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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
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night

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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 10
    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 view, good food

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 6, 2014
francefantoo
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Novi, Michigan
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60 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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119 reviews 119 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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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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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Although the outside of this restaurant may appear to be a bit "dated" looking, inside has an enclosed porch area, overlooking the channel to Lake Michigan. The view is spectacular! We were started off with a "locally crafted beer, the "CEO Stout"; simply delicious! My selection was the Coronado Burger, while my wife had the French Onion soup. The entire... More 

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Lawton, Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We've been here an hour an haven't been served yet! Ordered sandwiches and salad. Half of what we ordered was wrong or missing items. World not recommend this place!

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Frankfort, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Food was just OK, but you do get to view all the activity on the Manistee River below you. They need to clean up the place. The umbrellas really needed a good cleaning.

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15 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Waiter was pleasant but his apron was caked with dirt and grime. Calamari was chewy and no seasoning. Pasta was bland and if it wasn't for the spice on the blacken chicken the pasta would have been sent back. Never going back. The umbrellas outside had mold and dirt on them.

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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
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?