We thank Millennium Restaurant Group for the invitation to the Sneak Peek Dinner at Cove Lakeside Bistro. All opinions are my own.

by Robin B

It’s outdoor dining season in Michigan and there’s no better time than now to discover the newly-opened Cove Lakeside Bistro. Located off Portage Road on the bank of West Lake, Cove Lakeside Bistro is the latest addition to the Millennium Group of restaurants.



The building, formally home to Charron’s and Jason’s Cove, is located on Portage Road between Austin Lake and West Lake. The interior is spacious, offering a comfortable bar area and beautiful views of the lake from the interior dining room. The outdoor patio area more than doubles the restaurant’s seating capacity. For chilly evenings, the restaurant is looking into options on how to keep the patio warm so patrons can continue to enjoy outdoor dining on crisp Michigan nights.


Themed with a coastal inspired, local, seasonal menu, Cove Lakeside Bistro has a nice variety of seafood options, tasty small plates, burgers & sandwiches, and salads on both its lunch and dinner menus. The house-made soups are available as a starter or as an entrée. I was intrigued by the Onion Soup Gratinee which was ‘perfected in Portage’ and it did not disappoint! The dessert not to miss is Pineapple Upside Down Cake – the vanilla bean ice cream is delicious. There are a number of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options available.  Coming in fall 2017, they will also be featuring a plated brunch on Saturday and Sunday.



The Kids-menu wasn’t just an afterthought. The meal includes a full line-up from drink, entrée to dessert.

Although our visit was sans children, I overhead the boy at the table next to us exclaim, ‘It was the best meal I’ve had in a long time!”

Cove Lakeside Bistro does take reservations.  Or, consider a visit during an off-peak meal time to avoid a wait.

Whether you’re looking for a much-needed date night or simply enjoying a meal out with the family, make sure to check out Cove Lakeside Bistro – let us know what you think!


Dining Hours

Monday – Thursday 11:30 am – 10 pm
Friday – Saturday 11:30 am – 11 pm
Sunday – 12 pm – 9 pm


For More Information

Cove Lakeside Bistro

9110 Portage Rd

Portage, MI










By | 2017-09-30T19:52:01+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published, Reviews|1 Comment

About the Author:

Robin is a native Michigander and mother of two. She has a keen eye for discovering deals and an honest desire to share local activities and family fun. In addition to enjoying early mornings with strong coffee, she likes hanging outside with her kids, biking and reading.

One Comment

  1. Patricia Sexton August 3, 2017 at 9:04 am

    A shining new restaurant venue that puts Kalamazoo on the map for competitive alfresco dining!
    The atmosphere, design, presentation, quality and selection of good food, ambience, with a genuine seaside aura of soothing and tranquil contentment awaits you.

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