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“Food Better”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Blue Pelican Inn

Blue Pelican Inn
Price range: US$16 - US$30
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Groups, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff
Detroit, Michigan
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Food Better”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

My wife and I and her 89 year old mother stopped in again in July 2014. The food was much better than our last experience. I had the Crab Boil and it was pretty good.

We called ahead for a reservation and left a message per their recorded instructions, but received no call back to confirm. Drove about 35 minutes to get there at the requested time (7:30) and we were on list (would've been very upsetting if that slot had not been available!). Upon entering the restaurant there was a queue of 2 parties ahead of us and another party came in right behind us. We all stood in the reception area for several minutes (5-10 minutes) during which time several more parties came in (all with 7:30 reservations) and the reception area was quite crowded. I won't go into great detail, but the hostess ended up seating the various groups in absolutely no relation to the order we arrived and when this was pointed out to her she simply gave a toss of her head and said "we'll get to everyone as quickly as we can". Easy to say when you're not the 89 year-old lady who has been standing there for 20 minutes watching the later arrivals (and much younger people) getting seated simply because they pushed their way close to the desk during the hostess' absences! They need to keep someone at the desk at all times to record the order of arrivals to at least they look like they care about customer satisfaction. Got our dining experience off to a bad start, but like I said the food was very good!

  • Visited July 2014
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3 Thank RandC87
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English first
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68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“A gourmet surprise in Central Lakes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014 via mobile

Dinner on the open air patio at this bed & breakfast, restaurant and bar this evening. Absolutely great as the Chef combines northern Michigan flavor a with the owners southern heritage. The fried grit cakes are an absolute must try! Blackened walleye also a very good dish. Wonderful atmosphere.

1 Thank GoneDivingVA
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Pleasant evening on the porch.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

We recently visited the Torch Lake area and had a nice dinner on the porch of the inn. The food was very good and although we were "stuffed" we both got dessert. The service was excellant and we will definitely return on our next visit.

  • Visited June 2014
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2 Thank JessieOhio
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Holt, Michigan, United States
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81 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“As good as you get in the area!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

The Blue Pelican Inn has provided our family and friends the best food in the area. Their offering of crab-legs and a seafood bucket, along with a variety of fish and steaks makes this THE DESTINATION for us when we want to enjoy a great meal. The restaurant is located in Central Lake (maybe 10-15 miles north of Bellaire) but well worth the drive if you a visiting Torch Lake or Shanty Creek Resorts. The pricing is NOT inexpensive but not overly priced either (I'd rate the pricing as 4 out of 5). ENJOY, you'll likely return!

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Ron F
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Manistique, Michigan
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73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Loved eating on the covered porch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2013

Food was delicious, service very professional and attentive. Good portions so that I was too full for dessert, so next night I ordered dessert first, then meal. Looking forward to eating here again.

Visited November 2012
2 Thank imahaug
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