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The Boathouse Grill

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440 River St, Manistee, MI 49660-1582
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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94 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We sat on the patio for dinner. Beautiful view but food wasn't great. They have 3 items for kids, no kids menu, you have to ask your server and they tell you what they offer for kids. I had a tc salad which is a Traverse City salad. The main salad itself is ok but the dressing is terrible. The... More 

Thank JLK41811
Madison, WI
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113 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had dinner a little bit late (8:00pm), and the service was very quick - it was pretty slow by the time we got there. The waitress was very pleasant and brought food out quickly. We had a steak and the fried perch. Both were nicely done and reasonably priced. The view of the river was a nice touch. The... More 

Thank lingua5
New Hudson, Michigan, United States
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44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

We stopped here for lunch on our way to Ludington and returned the next day for lunch it was so good. Pam was our server and she took good care of us. The view from the restaurant is along the Manistee River and there is outside seating if the weather permits. The food is all good but as the title... More 

Thank Thomas P
Abilene, Texas
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

We ate a late lunch here while traveling back to Texas. Sat outside on the patio, and it was very pleasant. Both the food and service were good, if a little overpriced.

Thank TheCoveredDish
Manistee, Michigan
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

This is the worst food I've ever not eaten. The six of us were the only people there for the two and a half hours we were there (says everything). We all got something different and none of it was edible. We didn't even get the cold, and I think very old food, until an hour and twenty minutes after... More 

Thank PadawanMenace
Ludington, Michigan
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2016

There were seven of us, and the restaurant was not busy. Our server was polite and friendly enough, but the service was pretty spotty, bread was forever coming out, water never did. One glass of wine was placed before a diner so close that when he moved his hand, over it went. Two of us ordered the French Onion Soup,... More 

Thank northerncheryl
Manistee, Michigan
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

The view is great..but that's about it. The warmth of this environment comes in about a minus 10 ... A little attention to this aspect would help the operators of this dim place. The food is average..nothing to return for. Please, owners, this beautiful town deserves more than what you're putting out. Please lift your game ..for everyone's sake. Sorry,... More 

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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

Had a wonderful dinner at The Boathouse Grill. Brandy was our server. We were seated right at the window with a beautiful view of the river. The spicy Bloody Mary was almost perfect.

Thank Jacki M
Battle Creek, Michigan
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58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

I ordered the Oberon shrimp and my husband ordered the lake perch. Both were perfectly prepared perfectly, nicely seasoned and lightly breaded. We started the meal with a salad that had a variety of greens and tasty dressing. It also included a warm roll potatoes and summer squash that was grilled and gently seasoned. After a fabulous meal there wasn't... More 

Thank 6sharon220
Atlanta, Georgia
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251 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed dinner here while in town. They are located in town on the channel that runs between Lake Michigan and Lake Manistee. Seating available inside and out overlooking the channel. They had a 1/2 rack of pork ribs on special and I gave them a try. I was pleasantly surprised .. good flavor and priced right as well. I would... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 440 River St, Manistee, MI 49660-1582
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Manistee County  >  Manistee
  • Phone Number: 231-723-2300

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?