Italian-American neighborhood dining in the heart of downtown "Burdickville"
Please visit our website for further information, sample menus and directions. We look forward to having you as our guest!
*We DO NOT have a children's menu/young children are strongly discouraged. We are a small space ~ limits are in place for larger parties.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner beginning @ 5:30pm - 9:00pm, seasonal days of operation
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We do not have catering services.
parking is limited - carpooling is recommended!
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine
Funistrada Ratings and Reviews
Funistrada never disappoints! Our family ...
Funistrada never disappoints! Our family visited twice while visiting Glen Arbor for a week. It's one of our favorite restaurants anyplace, including the big city! The service is always wonderful and the food is both exceptional and consistent. Their veal entrees cannot be matched anywhere...anywhere.
Nice place. Nice people. Good service. ...
Nice place. Nice people. Good service. Food was mediocre at best. Bread and house salad were
disappointing. Bread was tough; salad nothing special. Veal Saltimboca was poor. The so-called "famous" Tiramisu for dessert was dry and really, really lacked a decent amount of the mascarpone cheese. We had looked forward to this dinner after reading all the great reviews. We had planned to return next week, since we are in the area on vacation. We canceled that reservation and have taken Funistrada off our list of restaurants in the area. Will not return, sadly.
Funistrada always delivers a wonderful d ...
Funistrada always delivers a wonderful dining experience. We visited twice last week while on vacation and had two exceptional meals. The staff is always fun and they bring a friendly, positive attitude to the table. And the food is outstanding. The veal is as good as you can find anywhere!
We have been to Funistrada twice, once i ...
We have been to Funistrada twice, once in November 2015 (a Thursday) and then again June 2016 (a Sunday). We loved the place in November, but were mildly disappointed in June. I had the same dish both times - a special with broccolini, white beans and sausage. It was excellent the first time around, but I can only rate it 'good' this time - the sausage was too spicy and the sauce was overly garlicky. My wife had lemon artichoke chicken and was likewise disappointed - one of the pieces of chicken was more coating than chicken, and difficult to cut. The other pieces were thicker, but not as tasty as she was expecting
The salad, the wine (Mawby Sex), desert ( panna cotta) and service were excellent.
Funistrada was crowded on both occasions (2015 and 2016). The November clientele were mostly couples, whereas there were several large parties in June. Plus the June dinner was on a Sunday. Whether these impacted food preparation, I can't say, but the meals weren't up to the same standard as our excellent meals in November.
We will be back, but probably off-season.
Love love going every time.. We never ge ...
Love love going every time.. We never get tired of Funistrada. I love how consistent they are with everything. Food, atmosphere, and staff are always wonderful. The chefs know what they are doing and always get our complements!!
This is a fabulous restaurant. People at ...
This is a fabulous restaurant. People at the B & B we were at were raving about it so we quickly booked a reservation for that night. Cute place. The menu had loads of choices that we would have happily had. The food was delicious and very generous in portion size.
Excellent choices, and the specials we ...
Excellent choices, and the specials we had to try to narrow down from an awesome list. We ended up with two appetizers because we couldn't decide. Food was fantastic. The only drawback was a large table seated next to us, and two of the women were so loud, it overpowered our own conversation. We ended up listening to their group the entire evening. But that was not the fault of the restaurant. We will be back!!
Hard to find but quaint location
We were in the Glen Arbor area and had made reservations at Funistrada based on information from a friend. Cell phone lost cell power on both phones, due to the high hills in the area. Finally, we got through and called and Helen talked us in very easily. My anti pasta salad needed more meat/cheese and flavor. Picata needed flavor.
Great experience. My steak was as good ...
Great experience. My steak was as good as any I have had anywhere else. Appetizers included mussels, and asparagus wrapped in prosciutto. Both were quite good, particularly the latter; very crisp asparagus. Our server was funny and attentive without being intrusive. I have eaten at Funistrada several times and would return without hesitation. Best of luck to you.
Funni is consistently good, we enjoy the mid week specials during the off season for a good value. Otherwise a bit pricey. I wish most restuants had a good inexpensive house wine option or if you charge 10-12 dollars a glass it should be better than average grocery store wine.
Funistrada, please just say you don't welcome kids
We've been enjoying family meals at Funistrada for years. While Funistrada doesn't have a kids' menu, they were always happy to serve the kids a side portion of pasta with meatballs. That was perfect for their appetites, and we enjoyed having a cozy meal at what was one of our favorite neighborhood places.
Over the years we've felt the welcome has worn off. In our most recent visit, our server shared that the owners have decided to no longer allow kids to order a side item or a salad as their entree. The economics of a diner not ordering an entree doesn't work for the owners.
Personally I don't get this math. My daughter (who is nine) ordered an appetizer salad, plus a drink and a dessert, along with a (large) pasta side. The bill for her meal was more than it would be for an adult diner who didn't order a full three-course meal. Yet we were told for the first time (after dining here for years) that the owners won't tolerate this going forward. I am willing to bet that if a adult couple dined at Funistrada and one of them ordered the appetizer portion of lobster gnocchi as a main, plus a salad, there would be no issue. But if a nine year old does the same, we're made to feel unwelcome.
Funistrada will lose out on all of our future business (including the date night meals we have without the kids)....and any positive recommendations we would have made to the many friends and family that visit the area on vacation.
Even though I don't like the approach the owners are taking, it's their restaurant and they can do as they choose. My big gripe with Funistrada is....just be honest about the fact that you don't welcome kids! There are other restaurants in the area that are explicit and state upfront that they do not serve children. Funistrada, do the same. If you are ok with an adult ordering a side as a main but not with a kid doing that, just admit it. Let people know so they can make more informed decisions. You'd be doing everyone a favor.
Always top notch
We went on a Thursday and ordered the pasta for two and bottle of wine special. The food was
delicious as usual. There is always a great warm and friendly feel to the restaurant and the hostess Mason and our waitress Angie were friendly and provided excellent service. I wish I could eat there more often ....every time we go there it is one of the highlights of our time up north.
We celebrated my husband's birthday at the Funistrata! Excellent meal and service. My husband, as usual, had the the salmon with Gorgonzola sauce on pasta. His all time favorite at the Funistrata. I had one of the specials, a NY strip steak with truffle butter on top. Yummy, and I don't usually get steak at a restaurant. The pickled beet salad was very tasty, but rather vinegar-ish. Oh yes, the duck stuffed ravioli were outstanding. We have never had less than a wonderful meal there.
We will be back again.
Consistently excellent food and service
Funistrada is consistent. Very good food, personal service and excellent value on the nights when the restaurant has their special menu. My friend and I have visited often on Thursday night off-season when the special features two dinners and a good bottle of wine for about $42 for two people. This special includes an adequate salad, a pasta dish that tastes fresh and home made, warm fresh bread with the appropriate dipping spices and olive oil and a reasonably good bottle of either red or white wine. We had the red and it was quite good. Additional appetizers and desserts are available beyond the nightly special and these are usually quite good even if the prices are a little on the high side. I was particularly impressed when the chilled Sambuca I ordered as an after dinner drink was served with the appropriate three floating coffee beans (Con la Mosca). Suzy was our server on our most recent visit and her service was outstanding! No request went unanswered and her personal attention to us and lively spirit added to the enjoyment of the evening (others at the restaurant could learn a thing or two from her!). We will be returning.
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