We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cliff's Boathouse Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
301 Hamilton St, Racine, WI 53402-4952
+1 262-633-1767
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Sun 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thu 6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fri 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 1:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

64 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 64: English reviews
Racine, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
22 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2016

Cosy place, excellent service in a fun unique nautical atmosphere . Food is plentiful and known for their potato pancakes.

Thank Ehshelton
Racine, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 31, 2016

Great service and we LOVE their potato pancakes.....you can't go wrong for any of the breakfast offerings. Small place but cozy.

Thank ConRich106
Level Contributor
103 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

I tried the pancakes for the first time during my most recent visit and I was not disappointed. The portions are always generous and I always leave full. This is my first time not ordering the potato pancakes and I missed having them! Mark is great. Make sure you have cash. It's a local gem.

1 Thank EmilyQuinny
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed August 28, 2016

Delicious food, affordable prices, and friendly staff are all reasons I would return to this tiny restaurant.

1 Thank Michelle B
Level Contributor
14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

Our grandparents have a yacht here in Racine and we try to come up at least once a year. Cliffs is a must try on Friday night for the fish fry!! Excellent fish, best potatoe pancake, and great potato salad. The service is fantastic! This place looks like a dive from the outside but give it a try! Try applesauce... More 

1 Thank McCarthyFam13
Round Lake, Illinois
Level Contributor
22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

We have a sailboat at a nearby marina and we heard that we must try this place. They were not wrong. Biscuits are so good. And the potato pancakes are the bomb. We both had breakfast. I want to come back for the fish fry. Remember, cash only and it IS small so patience for waiting is needed.

1 Thank feistygirl_23
Rock Creek, West Virginia
Level Contributor
43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2016

If you like potato pancakes like I do...this is the place. If you like a fish fry like I do....again, this is the place. If you like friendly service and are a Packers fan....you simply have to eat here. The absolute local hangout. Go!

Thank John K
Racine, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

I love to stop here for breakfast when ever I am in the downtown part of Racine. My wife and I like to drive the lake front and have a great breakfast along the way. Food is great, service is personal, and the atmosphere is "chilaxin"! Secrete note, if you like potatoe pancakes, these are to die for!! Ummmm

1 Thank Van W
Mt Pleasant, WI
Level Contributor
54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2016

Food is always very good, anything that you order. Mark, the owner/waiter is very friendly, humerus and gives very good service. Food is not expensive but reasonably priced. It is not a fancy restaurant but is always clean. Breakfast is my favorite - I also enjoy Friday Fish Fry.

Thank Jon J M
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

Cliff's on North side of River and harbor in a old business district. It's easy to pass but great for bicyclists. CASH Only was a minor inconvenience but the breakfast much better than any chain can offer.

1 Thank Petra H

Travelers who viewed Cliff's Boathouse Cafe also viewed


Been to Cliff's Boathouse Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
6:00 am - 1:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 301 Hamilton St, Racine, WI 53402-4952
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Racine
  • Phone Number: +1 262-633-1767

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Cliff's Boathouse Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?