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Bortell's Fisheries

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5528 S Lakeshore Dr, Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, Ludington, MI 49431-9789
231-843-3337
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11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Ludington, Michigan
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Be prepared to stand in line but it does move quick. You get fresh fish cooked up in front of you. Enjoy it on picnic tables out front, or head across the street to the township park on Lake Michigan.

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Thank Rick R
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is definitely worth the short drive from Pentwater. Freshest fish. We loved the fried perch, but the white fish was quite tasty too.

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Thank mawmawofthree
Upstate NY
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fresh as can be, this small fish shack is a destination for us whenever we are in Pentwater. We always get the Lake Perch and this time we lucked out and got the LAST 2 orders ... I think a couple extra pieces we in there to finish up the supply ... thanks ! We ate a the small Summit... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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320 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Looking for fresh fish in the Pentwater area (not your own hooked)? This is the place, a great variety of fish, reasonably priced. An easy way to prepare a fresh meal.

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Gillette, Wyoming
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576 reviews
484 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ride Lakeshore drive from Ludington to Pentwater, and in the lee of Consumer's Energy pumped storage power plant, you'll come across Bortell's Fishery. On a late July Friday around noon, there was a line. I had whitefish dinner and my wife had perch. It came crispy with a side of hot fries and a beverage. The tarter sauce wasn't needed... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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75 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love this place, which has been here for decades. Several types of fish available, take it home to cook or get it cooked right there. Also lots of varieties of smoked fish available. I always get the perch, smelt, or shrimp dinners, and take them across the street to Summit Park. Not open Mondays, and it's a seasonal place... More 

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Ludington, Michigan
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we want fresh fish and shrimp we love to go to Bortell's. You get a big serving of what ever you order. My husband loves the white fish and I usually get the shrimp. I would suggest this to anyone that loves fish. They do have a few picnic tables and there is also a park across the street... More 

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Warren, MI
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

I guess I am just not a fried fish person? The fish was fresh, but honestly once you fry it, it masks any taste the fish has. And the batter it's fried in is just ok. I've had far better fish and chips. We got shrimp, walleye and the mushrooms. The shrimp was good and you could tell it was... More 

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Thank starlight29341
Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Out in no where, had walleye and perch dinners, they were excellent. Very fast, friendly service and hot. Ate at the picnic tables outside with a very pleasant family. Would go again when in the area. A tip, bring cash, no credit or debit cards are accepted

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

Decided to take a long drive up north heading nowhere in particular, we search on Tripadvisor for places to eat in Ludington. This little gem of a place came up. Just what we were looking for! Good food with a view! Yes you had to take a lil drive around the corner to Summit park but it was perfect. They... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American, Seafood
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5528 S Lakeshore Dr, Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, Ludington, MI 49431-9789
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ludington
  • Phone Number: 231-843-3337

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