Good service, outstanding and imaginative food, and a fabulous view of the harbor from all tables make the Harbor Haus in Copper Harbor one of Michigan’s most memorable restaurants – “in a class by itself,” as one fan says.
Owner-chef Ron Waara is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and started out as a cook under the meticulous supervision of Harbor Haus founders Fritz and Maiken Ehlers. The menu is very eclectic with a number of German favorites and incorporates homegrown herbs and vegetables and (in season) local strawberries, huckleberries, raspberries and wild blueberries. From soups and salad dressings, to the entrees and desserts, all items are created from fresh ingredients and they are careful to point out that no prefabricated dishes are served at the Harbor Haus.
As shown in the picture to the right, at about 6:00 to 6:30 PM every day, the waitstaff will disappear from your table to perform a dance on the patio outside the restaurant windows celebrating the Isle Royale Queen’s return trip from Isle Royale National Park. It’s also a bed & breakfast, so if you’re inclined to overeat, you can grab a room!
You can get the rough location of the Harbor Haus in Copper Harbor on the Absolute Michigan Map of Michigan (for some reason The Google has them listed in Laurium).