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Rock’s Landing – Crystal Lake

Rock's Landing - Crystal LakeIntimate dining on the shores of Crystal Lake

Rocks Landing started life as a snack bar for Chimney Corners Resort. Once called the Beach Dining Room, it was built in the 50’s by Jim Rogers Sr., and offered breakfast and lunch for both resort guests and the public before closing down in 2014. The space was used as a “clubhouse” for guests, but owners Jim & Mary Rogers and resort chef Steve Tebo knew it could be so much more. With water literally lapping inches away from the deck and incredible views, this was an unparalleled opportunity to offer guests a truly memorable dining experience as the only Crystal Lake waterfront restaurant.

Steve, along with wife Kristin, and partnered with sister Julie Tebo and her husband, Paul Danes, envisioned creating a unique space with an eclectic and interesting dinner menu. Working in tandem with building owners Jim & Mary Rogers, the space was renovated with a modern kitchen and urban touches, while retaining the vintage character of the building. The deck space was enlarged and partially enclosed to encourage three season dining, as well as open air seating for sunny days. Named for the Roger’s men (nickname: “Rock”), Rocks Landing is both an homage to the man who built the space, and as a symbol of our commitment to friends, the community and our northern Michigan lifestyle.

Executive Chef Joe Meyers brings his culinary experience from Portland, Oregon to blend with Tebo’s passion for local, sustainable foods to create flavorful dishes with a myriad of ethnic influences. Shareable, smaller plates of seafood, fresh vegetables and “tapas” like entrées pair with a small, thoughtful wine list as well as several Michigan craft beers. Open Tuesday through Sunday, Mondays are reserved for the traditional Chimney Corners Resort picnic BBQ on the Rocks Landing lawn. Reservations are recommended. Open seasonally, May through October.

Rock’s Landing – Crystal Lake
1577 Crystal Dr
Frankfort, MI 49635


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Friday August 28th, 2020 - 3:53 pm
Rocks Landing

After careful consideration, Rock’s will be closing regular operations for the 2020 season after service on Saturday, September 5th.

While our team has consistently risen to each challenge presented by this extraordinary year, we will be increasingly dependent on one factor over which we have no control… the weather. Having made the decision to offer only outdoor dining in 2020, we’ve been very fortunate this summer with only 5 evenings impacted by rain, including today.

However, we are already seeing the potential impact of lower temps and higher winds as we approach fall. With already reduced capacity, this will become increasingly unsustainable.

We will continue to consider “pop-up” events in September and October as weather permits. To be included in notifications for special events, please send contact information with your email to
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So very grateful you were able to be open most of the summer. My daughter Kari MacDonald and I enjoyed our dinner immensely!! Incredible food, fabulous service, and beautiful setting. I look forward to dining with you next summer.

Will miss the wonderful food and staff, but totally understand❤️❤️

Three wonderful dinners there this summer... thank you for your safe and thoughtful accommodations and delicious food.

Resy shows booked. I’ll be calling to check for cancellations

Thomas LaGambina so glad we all could make it here in the summer 😊

So grateful for our time at Rocks Landing this summer! Thank you so much for opening your 'doors' to us and making every visit special. Can't wait to see you all next summer!

Love Rocks! Glad we can squeeze in one more visit next sat!

We had a delightful dinner on a beautiful evening at Rocks Landing! Thank you!

The two best meals I had this summer where at Rocks!

We had a lovely dinner there the other night. Thanks for all of your great efforts!

So happy we got there three times this summer. 🥂

Glad we got to enjoy a wonderful dinner with Tom and Janice McCraner. Hopefully next summer will be better. ❤️❤️💙💙

So glad we made it there this summer. We will miss you this Fall

Rocks you are the best

We ❤️ Rocks!


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Sunday August 16th, 2020 - 10:25 pm
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Summer is dwindling. We love our high school employees- they are rock solid! Casey Confer, Kade Rosum, Kinzie Stockdale, Clay Bigley. (not pictured: Kat Kline) ... See MoreSee Less

Summer is dwindling. We love our high school employees- they are rock solid! Casey Confer, Kade Rosum, Kinzie Stockdale, Clay Bigley. (not pictured: Kat Kline)

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Definitely some great workers!

Keep on rockin'!!! 😁 Gramma G

Rocks Stars!

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Friday August 7th, 2020 - 10:50 am
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Looks wonderful!

Wonderful dinner again last night. Thank you for the gorgeous setting and thoughtful, safe environment. See you next year!

Beautiful...along with delicious food!

One very good outcome from this summer....a new favorite place to sit for dinner at Rock’s. Making lemonade!!!

Love the lights!

Great food and service.

Like the set up, I would feel safe eating there.

Oh my!!! Wish I was there ❤️❤️❤️

OMG— Jenny Hane Robinson, John Robinson—looks like a place that might have good food!🥰

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Friday August 7th, 2020 - 10:50 am
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Join us under the lights and stars.

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"The Best!" 👍

So beautiful


Janice McCraner we need to go here again.

Milt Whitmore

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