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Reviewed June 24, 2022

Went for a birthday celebration. 10 of us. Went early afternoon and didn't have trouble getting a table. The views are awesome of Bostwick Lake. Everyone enjoyed their food and drinks and even got a comped dessert for the birthday girl. Brad was our server...and he did an awesome job . . . We were a big group with a lot of requests. . especially water b/c it was so hot! The credit card machine didn't seem to be working quite right and we complicated it by almost everyone wanting their own tab. He was very patient trying to sort the bills once they were ran through the machine . . .I tipped him extra for his efforts and hope some of my friends did also . . . . Looking forward to another visit to BLI. Oh, there was live music . .solo act. . . well sort of . .he had a harmonica player too but he was not sitting right by him so it was confusing . . lol . . but all good!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Gilmore C, Agency / Consultant at Bostwick Lake Inn, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2022

Thank you so much for the review! We hope to see you and your friends out here again soon!

Reviewed June 12, 2022 via mobile

We were at the BLI on a busy night and nothing went right. We waited 90 minutes for our food. The waitress was attentive, but not empathetic - no apology, no free app or complimentary drink…nothing. The food was pretty bad, too. There were 5...of us, two enjoyed the food. I realize it’s tough to get help in the restaurant business these days and I try to be patient, but this was over the top. They should have reduced the quantity of tables (people seated) and taken care of the customers they had. Won’t be back any time soon.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Gilmore C, Agency / Consultant at Bostwick Lake Inn, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2022

We're very sorry to hear about your experience. We would appreciate the opportunity to discuss this further and make it right. If you are open to this, our General Manager can be contacted at bkelly@gilmorec.com.

Reviewed August 19, 2021 via mobile

Ordered dinner for two off of the Toast App which was a complete success. Walleye entree w/mashed potatoes and asparagus. Turkey wrap w/onion soup. Order was ready right on the dot as shown on app. Food quality excellent and was very easy to order and...make substitutions or changes.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 9, 2021

This is a mixed rating. First food and service. Food was good, wait staff acceptable, prices only slightly higher for price/value ratio. But the management was a problem. We had several bees buzz us during dinner. Had to kill two with more buzzing. Finally just...finishing up and paying our bill another buzz and a sting to our dinner guest. When informing the manager his comment was "I guess we should treat them for them again". Which implied to me he knew there was/is a bee problem in the middle of their dinning area but waits for a customer to get stung then acts. At least he said he would. BEE-ware if you eat outside at BLI, you might get stung, but that will help the manager do his job, or will it?More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 5, 2021 via mobile

Enjoyable food on the lake on an outdoor patio reasonably priced. We decided to try this out on a Thursday evening with half priced draft beer and live entertainment. Very nice, great service, and tried the cauliflower Quesadillas. Very good! We win return!

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 9, 2021 via mobile

Bostwick Lake Inn is a Michigan hidden gem. We noticed a ton of vegetarian options, more than normal, so asked our server about it. She said the owners were vegetarian so they wanted to offer it. My husband got the roasted cauliflower quesadilla with a...side of blood orange Brussels sprouts. I got the BLI veggie burger (homemade veggie patty) and truffle fries. Oh and we got tots with AMAZING goat cheese dip! Service was great. Only negatives was it was really warm inside and we got there too late that they weren’t seating the outside anymore.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 8, 2021 via mobile

Enjoyed a great dinner tonight with my wife. She had the BBQ Bacon Burger and I had the Walleye. The food was great and the service was great. Finished dinner with an amazing piece of cheesecake!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 1, 2021

Ate outside on deck overlooking the lake. Service by Elizabeth was excellent....bartender not so much--couldn't make a decent Rob Roy Perfect with a twist. Potato chip encrusted walleye was perfect.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 20, 2021

We were in town with our kids for the Meijer LPGA Classic and stopped here for dinner on our way home. The wait was minimal for a Friday night. They have a lot of outdoor seating, so we were able to sit outside and enjoy...the view! There was a laid back, fun atmosphere on the patio. The waitstaff were all very personable. The drinks, food, and dessert were all very good; I suggest trying the truffle fries and Brussel sprouts as sides. Our kids’ favorite was the monster cookie sundae at the end! Will definitely go back if we are in the area!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 17, 2021 via mobile

We visited on a Thursday night as a party of 6. The kids menu offers a lot of options, and I'm always happy when there are options besides fries. All of our food was great. We had: mussels appetizer (fantastic!) Walleye (great except for the...potatoes) Portobello (excellent) Kids burger (good enough) Adult burger (good, but overcooked and a little dry) Turkey wrap (great) Peach salad (eh....it was okay) The service was good for a busy night except our water glasses stayed empty. We've lived in Rockford for two years now and finally made it to BLI...we will be back!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed January 13, 2021

The food never disappoints and the staff is friendly. I recommend trying anything of the daily specials menu along with truffle fries.

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed December 21, 2020 via mobile

Had my birthday dinner, take out style. I had the crusted walleye which came with whipped yukons and grilled asparagus. Excellent and the accompanying remoulade very good. Wife had the French Dip and son had blue cheese olive burger with truffle fries. Again, all excellent....All packaged up nice and arrived at door at perfect temperature. Nice work BLI.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed June 14, 2020

I know it is very difficult for restaurants to police their clients. The hostess staff did a great job of seating patrons appropriately; all wait staff wore masks; using alternate tables. But while there for an hour, there were 4 patrons walk by without masks...and no one challenged them. Two men in masks came and stood right next to our table. I asked why they would stand 1' away from me, they responded they were "just watching the tv".More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed January 8, 2020

Expecting the food and service we were accustomed to at their old flagship restaurant the Thornapple Village Inn, what a dissapointment! It was garlic everything! The tenderloin was overpriced for the quality, and the service was unimpressive to say the least. Best to hang onto...memories of what the flagship was before!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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MattD760, Agency / Consultant at Bostwick Lake Inn, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2020

We apologize for your poor experience. If there was an issue with our service please feel free to contact our manager with your concerns at awright@gilmorec.com.

Reviewed November 5, 2019

When we want a "nice" dinner out but in a very comfortable atmosphere, we select BLI... Bostwick Lake Inn. You sort of expect a pedestrian menu from such an old establishment as BLI. But I'm pleasantly surprised by some of the choices and flavors they...combine. I think this is an underrated restaurant, if you haven't tried it out, you shouldMore

Date of visit: October 2019
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Gilmore C, Owner at Bostwick Lake Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 10, 2019

Thank you for the awesome review, Paul! We look forward to seeing you again.

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