the many things we (re)learned in the last year is to take any opportunity to ...
05/24/2021

Always say yes to dessert. ALWAYS.

One of the many things we (re)learned in the last year is to take any opportunity to make everyday special. Dessert is a simple and easy way to make that happen. What’s your go-to, must have dessert of choice?

Pictured:
Lemon Curd Tartelette
House made shortbread crust with a lemon curd filling. Served fresh berries and whipped cream. 🍋

Always say yes to dessert. ALWAYS.

One of the many things we (re)learned in the last year is to take any opportunity to make everyday special. Dessert is a simple and easy way to make that happen. What’s your go-to, must have dessert of choice?

Pictured:
Lemon Curd Tartelette
House made shortbread crust with a lemon curd filling. Served fresh berries and whipped cream. 🍋

It feels like summer has arrived early to Leland! New planters are brimming with colorful flowers, open signs are flappi...
05/22/2021

It feels like summer has arrived early to Leland! New planters are brimming with colorful flowers, open signs are flapping in the breeze and the sidewalks are bustling. Here are a few of our favorite Leland shops. We suggest a day perusing each for beautiful and unique finds before heading our way for dinner. Tell us in the comments what some of your favorite Leland stops are.

Last night’s deck views. Did anyone else catch the Coast Guard helicopters buzzing low?
05/21/2021

Last night’s deck views. Did anyone else catch the Coast Guard helicopters buzzing low?

Last night’s deck views. Did anyone else catch the Coast Guard helicopters buzzing low?

Meet our new Sous Chef Adam Wicker! A few things about Adam:  👨‍🍳His first cooking job was at Scott's Harbor Grill in 20...
05/20/2021

Meet our new Sous Chef Adam Wicker!

A few things about Adam:

👨‍🍳His first cooking job was at Scott's Harbor Grill in 2009
👨‍🍳Before joining us at The Riverside Inn Adam worked at Crystal Mountain Resort
👨‍🍳Favorite food to cook - Italian
👨‍🍳Favorite thing to eat - Sushi
👨‍🍳Favorite cocktail - Vodka Tonic with Lime
👨‍🍳Favorite celebrity chef - Gordon Ramsey
👨‍🍳Favorite band - Journey
👨‍🍳Favorite thing about living in Leelanau County - boating on a hot summer day
👨‍🍳Favorite item on the Riverside Inn menu - Beef Tartar

We're glad to have Adam on our team & look forward to a great season with him in the kitchen!

Meet our new Sous Chef Adam Wicker!

A few things about Adam:

👨‍🍳His first cooking job was at Scott's Harbor Grill in 2009
👨‍🍳Before joining us at The Riverside Inn Adam worked at Crystal Mountain Resort
👨‍🍳Favorite food to cook - Italian
👨‍🍳Favorite thing to eat - Sushi
👨‍🍳Favorite cocktail - Vodka Tonic with Lime
👨‍🍳Favorite celebrity chef - Gordon Ramsey
👨‍🍳Favorite band - Journey
👨‍🍳Favorite thing about living in Leelanau County - boating on a hot summer day
👨‍🍳Favorite item on the Riverside Inn menu - Beef Tartar

We're glad to have Adam on our team & look forward to a great season with him in the kitchen!

If you haven't tried our new Whitefish set yet, we highly recommend it! Lightly dusted in rice flour and pan-seared in c...
05/17/2021

If you haven't tried our new Whitefish set yet, we highly recommend it! Lightly dusted in rice flour and pan-seared in clarified butter and served with pesto quinoa and sundried tomato relish, it's a customer favorite. Pair with Good Harbor Pinot Grigio for a pure Leelanau dining experience.

If you haven't tried our new Whitefish set yet, we highly recommend it! Lightly dusted in rice flour and pan-seared in clarified butter and served with pesto quinoa and sundried tomato relish, it's a customer favorite. Pair with Good Harbor Pinot Grigio for a pure Leelanau dining experience.

Great news! You can now make your reservations online! We cannot guarantee outdoor tables, but we invite you to make a n...
05/15/2021

Great news! You can now make your reservations online! We cannot guarantee outdoor tables, but we invite you to make a note on your reservation to let us know you would like an outdoor table if one is available.

Thanks & see you soon!

https://loom.ly/ETGb93Y

Great news! You can now make your reservations online! We cannot guarantee outdoor tables, but we invite you to make a note on your reservation to let us know you would like an outdoor table if one is available.

Thanks & see you soon!

https://loom.ly/ETGb93Y

It’s a beautiful night for dinner on the patio; just grab a coat!
05/10/2021

It’s a beautiful night for dinner on the patio; just grab a coat!

It’s a beautiful night for dinner on the patio; just grab a coat!

What’s better than a lovely brunch out on Mother’s Day? Our chef has been busy preparing a thoughtful brunch menu with s...
05/09/2021

What’s better than a lovely brunch out on Mother’s Day? Our chef has been busy preparing a thoughtful brunch menu with something for everyone (pass the Nutella pancakes, please!) including this Smoked Salmon Plate with cured salmon, whipped herbed cream cheese, shaved red onion, capers, lemon, and bagel chips. We’re looking forward to celebrating Mom with all of our diners today and sending happy Mother’s Day wishes far and wide to moms of every kind. 💗

What’s better than a lovely brunch out on Mother’s Day? Our chef has been busy preparing a thoughtful brunch menu with something for everyone (pass the Nutella pancakes, please!) including this Smoked Salmon Plate with cured salmon, whipped herbed cream cheese, shaved red onion, capers, lemon, and bagel chips. We’re looking forward to celebrating Mom with all of our diners today and sending happy Mother’s Day wishes far and wide to moms of every kind. 💗

Hi everyone, Kate on the mic today.  We are opening tonight and while we're beyond excited, we're also anticipating some...
05/07/2021

Hi everyone, Kate on the mic today.

We are opening tonight and while we're beyond excited, we're also anticipating some hiccups as we all get back in the swing of things. To prevent as many as possible I would like to try and get out in front of them by outlining some things upfront.

Current MHD orders are for guests to be seated at the bar and in the dining rooms, and to only be up from their seats on the way to the restrooms or entering/leaving the building. This means, no mingling at the bar or visiting at other tables. I know this community knows each other so well, and we have all been cooped up for a LONG time, but it's important that we operate as safely as we can, so please🙏stay in your seats. Wave at your friends as they go by. Visit with them at another time - or go outside and visit. I really want to be able to keep the bar seating available to guests and if everyone does their best to follow the guidelines we can! I want to thank you all in advance for helping us to operate at the maximum capacity allowable and adhering to guidelines so I don't have to monitor traffic.

Additional Guidelines:

Mask up when you arrive & leave your table.
Max party size at a table - 6.
Reservations are available for dining rooms and 2 bar tables
Bar stools cannot be reserved.
Deck tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and can not be reserved ahead of time.
The dock area is available for cocktails and we will have a server take your order from the dock. Please do not stop to order directly from the bar.
Contact tracing information is required for all guests.
And again, no mingling.

I really appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you soon!
Kate

Hi everyone, Kate on the mic today.

We are opening tonight and while we're beyond excited, we're also anticipating some hiccups as we all get back in the swing of things. To prevent as many as possible I would like to try and get out in front of them by outlining some things upfront.

Current MHD orders are for guests to be seated at the bar and in the dining rooms, and to only be up from their seats on the way to the restrooms or entering/leaving the building. This means, no mingling at the bar or visiting at other tables. I know this community knows each other so well, and we have all been cooped up for a LONG time, but it's important that we operate as safely as we can, so please🙏stay in your seats. Wave at your friends as they go by. Visit with them at another time - or go outside and visit. I really want to be able to keep the bar seating available to guests and if everyone does their best to follow the guidelines we can! I want to thank you all in advance for helping us to operate at the maximum capacity allowable and adhering to guidelines so I don't have to monitor traffic.

Additional Guidelines:

Mask up when you arrive & leave your table.
Max party size at a table - 6.
Reservations are available for dining rooms and 2 bar tables
Bar stools cannot be reserved.
Deck tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and can not be reserved ahead of time.
The dock area is available for cocktails and we will have a server take your order from the dock. Please do not stop to order directly from the bar.
Contact tracing information is required for all guests.
And again, no mingling.

I really appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you soon!
Kate

A sneak peek of what’s to come on our May 7th, opening night menu with these pan seared fresh scallops, fennel cream pur...
05/06/2021

A sneak peek of what’s to come on our May 7th, opening night menu with these pan seared fresh scallops, fennel cream puree, fresh peas, white asparagus, orange beurre blanc and orange zest.

Call 231.256.9971 for reservations. See you Friday!

A sneak peek of what’s to come on our May 7th, opening night menu with these pan seared fresh scallops, fennel cream puree, fresh peas, white asparagus, orange beurre blanc and orange zest.

Call 231.256.9971 for reservations. See you Friday!

05/06/2021

We’re hiring servers and line cooks for the 2021 season. Call 231.256.9971 or email [email protected]

A telltale sign that we’re days from opening for the season! Our chefs have been busy prepping for our opening night men...
05/04/2021

A telltale sign that we’re days from opening for the season! Our chefs have been busy prepping for our opening night menu which includes our octopus carpaccio with white bean pureé, crispy pancetta lardons and salsa verde. It may not look like much here, but it’s a hands down customer favorite. Will we see you for our opening weekend? Call 231.256.9971 for reservation availability.

A telltale sign that we’re days from opening for the season! Our chefs have been busy prepping for our opening night menu which includes our octopus carpaccio with white bean pureé, crispy pancetta lardons and salsa verde. It may not look like much here, but it’s a hands down customer favorite. Will we see you for our opening weekend? Call 231.256.9971 for reservation availability.

Address

302 River St
Leland, MI
49654

Not really an available feature in Leelanau County

Telephone

(231) 256-9971

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Riverside Inn History

Antoine Manseau founded the town of Leland in 1852, and at that time, the town was primarily a logging town. Jacob Schwarz, a German immigrant to Leelanau County, constructed the original Riverside Inn in 1901. Mr. Schwarz had previously been involved in the logging industry, partially owning three different saw mills. As a former resident of Indianapolis, Indiana, Schwarz recognized a potential market for Leland in the summer tourist trade. Wealthy residents of Indianapolis, Chicago, Cincinnati and Detroit were looking for locations for their summer getaways. This wealthy group was just discovering Northern Michigan. Schwarz took his profit from the lumber business and built The Riverside Inn, almost single-handedly.

Jacob Schwarz realized that in order for this area to become a destination for the wealthy tourists, a hotel with “city” amenities would be required. Indoor plumbing, hot water, heat, and electricity were fairly rare in a rural setting such as Leland, but Jacob made sure The Riverside Inn had all this. The wealthy summer residents felt comfortable in the setting, thus, the same guests returned year after year.

Schwarz ran the Riverside Inn until his death in 1917. His wife followed in 1918, and ownership of the inn passed to the couple's daughters, Blanche and Anna. They ran the inn until 1924, when it was destroyed by fire.

Rather than construct a new building, they modified the 1912 dance hall that Jacob Schwarz had constructed previously. The building was moved to face the river, an upper story was added, and the interior was reworked to make a new inn. Blanche and Anna ran the inn until 1957.

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The right place at the right time. At The Riv of course!
your website is not showing your curbside menu. 😀
The Riverside Inn on Saturday was our HAPPY PLACE. Our dinners were amazing and the atmosphere charming. Thank you Kate and staff for a memorable experience.
We are Dan's Mom and Dad. We came up from Lansing to dine and sleep at the Riverside Inn Saturday. Our meal was delicious. Service is always excellent. Thank you Kate and everyone for making us feel so welcome.
Hoping the renovations are beginning and looking forward to seeing you in the spring ... any updates?
I brought my special Mom and friend to eat at the Rive. We were treated like royalty. My son Dan and the Staff were awesome. Thank you Kate for all you have done to make the Riverside Inn the best place to visit in Leland Michigan.
PKS Peruvian Potatoes
Where to relax after work. 😌🍷