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Welcome to Bahia - a Spanish-Latin fusion dining experience located on Union Street in beautiful downtown Traverse City. In the Spanish language, Bahia means Bay, and when owner Tim Kiel founded Bahia in 2021, he wanted to bring a new and fresh experience to Traverse City while honoring one of the beloved landmarks of the area - the Grand Traverse East and West Bays. With the culinary talents of Head Chef Ben Ashbaugh, Bahia has been serving the Traverse City community and its many guests with eclectic, colorful and flavorful cuisine since its inception.

Order delicious tapas, entrees, desserts and more from an evolving menu that is sure to please. Sip on a craft cocktail, expertly crafted by Bahia’s talented General Manager, Sierra. Bring your friends and family, and Indulge in a multi-course meal, served by a dedicated waitress or waiter, and peruse a satisfying list of domestic and imported wine and beer including authentic Spanish options.

You’ll find something for the whole family at Bahia, including a recently added children’s menu, as well as expanded menu options including delightfully fresh salads, hearty entrees, and scrumptious desserts.

Whether you want to share a few tapas with friends, or escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life for a special night out with a loved one, Bahia will welcome you warmly time and time again.