Located in Glen Arbor on the shore of Lake Michigan with panoramic views of Sleeping Bear Bay and the Manitou Islands, Blu has a location unparalleled by any Michigan restaurant. With thoughtfully executed cuisine, our award winning wine program and gracious hospitality we seek to excite, inspire, and transport guests for one memorable evening.
European techniques fused with local ingredients and the finest from afar will influence Chef Randy Chamberlain's daily changing menus with an emphasis on the products, simplicity and flavor. The carefully chosen wine list includes vintners from around the world including local favorites as selected by Sommelier Mari Chamberlain.
Since opening in 2008 Blu has received numerous accolades including a James Beard nomination for Best Chef-Great Lakes and high praise from Wine Spectator and Travel+Leisure. Blu continues to set the standard for fine dining with a modern interpretation in Glen Arbor; we look forward to your visit.
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“You can only be as good as your raw product” is a cliché that rings no truer than in a restaurant. The relationships that Chef Randy has cultivated with his local farming partners and far reaching purveyors of fine goods is a responsibility he sees as his own. Developing the menus at Blu often happen in reverse of typical chefs where the products create the dish verses an idea or recipe and then bringing in specific ingredients. It’s a dynamic process that Randy thrives on, often editing the menu just minutes before dinner service begins.
Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Mari has been in hospitality her whole life. Mari is a Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers. All aspects of beverage development along with overseeing the service team are handled by Mari but she couldn’t be happier than when playing with her chocolate lab Otis at Leelanau beaches.
A lifelong Leelanau County and Traverse City resident while raised in a family that always owned and operated restaurants, Randy was in the kitchen by age 10. With no culinary schooling Randy honed his skills over the years working at the best restaurants in the region. Opening Blu with Mari in 2008 and receiving a James Beard Nomination in 2010 for “Best Chef-Great Lakes Region”. Randy never slows in his pursuit of excellence.