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Blu

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5705 S Lake St, Glen Arbor, MI 49636-5102
+1 231-334-2530
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Our third visit this summer! Go early for the pre-fixe menu to make it more affordable. Definitely make a reservation if you need a specific day/time. Wonderful menu, excellent service! Everything always prepared perfectly when we have been there, lovely presentation. Love the view over Sleeping Bear Bay as well!

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Thank Terri H
Toledo, OH
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Apparently this restaurant doesn't need or want your business. We have eaten here before about 2 years ago...had a good dinner but recall a bad customer service issue from that prior visit (which we reported to the manager at the time). On this family vacation, we reached out again to eat there and called to make a reservation. The person... More 

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Thank Vacation111
Birmingham, Michigan
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Snobby and full of rude attitude. Horrible experience. Do not recommend. The hostess was very unfriendly and unwelcoming even with a reservation.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful setting, good food, horrible service!! Waited an hour for our drinks and appetizers. For the first 1/2 hour no one even looked at us. Steve, the waiter served other tables that came in after us but then we waited at least another 45 minutes for dinner. Place is not that big and we spent $500+ for dinner. No excuse... More 

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Thank sharonorr2013
RandyChamberlain, Owner at Blu, responded to this review

You arrived for your reservation at 7:30, your check was opened in our system at 7:34 and your drinks and courses followed shortly thereafter. Your check was then closed at 9:32, very quick timing for a party of your size by our standards. We're truly puzzled by your review after you had a seemingly great time and left 20%+ gratuity.... More 

Los Angeles, California
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77 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful setting for a romantic dinner! We enjoyed the whitefish and beef tenderloin. The staff was great and try to plan your meal so you are there during a sunset. Wonderful experience but def pricey.

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chicago
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been going to Northern Michigan (Leland area) with friends for the past 4 years. Each year our friends (who have been vacationing in this area for many years) have made reservations at the same four very nice restaurants in the area. Each and every year, Blu is the one restaurant I most look forward to the most. Consistently... More 

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Thank basitaly
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I would give Blu a higher rating than excellent if I could. My husband and I went for dinner. We had the Scallop entree. Awesome! Best scallop we ever had. We wanted to get the steak for two but it was sold out. (We were at the 9:30 sitting-go figure... ) I had the beef tenderloin and my husband had... More 

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Thank Juanita E
Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

This is a one of a kind restaurant in the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula. The setting is elegant and we arrived just in time for an incredible sunset from the picture window at our table. My husband has the duck confit (#6844), one of their specialties, which was the most tender he had every had. I had melt-in-your mouth large sea... More 

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fort myers florida
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59 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Great Glen Arbor location ,dinning room and overall setting.So pretty.Not a place for kids. Very classy and the food was the best in the area I'm sure.I love my filet which they didn't have but the steak I did have was good. Sunset was gorgeous looking out over Lake Michigan and was a great way to end our Sleeping Bear... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

This gem of a place is just a couple blocks outside the center of Glen Arbor and has its own lovely view of Lake Michigan's Mackinac Straits. Reservations are definitely recommended, and we managed to get one on five days notice only by accepting an early dining time of 5 PM. We chose the prix fixe, which included a choice... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $45
Cuisine
American, French, International, European
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5705 S Lake St, Glen Arbor, MI 49636-5102
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Leelanau County  >  Glen Arbor
  • Phone Number: +1 231-334-2530
Description
Located in Glen Arbor on the shore of Lake Michigan with panoramic views of Sleeping Bear Bay and the Manitou Islands, Blu has a location unparalleled by any Michigan restaurant. With thoughtfully executed cuisine, our award winning wine program and gracious hospitality we seek to excite, inspire, and transport guests for one memorable evening.European techniques fused with local ingredients and the finest from afar will influence Chef Randy Chamberlain's daily changing menus with an emphasis on the products, simplicity and flavor. The carefully chosen wine list includes vintners from around the world including local favorites as selected by Sommelier Mari Chamberlain.Since opening in 2008 Blu has received numerous accolades including a James Beard nomination for Best Chef-Great Lakes and high praise from Wine Spectator and Travel+Leisure. Blu continues to set the standard for fine dining with a modern interpretation in Glen Arbor; we look forward to your visit.

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