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The Boathouse Grill

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440 River St, Manistee, MI 49660-1582
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
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  • Value
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Dinner on the River.

Had a wonderful dinner at The Boathouse Grill. Brandy was our server. We were seated right at the window with a beautiful view of the river. The spicy Bloody Mary was almost perfect.

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 31, 2015
Jacki M
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Ludington, Michigan
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There were seven of us, and the restaurant was not busy. Our server was polite and friendly enough, but the service was pretty spotty, bread was forever coming out, water never did. One glass of wine was placed before a diner so close that when he moved his hand, over it went. Two of us ordered the French Onion Soup,... More 

Thank northerncheryl
Manistee, Michigan
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

The view is great..but that's about it. The warmth of this environment comes in about a minus 10 ... A little attention to this aspect would help the operators of this dim place. The food is average..nothing to return for. Please, owners, this beautiful town deserves more than what you're putting out. Please lift your game ..for everyone's sake. Sorry,... More 

1 Thank Eileen D
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

Had a wonderful dinner at The Boathouse Grill. Brandy was our server. We were seated right at the window with a beautiful view of the river. The spicy Bloody Mary was almost perfect.

Thank Jacki M
Battle Creek, Michigan
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53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

I ordered the Oberon shrimp and my husband ordered the lake perch. Both were perfectly prepared perfectly, nicely seasoned and lightly breaded. We started the meal with a salad that had a variety of greens and tasty dressing. It also included a warm roll potatoes and summer squash that was grilled and gently seasoned. After a fabulous meal there wasn't... More 

Thank 6sharon220
Atlanta, Georgia
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195 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed dinner here while in town. They are located in town on the channel that runs between Lake Michigan and Lake Manistee. Seating available inside and out overlooking the channel. They had a 1/2 rack of pork ribs on special and I gave them a try. I was pleasantly surprised .. good flavor and priced right as well. I would... More 

Thank Flylowe
Plainwell, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We entered the restaurant around 2:30 pm on Friday, Sept. 25. No one greeted us. A server walking by with plates of food looked at us and said, "I don't think we have any room for you. I'll have to check." We waited a few more minutes; she never returned. We went down the street to the River Street Saloon... More 

1 Thank mckinney427
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53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015 via mobile

The restaurant looked like it needed some cleaning up from its days as the old favorite 440 restaurant but the location has always been great and the food and service were surprisingly good. We enjoyed the Traverse City salad with fresh mixed greens, cherries, blue cheese and walnuts served with salmon, the Apple turkey sandwich was also very good!

Thank john and linda h
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015 via mobile

We are visiting the Manistee area for a friends funeral & decided to try one of the restaurants listed through Trip Advisor. The reviews have always directed us to some good spots. This was no exception as the food was very good and the view fabulous. Unfortunately the service left a lot to be desired. We started out ordering our... More 

Thank Slkinz
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

It was a little pricey, but the scenery is beautiful and our server was really great. They do need a few more options on their menu.

Thank nodaksweets
Michigan Usa
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80 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

My wife and I came for lunch. We had been in Interlochen MI. About an hour away. We had gone out to Lake Michigan to see the waves and then came back into town. Parked our car and went window shopping up and down the main street. We stopped at The Boathouse because we saw that it was on the... More 

1 Thank GinnyLu2009

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 440 River St, Manistee, MI 49660-1582
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Manistee County  >  Manistee
  • Phone Number: 231-723-2300

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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