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“South Shore of Cisco Chain”
Review of Bent's Camp

Bent's Camp
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“South Shore of Cisco Chain”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

Bent's Camp has made an amazing comeback from an almost dormant state 20+ years ago. I enjoy coming to the restaurant for 3 reasons: 1- I am committed to supporting local businesses in the Watersmeet/Land O'Lakes area; 2 - Bents has enough to offer my primarily urban tastes in a location that is the opposite of urban; 3 - I have seen Bents evolve since I was a young vacationer learning to fish, ski, and snowmobile during my vacation time. It feels like part of my personal history. I think the bar is Bent's best feature, since it offers a reasonable variety of beer on tap and they make a great martini (two of my recreational priorities when not on the water or the trail)! The food is just ok, in my opinion, and the wait can be very long on fish fry night, but who is in a hurry when arriving by boat and docking to enjoy a leisurely meal with friends or family?

  • Visited August 2013
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English first
Minocqua, Wisconsin
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78 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Wonderful Lake Views in Old-Time Lodge”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

The log and birch bark old lodge houses the restaurant. This setting, complete with lake views, makes for the perfect family "up north" experience.

Our family of seven (two children, one teenager and four adults) had a wonderful time. The service is friendly and prompt. We tried the perch, walleye, and coconut shrimp. All meals came with a salad bar that had just basics, spreadable cheese, crackers and rolls. The shrimp was very good. The perch seemed like it was deep fried for too long: A bit dried out. However, the presentation in an old-time metal skillet was fun. The group voted the walleye the best dinner. We tried potato crusted, pan fried and deep fried. Our favorite was the deep fried walleye because it provided the best flavor overall. All preparations of the walleye were moist and delicious. We tried their soups, all good. Our side of fries, mashed potatoes, dressing, and baked sweet potato were all good too.

We visited last summer and will visit again in the future. We really enjoy the setting and the lake view.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Micaelabird
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Mt. Dora, FL
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84 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Two Visits - Same Impression!!!”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

The second time we made it to Bent's Camp was by boat on one of the only "pretty" days we had (rainy most of the time) - and, of course, the trip was well-worth it. Stopped in for a drinky-poo. THESE PEOPLE ARE FRIENDLY!!!!! The first visit was more elaborate (it was our turn to buy dinner for the ENTIRE FAMILY!) and we were very, very pleased! Service was great for our big group - food and drinks were hot and cold, respectively! Babies were accomodated, toddlers were tolerated, cheeze curd "towers" were appropriately demolished! Oye, the fish! Couples can romance on the lake-side with a magnificent view. GO, GO, GO!!!!!

  • Visited July 2013
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3 Thank DaCheez
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Springfield, Illinois
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109 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Good Food in the Northwoods”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

Bents Camp menu is pretty broad given this is the North Woods of Wisconsin and some restaurants in the area have really limited menus. If you are looking for classic "Up North" food this is a good option. Fish, cheese curds and steaks. We had the fish and curds and they were great. They also have steaks but didn't try those. The kid's menu is pretty limited though and the salad bar is pretty small. Overall, a good place to go if you have kids with you. Great views of the lake too.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank AAAAwells
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Tampa, Florida
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34 reviews
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“Fun and pretty location”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

The food is great, and the location is right on one of the many large lakes in the area. The servers are friendly and the drinks are generous (as you'd expect from any decent Wisconsin establishment).

Very family friendly, but service can be slow, and the wait can be long.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank Lindsay W
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