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“Great view but that's about it” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Mermaid Bar and Grille

Mermaid Bar and Grille
340 Water Street, Saugatuck, MI 49453
269 857-8208
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Ranked #17 of 50 Restaurants in Saugatuck
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Ann Arbor, MI
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20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
“Great view but that's about it”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2009

The Mermaid offered beautiful atmosphere overlooking the Kalamazoo River. However, we weren't impressed with the rest of dinner. We felt more like tourist bait than guests at a nice restaurant. The seafood pasta had random different types of pasta combined. Wine was decent. Salmon was nothing to speak of. Overall, better to have drinks while enjoying the view and go elsewhere for the main course.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Indiana
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Nice outdoor dining experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2008

My husband and I enjoyed our lunch experience very much here! The service was great and the sandwiches were tasty. The tossed side salad consisted of real greens, not the tasteless iceberg stuff! The only negative thing that I can say is that the patio tables are kind of close to each other. The big patio table umbrellas almost touch each other but at least there's good shade when eating. I recommend eating at this restaurant over Marro's or the Boathouse!

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“REALLY nice afternoon on...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2008

REALLY nice afternoon on the waterfront . Had a an excelent Philly steak sandwich on a tasty cibata pita !! Yummmmmm

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Indy
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21 restaurant reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere and good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2007

We had lunch at the Mermaid over the weekend and the service was good and the halibut fish and chips were REALLY good. We sat outside next to the boardwalk and watched the boats. It was very relaxing.

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Indiana
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“Pleasant setting right by the water”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2007

We went to the Mermaid restaurant because it had been recommended on the forums many times. Our waitress was very friendly. The atmosphere was casual and pleasant. There is a boardwalk on the other side of the railing where people strolled by with their dogs. Boats were docked right on the other side of the walkway, and it was fun to watch them come and go. However, as for the food, I think we caught them on a bad night. A couple of us had burgers, one had the walleye, and another had the meatloaf, and at best I'd say they were just okay. Again, others on the forums have had better experiences, so I'd be willing to try them again and order something else.

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