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JJ's Dockside

$$ - $$$American, ,
929 Lakeshore Dr SE, Bemidji, MN 56601-4091
+1 218-444-2310
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  • Very good21%
  • Average12%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible17%
Travelers talk about
“turkey burger” (3 reviews)
“club sandwich” (3 reviews)
“french fries” (2 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
929 Lakeshore Dr SE, Bemidji, MN 56601-4091
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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

Thank John M
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

Thank John N
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

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

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

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

Thank Megan W
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

Thank supra2jztt
Reviewed October 30, 2017

We were in Bemidji this past weekend to watch the Grandkids. We stopped in Friday for cocktails and something to eat. The food was good, the service very attentive. Saturday we had dinner with our two young grand children, service was very attentive to serving...More

Thank Mike T
Reviewed September 25, 2017

I enjoyed the food I ordered here. I had the JJ's Alfredo with shrimp and it was delicious. My husband ordered the Club Sandwich and it looked more like a Club / turkey burger. Very generous on the meat and huge sandwich. The fries were...More

Thank Deanna L
Reviewed August 29, 2017

Horrible service; waited over an hour for our foot!; even with 6 tables & 2 servers at 5pm on a Monday! Food was not great! Service was terrible! Waited 30 mins. for bread pudding & cheese cake dessert! We live here & took guests from...More

Thank MaryBeth6021
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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, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children, Kids
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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