About La Becasse MI
La Becasse is located in Burdickville near Glen Lake in Leelanau County. We serve French country fare in an intimate setting which evokes the sense of being lost in the French country side. We have an award winning wine list, which is heavy on French wines, and features many Michigan wines as well as great picks from around the wine-world.
French, Contemporary French
Hours of Operation:
Friday - Tuesday 5-9pm
Open daily during July & August
CR 616 (Burdickville Road) and CR 675 (S Dunns Farm Road)
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We have a parking lot, which fills up quickly. Additional parking is available on the street.
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Winter Weekday Specials!
Tuesday night: Cassoulet for Twosday for $40
Wednesday night 2 for 1 main dish
Thursday night 3 courses for $30
Friday night seafood plat du jour & glass of wine $22
La Becasse MI Ratings and Reviews
This is among the very best of the Grand Traverse list of exceptional restaurants. The region has several. La Becasse offers creativity, imagination and uses quality produce. It offers pleasant ambience in a country setting. A small very French restaurant for intimate dining.
We had a lovely dinner on a busy Saturda ...
We had a lovely dinner on a busy Saturday night. The food was simple, but lovely and let the flavors speak for themselves. The wine suggestions to pair with the entrees (listed on the menu) were helpful and spot on. Two of us had the duck confit and the third had the hanger steak. Everything was prepared to perfection. We dined at a leisurely pace and really enjoyed being at such a French restaurant in Northern Michigan.
Yet another great meal at Le Becasse! Was there on Saturday and had a lovely meal with attentive service. Had the best whitefish I've ever had. Le Becasse is a gem!
Feel very European!
Has the fell of a french country bistro in location, food and atmosphere. A perfect wind down after a busy day in northern Michigan.
We love La Becasse - This meal was very special since it was our anniversary - and we had a special bonus of it being "Restaurant Week" in Glen Arbor - so, we had a wonderful dinner plus the price was right. Always a great experience with a special local crowd.
Still great after more than 20 years
We've been dining at LaBecasse for more than 20 years. When the current chef/owner took over maybe 10 years ago the transition was flawless. Although the menu changed somewhat over time, the quality of the food and the selection of great French wines has only improved. This restaurant is a unique gem located near beautiful Glen Lake. When you enter the dining room by parting the heavy velvet drape over the front door you are immediately transported into a quaint, charming restaurant that you could find in a village in France. The food and service (Micah our server was perfect) was impeccable and the ambiance delightful. Don't change anything, LaBecasse, and we'll continue to dine there for another 20 years to come!
Wonderful food, wonderful service!
Whenever I am up north, I try to eat at La Becasse. It is delicious food, a quaint location, and in the summer there is a beautiful, intimate patio for dining. The rabbit dishes and the duck dishes are always winners. The Cassoulet is MASSIVE. The desserts are amazing. Nothing on the menu is average. Love it!
Delightful French Country Cuisine
La Becasse specializes in fine French Country Cuisine & has the best offerings of such in northern Michigan, about 20 minutes from Traverse City. It's our favorite place for an intimate dinner for two or with another couple. Lovely & wide wine selection, delightful daily & seasonal specials as well as the regular seasonal menu. Food is out of this world delicious!
Great food and I loved that their produce was organic and from a local. It's worth the drive from Traverse City to eat here. They also have great specials and deals in the winter months. Our server and the restaurant manager made us feel very welcome and taken care of while we were there - great service!
Been going here for over twenty years..a ...
Been going here for over twenty years..always a pleasure ...the food is just right..they don't over reach...spot on
We visited on a snowy valentine's night. With candles lit on every table, the ambiance was fitting for the occasion. Roasted chestnuts and pate to start, duck and lamb for entrées. Very yummy, sad we had to miss dessert.
The chef and staff are always professional and creative. This is a destination restaurant in tiny Burdickville near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore which was voted the most beautiful place in America on GMA in 2011.
A welcome treat on a cold winter night
We have been to La Becasse many times and are overwhelmed by the dedication of the staff to open on winter evenings up north in Michigan that would deter sane people from going out. It was a real treat with great food and very good service.
The entire experience was wonderful, ou ...
The entire experience was wonderful, our waiter was extraordinary, food superb. Great winter specials too!
Will Return, no doubt!
In the dead of winter, my husband celebrates his birthday so my search for something special for him must be especially special---and this was, without a doubt. Since it was early January, we did not expect a crowded restaurant, especially for a destination restaurant, and we found after an hour we had the restaurant to ourselves. Near the beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes through scenic heavily wooded roads, this destination is a true gem. The welcome was warm and the champagne prepared our appetites for wonderful, traditional French food. Our waiter----warm, humorous and yet sensitive to our celebratory evening---was a true professional. Once you pass the heavy velvet curtain at the entryway, you find yourselves in a simple but elegant dining room. We'll be back many, many more times and are thankful that they have a sister restaurant 'Bistro Fou fou' in Traverse City as well.
Fine French Food in the North Woods
La Becasse, located in Leelanau County, Michigan not far from Glen Arbor, is among the finest dining offerings in an area rich in superb dining opportunities. My wife and I have dined there three or four times and have never been disappointed. For us, it is a "special occasion" destination where we expect to pay more than we ordinarily would, but we get the value that comes with the expectation. (Prices seem to me to be well considered and certainly not "through the roof." Daily specials that are within most budgets are part of the regular menu.) Every aspect of the dining experience (including the rustic French countryside-like setting) is exceptional ranging from the expected traditional French appetizers to entrees that are carefully prepared to desserts that will take your breath away. Go to the restaurant's web site for a view of a sample menu. The wine list is among the very finest I have seen anywhere in the world. I always rely on the staff to make a wine recommendation that is within my budgetary limitations, and they have hit a home run each time. For those who might have a high end budget, you will find the kind of adventures you seek relative to seasoned and rare wines. At least twice we have had the opportunity to speak with the very engaging Chef, including on our most recent visit. He is one who obviously loves his work, and apparently surrounds himself with employees who share his vision for providing an evening that is memorable in its entirety. There are a number of great culinary experiences awaiting you in Leelanau County, however La Becasse is one that should be at the top of your list when planning your visit.
One of my favorite authentic French restaurants!
The service is outstanding, the food is absolutely amazing and the restaurant is charming. French Onion soup here is top notch, white fish is amazing, escargots are perfect and very fresh, and I've never never been disappointed by dessert. Having traveled all over France, this restaurant feels like it belongs in Lyon!
A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
Intimate experiences are rare and continue to be more so. Treat the special people in your life to an authentic meal, a cozy cottage artisan restaurant and a connectedness to embrace long after dessert has settled. This is a special place with magical smells and earthy vitality.
A great place for a fine dining experience. Outstanding food and presentation. The food, ambiance and service guarantee a pleasurable evening that a relaxing meal provides.
Christmas Dinner for Boss & wife . . .
Excellent service! Very personable waiter - very helpful in decision making - food was as good as it always is and we are making La Becasse our Traditional Christmas dinner spot! My husband already knows what he will order next year!
Food was fine, not remarkable. Glasses o ...
Food was fine, not remarkable. Glasses of champagne came out flat -- waiter should have noticed it on his own. Room was tired. Not the same restaurant it used to be.
A cold November Saturday night and nothing has changed. Food was great service was great as always. We truly enjoy going here whenever we visit our second home in Glen Arbor
I have had very good meals here before but I ordered the fish special and it was over-cooked and very dry. Beet salad was excellent.
Food and service were very good. However ...
Food and service were very good. However they were limited in their servings. We had dinner at 7pm but they were already out of some items on the menu. I'm not sure why you would take reservations and not know how much food you would need.
Great like usual.
Been coming here since it opened way back when and have never been disappointed......
Quaint little restaurant with wonderful ...
Quaint little restaurant with wonderful food. Loved the building. Had a delightful server. Was a little surprised by a few people's appearance. Most people were dressed appropriately for dinner while a few folks looked like they just came from a high school football game with a down vest or jeans and a sweatshirt. Small distraction.
As always a very pleasant, low key but h ...
As always a very pleasant, low key but high end experience. Food is always top notch with excellent wine selection. Will keep coming back.
Always excellent when we've been there
This was our 4th trip to LeBecasse and it was memorable as usual. Service is always great, and the food way above average. The two highlights on this night were the melt in your mouth tenderloin and the best Creme Brulee we've ever had. The building is not what you would expect for fine dining, but the food coming from the kitchen is what counts. Just pretend you are in a small town bistro in the French countryside. It's part of the experience.
Special food request
La Becasse is one of our very favorite restaurants because of the food. It is always exceptional. At our last visit, we brought a person with challenging dietary restrictions. I called a couple of days ahead to discuss our particular needs. Vicki was most understanding and noted all of our concerns. Our guest had selected a menu item first, but would have ordered what the restaurant recommended. They made it all so easy... and we felt secure that the food would arrive without the damaging ingredients. Our waitress was most accommodating and it all went very smoothly. Dinner was enjoyed completely!
Charming French country inn. Service is very attentive but not intrusive. Been here many times and food is always terrific. Classic French with an occasional modern twist. Brought another couple with us this time and they were still talking about the great food the next day! I did have 2 minor complaints. Firstly, the rolls were tough and stale tasting. Seemed like they had been "recycled" several times. Good bread in a French restaurant should be a given. Secondly, I ordered the evening special which was seared tuna. The tuna was excellent but the accompaniments were rather bland and did nothing to enhance the dish. Overall, great dinner and will definitely return
Never a Disappointment!
We have dined at La Becasse many times across many years and we have never been disappointed. The service is Excellent and the food is always served beautifully and tastefully. It is a treat we look forward to every time we visit northern Michigan. The service is top notch and the staff is always willing to make recommendations which usually turn out to be excellent. I would recommend this small, quaint restaurant to anyone in visiting Up North!!
Best before weekends
The food's very good but the kitchen frequently runs out of entrees early in the evening. We've learned to call around 5 to learn and save the specials for dinner at 8. Last night, the place ran out of three of the six entrees by the time of our reservation.
great food as always, beautiful presentation, great staff. We had a later seating and they were out of several items and had to modify others. I'd suggest going early.
Great "last meal"
We have gone to La Becasse every year for the past five or six (or more) to commemorate our summer coming to a close. It has been, and was last night, a memorable meal, great service, and a marvelous end to our summer in Leelanau. Tomorrow we head home to Texas, and can't wait until next year to visit La Becasse again.
Lovely little French bistro.
Delicious food, excellent presentation, attentive but not intrusive service. Food mostly traditional bistro fare--meats or fish with appropriate sauces; nothing unique or eccentric--but perfectly prepared. My noisettes de veau were outstanding, the light mushroom sauce made me want to lick my plate. And the small square of gratin dauphinois was perfectly seasoned. The menu, leaning toward meat, is not large, but it has 'appetizing fish and vegetarian entrees as well.
The food and the presentation were excellent. Subtle and complex flavors, perfectly balanced flavors and textures. Everything perfectly seasoned. The beet salad was served delightfully chilled--even the serving temperatures were perfect. Service was gracious and professional. Waitstaff very knowledgeable. This is one classy joint!
Just ask Valerie what to order. She stee ...
Just ask Valerie what to order. She steered us to the perfect meal.
The dinners were great. The house salad is wonderful and deserts were outstanding. I can't wait to go back.
From the time we were seated until we le ...
From the time we were seated until we left our dining experience was excellent. Micha was our waiter and was spot on! His timing was excellent and he had a great knowledge of the food menu that carried over to the wine list! This wasn't our first time here and definitely not our last! Thank you for another memorable evening. Wendy
This is a very special place where the menu is always topnotch and the food exquisite. Last night I had the best mushroom soup I've ever tasted... and I've tasted mushroom soup all over the USA and Europe.
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