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“Great lakeside location” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Blue Mingo Grill

The Blue Mingo Grill
6098 State Route 80, PO Box 190, Cooperstown, NY
607-547-7496
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Ranked #17 of 56 Restaurants in Cooperstown
Price range: $10 - $35
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Good for: Scenic view, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Trumansburg, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Great lakeside location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The lakeside view was great. Food was excellent. Service was good, but a little slow since the restaurant was very busy. Reservations are definitely recommended. Prices were on the expensive side.

Visited August 2013
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English first
Wayne, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Scenic & Great Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The Blue Mingo is great for special occasions- they have a wonderful revolving menu and their view of the lake is SPECTACULAR, but expect a very pricey bill. Lots of specialty cocktails that are delicious, but again cost $9.50. We stop in about once a month for a fancy night out and will definitely continue to do so!

Visited August 2013
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Waltham, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“No Un-Excellent Dinners”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

After dining once a year at The Blue Mingo for at least 20 years, I have yet to find food, presentation, and service that was not exceptional. The menu is creative, the presentation professional, and the waitstaff engaged with the clientele. You will not be disappointed!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Phoenixville, PA
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63 reviews 63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Pricey little joint on the water”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

My brother treated me to dinner at this nice little place on lake Otsego. We both got 1/2 rack of ribs with fries and water to drink. We also had the blue cheese potato chips and I had a bowl of shrimp bisque, which was the only thing that I didn't like. It was salty and didn't have anything in it. It was like a salty tomato soup with shrimp flavoring.

The restaurant was packed, and we enjoyed the view, as well as the service. I did think that it was a little pricey, and would reccomend a reservation, as it was packed.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Southport, Connecticut
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83 reviews 83 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
“Somewhat disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We were at Glimmerglass, to see an opera. Friends had recommended the Blue Mingo: "a good restaurant, right on the shore of Lake Otsego", so we decided to go there for dinner following the matinee performance.
Things didn't work out.
When we arrived, we found that they had lost our reservation: or rather, they had a record of our phone call, but hadn't taken the next step of assigning us to a table.
Result - we couldn't get a table at the edge of the lake, or even at the window, and ended up in the corner of a screened porch, right next to the bar, with a row of tables between us and the windows. Some water view! Once in a while, wisps of cigarette smoke from the bar gently added insult to injury. It was the only table available, apparently.
The food was OK, I suppose, but somewhat overpriced. The wine list was uninspired. Our
server was over-extended, but he did his best.

There are other places to eat in Cooperstown. I wish we had gone to one of them.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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