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The Blue Mingo Grill

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6098 State Route 80, Cooperstown, NY
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9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Wed 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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Great Location and Food

We have eaten here several times and it is always good. Most recently we stopped for lunch, and once again were treated to good food and fine service in a lakeside setting

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 16, 2015
Tom T
Wilmington, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Scenic view
  • Special occasions
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

We have eaten here several times and it is always good. Most recently we stopped for lunch, and once again were treated to good food and fine service in a lakeside setting

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Camillis, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Love,love,love this restaurant, is is a cozy and quaint place and the food is fantastic. I have been there for dinner and lunch, and both meals were delicious. The staff is attentive, friendly and helpful. The view is fantastic also.

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Westfield, New Jersey
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We had been at this restaurant once before during summer time a couple of years ago and it offered a very nice view. This time we were there in October for dinner and it was dark as well as the outside sitting area is covered by plastic windows to keep the heat inside as it was quite chilly so we... More 

1 Thank Andika210
Albany, New York
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77 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

11 October was a fantastic day, we drove to the Blue Mingo and after waiting 15 minutes just to talk to the greeter, found out that they were not doing outside seating, only inside tables (of which 5 tables could be seen empty and waiting to be cleared) there was a further 30 minutes wait, they were short wait staff,... More 

Thank Bob F
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Ambiance was wonderful - warm September evening sitting on the deck overlooking lake, service was attentive and food was outstanding. Waitress made helpful suggestions which we took and were very pleased.

1 Thank mydas
Dallas, Texas
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Upon arriving at the blue Mingo, we were greeted by a nasty hostess, she was very unfriendly, we had heard through some friends of ours how great the food and service was here. Holy cow were we surprised, and not in a good way. Took forever for the COLD food to arrive and when I did it was flavorless..... Asked... More 

4 Thank foodieusa1
Syracuse, NY
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162 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

We recently dined at the Blue Mingo during a nice September evening. We were given a table overlooking the water which was pleasant as dusk set in. The server was professional and able to give us good recommendations from the menu. Although the restaurant was a bit pricey, the food was definitely of high quality. The sea scallop dish was... More 

Thank mek99
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

This is probably one of the most expensive restaurants located slightly outside of Cooperstown proper. The food is quite tasty and during the summer you will often see performers from the Glimmerglass Theater dining alongside you. This restaurant seems to attract more of the opera crowd than the baseball one, probably because it is located closer to Glimmerglass than Cooperstown.... More 

1 Thank SimonSaysHouston
Bergen County, NJ
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

While Cooperstown is on Otsego Lake, there are few dining options on its shore. Blue Mingo does provide a great setting right on the water. Makes for a very relaxing environment. However the food and service was uneven at best. Some delicious starters (chowder, coconut shrimp). Entrees were quite large but most missed the mark (Osso Bucco, Crab Cakes), especially... More 

Thank 88JimS
Rome, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

We have stayed on the lake for decades..... and have enjoyed the restaurant since it opened. Things have changed. The food, although good, is quite pricey. The ladies in the gift shop are attentive and gracious. However, the young hostess (and this was not our first experience with her) was extremely snippy, and offered no greeting .... i.e. "Welcome to... More 

4 Thank traveler7908

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6098 State Route 80, Cooperstown, NY
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Cooperstown
  • Phone Number: 607-547-7496

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 35
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Special occasions


Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?