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Captain Luey's Calabash

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181 Columbia Ave E, Battle Creek, MI 49015-3734
269-964-8865
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tue - Wed 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Description: Calabash style seafood originated in the small town of Calabash, North...
Calabash style seafood originated in the small town of Calabash, North Carolina. In eastern North Carolina, just twenty miles north of Myrtle Beach, S.C., This "seafood capitol" is located on the banks of the inland waterway. This style of seafood became famous because of both the seasoning and preparation. The freshest of seafood is lightly breaded and fried to perfection. At Captain Luey's you can enjoy either "original" or "salt and pepper" calabash recipes, or you can choose from Captain Luey's delicious broiled or chargrilled selections. And of course it can't be Calabash without hush puppies and sweet tea!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Florida In Michigan!

In checking out this restaurant's website, it looked and sounded like our kind of place. Upon arrival after a two and a half hour drive from Detroit, it looked like our kind of place! No frills, cheap decor with fish on the walls, etc. Just like a Florida restaurant. No, not like upscale Joe's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
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Detroit, Michigan
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Wichita, Kansas
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 via mobile

New to the area. Saw an ad for Luey's, so stopped in for dinner around 6 pm on a Friday. Half busy when we arrived, but filled up to only a few empty tables by 6:45, mostly families, no children. The husband had a huge slab of salt & pepper breaded walleye while I tried the broiled seafood platter. Also... More 

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Thank Sue E
Detroit, Michigan
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107 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

In checking out this restaurant's website, it looked and sounded like our kind of place. Upon arrival after a two and a half hour drive from Detroit, it looked like our kind of place! No frills, cheap decor with fish on the walls, etc. Just like a Florida restaurant. No, not like upscale Joe's Stone Crab in Miami. But like... More 

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3 Thank newspro
Battle Creek, Michigan
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22 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

Went there for dinner with the family. Definitely not a luxury entry into the restaurant market. This is fried seafood that is a notch better than fast food seafood . . . but not a whole lot better. The quantity and service we're both great. The food, however, was simply above average.

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1 Thank Dkaytch
Battle Creek, Michigan
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The calabash style catfish is amazing, as are the hush puppies served with whipped honey butter. They also offer several local micro brew beers!!

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Thank Laurie O
Battle Creek, Michigan
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

We always take out of town guests here for a relaxed atmosphere and very good seafood. The staff is very friendly and it is locally and family owned we were told. One of Our daughters was visiting from Birmingham,Al with her husband and we made it a family outing. There were twelve of us and the waitresses served us in... More 

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Thank James G
West Palm Beach, Florida
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I really enjoyed my visit to Luey's. The wait staff was very friendly. I had the popcorn shrimp in the salt and pepper batter and it was good. Their special was all you can eat shrimp that night but my single order was all that I needed and more. Hush puppies were great, the slaw was good and the French... More 

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Thank SpanMin
Coldwater, Michigan
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63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

We were introduced to this family run restaurant several years ago. I have never been a fan of fried fish so was skeptical. What a great surprise! The special seasoning makes all the difference. Lots of great fish choices. The veggies are institutional. The hush puppies are wonderful especially with the honey butter. However they seem to be getting smaller... More 

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Thank Lyn D
Michigan
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81 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Captain Luey's Calabash is worth a visit. Good service and waiting staff, food comes fairly quickly and good size portions. I had the shrimp and Hushpuppies which were mouth watering. I like the cosy atmosphere in this seafood restaurant.

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Thank mm0174
Merritt Island, Florida
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166 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Was hungry for bluegills very good and they actually have real hush puppies lately when you go for seafood you don't get the real ones. Very good service and food.

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1 Thank pgwildflower
Hastings, Michigan
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Have been going to Captain Luey's for a few years now. Probably more often than we should, but its that good. The service is always excellent, busy or not. The food is excellent. Always hot and great tasting. One poster mentions the servings have "shrunk". Yes, a small amount. I don't blame them. Food costs are way up, but Lueys... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 181 Columbia Ave E, Battle Creek, MI 49015-3734
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Calhoun County  >  Battle Creek
  • Phone Number: 269-964-8865

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine

Description

Calabash style seafood originated in the small town of Calabash, North Carolina. In eastern North Carolina, just twenty miles north of Myrtle Beach, S.C., This "seafood capitol" is located on the banks of the inland waterway. This style of seafood became famous because of both the seasoning and preparation. The freshest of seafood is lightly breaded and fried to perfection. At Captain Luey's you can enjoy either "original" or "salt and pepper" calabash recipes, or you can choose from Captain Luey's delicious broiled or chargrilled selections. And of course it can't be Calabash without hush puppies and sweet tea!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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