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30580 US Hwy 2, Ashland, WI
7156820331
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Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, 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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  • 12
    Very good
  • 8
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  • 4
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  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Meat!!!!!!! A little to smoky? ????

We stopped and had Smoked Prime Rib. The meat was tender...tasty...but....there was a bitter finish on the meat. The meat actually had TO MUCH SMOKE???? I KNOW THAT seems impossible. ...but it was overpowering. ...and the smoke was even in the au jus!!!!! There was even smoke flavor on the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We stopped and had Smoked Prime Rib. The meat was tender...tasty...but....there was a bitter finish on the meat. The meat actually had TO MUCH SMOKE???? I KNOW THAT seems impossible. ...but it was overpowering. ...and the smoke was even in the au jus!!!!! There was even smoke flavor on the perfectly cooked asparagus! !!!!! Service fast.....to fast....I was into 3rd... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Brisket arrived very lukewarm, not at all hot. My wife's portion was very fatty. Flavor was decent, but nothing special. Avoid the onion rings (Ringz) - $8 not worth it at all, about a half an onion with not much taste. Salad bar should have things labeled, to avoid food allergy problems.

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Ashland, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

My friends and I frequented the place occasionally when it was still Explorer's Point, but hadn't been back since it changed to Link's...and we LOVED it. The menu's a bit shorter than it used to be, but all four of us were able to find stuff that piqued our curiosity, and we all wound up loving what we got. The... More 

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Fargo, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Limited menu - but terrific food! We shared a 1/2 lb of beef brisket, it literally fell apart when you cut into it, delicious! Ordered two sides - sweet potato fries and the baked beans. Both yummy! Along with the lake views, great spot for dinner! Plus we were staying at the hotel next door - so bonus!

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Knife River, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Now called LINKS FAMILY SMOKEHOUSE, my husband and I enjoyed a very fresh salad bar and great ribs! We were pleased with everything, including the great customer service. The view of Chequamegon Bay was a bonus! We look forward to our next visit. We were also pleased to note that fresh Lake Superior fish is also available!

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

I am so pleased that you enjoyed your dinner with us! The entire staff has worked really hard on creating special recipes and customer service! Thank you so much for visiting us and please come back to see us soon! More 

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We were able to sit by the window with a nice lake view. The menu was very limited and they were out of some things but it didn't matter with what we ordered. We added a salad bar for $3. The waiter didn't tell us that was for one trip. We he checked on us I asked if it was... More 

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

I apologize that you didn't get the correct information from your server. You are correct that $10 is the unlimited charge as many of our customers choose that option as their meal instead of ordering additional items off the menu. As you know in addition to our expanded salad bar we have homemade soups as well ready to go. I... More 

Ashland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This restaurant is unique to Ashland in that they have their own smoke house outside the restaurant. As well as ribs, steaks and brisket they have fish and chicken. A large salad bar and good service. It was busy when I went there yet i got good fast service.

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Ashland, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

I ate there today, and had their pulled pork Sliders. The service was fast and friendly. I like the atmosphere, and it's a beautiful location, right by the lake.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

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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Address: 30580 US Hwy 2, Ashland, WI
Phone Number: 7156820331
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Ashland
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Bar, Barbecue

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  • 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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