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119 Newman St, East Tawas, MI 48730-1209
989-362-5701
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  • 18
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 7
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  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Nothing of note

Just average, mediocre service, heat-n-serve food, overpriced beverages. Would not make a second visit

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 10, 2015
Richard P
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Au Gres, Michigan, United States
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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East Tawas, Michigan
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Bill's is your typical bar. Long bar top where you can sidle up for one of your favorite drinks while watching a game on one of the many tv's throughout and chatting it up with the barkeep. Or sit at one of the crowded tables with a group of friends. Play some pool or other games in the back of... More 

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Michigan
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Good food, good atmosphere, friendly people. Improved and expanded since my last days here. Room for a band or dj and dancing. Pool tables, does a bar need anymore? Oh ya, and good drinks. A good place to hang out, meet friends and relax. Enjoy! !!

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South Lyon, Michigan
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

A friend and I were in town for the night. This was THE happening place in town that night. We had some drinks and enjoyed the DJ and dancing until 2am. Lots of fun people out looking for a good time. There are pool tables in the back and plenty of seating in the front. Service was quick and friendly.... More 

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Saginaw, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We had two tables with a total of 8 people. Three ordered all you can eat fish and could never get a waitress to come back and ask if we wanted more fish. After waiting more than 1/2 hour after ordering a beer, friends gave up and went to the bar and adked for their bill, waitress says I was... More 

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Au Gres, Michigan, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Just average, mediocre service, heat-n-serve food, overpriced beverages. Would not make a second visit

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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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65 reviews 65 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Barnacles is a usual stop at least 1 night a weekend when in tawas. I might be getting a little to old for it though. Pretty much a younger crowd on weekends, but pretty much a fun crowd. Pool tables and shuffleboard game in back area.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I ordered the rib eye, it was terrible. So thin, couldn't cut with a knife and thinner than a quarter. Wanted to order the prime rib that was on the menu to find out they do not serve prime rib dinners anymore. Very disappointed and waitress couldn't do her job and needed help serving. Would not go back. I can... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Nice place on the Main Street good food and service.Small place some out door tables.Allot of local people there

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

It's a bar, and serves typical bar food. If you go in expecting that, you will be pleased. Even though it was raining, we sat on the patio. It was a nice relaxing meal. Would definitely recommend this place if you are just looking for a casual place to go.

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Illinois
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78 reviews 78 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Make sure you stop for a meal. I had the best taco salad I have ever had there. Good selection on the menu and a great selection of beers. Great service.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 119 Newman St, East Tawas, MI 48730-1209
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  East Tawas
  • Phone Number: 989-362-5701

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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