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918 S Huron Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9644
231-436-7818
Today
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • 24
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  • 31
    Very good
  • 14
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  • 7
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good food, great service

The whitefish was very good and our service was great. We all (husband, 5-year-old & 6-year-old) enjoyed it

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2013
Emily B
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Lansing, Michigan, United States
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Detroit, Michigan
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Since I found Blue Water, I make sure to stop there whenever I'm in Mackinaw. The second you walk in, you just feel comfortable. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. The atmosphere is warm and relaxed. Locals are always at the bar when I'm there. The bartender was so nice and knew a lot about the area and events going... More 

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vghjr012, General Manager at Blue Water Grill & Bar, responded to this review

LynKO, We are ready for your return. Thanks for the review. I hope you can make it back againg this summer. If not we will be waiting for your return next summer. More 

Lansing, Michigan, United States
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

The whitefish was very good and our service was great. We all (husband, 5-year-old & 6-year-old) enjoyed it

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vghjr012, General Manager at Blue Water Grill & Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. I hope you are able to come back again the next time you are in MC. More 

Troy, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Friendly local bar. It is a restaurant, but we only had drinks there. Bartender, Carren, was friendly with lots of local info and coupons. Bar has outside seating and MSU and UofM memorabilia. Homey and less expensive.

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vghjr012, Manager at Blue Water Grill & Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping in for a refreshing adult beverage. The next time try some of our great food too. The Pickle Chips are awesome. More 

Saline, Michigan, United States
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

This is a neat place, the food is good, the service is great. They really provide a personal touch. It is an unpretentious and friendly place.

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vghjr012, Manager at Blue Water Grill & Bar, responded to this review

Tim T., We at the Blue Water try very hard to give great food and service. Without good customers like yourself we wouldn't be here. Thank you for the kind words and hurry back. Vern H, More 

Ypsilanti
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Very down to earth little place. The food was good and some of the people were friendly. I think a big problem with northern Michigan restaurants is that they bring people from other countries during the summer as servers. It takes a while to become a good server and requires a lot of training-. Again we had a good time.... More 

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vghjr012, Manager at Blue Water Grill & Bar, responded to this review

Jamesypsilanti, Thanks for the review. I am glad you enjoyed your food. As for our servers, if we could get experienced American servers I would. But in our location, they just aren't available. Every American, that wants a job in Mackinaw City, can get one. Sincerely, Vern More 

Mackinaw City, Michigan, United States
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

We had just moved to MC in December of 2011 so it was sometime towards the end of last summer when we ate there. I'm a disabled vet and use a cane, walker, and time to time a wheelchair, so first off this place isn't the most "disability friendly" resturant I've ever been in, but not too teribly bad. Secondly... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

The food was fine and the service was good. With traveling all day, we did not want to travel far to get a bite to eat. The portions were fine and the prices seemed very reasonable.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

I've never written a review before, but after visiting this restaurant, I decided to make this my first. To make a long story short, my husband and I visited the Blue Water Grill after a huge mix up with our hotel which resulted in our hotel room being given away (BEWARE: DO NOT RESERVE ROOMS AT THE HAMILTON INN SELECT... More 

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We were looking for someplace to have a little more upscale meal and from the outside this looked good. Once inside however, it was like walking into a cafeteria. Four waitstaff standing by the door doing nothing. we deceided to eat in the bar which was equally stark. Food was fair, not much taste and presentation was equal. Fair price... More 

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Portland, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

We arrived and had to wait to be seated (not unusual for a sat. night in Mackinaw City). We then got to our table were we waited another 5 minutes for service and another 10-15 for our drinks. I noticed another couple that arrived after us waited about the same amount of time. All the tables (except few selected booths)... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 918 S Huron Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9644
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Cheboygan County  >  Mackinaw City
  • Phone Number: 231-436-7818

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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