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“Nice place but hostess is not” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Harbor House Grille

Harbor House Grille
411 W Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604
(218) 387-1889
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Ranked #8 of 31 Restaurants in Grand Marais
Price range: $8 - $24
Cuisines: American, Dessert, Steakhouse, Pizza & Pasta
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Description: Located in the quaint harbor village of Grand Marais, Minnesota, on Lake Superior's beautiful North Shore, the Harbor House Grille is a cozy neighborhood restaurant serving up tasty handcrafted meals, using fresh & seasonal ingredients. Offering Beer, Wine, Spirits & Flavor!
Plymouth, Mn
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Nice place but hostess is not”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We enjoy dining here, but the hostess leaves a lot to be desired. She is actually on the point of being rude. The rest of the staff seems very friendly and the food is very good. If she would just work on her attitude the whole place would seem nicer. We recently made a reservation for a Saturday evening and when we got there the table that the waitress had reserved for us was taken. The hostess took us to a different table without even speaking to us. When I asked her what happened to the table we reserved, she just walked away. She later came back and said that she didn't know we had reserved that table and she doesn't reserve a certain table anyway, but just that we would get "a table". I said that was Ok and then she left and never came back. Another couple came in after us and after she seated them, she brought them water and told them about the specials of the day. We waited quite a while and finally a waiter who was quite nice showed up and apologized for the wait, but said that no one had told him that anyone was there. Apparently we were being ignored for asking about the table that we had reserved.
The waiter was quite nice and the food was good in spite of the hostess.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Independence, Missouri
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57 reviews 57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Good Food in Grand Marais”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We all ordered a different meal, and no one was unsatisfied. The fish that I ordered was well prepared, and the wine list was good. I'd eat there again.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“This is the place to eat in Grand Marais!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful food in a casual, but still elegant setting. Super view of Lake Superior from outside dining area. Truly groumet, but down home satisfying. Recommend walleye finger appetizers and whitefish entree. Whitefish is locally caught, and expertly prepared very lightly breaded, preserving the delicate taste of the fish. Also, recommend steaks. Just as good, if not better than any Chicago steakhouse. Steaks cooked exactly as requested. Very good wine list.
Dined there with my wife two
nights. Both times service was superb thanks to Dana and Stacia, our servers. They got it on how diners want to feel extra special on special occasions. They both did a great job enhancing our dining experiences which was in celebration of our 31st wedding anniversary.
Will definitely eat here again, and will highly recommend it to those I know traveling to Grand Marais. BTW, save room for dessert, especially the pretzel crumb cheesecake.

  • Visited July 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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Burnsville, Minnesota
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99 reviews 99 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Fresh homemade food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

This is a delightful place to relax and eat good food! Family owned, the staff is friendly and personable. The entrée selections included either a soup or salad.

  • Visited July 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great spot!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

Four of us had dinner at the Harbor House Grille. We really enjoyed our dinner and had friendly, great service. Grilled prawns, meatball soup, duck bacon BLT - so good. Couldn't resist the pretzel cheesecake for dessert, and we're glad we didn't resist.

Visited July 2013
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