The Bay Leaf Resturant - Traverse City, MI

Hours & Information




Tuesday -Thursday
4 - 9 pm

Friday -Saturday
4-10 pm

Happy Hour 4 - 6 Daily






Adam McMarlin, The Bay Leaf’s Executive Chef, opened the restaurant with Owner Dan Kelly and General Manager Dennis Fitzpatrick in December of 2010. 

Adam, born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, spent the majority of his youth in restaurants and kitchens around the Detroit area with his parents, learning the inner workings of the trade. Adam has worked in many capacities throughout the food service industry since the age of 14, but it wasn’t until his junior year of college that he realized the kitchen was his true calling. 

Through his previous position as Chef de Cuisine at Farmhouse Café in San Diego, California, Adam was able to finesse his culinary skills and develop his signature style of simple yet elegant rustic cuisine, utilizing European techniques and his passion for seasonal and wholesome ingredients. 

Adam’s culinary success can be attributed to his self-taught and innovative ways of looking at food and his respect for fresh and local ingredients. His progressive sourcing of products from sustainable and ecologically responsible farms insures his cuisine is created with the best meats and produce available, while supporting the local community.
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