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“Lake View is a plus”
Review of The Wharf - CLOSED

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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Minneapolis
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Lake View is a plus”
Reviewed August 31, 2012

We ate there earlier this week. Food is not great...soup was cold...po boy was a few breaded shrimp on a stale bun. One of our orders was completely wrong. But the lake view is nice.

  • Visited August 2012
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Lincoln, Nebraska
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“good”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

We had a party of 7 when we arrived and didn't have to wait for very long before they sat us. Boyfriend ordered walleye and it had a lot of bones in it. He said something to waitress and she had him order something else. She was a great waitress. Very good food. Beautiful view on the water

Visited August 2012
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Minneapolis, MN
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Just average!”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

If you're looking for a dine-in experience on the lake, there aren't a ton of choices. In light of that, I would go again...after all, if you're in the area more than a day or two, you will run out of options unless you are willing to repeat.

However, in general, I felt the food and service were just average, the prices were high for what you got, but the location was among the best in the area.

My boyfriend and I stopped there on our way up to Minnesota. We chose it because we were excited for some walleye and appreciated the lakefront location right off the highway. We both ordered the larger order of breaded walleye. He ordered potato salad as his side dish, I ordered the fries. Even though the portion sizes were large, I felt the prices were too high. The walleye was served very hot and the breading was crisp, not mushy, which was appreciated. The fries were lightly seasoned and cooked to a good consistency - slightly crisp on the outside, hot & gooey potato on the inside. The potato salad was a bit sweet for our tastes and wasn't anything special....reminded me of average grocery-store deli potato salad.

The waitress was prompt in taking our order and delivering our food. And while she was efficient, she wasn't overly excited or outgoing. Nothing real memorable, but nothing bad either. Just "blah".

We arrived around 1pm on a week day. While there were some tables available out on the deck, the ones that were left didn't have umbrellas and the temps were in the 90's with full sun (no clouds), so we opted to sit indoors. I was disappointed by that. You would think that a restaurant that has such a wonderful location right on the water would want to fill their outdoor seating to capacity, but they weren't because of the lack of shade for some tables. Otherwise, the quality of the building was fine for lakefront Iowa - about what you would expect...a bit old, but maintained. Rustic. Kitschy water-themed decor.

All in all not a bad experience but if you only have time to go to one restaurant in Okoboji this wouldn't be it.

While we went as a couple, I think families would be welcome, and certainly group of friends would fit in well. Dress is very casual.

  • Visited August 2012
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Seattle, Washington
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Meh”
Reviewed August 6, 2012

The service was good, food average but over priced. Drinks were watered down and over priced as well. *shrug* just another sorry Okoboji tourist place.

Visited August 2012
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West Union, Iowa
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Lakeside lunch!”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

Traveled with another couple for the weekend to Okoboji and wanted to enjoy a lake view while having lunch. We picked a great spot out on the deck and enjoyed great appetizers ~ Supreme Nachos, along with sandwiches and sides. All our meals were great. Our server was very pleasant and attentive. Would definitely stop by again. I think a night time meal on the deck would be great to enjoy ~ maybe next time!

Visited July 2012
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