We serve a variety of sandwiches, made-from-scratch soups, salads with organic greens, and plates of pasta with house-made dressings.
Check our daily specials for entrees made with fresh local ingredients!
Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:00am – 3:00pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Based on 57 Reviews
22:51 22 Dec 22
Yum! So I saw The Centre St cafe on Facebook all the time, and I just so happened to be in the neighborhood today, so... decided to try it out! Must be Kismet, because the parking lot was packed (and the street nearby) but I got the only spot available. I had to wait a bit because it was FULL. Good sign! Got a spot within a 5 minute wait. Ordered quickly because I checked out the menu online. Ordered The Vinny, with the very friendly waitress. Got my food within 15 minutes (maybe less). No problem subtracting items from the Vinny. While I waited I noticed several things. The artwork on the walls, the customers, and the staff. Artwork is fun! Customers were smiling, STAFF WAS SMILING! The food was great (though I did not care for the chips and salsa (instead of the bean dip I requested the salsa) but I did recognize that it is QUALITY salsa. The Vinny is so packed with meat that I could barely fit my mouth around it! it comes hot (which I normally prefer) but I just now ate the other HALF of the sandwich COLD, and it was SO YUMMY! So hot or cold, it was good stuff. Seriously, even though it's a bit more expensive, this gives you enough for two meals (IMO).Basic takeaway, the AMBIANCE made this a great experience for me, and I WILL come again (and suggest it to others), and the food I got it good. I do love that they offer unusual items on the menu, as well (even if I don't try it, it sounds like good stuff!).read more
18:53 20 Dec 22
I think I caught them at the end of their lunch rush as things seemed a bit hectic inside, but even so, my order was... ready quick and the staff was mostly friendly. The real star of the experience was obviously the food though. Very creative and super tasty sandwiches, and for a reasonable price too.read more
21:32 13 Oct 22
Fantastic menu! As a vegetarian I love the Swamp soup and Green Machine wrap. Served with chips and bean dip. Delicious!
00:10 31 Aug 22
Great lunch, can't say enough! Mostly locals but boy do they flock to this place! A little out of the way but worth... the journey.read more
17:41 15 Aug 22
I think this is by far one of my favorite lunch spots. All the sandwiches are great! Can't wait to come back when the... smoked trout soup is back upread more
19:23 19 Jul 22
Great turkey wrap with tortilla chips and bean dip. Service was great! Nice spot away from the hustle and bustle of... down town Traverse.read more
17:22 14 Jul 22
If you like paper straws and no air conditioning this place is for you. Food is very good though
00:11 08 Jun 22
I have their food catered and it is always good! When I have eaten at the restaurant I just can't see ordering anything... other than the jia Jade salad - so delicious!read more
19:19 23 Mar 22
This was a cute, little arsty place. Very friendly and attentive staff. The food was very good!
21:44 28 Feb 22
Beautiful little cafe'. Very friendly staff and delicious food. A gem.
20:43 04 Dec 21
What a great restaurant. Incredible sandwiches and soup. Wonderful staff, service is quick and efficient. I'd eat here... every day, honestly. I'd give six stars if I could.read more
01:41 16 Nov 21
This is one amazing Café. Their sandwiches are creative and delicious. Staff are helpful and friendly. Hard decisions... to make 😊. Plenty of Gluten-free choices too.read more
18:48 01 Oct 21
Delish! Definitely return next time we're in the area. Cool artwork too!
11:57 09 Sep 21
Great soup & sandwich place! High quality, great tasting. And a staff that really hustling.
17:29 28 Jul 21
Lunch done perfectly! I had the Zorba pita sandwich and husband had the godfather..fresh ingredients and great service!
03:39 07 Jul 21
My favorite place to eat in TC. Been coming here for at least the last 20 years and I'm never disappointed!
05:32 11 Jun 21
Everything here is delicious, but their salads are especially amazing. Big fan of their tenderloin salad.
17:13 30 Apr 21
I LOVE Centre Street Cafe. They have a large menu, and all of the food is always delicious. The staff is super... friendly. Today, I was waiting for a to-go order - they were super busy and I waited for only an extra 5 minutes probably. The cashier apologized for the wait (which wasn't a big deal at all!) and offered a free cookie on my way out, which was super nice. I just wish they were open on weekends as well. One of the greatest places to eat in TC, for sure.read more
01:35 01 Apr 21
Great eclectic menu, I tried the pulled pork tacos - fantastic.
19:04 11 Mar 21
This is the best kept secret in Traverse City. Foodies be prepared to be blown away by the atmosphere's simplicity,... juxtaposed by the food's complexity. I have been going here for 15 years and it is still a must stop for lunch. Enjoy.read more
20:07 16 Feb 21
Best lunch spot in town for healthy creative choices. They are fast too. Does get busy around the regular lunch hour.
23:40 27 Jan 21
my daughter turned me onto Centre Street and I have been going once a week ever since. Chic med pasta is a fav bit... everything is Delish and the CS is amazing.read more
00:23 07 Jan 21
The food was good. Great social distancing. I can't wait to be able to eat inside again.
17:56 05 Oct 20
This was our first time here! Thanks to Mary! It was delicious! Very enjoyable! Soup and sandwiches r incredible! We... highly recommend this place for lunch,if u come to TC. Thanks again Mary! We will be back!read more
20:03 30 Sep 20
Fantastic gourmet sandwiches. Reasonable prices. If you're in the Traverse City area looking for good food I highly... recommend this place.read more
20:50 16 Sep 20
We were only in Traverse City for a week and ate here 3 times. Each time we tried something different. Everything we... tried was delicious. Prices are reasonable and service was great. I highly recommend the soup and half sandwich combo.read more
14:05 14 Sep 20
I’ve been enjoying food from Centre Street Cafe for nearly 20 years. The food is always delicious, fresh, and . . .... how DO they come up with these awesome combinations? The service is terrific and their staff doesn’t turn over much which tells me they like working here—all around a win/win. One of my favorite places in Traverse City!read more
18:13 12 Sep 20
Yummy food and great service. Love the fiesta wrap and swamp soup.
23:00 09 Sep 20
I love this place! I’ve been here a few times and they never disappoint. Even after moving downstate to Detroit, their... standards still hold up. Always so fresh and I enjoy getting chips and bean dip instead of the usual fries as a side with your wraps. Their Cherry Chicken Salad is always amazing too.read more
17:48 08 Sep 20
As usual the place is busy at lunch time. But the food is always fresh and delishes and the mood brings you back... whenever you're close by!,,👍😎read more
15:41 02 Sep 20
Very inconsistent with portions. Don't get anything with chicken. Chicken has always been very dry.
00:13 29 Aug 20
Sandwich was great and the soup was amazing. They were getting slammed with online/phone orders but were still able to... take care of us.read more
18:13 28 Aug 20
A fabulous choice for lunch! Excellent, friendly service and wonderful sandwiches and wraps. Loved the bean dip too! We... live two hours away, but this will definitely be a regular stop when we are in town.read more
23:54 28 Jul 20
This was my first time visiting Centre Street Cafe. This is basically a little known sandwich shop/ diner. The staff... was polite and professional. We ordered our sandwich, cookie and soup to go for take out. Everything was made quickly and to our order. In all a very pleasant first visit. We had the Bay Sandwich that was on special, which was a whitefish sandwich. The sandwich was panini style and was excellent. Great work Centre Street Cafe!read more
17:25 20 Jul 20
Everything I’ve ever had here (and that’s a lot) has been incredibly delicious. One of the best restaurants in TC.
14:06 18 Jul 20
Delicious sandwiches and an amazing salad. The sandwiches all came with chips and black bean dip which was a pleasant... surprise. The staff were all super nice as well.read more
17:05 12 Jun 20
Best soup/sandwich/salad place ever! What a incredible menu!
00:18 01 Mar 20
Awesome place tucked out of the way. Delicious sandwiches and soup
17:04 18 Feb 20
Enjoyed a healthy lunch here. Swamp soup is amazing. Good staff. So glad to find a local owned business.
01:43 12 Feb 20
Was introduced to this place recently. Nice but very different healthy selections on the menu. A little more costly... than a traditional family restaurant but food quality is top notch.read more
17:29 10 Feb 20
Incredible! Don’t miss out on the swamp soup- micro greens on my Samny is the best!
17:49 27 Dec 19
The staff and food here are both wonderful! I have a gluten and egg allergy and they went above and beyond to... accommodate. Definitely one of our new favorite spots in Traverse City.read more
10:41 18 Dec 19
Really, really quality soups and sandwiches. Fresh ingredients in smart combos. Servers are effortlessly friendly and... quick on the uptake. How they prep it all from such a tiny space behind the counter is a small wonder. A tight ship all around.read more
19:11 11 Aug 18
Great soup and sandwich shop, they have other things like tacos, pasta salads, mac and cheese, I usually stick with... soup and salad. Everything is always fresh and delicious. I love the mushroom soup. The staff is always very nice and quick to greet you. This is a hidden gem in TC, a little off the beaten path, but a great place.read more
19:22 19 May 17
Always the first place to visit when I come to Traverse City. Love the swamp soup and everything else! Don't trust me... until you try! They always have weekly special and such a great variety!read more