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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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3:00 pm - 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
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
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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Detroit, Michigan
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99 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 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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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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Battle Creek, Michigan
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3 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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Battle Creek, Michigan
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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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West Palm Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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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Coldwater, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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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Michigan
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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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Merritt Island, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 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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Hastings, Michigan
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Love their shrimp and also their pan fish. Their hushpuppies with honey butter are absolutely delicious. If you love seafood you can't go wrong.

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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?