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Local cuisine, Bar, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Blue Fish Kitchen features Great Lakes Fish and locally sourced meats and produce in a beautiful, historic 1895 building overlooking the Manistee River. In summer we feature dining on our deck. Open year round we also have a fun and relaxed bar, or a romantic dining opportunity in our fine dining room. Our second floor banquet space is available for meetings and parties. If you arrive by boat, we provide courtesy dock space and we can cook your catch. Our cuisine is farm to table and chef driven, we do not deep fry, but instead choose to allow the favors of the excellent ingredients we source to stand out on their own. Our bar features craft cocktails, an extensive wine list and Michigan craft
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $32
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, American, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Dog Friendly, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this place! Discovered it last year during a visit to Manistee. We have been here about 4 times, every visit has been awesome! We have sat on the deck and inside, both are great! The food has never disappointed us, as a matter of...fact, it keeps bringing us back. We most recently had lunch. We ordered the Mussels Mariniere and the Tuna Tartare from the appetizer menu! Outstanding!! We were in a bit of hurry today, so we were unable to enjoy a glass of wine from their outstanding wine selection! Going back in 2 weeks for another spectacular meal. The service has always been great! I highly recommend a meal here! Enjoy!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed November 26, 2023

We were seated at a table by the river which gave us a nice view. The wait staff was very good and attentive. I ordered the butternut squash bisque as an appetizer and it was spot on. My spouse had the French onion soup which...was ok. I order the pan seared whitefish and it was excellent. Two pieces of fish on a bed of perfect risotto. The side vegetable was squash which is unusual as a side but it was done perfectly. My spouse had the shrimp fra Diablo which he liked. All of the food was hot and fresh. The wine list is not extensive and I wished for a cocktail made with local offerings. They did have two local beers and a local cider. Overall a good dining experience.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed October 16, 2023 via mobile

The food served was worth the price, it was delicious. However, the service landed them in the poor/rude category. Our waiter started ok with drinks and appetizers. But, after food was delivered, he evaporated. A glass of wine was ordered and not delivered but was...in the final tab. The upsetting part was when my husband was able to flag down another waitress (who passed our table with a carafe of water) to ask for a water refill. She glanced over at him and said, “This water is for another table” and walked past him. There was no offer to try and find our waiter or drop off a glass in a few minutes. We were kind of stunned and won’t return.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed September 22, 2023

We went into the empty restaurant, got glasses of water and put an appetizer order in. Never saw the waitress again. When my husband went to find her, she screamed across the restaurant that she was waiting for the appetizer. Absolutely terrible service, we will...never be back.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 21, 2023

Had a great lunch today. Our food was wonderful, as was our server (Stephanie). Beautiful view of the river.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 9, 2023

Continues to be my favorite dining venue…3 times a week. Site of July 7 - Rehearsal Dinner Favorites: deviled eggs, walleye, salmon, cosmos. Accommodating, attentive, staff, provide personal attention.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 3, 2023 via mobile

Food was absolutely terrible. Ordered French onion soup which was barely warm, sent it back and when returned it was no warmer than when I sent it back. Ordered a bottle of beer which was warm as well. We opted to not order anything else...and left.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed August 15, 2023

I wish I could write a review of the service and food quality. The issue is that we were never seated! We were in Manistee for our wedding anniversary and wanted to go to a nice establishment. Blue Fish Kitchen appeared to hit all our...wishes. We waited over 10 minutes to be welcomed at the hostess stand to be told they were short staffed (totally understandable in todays work environment). We were told 15 minute wait and they took our phone number to call when table was ready. Sad to say we waited over an hour with no call and decided to find another option.. In fact we never did get a call. Host seemed very frazzled and sad enough they were not busy. The whole lower level only had maybe 5 to 6 tables with diners. To be fair I could not see the amount of diners on the deck.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 10, 2023

First we had to wait 25 min before being seated (Thursday, arrived at 7:40)! Waited 35 mi. For a coffee drink and glass of wine! So frustrating and it was 8:45 pm so decided to eat light! Felt that ever since new management came onboard...service has truly deteriorated (nonexistent)! Our waitress was kind and courteous and frustrated with the bartender! We asked if management available and was advised the mangers were off and the control was left to the overburdened bartender! Think we are giving up on this place and going to the new restaurant next door!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed July 23, 2023 via mobile

What a great experience. Stephanie behind the bar is clearly a leader for the rest of the staff. Not to mention the food was delicious. Thank you!

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 12, 2023 via mobile

My wife and I stopped in for lunch. The place is 1/2 bar and a dining area is separated by an old wall with windows. The service was good. The restaurant was clean and nicely decorated. The menu was decent. I got a hamburger and...my wife got gyros, both came with spicy potato chips and were good. Some entree’s were a little pricey. We paid $35 for our two dinners with waters to drink. We’d come back.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 7, 2023 via mobile

First restaurant experience in a long time that I can honestly say was excellent. Food 5 star and our server, Lexi, superior.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed June 24, 2023

Great food! Service did not match the food. Waitress might have been having a bad day, but she could not answer questions about the menu and was uninterested in finding out the answers for us. Special requests (including no cheese due to dairy allergies) were...ignored. There was "pulp" in wine glass when finished and again the waitress was unconcerned.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed June 24, 2023

Don't be hurry, they run on their own time. Come here ordered 6 sandwiches and 2 soups took almost an hour. No one in the restaurant but us. 2 couples came and went while we still waited. A lot of horseplay in the kitchen for...an upscale restaurant.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed June 16, 2023 via mobile

The best walleye I have ever had, highly recommend! And I would not consider this a $$$$ restaurant I would say it’s a $$$. Definitely the finest dining in Manistee!

Date of visit: June 2023
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Blue Fish Kitchen + Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5