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“Failing Restaurant”

Portside Bar and Restaurant
Ranked #13 of 17 Restaurants in Bayfield
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Portside is located at Port Superior Marina, just two miles south of Bayfield on Highway 13. We're open seasonally - May thru October, when the boats are in the water. We offer casual waterside dining with both indoor and outdoor seating. Our All-American menu features burgers and sandwiches, pasta and salads, fresh fish, seafood and steaks, as well as a special menu just for kids. Join us for our Friday night Fish Fry, and Saturday night Prime Rib special! You'll love our wine list and specialty cocktails, too. Come and enjoy our beautiful marina views Tuesday thru Sunday! We open at 4pm for Happy Hour, and Dinner is served 5-9pm. Catch the Big Top Shuttle right outside our door! Portside's bar is open til 10 pm on Fridays and Midnight on Saturdays. Breakfast is served Saturdays & Sundays, 7 - 11am. Hope to see you soon!
Reviewed August 21, 2012

My husband and I have experience working in restaurants as servers and cooks. We are not food snobs, but pay attention to the details. This place reminds me of a restaurant that should be on Chef Irvine's "Restaurant Impossible" show on the Food Network. The staff, including owners, do not pay attention to the details. Ordered 2 sodas, both were flat :( It took the waitress 10 minutes to take our order as she was busy delivering food to other tables. As this happened, we watched the owner shoot the breeze with other staff and patrons. We paid $25 for each of our meals, expecting great quality food, even the side dishes. Instead we got crap. I ordered the seafood pasta. There was absolutely no flavor to it at all.Just plain pasta with some overcooked shrimp---could have made much better at home! The side of red potatoes that my husband got with his steak were also flavorless, rock hard, and burned. His side of veggies were also bland and mushy. Would you serve something as a chef that you would not eat yourself!?! How about a little salt and pepper, butter, and/or garlic to liven things up a bit?! We did not dare ordering dessert. Overall spent over $50 on two very disappointing meals. I frown when I think of all the grocerries I could have bought with this to make flavorful meals at home. This place needs to put a little more passion and effort into what they are doing. The only thing saving this place is the view!

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Reviewed August 16, 2012

We spent a few hours at the bar having drinks and they were very good. Great staff and setting. We will visit again next time we are in town.

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Reviewed August 3, 2012

This is a very nice restaurant. Interesting menu; great food. Only downside is that in the afternoon you could only get flatbread pizzas (very yummy :-) until 5:30 and after that you could order off the menu.

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Reviewed July 31, 2012

Wow where to begin. Rolls were so hard we could not eat them. Server seemed nice but no one in the entire restaurant could figure out how to turn off the high pitch whine of their new dishwasher. It got to where we could not think. The local fresh whitefish was very strong and gamey...not how whitefish should be. The potato crust was recommended and it has to be the worst crust I've ever had. Over all I've had less strong and greasy fish from McDonalds. If you are going to try and act high end then your food, service and atmosphere should live up to your prices. Avoid this place if you can.

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Reviewed July 29, 2012

The whitefish livers appetizer is great and you you shouldn't miss it. Wonderful friendly service with the staff remembering our anniversary as it was mentioned when we made our reservation. They gave us a nice table at the window and everyone wished us a happy anniversary. They made our evening special. Food was very good too!

Thank MKBMinnesota
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