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JJ's Dockside

$$ - $$$American, ,
929 Lakeshore Dr SE, Bemidji, MN 56601-4091
+1 218-444-2310
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good22%
  • Average14%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible16%
Travelers talk about
“turkey burger” (3 reviews)
“club sandwich” (3 reviews)
“walleye” (2 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
929 Lakeshore Dr SE, Bemidji, MN 56601-4091
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Reviewed July 27, 2018

We (hubby and 2 teenagers) were staying at the Country Inn (attached to this restaurant) and were looking forward to not having to venture out for a meal after a 12 hour day of travel. We walked into the bar at about 9:30, which was...More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed July 19, 2018

The food was very good. Service was good and prompt. The place was quiet while we were there. The only down side was the flies bugging us, but that's understandable with the openness of the place to the outdoors.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank EES79
Reviewed July 11, 2018

It's connected to the motel we stayed at (Counrty Inn & Suites). It's on the lake (outdoor) so has great ambiance. We arrived for happy hour and enjoyed a huge plate of naches as well.

Date of visit: July 2018
Reviewed May 21, 2018 via mobile

Had lunch with a colleague at this spot on the lake! Wasn’t too busy so the service was fast and courteous. The steak salad was awesome. Very enjoyable

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Y7000YLjohnm
Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

Horrible service! We sat at a table for 20 minutes without anyone coming to ask for our order. Several people in our party left to eat elsewhere while other had to go to the bar to get food. One person said the restaurant had to...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank johnnX2088JM
Reviewed February 25, 2018 via mobile

This was our first visit, and we were pleasantly surprised! To be honest we hadn't heard very good reviews, but our lunch was very tasty! My husband had the black and blue steak sandwich and I had the turkey burger and both were very good!...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Sabrina A
Reviewed January 25, 2018 via mobile

Medium rare, cooking is about timing, I’d want to know if I was the owner.. I own a restaurant in a totally different state. It was dead, two additional people in whole establishment. Timing was great for turnover, but over cooked twice. Small portions on...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Charlie C
Reviewed December 23, 2017 via mobile

This located next to the Country Inn and Suites, never left the building and into the cold, perfect. I was quickly helped by a staff member who took my order. Within 15 minutes, I had my order and was back to our room. We ordered...More

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank DaveBob713
Reviewed December 17, 2017 via mobile

We ate here twice this weekend while in town watching UAA/BSU men’s hockey. The location is great as it is attached to the rink as well as to a hotel. The restaurant is large and can accommodate large groups of people. The atmosphere is lively...More

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank meganwC6956UQ
Reviewed December 16, 2017 via mobile

My daughter and I went here after the hockey game. I had the Walleye and she had the Mac and cheese. Both were great! Stop in and try it! Also, The little old lady sitting in the next booth actually dropped the F-bomb over the...More

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank supra2jztt
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Pub
Late Night, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Television
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Kids, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 929 Lakeshore Dr SE, Bemidji, MN 56601-4091
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Bemidji
  • Phone Number: +1 218-444-2310
  • E-mail
J.J.'s Dockside is a tavern style restaurant that joins local decor with the story of John Jacob Astor, a wealthy fur trader in the early 1800s. The restaurant takes its name from John Jacob Astor, and the beautiful Lake Bemidji shoreline that stretches across one's view over the patio. The Mississippi River and Lake Bemidji are home to a variety of trade routes that once ran through this area during John Jacob's rise to fame. Imagine yourself in the great American fur trade where voyageurs paddled across the lakes and rivers, returning to the east coast in canoes loaded with furs. This is JJ's Story, where America's first multi-millionaire meets the frontier. Today, J.J.'s Dockside continues the rich tradition of local enterprise as a New American Tavern serving classic menus from the Midwest and beyond. An inviting, airy space adorned with historic Bemidji artifacts, J.J.'s Dockside specializes in locally-inspired American cuisine served alongside carefully hand-crafted cocktails and a collection of Minnesota-made craft beers,wines, and spirits. J.J.'s Dockside invites you to come experience the Dockside Difference, where our friendly wait staff are eager to provide an unforgettable dining experience that turns moments into memories. Enjoy the view of the lake and generous happy hours at Bemidji's largest bar and patio to discover new things about people you thought you knew, and those you're getting to know.
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