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“What a cool place” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Dockside

Dockside
6340 Old Torch Lake Drive, Bellaire, MI, Bellaire, MI 04538
(231) 377-7777
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Ranked #10 of 17 Restaurants in Bellaire
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night
Cadillac, Michigan
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“What a cool place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2010

Very casual. Sitting out on the deck, having some dinner and watching the sun set over Torch Lake is awesome. Staff is friendly and attentive. Food is pretty standard bar fare, but very good.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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arizona
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53 restaurant reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“The name says it all: Go for the lake, river, sunset, and the outdoor deck”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2010

We did the must-do and enjoyed a not-crowded deck, ordinary burger, decent drink and spectacular sunset over a gorgeous lake. Swan family is a bonus. Would not want to eat indoors as it is obviously a bar scene but if you are a boater, what could be finer than to tie up alongside?

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Gaylord, Michigan
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“Dockside on Torch Lake is great!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2009

Might be the only place on Torch Lake to sit out on the deck, overlooking the beautiful lake and enjoy drinks and a meal. It has the usual bar food, but they do have some wonderful wraps, salads, burrito's and nacho's. They also have walleye, clam strip and shrimp baskets, but their burgers are the best. Can't beat this place in the summer for atmosphere. You can sit on the deck and watch the boat traffic at the mouth of the Clam River and also enjoy the view of Torch Lake. Come by car or boat. Very casual.
Open year 'round so check for winter hours as they are not open everyday. Prices are very reasonable, good drinks and drafts and the waitstaff is always very good and friendly.
Only about 35-40 minutes from Traverse City. Drive out and visit unique Alden, then drive along Torch Lake and stop for lunch or dinner. It can get very busy during the summer.
It's basically a bar but in the summer the deck outside on the lake is wonderful. Good food, however, in the winter too. Try Thirsty Thursdays, burgers and beer specials. Families frequent this place too, before 10pm.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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