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Thirsty Whale

American, Bar, Pub
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825 W US Highway 2, Norway, MI 49870-1133
+1 906-563-5466
11:00 - 02:00
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Norway, Michigan
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You'll never find a better burger place. This is a fun place to be with the best food in town. Try one of their many burgers (I recommend the Olive burger) or sandwiches (the Turkey is the best!!!). I've never had a bad experience here, the staff are amazing and Paula will always make you feel welcomed.

Thank Renee P
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2016

The burgers were incredible. They are huge and cooked perfectly. We ordered 8 burgers for take out and they were ready in 45 minutes. The only thing that could have made it better is if a menu was available online so you could call ahead. HIGHLY recommend.

Thank Kevin S
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Atmosphere is warm and the regulars seem very comfortable. Would be great to include one or two foods that would be a healthy fare.

Thank Joayle
Midland, Michigan
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

We stop at the Thirsty Whale every time we visit the U.P. (at least twice a year). Our burger and fries were awesome. We visited on July 3rd and our waitress was friendly and attentive. The owner cooked our food to perfection! There were 8 of us in our group and we had great service! We'll definitely stop by again!

Thank labsonhurley
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 8 July 2016

Had a great meal of yummy burgers and fries and good beer too! Can't wait to go back! Even our grandkids said it was the best burger they ever had and loved the deep fried potato chips!

Thank Suzanne C
Hobart, Indiana
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65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Great Burgers award winning as a matter of fact really enjoyed the atmosphere ,not the best burger I've ever had but really good

Thank Michael L
Winnipeg, Canada
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86 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

Great spot to stop for drinks. Haven't eaten here but I've heard the burgers are great. Try the $1 pudding shots!

Thank Jkilg204
Kingsford, Michigan
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139 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2016

Huge and tasty hamburgers, fish fries. It's a little hole in the wall kind of place, well known with the locals. Friendly homey atmosphere, great food and service. Nothing fancy, but worth the stop.

Thank UPwrite
Norway, Michigan
1 review
Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

When people ask me where to get a bite locally, I always suggest the Whale! Best burger around and a friendly, relaxed, tavern atmosphere.

Thank Chelley75
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2016

The "Whale" is a local hotspot famous for it's excellent beef and specialty burgers and everything to go with it including homemade soups and Friday night fish fries. Service is great and people are friendly there, especially Paula, the owner, who is loved by everyone. There is an outdoor sand court for volleyball with leagues and tournaments where the locals... More 

Thank cfila

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 825 W US Highway 2, Norway, MI 49870-1133
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Upper Peninsula  >  Norway
  • Phone Number: +1 906-563-5466

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?