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30580 US Hwy 2, Ashland, WI
7156820331
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Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Overlooking Lake Superior's Chequamegon Bay in Northern Wisconsin...
Overlooking Lake Superior's Chequamegon Bay in Northern Wisconsin, Explorer's Point is 200 seat casual dinning restaurant specializing in American cuisine serving lunch and dinner featuring burgers, Barbequed Ribs, steak, and fish. On site is the Blue Heron Bar, a full bar serving local and domestic beer, wine, and liquor. Next door is the Ashland Lake Superior Lodge, a 60 unit lodge style hotel with an indoor pool and hot tub. Inside the hotel is the Lake Rock Cafe serving breakfast daily at 6am proudly brewing Starbucks coffee, mochas, lattes, and more. Coffee is complimentary and guests also receive 10% off both restaurants. Ashland Lake Superior Lodge is also a wholesale outlet of Tillamook Beef Jerky.
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  • 13
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  • 7
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  • 3
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  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Convenient, that's it.

We ran through the rain to this restaurant next door to the hotel where we were staying. It was surprising how few people were in there on a Thursday night, with the big Apple Festival happening the next few days. The service was quite good, and we were served our drinks quickly. I should have... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 30, 2014
Kathy E
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Forest Lake, Minnesota
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Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Awesome meal. We were able to stop in on their grand opening on May 22. Loved the flavor of the smoked meats. We shared the pulled pork, pulled chicken, and brisket at our table so that everybody could try it all. They nailed the flavor and tenderness that I was expecting. Great house sauces too. I suggest you try the... More 

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Ashland, Wisconsin
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The special for the night were the ribs, they tasted of Coleman cooking fuel so much they could bot be eaten. They did not have the ingredients for the Reuben that was on the menu. My husband's steak wasr raw and grislty that only 1/4 could be eaten. The host had attitude and was unaccomadating when asked to seat us... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Stayed in Ashland for just a night. We were somewhat steered away from this place, but as the restaurant we very much wanted to go to was closed we ate here as it was directly next door to our hotel. The menu was not very exciting and we figured how bad can a sandwich be...at least we will be full.... More 

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Washburn, Wisconsin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

My husband and I have been to Explorer's Point 5 times now, with recently the beginning of December. We thought we would give it one last time since we had 4 other bad experiences. Needless to say, we will never eat at Explorer's Point again! The food was bland, and the service was not good either. We could not finish... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I used to love this place when it first opened. They had good food and a great view that made coming here worth the money. Now they can't even bother to print new menus, they just cross off items in sharpie. The view is still great, but that is all that is left. There are plenty of great places in... More 

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Jane M, General Manager at Explorer's Point, responded to this review

If the appearance of our menu is the only complaint; I will take it! I agree I was 110% mortified when I started with the organization to find the sloppy menus and I am pleased to report a new menu has been approved for printing! More 

Forest Lake, Minnesota
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We ran through the rain to this restaurant next door to the hotel where we were staying. It was surprising how few people were in there on a Thursday night, with the big Apple Festival happening the next few days. The service was quite good, and we were served our drinks quickly. I should have asked to have them seat... More 

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Jane M, General Manager at Explorer's Point, responded to this review

I'm so sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your meal with us. It appears that you were also upset with your stay at our Hotel as well via another Trip Advisor posting. I can only offer my sincerely apologizes and I only wished that you would of asked for myself during your stay so I could of made your... More 

Ashland, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I have been here three times in the last year. My last visit was in July. Took some associates there for dinner. Our waitress was great. My associates both ordered a nice steak dinner. I asked about the bbq ribs and was told the ribs were not so good and they were trying to get better ones. I went with... More 

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Jane M, General Manager at Explorer's Point, responded to this review

I apologize that you didn't enjoy your meal with us. Yes Explorer's Point is under new management and I can assure you that big changes are well under way. Unfortunately these things do not happen overnight so I do ask that you are patient with us while we hire a new staff and build a fresh menu. Please do keep... More 

Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Really enjoyed the Whitefish BLT and the fresh cut fries were perfect. My beautiful wife loved the burger made from fresh hamburger and our kids shared the cheesy mac & cheese.

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Jane M, General Manager at Explorer's Point, responded to this review

I am so excited to hear that you enjoyed your recent dining experience and I Thank You! for your business. Please do come back to see us again! More 

Herbster, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

My wife and I are local residents and have eaten at Explorer's Point before, with the previous visit having been about two years ago. We did not have glowing recollections of the food, but decided to give it a try again because it has a salad bar. This was a very big mistake. My wife ordered the prime rib special... More 

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Jane M, General Manager at Explorer's Point, responded to this review

I do sincerely apologize as I was never given your contact information and it appears that this issue was handed over to the Head Chef for resolution. Please do feel free to contact me directly at 715-682-5235 so I am able to better-address your concerns. More 

Rudolph, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Friday fish fry and the special was all you can eat Perch or Pollack. I had the perch and my husband had the pollack. Both were deep fried and just OK. The salad bar had a good variety and also had clam chowder or broccoli cheese. We were not impressed with the food although I have to say the service... More 

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Jane M, General Manager at Explorer's Point, responded to this review

Thank you for your honest review. I am working closely with new restaurant staff to improve our menu offerings and service; it is always wonderful to hear were we need improvement. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 30580 US Hwy 2, Ashland, WI
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Ashland
  • Phone Number: 7156820331

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Bar, Barbecue

Description

Overlooking Lake Superior's Chequamegon Bay in Northern Wisconsin, Explorer's Point is 200 seat casual dinning restaurant specializing in American cuisine serving lunch and dinner featuring burgers, Barbequed Ribs, steak, and fish. On site is the Blue Heron Bar, a full bar serving local and domestic beer, wine, and liquor. Next door is the Ashland Lake Superior Lodge, a 60 unit lodge style hotel with an indoor pool and hot tub. Inside the hotel is the Lake Rock Cafe serving breakfast daily at 6am proudly brewing Starbucks coffee, mochas, lattes, and more. Coffee is complimentary and guests also receive 10% off both restaurants. Ashland Lake Superior Lodge is also a wholesale outlet of Tillamook Beef Jerky.

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