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The Boathouse Grill

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440 River St, Manistee, MI 49660-1582
231-723-2300
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice surprise

We were pretty tired and not too hungry but after reviewing the menu decided to share an appetizer and order salads. The Drunken Mussels were amazing; just wish they had come out before the salads. Wine selections were good enough and very reasonable. Joel, our server was a really nice guy, just... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
Anna L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We were pretty tired and not too hungry but after reviewing the menu decided to share an appetizer and order salads. The Drunken Mussels were amazing; just wish they had come out before the salads. Wine selections were good enough and very reasonable. Joel, our server was a really nice guy, just a little busy. He did bring us some... More 

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Montrose, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We stopped in today and were pleasantly surprised. I had read some not so great reviews, but still decided to give it a try. We grabbed a table on the patio and decided to just have an appetizer there and lunch at another place. Our waitress was very attentive, even though they were short staffed. We ordered the Memphis Nachos... More 

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Decatur, Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

My business associate and I had dinner here on a Wednesday evening. It was a three minute wait to be seated because there were no servers around. When we arrived there was one table of three inside and a table of two outside. We decided to eat inside. It took the server a long time to bring our drink orders.... More 

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Northville, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Extremely tasty grilled turkey and goat cheese sandwich and lobster bisque soup while overlooking the Manistee River - a very pleasant and enjoyable lunch, indeed. Two weeks earlier both my wife and son had what they considered to be the best tasting Reuben they have ever had; the corned beef was shredded. We are visitors to the Manistee area and... More 

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Manistee, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I live and work in the area. The staff of this restaurant are trying very hard to turn those frowns upside down. As for other reviews giving negative feedback, their complaints are not unheard. The Valentine's Day special I ordered started with an appetizer of shrimp cocktail that was served in a lovely martini glass. The shrimp was perfectly cooked... More 

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Wyoming, Michigan
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

My party of four had mixed feelings on this place. As others have noted, it has a very drab exterior, but it is beautiful inside with a great view. I am here in October so there are no boats in the slips outside. The dockside eating area has been winterized, but we could image how nice It would look in... More 

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Novi, Michigan
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103 reviews 103 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I was in the area, and thought I would swing through Manistee...somewhere I lived and worked in 1978. Upon recommendation from a gal at a local antiques store, we stopped in the Boathouse for a late sunday afternoon lunch. My friend ordered the special...a BLT wrap...and I had a wonderful salad with grilled chicken, sugared walnuts, and goat cheese...delicious! As... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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51 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This is a great little cafe/bar that on a nice day has a fabulous outlook over the river. Manistee is a nice little town to walk around after lunch. Staff are very friendly and the food was also very good. Weather permitting try and get a table on the front outside patio overlooking the river

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Congleton, United Kingdom
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46 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

Don't be put off by the dusty and quite drab exterior. Once inside the decor is fine. There is a variety of seating- inside and out and the window seats and deck overlook the river. Service was good. Specials and a good range of dinner options- all well priced. We had surf and turf. Our steaks were good- if you... More 

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Msp
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Had to beg for a second beer, rare hamburger was medium well and ran out of ketchup. The only time the wait staff was attentive was handling the bill. Nice location but not worth it.

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Additional Information about The Boathouse Grill

Address: 440 River St, Manistee, MI 49660-1582
Phone Number: 231-723-2300
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Manistee County  >  Manistee
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: Seafood

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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
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?