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Big Island Grille & Bar

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2306 E Main St, Albert Lea, MN 56007-3923
507-373-1621
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6:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Has been better!

This has been a regular place for lunch for me and my wife. They have a good soup and salad bar that includes a popover. The price has been reasonable. With our last visit the service was lacking and the food was fair. We had to find staff in order to get seated and then went downhill from there... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 2, 2014
David R
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Albert Lea, Minnesota
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Needed a light supper but the DJ had his music so load even the wait staff had to shout, and we couldn't have a conversation. Wait staff were very helpful and allowed us to box up our meal and leave.Food average but adequate.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 via mobile

First of all reviewer givemefoood was pretty much on target with what he or she said. The food took long time to come when we were the only ones their at first. The fish sandwich was undercooked. After food came out few others came in and get this they got their food in less time than our fish and burger... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

So first off we order BOGO apps me and and my boyfriend both get wings and I get pretzel poppers and he gets onion rings. We waited 1 hr and 15 min then the waitress comes over with our wings and tells us it'll be a few more min for the others. I eat 5 of the 6 wings and... More 

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Albert Lea, Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This has been a regular place for lunch for me and my wife. They have a good soup and salad bar that includes a popover. The price has been reasonable. With our last visit the service was lacking and the food was fair. We had to find staff in order to get seated and then went downhill from there. It... More 

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La Crosse, WI
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We were advised that our room included a breakfast "buffet". There was no coffee, juice, pastries, bagels, fruit, juices, potatoes. There was cereal, but we had to ask for milk.

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Waterloo
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Was looking for a decent bar and grill menu. Even took a suggestion from a local for this place. Was disappointed the courteousness and helpfulness of the staff. This is a motel/hotel restaurant and therefore the menu is a bit limited. I understand streamlining but expected more when looking at the menu online. When we got here they had changed... More 

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Albert Lea, Minnesota
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We were excited to try out the new menu. We got there and a party of people sat down and looked at the menu ( I am sure they saw the ridiculous prices) and they got up and walked out. The prices are extremely high but we thought well for that price it is going to be good. The food... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Alas, the Cuban and Mexican places in town were shut the night I was in town. Food is very average, though there is really not much choice at all in town. De-frozen pre-broiled cod, steamed veggies from a bag, and reheated mashed potatoes. The staff are young, sweet, and well-intentioned ... but clueless.

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Albert Lea, Minnesota
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

Went looking for great food. Was very disappointed in the value of the large pricing we got. The portions are par. If the prices are high, I expect to get a good portion for my money. Atomosphere isn't inviting and the staff werent overly friendly either. The people sitting at the bar were more friendly. You have to have great... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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85 reviews 85 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

The bartender was very helpful including running over to the hotel front desk to see if she could find us any drink coupons since we were staying there.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2306 E Main St, Albert Lea, MN 56007-3923
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Albert Lea
  • Phone Number: 507-373-1621

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
6:00 am - 2:00 am

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