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“FUN FUN FUN”

Bonita Bill's Waterfront Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast
Spring Lake, Michigan
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“FUN FUN FUN”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

We were in the area on vacation and found this gem last year and HAD to visit again this year. Nothing fancy about Bonita Bill's just good food and great a great great view as you eat. Find a table inside or on the actual dock then walk to the bar to order your drinks and food. Enjoy watching people come right to the dock 10 feet away and tie-up to eat or the pelicans in the water.Walk the short dock and buy shrimp right from the boat before you leave as well.

Fun place but don't forget beer & wine only paid with cash only but a great blacken fish sandwich and steamed shrimp.

  • Visited March 2013
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South Jersey
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“The real deal”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

So an old salt walks into Bonita Bills and the bar falls silent as every eye turns toward him. Finally the bartender summons the nerve to ask the obvious: "Uhhh...why do you have a ship's wheel lashed to your crotch?"

Long silence.

Finally the old salt sighs and says: "Arrrghhh....it's drivin' me nuts....."

Yep, that's the kind of place this is. The real deal, but not taking itself too seriously. Beer in plastic cups, or (preferably) the kind of plastic pitchers you used to empty with your friends. I order the fish sandwich, she asks me what side, and I asks wut do you have, she recites, and two seats away Captain So-and-So rasps "The coleslaw". I get the coleslaw. Freshest fish (blackened, so's not to mask its true nature) in I don't know how long. That, a beer, a full glass of wine, fries and grilled cheese twenty bucks.

Watched a Pelican intimidate a gull pecking at some floating fish guts. Plenty of locals just getting their lunch or buying some shrimp. Country+Western fella singing and strumming. Boaters coming and going. Traffic overhead on the bridge to FMB over Mantanzas Pass. Cash only.

My kind of place.

  • Visited March 2013
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Lexington, Kentucky
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“What a gem!!!”
Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

Wanted a place to grab breakfast! We were so lucky o find this place! Cash only! Good food! Spectacular view on the dock! Would have lived to have gone over for lunch (peel and eat shrimp or fish sandwich!). Just a cool place to go. Will forever be a must-go-to-spot while in Fort Myers!

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NE PA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“We Love this place!!!”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

Bonita Bills is the best! Great food, atmosphere and Sunset Ale. We NEVER vacation at Ft. Myers Beach without including several trips to Bonita Bills!

  • Visited November 2012
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Brockville
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101 reviews
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“Terrific Peel & eat Shrimp”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

We had the pleasure of going to Bonita Bills by boat....the atmosphere is what you'd expect at a fishing harbor....it was fun, unique & relaxing......the peel shrimp order was very large & great tasting....you could buy shrimp right off the shrimp boat at the end of the dock if you wanted more!......we will return!

Visited January 2013
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Thank RiverSwim
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