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Northern Waters Smokehaus

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American, International, Barbecue, Delicatessen
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394 Lake Avenue South, Suite 106, Duluth, MN 55802
+1 218-724-7307
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10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

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Great smoked fish and meats

Small space with awesome smoked fish, artisanal meats, and sandwiches. Good for a quick lunch or small snack.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Fredrick P
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Small space with awesome smoked fish, artisanal meats, and sandwiches. Good for a quick lunch or small snack.

Thank Fredrick P
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The salmon satay had excellent flavor and paired well with the Asian slaw and rice. I would suggest ordering a couple of dishes and splitting them. There are lots of wonderful sounding menu items to try!

Thank Montoy49
Duluth, United States
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm a regular at Northernwaters. Everything is good. The Cajun Finn is my fav sandwich. Their smoked salmon is to die for! I always send it to family and friends for gifts at the holidays and it never disappoints! It's a small place, not much seating. Their new location will have an entirely different atmosphere.

Thank Lisa G
Las Vegas, NV
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent meats, I got some for the fridge. The fish looks very good, waiting a bit to eat it. Smoked Lake Trout. I also got a "Sqealey" Dan, which is one of the best names for a sandwich if I spelled it correctly. Chorizo, pepperoncinis, etc. on a buttered roll. It was very good, though I was wishing for something... More 

Thank Fish86
Duluth, Minnesota
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41 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you ever have a craving for fresh and savory fish, Northern Waters is the place to go. Northern Waters is filled with smoked fish, handcrafted smoked meats, artisan salumi, unique deli sandwiches with a choice of gluten-free, and other gourmet sundries. The quality of the food there is excellent.The sandwiches are put together nicely, the meat is very fresh,... More 

Thank 8thgrader2015
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106 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well, this place has always had the most awesome smoked fish you can find, but they have expanded a bit, given the small space, and there is now always a line to get in, for people are opting for the lunch/sandwich menu and sitting and eating. We went there last week and they were all out of fish, save some... More 

Thank brenda d
Duluth, Minnesota
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food in Duluth! Glad to hear they are opening another location! Great sandwiches, love the pastrami and corned beef sandwiches!

Thank Rick H
Duluth, Minnesota
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61 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are looking for the best sandwich in town. This is the place to go. And, you can tell by the line of people out the door in the summer! Try the cajun, it is the bomb! And the selection of smoked and aged meats and fish are great! A gem in Duluth. I cannot wait until the second... More 

Thank bobbersdown
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Northern Waters is our first and sometimes only stop when traveling through Duluth. Everything we've ever eaten there has been amazing. Stop in and work your way through their list of sandwiches. Or just get some smoked fish. It's all good. You really can't go wrong. You may see lines out the door. It's worth waiting in line for.

Thank Kyle H
Smokehaus1, Manager at Northern Waters Smokehaus, responded to this review

Thanks so much, Kyle! We sometimes shudder when we see the line - worried that our customers aren't having fun. It's reassuring that you find it worth the wait! More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

it is a small take out place and has few seats. But the sandwich choices were over welcoming. On top of that, the sausages were specially good.

Thank zx212
Smokehaus1, General Manager at Northern Waters Smokehaus, responded to this review

Thanks, zx212. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 394 Lake Avenue South, Suite 106, Duluth, MN 55802
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Duluth
  • Phone Number: +1 218-724-7307

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 12
  • Cuisine: American, International, Barbecue, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?