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Big Island Grille & Bar

2306 E Main St, Albert Lea, MN 56007-3923
507-373-1621
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Ranked #17 of 45 restaurants in Albert Lea
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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English first
Waterloo
1 review
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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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56 reviews 56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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78 reviews 78 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

We visited on Friday 7/26/13/ The restaurant was suppose to have an all you care to eat fish fry. But NOT TONIGHT it was posted it would not be tonight. Our waited said it was due to a fryer being down, We kind of think it is due to the number of people around the town this evening it is... More

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Albert Lea, Minnesota
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Food is fantastic. MUST HAVE the chicken wild rice soap. Thought my loud groaning of pleasure was going to get me kicked out and banned for life. Don't bring a date here as she'll realize after one meal she doesn't need you for fulfillment.

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Mason City, Iowa
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

love the pancakes :) wish the hotel attached wasn't so grimey and dirty and we would stay and eat all our meals here!!!

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Pleasant Prairie
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3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We had a very good meal and the service was fine. Hamburgers were only $5 and came with fries. We sat at the bar and ate.

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2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

I've been on the road for a week. This was by far the worst meal I've had. The soup and salad bar was the only seemingly healthy option but the soups were made with cheese, the 'greens' were ice berg lettuce turning brown at the edges, and no oil and vinegar for dressing.

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