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“Great not-so-usual deck”
Review of Dockside

Dockside
Ranked #4 of 22 Restaurants in Bellaire
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Grand Haven, Michigan
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179 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Great not-so-usual deck”
Reviewed August 14, 2010

Although the food is fairly average and the inside atmosphere is basic bar, the outside deck is a great place to enjoy lunch and a couple of drinks. You can drive to the Dockside, but the true charm is pulling your boat right up to their dock, tying up and having lunch while watching boat traffic idle past the channel and looking out at Torch Lake, named by National Geographic as the "Third most beautiful lake in the World". This is an annual summer destination for my family via rental pontoon boat for the day. If you're looking for a unique experience, spend a sunny day at the Dockside.

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Cadillac, Michigan
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51 reviews
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“What a cool place”
Reviewed July 13, 2010

Very casual. Sitting out on the deck, having some dinner and watching the sun set over Torch Lake is awesome. Staff is friendly and attentive. Food is pretty standard bar fare, but very good.

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arizona
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121 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“The name says it all: Go for the lake, river, sunset, and the outdoor deck”
Reviewed May 27, 2010

We did the must-do and enjoyed a not-crowded deck, ordinary burger, decent drink and spectacular sunset over a gorgeous lake. Swan family is a bonus. Would not want to eat indoors as it is obviously a bar scene but if you are a boater, what could be finer than to tie up alongside?

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Gaylord, Michigan
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159 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Dockside on Torch Lake is great!”
Reviewed September 8, 2009

Might be the only place on Torch Lake to sit out on the deck, overlooking the beautiful lake and enjoy drinks and a meal. It has the usual bar food, but they do have some wonderful wraps, salads, burrito's and nacho's. They also have walleye, clam strip and shrimp baskets, but their burgers are the best. Can't beat this place in the summer for atmosphere. You can sit on the deck and watch the boat traffic at the mouth of the Clam River and also enjoy the view of Torch Lake. Come by car or boat. Very casual.
Open year 'round so check for winter hours as they are not open everyday. Prices are very reasonable, good drinks and drafts and the waitstaff is always very good and friendly.
Only about 35-40 minutes from Traverse City. Drive out and visit unique Alden, then drive along Torch Lake and stop for lunch or dinner. It can get very busy during the summer.
It's basically a bar but in the summer the deck outside on the lake is wonderful. Good food, however, in the winter too. Try Thirsty Thursdays, burgers and beer specials. Families frequent this place too, before 10pm.

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