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Reviewed 1 week ago

I hadn’t been since the new renovation, and was excited to have an excellent meal. Boy was I wrong. The Crab Louie Salad was a major disappointment. First of all there was no lump crab meat, only a bit of shredded crab amongst some romaine...lettuce, hard boiled egg, hard asparagus, and a few small tomatoes, not heirloom, thrown in. Even my friends at the table asked if I got a side salad! I could have made this myself at home. I truly expected more from this restaurant. The price on the website menu was $15, but $18 on the actual menu. The drinks are expensive and small pours. If I go back, it will only be for the atmosphere by the lake. Out waitress Libby was excellent!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Place has a good menu and maturity of food is really good. Service is great and friendly but it’s extremely busy. Would highly suggest call ahead service. Minor thing is that their aperol needs work but the views are amazing

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I ate a devious lunch at Boatwerks in August 2022. The first night when we tried to make a reservation there was a 2-hr wait so we went for lunch on another day instead. The lunch wait was approximately 30-minutes. Food: tasty,...American fares; fried calamari, burgers, and an assortment of fresh seafood.I ordered walleye fish (pictured below). The food was delicious and presented well. There was a kids menu as well that included steak. Service: professional and courteous. Decor: large space with a bar area, tv’s, outdoor seating with view of the lake, ample indoor spacing away from the bar as well. Relaxed and pleasant ambience. Cost: modestly priced and fair value for the various food selections.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had the walleye and it was by far the worst I ever had anywhere, rubbery and tasteless. My husband had the perch sandwich and he said it was just ok. The onion rings were not any thing to get get excited about. I am...pretty disappointed. With drinks and tip we spent over 100$ and did not enjoy the food at all.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In town for 3 days. Called my cousin. Decided to have dinner here. Great choice!!! Had to wait 1 1/2 hours. But it was worth the wait.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Reservations aren’t taken. We had a choice of a nearly 2 hour wait to eat outside or 90mins to eat inside. We opted for outside. We could be at the bar or get a drink and hang in a designated set of tables outside (which...we did). There was live music during that time so it really wasn’t bad. Food was good. View was beautiful. Staff very helpful and kind—even at the end of a packed night. Loved it.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have always had excellent food and good service in the past Not today. They were busy so we sat at the bar The bar was only half filled The bartender gave us menus and then proceeded to ignore us. There were others than sat...down next to us She took their order and walked away. We remained there for another 10 minutes. At that point we saw the bartender on her phone with no indication of providing us service. We left.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here mainly because of the location. Nice view with outdoor seating although a little windy. Chowder was ok Calamari had more salad than calamari and the buger was ok. So food was mediocre at best and way overpriced for what it was. Had to...wait half an hour even though at least half tables not occupied. Assume this is due to staff shortages.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 10, 2022 via mobile

Do t think there’s a bad seat in the place. The view is great. We decided to sit inside since we had kids with us. The staff was over the top helpful and most accommodating for the dietary restrictions we needed . Gave us great...suggestions and everyone was about to find food that was superior. Fresh caught Walleye was superior, the shrimp tacos did not disappoint . Hot crab dip, Brussels sprouts and calamari are a must. Of course we had to have dessert too. Flourless tort was a hit. The only downside was they don’t take reservations so we had to wait and hour and 20 minutes.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 9, 2022

Perfect location for Summer Day. Ordered the special Seared Tuna, and small Redwater Salad. Both were excellent, and I'd get them again. Beautiful presentations and good portions. The Flourless Chocolate Torte is always wonderful. Didn't get the frozen Lemonade today, but it's my go-to drink...for the summer. Happy with young, helpful servers. We'll be back!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 8, 2022

Met another couple here for dinner and waited an hour to be seated. Service was great food was good enough but on par with Applebee’s at twice the price. Location and view made it enjoyable.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 26, 2022

While I was originally very excited to try Boatwerks, unfortunately my experience attempting to do so had led to this negative review. During a vacation visit to the Holland area, we decided on Boatwerks as the place to eat for our first night in the...area. It is rated highly for seafood, which I was particularly interested in trying. It being a Saturday evening we expected to have a wait, add in the complication of rain coming in which required closure of the outdoor seating areas and that we were a larger party (seven), patience was going to be needed. At the 118-minute mark (I had been monitoring our position using the checking app used by Boatwerks) there was a party of the exact same size, who was on the list behind us and had been on the list for only 23 mins, seated ahead of us. I went to the hostesses and asked why this had occurred, the only answer I was given was “sorry that was on me” by one of the hostesses. I was then told that a table was being cleared and that we would be seated momentarily. We waited another 15 minutes, were not seated and had not a single hostess or manager come and explain things to us. At this point we were the only people even showing on the waitlist. In my profession I am responsible for service delivery at a national level. Though I do not work in the food industry, I do appreciate the complex and challenging situation the restaurant was in that evening. What I do not except is to have been bumped without any additional consideration or conversation on the part of leadership at the restaurant that evening. At the least there was a communication breakdown, at worse a complete disregard for what would have been a paying customer.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 24, 2022

No reservations allowed but nice to hang out on the water prior to being seated. The music act was lovely and the staff very attentive. Food was very good and fair price.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 23, 2022 via mobile

We truly enjoyed the cocktails (raspberry lemon drop!) and the crap dip…super hot but so good! Not five stars as we sat outside but they couldn’t put up the umbrellas so we were burning a bit and had to put my toddler on the ground...in a corner with shade. Would have been nice to have been informed prior to sitting about the umbrellasMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 11, 2022

We wanted a nice sit-down dinner and after our first choice was busier than busy, we went to Boatwerks and had an enjoyable dinner. The only not stellar moment was when we got there and the man working the front was visibly annoyed we didn't...want to sit at a high table in the bar area. (This was early on a Monday night and not in the middle of an obvious busy time) and basically told the person seating us to make us sit there. That person however asked if we really wanted to sit somewhere else and when we said yes, she sat us at a booth with a delightful view of the water. Every other server and worker were professional and pleasant. The meal was average and worthwhile and what you would expect at such an establishment. Not my favorite ribeye ever, but not terrible either. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and go there again.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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vnbond
July 13, 2021|
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Response from daynasu | Reviewed this property |
Not during the summer. We got there at around 4:30 on a Friday and were seated immediately. By the time we left about an hour later, there was a line out the door.
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Dave N
December 9, 2020|
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Response from O3607QNmarkc | Reviewed this property |
Not when we were there.
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carlyh04
September 13, 2020|
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Response from O3607QNmarkc | Reviewed this property |
I don’t know. Their online menu should give you that information
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Boatwerks is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4