The Riverside Inn

The Riverside Inn Fine dining, lodging & special events on the river in beautiful Leland, Michigan.
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Beginning April 30th, we will be offering a limited menu for curbside pick up. Remember our 2 dinners and a bottle of wi...
04/14/2020

Beginning April 30th, we will be offering a limited menu for curbside pick up. Remember our 2 dinners and a bottle of wine from the fall/winter - they are back! Hours will be Thursday-Saturday from 5-7:30pm. We will post the weekend menu on Tuesday Afternoons. Call for pick up! 231.256.9971

https://theriverside-inn.com/event/may-go-hours

Future site of Riverside Inn Curbside Pick Up beginning April 30th! Stay tuned for more details including our opening me...
04/10/2020

Future site of Riverside Inn Curbside Pick Up beginning April 30th! Stay tuned for more details including our opening menu and Mother's Day Brunch menu. 🌷⁠

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04/01/2020

The Riverside Inn's cover photo

4am text volleys of take out menus, virtual wine classes, boat pick up and other innovative ideas to stay afloat during ...
04/01/2020

4am text volleys of take out menus, virtual wine classes, boat pick up and other innovative ideas to stay afloat during these strange times have become the norm. Also occurring with increasing regularity, phone calls from our wonderful guests requesting gift cards and sending love and support. There aren’t words for the gratitude we have for this community. ❤️

Not a horrible way to kick off the week...
03/02/2020

Not a horrible way to kick off the week...

That nomination for MyNorth Red Hot Best - Best Outdoor Dining nomination is making us miss summer and our deck a little...
02/18/2020

That nomination for MyNorth Red Hot Best - Best Outdoor Dining nomination is making us miss summer and our deck a little extra right now. Thanks to everyone who voted. We can’t wait to see you all again this summer.

https://mynorth.com/rhb20/

We are now accepting applications for our Executive Chef position. Please tag and share to help us spread the word! Than...
01/31/2020
Riverside Inn Now Hiring Executive Chef | The Riverside Inn | Leland, Michigan

We are now accepting applications for our Executive Chef position. Please tag and share to help us spread the word!

Thank you!

Posted by sarah Blog 0 Comments The Riverside Inn is now accepting resumes for the position of Executive Chef. Please see our official listing below. --- The Riverside Inn was built 118 years ago on the banks of the Leland River. It is situated between Lake Leelanau and Lake Michigan in the heart of...

01/13/2020

As some of you know our Chef Peter Siagkris took an icy swim in the river Saturday night (he insisted!). In Riverside tradition, a toss in the river signifies a staff member's last night of employment.

We’re sad to announce that Pete will be moving on to assist with operations at Pendergast Farm in Empire, but happy for him as he starts this exciting new chapter.

We will be beginning the interview process to find another talented team member to add to our back of the house staff. Please keep an eye out for a link to our official job posting and stay tuned for updates.

Until then, happy winter to all & we will see you when we reopen on April 30th!

Tonight is our last and final night of the season!  We’ll be serving a special small plate menu restaurant-wide througho...
01/11/2020

Tonight is our last and final night of the season! We’ll be serving a special small plate menu restaurant-wide throughout the night or until we cook ourselves out of food. This is always a fun night at the Riv, and we hope you’ll join us in celebrating another fabulous year! Doors open at 5.

The Riverside Inn's cover photo
01/11/2020

The Riverside Inn's cover photo

The Redheads Pop Up Brunch on Sunday, January 12th is officially sold out, but there are others ways to support The Redh...
01/10/2020

The Redheads Pop Up Brunch on Sunday, January 12th is officially sold out, but there are others ways to support The Redheads during this challenging time. Visit the link below to visit a Go Fund Me benefiting Sarah and The Redheads. ❤️

https://www.gofundme.com/f/let039s-help-keep-the-redheads-sassy

Our last Thursday Salut of the season! Join us for our final $6 small plates, $5 glasses of wine & $1 off cocktails and ...
01/06/2020

Our last Thursday Salut of the season!

Join us for our final $6 small plates, $5 glasses of wine & $1 off cocktails and select beers.

4-6pm in the bar!

Pre-service prep always includes studying and making notes about our nightly specials. This often includes origin/source...
01/03/2020

Pre-service prep always includes studying and making notes about our nightly specials. This often includes origin/source of ingredients, interesting facts about particular dishes, pairing suggestions and more. Our servers are always well versed and informed about what we have to offer so be sure to ask if you have questions.

Tonight’s (Friday) features include:

Soup- Seafood Bisque

Entree - Pan seared Mahi with saffron risotto, grilled white asparagus and herb chimichurri
*Suggested Wine Pairing: MariMar Chardonnay Coravin glass feature or Dumol Winery Wester Reach by the bottle.

Charcuterie
Smoked Duck
Chorizo
Serrano ham
Boss Mouse Cheese Smoked Cheddar
Manchego
Green Island Blue

Sorbet
plum, raspberry, strawberry balsamic

Hope to see you before our last official night of the season on January 11th. Join us for a very special POP UP BRUNCH - A Kejara’s Bridge throwback featuring all the KB best hits benefitting the The Redheads on Sunday January 12th.

TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED HERE: https://www.redheadsinc.com/product/jan-12th-kejaras-brunch-at-the-riverside-inn/

Our 2nd to last Thursday Salut of the season. Get it while you can!See you at 4 in the bar.
01/02/2020

Our 2nd to last Thursday Salut of the season. Get it while you can!

See you at 4 in the bar.

Cheers to 2019 & welcome 2020!
12/31/2019

Cheers to 2019 & welcome 2020!

We asked Libby what her favorite craft cocktail is on our current list and she said “the Porto Santo is an awesome cockt...
12/30/2019

We asked Libby what her favorite craft cocktail is on our current list and she said “the Porto Santo is an awesome cocktail that doesn’t get enough love. The combination of spiced rum, Madeira, Cointreau and red wine make it holiday festive without being over the top sweet. Such a solid choice.”
We totally agree. If you give it a try the next time you’re in make sure to let Libby or Emjo know what you think.

Winter on her way back ❄️
12/29/2019

Winter on her way back ❄️

So proud to be included in this group. Many thanks Lick the Plate!
12/29/2019

So proud to be included in this group. Many thanks Lick the Plate!

Time for the annual Lick the Plate "Good Things of the Year" week of shows. Out of the 50+ shows we recorded with a wide range of talented folks in NW Michigan in 2019 that aired on KLT The Rock Station, Music Radio The Fox FM and hosted on MyNorth, these stuck out as especially fun...and we love what these guests are doing. If you missed them this past week on-air, you can check out the podcasts here https://www.lick-the-plate.com Thanks Camp Greensky Music Festival, Cultured Kombucha Co. The Riverside Inn Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak StoneFolk Michigan Hop Alliance Crooked Tree Arts Center Leelanau Cheese S2S Sugar 2 Salt Big Little Wines Traverse City Tourism Brengman Brothers Winery Glen Arbor Wines Cedar Sol Taco Stand & Hydro Farm Taproot Cider House KLT The Rock Station Music Radio The Fox FM Norte Blackstar Farms K.Jones & the Benzie Playboys Two Brothers Sailing Adventures Market 22 Burritt's Fresh Market Jack Pine Empire Asparagus Festival The Cheese Lady Traverse City Plath's Meats Inc for the fun shows! And EZ Able, LLC for powering the show in TC!

The Riverside Inn's cover photo
12/29/2019

The Riverside Inn's cover photo

NEW YEAR’S EVE at The Riverside Inn - Join us in bidding farewell to 2019 and welcoming 2020 while enjoying a fabulous m...
12/27/2019

NEW YEAR’S EVE at The Riverside Inn - Join us in bidding farewell to 2019 and welcoming 2020 while enjoying a fabulous meal with your nearest & dearest.

The price is $85/person and includes a sparkling wine toast.

Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made by calling 231.256.9971.

Tonight is supposed be our Holiday Thursday Salut but it’s feeling more like a great day for drinks on the dock! Either ...
12/26/2019

Tonight is supposed be our Holiday Thursday Salut but it’s feeling more like a great day for drinks on the dock!

Either way, doors open at 4 for $6 small plates, $5 wines & $1 off cocktails & select beers in the bar. See you then!

✨From all of us at the Riverside Inn, Happy Holidays! ✨
12/25/2019

✨From all of us at the Riverside Inn, Happy Holidays! ✨

We’re experiencing a bit of a thaw & we’re not mad about it. The sunshine feels amazing and makes all the holiday hustle...
12/21/2019

We’re experiencing a bit of a thaw & we’re not mad about it. The sunshine feels amazing and makes all the holiday hustle & bustle easier to accomplish.

If you’re out and about Leland finishing up you’re last minute shopping we hope you’ll add happy hour or dinner at the Riv to your list. Tonight’s specials are listed below & doors open at 5.

Dinner Specials - Saturday December, 21st

SOUP: Creamy Gouda Potato
ENTREE: Pan Seared Whitefish - rice flour dusted Michigan whitefish, local risotto and sautéed haricot vert
SORBET: Plum, Raspberry & Strawberry Balsamic
DESSERT: Peanut Butter Truffle - Peanut butter ice cream topped with chocolate ganache, whipped cream and gf cookie

It’s Friday Introduction time again and this week we’re talking with our girl, Chef Chris Boerma! Some fun facts about C...
12/20/2019

It’s Friday Introduction time again and this week we’re talking with our girl, Chef Chris Boerma!

Some fun facts about Chris:

Career • Chris wasn’t always a chef! She started as a server first and was so fascinated by the kitchen that she “weaseled” her way on to the line and have been cooking ever since.

Favorite Food • Chilaquilles!

Winter Plans • Chris heads to Italy 🇮🇹 every winter to be a chef instructor at the Italian Culinary Institute, Italy in Calabria. She’ll be leaving us this year on January 3rd. ✈️

Favorite Chef • My favorite Chef would have to be Chef John Nocita @italianculinaryinstitute whom I work for in Italy.

Most Memorable Cooking Moment • First night on the line was All You Can Eat Perch Night where her sense of urgency was born.

Favorite Thing to Cook • Meat! “I love to braise!” 😊

Favorite Gift to Receive • Aprons!

We’re going to miss Chris while she’s gone, but we’re so happy knowing she’ll be someplace beautiful doing what she loves!

Have any questions for Chris? Ask us in the comments.

#fridayintroductions

Thursday Salut Menu! Don’t forget to join us for musical guests Blake Elliott & Elizabeth Landry Sings from 4-6 in the b...
12/18/2019

Thursday Salut Menu! Don’t forget to join us for musical guests Blake Elliott & Elizabeth Landry Sings from 4-6 in the bar. ✨🎄✨

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12/15/2019

The Riverside Inn's cover photo

Santa Brunch!
12/15/2019

Santa Brunch!

The wine class line up this week consisted these unique wines:🍾The Bolney Wine Estate ‘Bolney Bubbly - Classic Cuvée Bru...
12/15/2019

The wine class line up this week consisted these unique wines:

🍾The Bolney Wine Estate ‘Bolney Bubbly - Classic Cuvée Brut, England NV
•This 55% Chardonnay - 43% Pinot Noir - 2% Pinot Meunièr sparkling wine comes from rural Sussex on the edge of South Downs.
The tasting notes say it all: “The generosity of ripe apples, golden mirabelles and vivid citrus assails the nose with joyous intent. On the palate, these generous fruit notes are defined by vivid citrus freshness and wonderfully frothy freshness. This is bottled exuberance and will disappear in no time at all.” - 92 points WineEnthusiast

🍾Franck Besson - Sparkling Gamay Rose Granit NV
•Grown in granitic sand, this 100% sparkling Gamay Noir was produced by first allowing the skin contact with the juice to create a light pink hue. First fermentation occurs in stainless for the “vin de base” followed by second fermentation in each bottle with the use of “Champenoise” yeasts and respecting the “Méthode Traditionnelle”. Aging for 12 months on wooden “pupitre” (racks) at the estate. In the glass enjoy a charming rose petal hue. Aroma of fresh strawberry and raspberry. Refined bubbles that add to the refreshing character of the wine. Rounded and slightly sweet at first taste with a perfectly balanced dry finish. A delightful persistence with bright and appealing fruit.

Gibbs Vineyards- Cabernet Franc, St. Helena Napa Valley
•Napa styled Cabernet Franc offers all the classic notes of old-world Cabernet Franc in a bolder and more boisterous fashion than one might find in Bordeaux. Violet, blue fruits and herbal notes on the nose seamlessly meld with a body showing blueberry, dark boysenberry, mocha, and a touch of green bell pepper. The tannins are fine, but ever present bringing beautiful structure to this layered and complex wine.

Next time you’re in ask your server about any of these wines. They have insight and interesting information about each as well as pairing recommendations to share.

Happy Friday Introductions! Today we're spotlighting longtime Riv staffer & friend Emily Jo Larkin! 🙋🏻‍♀️Some things abo...
12/13/2019

Happy Friday Introductions! Today we're spotlighting longtime Riv staffer & friend Emily Jo Larkin!

🙋🏻‍♀️Some things about Emjo:

👉🏼She's worked at the Riv for 11 non-consecutive years starting in 2002.

👉🏼She is a level 2 sommelier and our Bar Manager but prefers her self appointed title of: Head of Moral

👉🏼Favorite wine: When it comes to wines she tends to obsess and move on rather than choosing a favorite. It could be a grape varietal or a place. Current obsession is Portuguese reds.

👉🏼Favorite cocktail: Most recently Represado tequila, fresh lime juice and a wee bit of Cointreau.

👉🏼Favorite food: artichokes always feel like such a treat so that's top pick, but cheese is always high ranking too.

👉🏼Current Netflix binge: Great Events of WWII in Color. *Highly recommend it.

👉🏼Little known facts about Emjo in her words: "This is hard because I'm a certified over-sharer. I'm an asset on a trivia team, I retain useless knowledge on a variety of subjects, even sports which surprises me."

👉🏼Things that make her happy: Her nieces, homemade popcorn, crossword puzzles, baths and miniatures.

👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼And that's it for our first Friday Introduction, staff edition. Do you know our staff? Tell us in the comments who you want to “meet” next!

#fridayintroductions #rivteam #family #sommelier

Sometimes we like a cocktail with some heat. 🌶Enter our Ancho Chili - Cranberry Margarita made with ancho chili infused ...
12/12/2019

Sometimes we like a cocktail with some heat. 🌶Enter our Ancho Chili - Cranberry Margarita made with ancho chili infused el Jimador Tequila, fresh lime juice, simple syrup & fresh cranberry sauce. It’s the perfect balance of spice & nice and one of our favorite holiday cocktails this season.

What’s your go-to holiday cocktail?

Tonight’s Thursday Salut! See you at 4. 🥂
12/12/2019

Tonight’s Thursday Salut!

See you at 4. 🥂

We’ve had some last minute openings for our Santa Brunch this Sunday! Call 231.256.9971 for reservations today. Openings...
12/10/2019

We’ve had some last minute openings for our Santa Brunch this Sunday! Call 231.256.9971 for reservations today. Openings will go quickly! 🎅🏼

Tonight’s Date Nite Menu features Smoked Duck Breast or Braised Venison Shank + a bottle of wine for just $55 ❤️
12/08/2019

Tonight’s Date Nite Menu features Smoked Duck Breast or Braised Venison Shank + a bottle of wine for just $55 ❤️

The garland is hung and we’re feeling ourselves. So happy to be back this holiday season.Saturday Dinner Special: Pan se...
12/07/2019

The garland is hung and we’re feeling ourselves. So happy to be back this holiday season.

Saturday Dinner Special: Pan seared whitefish with local mushroom risotto and sautéed rapini

Hope to see you soon!

Save the date for our very special Holiday Salut on December 19th featuring Blake Elliott & Elizabeth Landry Sings! Smal...
12/06/2019

Save the date for our very special Holiday Salut on December 19th featuring Blake Elliott & Elizabeth Landry Sings! Small plate menu coming soon!

Tonight's Thursday Salut menu! Enjoy $6 small plates, $5 glasses of wine & $1 off cocktails & select beers. 4-6pm in the...
12/05/2019

Tonight's Thursday Salut menu!

Enjoy $6 small plates, $5 glasses of wine & $1 off cocktails & select beers. 4-6pm in the bar.

See you soon!

Just 2 short weeks until our annual Santa Brunch on Sunday the 15th. While we are completely booked for larger parties, ...
12/01/2019

Just 2 short weeks until our annual Santa Brunch on Sunday the 15th. While we are completely booked for larger parties, we do still have availability for parties of 2.

Give our brunch menu a look and call today to make your reservation! 231.256.9971 🎅🏼

New on the menu: Seared Diver scallops with Michigan apple and brown butter purée, charred Belgian endive, capers, white...
11/30/2019

New on the menu: Seared Diver scallops with Michigan apple and brown butter purée, charred Belgian endive, capers, white balsamic onion jam and red pepper gastrique.

Pairing suggestions:
By the glass - Laurent Dufouleur Chardonnay
By the bottle - Domaine LaFlaive Macon Verze

So happy to have David Boylan from @licktheplatemichigan back again, this time interviewing Chef Siagkris! Read on to fi...
11/27/2019

So happy to have David Boylan from @licktheplatemichigan back again, this time interviewing Chef Siagkris! Read on to find out what they talked about and how you can catch the interview. Thanks, David! Always a pleasure.
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“Not sure there is a more idyllic location for a wintertime meal than The Riverside Inn in Leland, Michigan and it was a treat to chat with their talented Executive Chef Peter Siagkris recently. The Midland, Michigan native cut some of his culinary chops at restaurants I'm very familiar with in San Diego and now resides in Leland. Their seasonal menu looks amazing but you better get on it quick as they close January 11 until May. We talk food, restaurants, music and deer hunting m-f on Lick the Plate on KLT The Rock Station, Music Radio The Fox FM at 6:10&10:40pm or podcast here https://mynorth.com/2019/11/riverside-inn-2/ Thanks Kate Vilter for setting this one up!”
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Sunday night Date Nite menu. See you soon!
11/23/2019

Sunday night Date Nite menu. See you soon!

5pm sunset is better than no sunset, right?
11/23/2019

5pm sunset is better than no sunset, right?

5pm sunset is better than no sunset, right?
11/23/2019

5pm sunset is better than no sunset, right?

Winter Hours
11/22/2019

Winter Hours

Address

302 River Street
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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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. 😌🍷