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30580 US Hwy 2, Ashland, WI
7156820331
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Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
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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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nothing special

Stopped here and had a pulled pork sandwich, it was alright, little dry. Would have given four stars, but they charge you full price for one trip to the salad bar, and who only charges for one trip??change you for one trip to the salad bar, who only lets on trip??they charge

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 8, 2015
Aaron431
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Went there with my family and was immediately seated. After about 2 minutes a waitress came over and stated she would take our drink order but someone else would be by to take our food order. Found that odd but she returned with our drinks and said the waitress would be coming to take our order. We sat there for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Had a great lunch at Link's. The sliders are incredible--loved the brisket! Great view, great service, and great food!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here and had a pulled pork sandwich, it was alright, little dry. Would have given four stars, but they charge you full price for one trip to the salad bar, and who only charges for one trip??change you for one trip to the salad bar, who only lets on trip??they charge

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Thank Aaron431
Neillsville, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Great food! Has a nice smokey taste and I love the BBQ sauce they use. Best ribs I ever had and beef brisket and shredded pork are delicious too. When ever I'm in Ashland I go to this restaurant.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

I had the smoked prime rib on Saturday and it was one of the best prime rib meals I have ever had. Seriously--Top 5. Amazing flavor to the prime rib, I wish they offered a larger size. I got the 16 oz cut and would skip the salad bar and get more prime rib next time. Our waiter, Ben, had... More 

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Thank Stuart54806
De Pere, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

The view of Lake Superior is beautiful. The ambiance is a true rustic up north feel with the animal mounts and the building of log construction. The food however left a little to be desired. The pulled pork and brisket seemed a bit bland, the corn bread was dry and the menu options were limited.

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Thank 61jimmyw
Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

The wild life atmosphere and excellent views of Lake Superior make this a special place. But most of all, I enjoyed some of the best smoked BBQ ribs I've ever tasted. And the salad bar was filled with a variety of very good salads - including an excellent broccoli salad, a wild rice salad, and much more. Service was also... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We stopped here while on vacation in Ashland. We were seated and from the beginning it was terrible. The seats were cloth and extremely dirty. Once our waitress came, we ordered. I had chicken and my husband had ribs. We choose the salad bar as our side. The salad bar was ok but nothing special. We got our food and... More 

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Thank Pam B
Ashland, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

VERY DISAPPOINTING! Continue giving chances it continues to disappoint. Mac and cheese VERY dry. Added more sauce to ribs, lid burst off all over my cloths which are now ruined. Received FULL bill! Informed waitress that I was VERY unhappy about this. NOTHING compensated only apology came from waitress. Took bill back and when returned stated salad was taken off... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

I read a lot of the mixed reviews. There area lot of one star reviews. I thought it was better than that. I had a half chicken with pork bellies. They were well cooked.Salad bar is good but needs spinich. Corn bread is too heavy. Really, really needs an outdoor patio. There is a great view of the lake. Our... 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, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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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