Lobdell’s serves as a working laboratory for Great Lakes Culinary Institute students. The 90-seat restaurant overlooks beautiful Grand Traverse Bay and is open to the public for lunches, dinners and special events throughout the year. It is named in honor of longtime NMC supporters Wayne and Terry Lobdell.

Lunch Service

Dates: February 7 through April 24 (Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

Reservation times: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lobdell's will be closed during the week of March 25 for for spring break.

World Cuisine Series

World Cuisine events provide our students experience with small plate prix fixe menu service while exploring cuisines and cultures from around the world.

Lunch service consists of 3 courses of shareable plates including a variety of appetizers, main course and dessert. Dinner service consists of 4 courses of shareable plates including a variety of appetizers, soup/salad, main course, dessert and a glass of wine or beer.


  • Thursday, February 15: France
  • Thursday, February 29: Mexico (reservations open Feb. 12)
  • Thursday, March 14: Thailand (reservations open Feb. 12)

Reservation times:

  • Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5:30–6:30 p.m. 


  • Lunch: $35 plus tax & gratuity
  • Dinner: $55 plus tax & gratuity

Café Lobdell's Returns!

Cafe Lobdell's Baking Class student serving coffee

Café Lobdell's starts Tuesday, June 25 and will run through Wednesday, July 31.

Stop by between 7:30–11 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday to enjoy great pastries, savory breakfast treats, and handcrafted coffees and teas from the Great Lakes Culinary Institute's Baking and Pastry Certificate program.

All items are served counter-service style; no reservations required.

Traditional lunch service for Lobdell's will return in mid-September. Check back for reservation opportunities in late August.