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Big Island Grille & Bar

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

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Local place in a town with few quality options

I was travelling through the area on a Monday and originally tried the downtown places, but as per most small towns, closed on Mondays. So I picked this place mainly because it wasn't attached to a truck stop, like the majority of options in this town. Had a small menu, but plenty of choices... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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Niles, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We ate in here watched several great games on big screen TV's and had a amazing Hot Beef & A big Island Bacon Bloody Mary!!!! Yummy

Thank Michelle L
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62 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I was travelling through the area on a Monday and originally tried the downtown places, but as per most small towns, closed on Mondays. So I picked this place mainly because it wasn't attached to a truck stop, like the majority of options in this town. Had a small menu, but plenty of choices. Seemed like a local hangout. they... More 

Thank jpatridge
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

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.

Thank Margaret B
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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 

Thank Albertlea
1 review
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 

Thank Givemefooood
Albert Lea, Minnesota
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51 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 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 

Thank David R
La Crosse, WI
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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.

Thank lacstacj
Level Contributor
16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 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 

Thank Mrsacorp
Albert Lea, Minnesota
1 review
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 

Thank pjud
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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.

Thank David G

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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
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 am
6:00 am - 2:00 am

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