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John A Lau Saloon

414 N 2nd Ave, Alpena, MI 49707-2338
+1 989-354-6898
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good35%
  • Average13%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (17 reviews)
“fries” (11 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Hours
American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
414 N 2nd Ave, Alpena, MI 49707-2338
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Reviewed December 3, 2017

My wife and I grew up in Alpena, but moved away almost 50 years ago. When we go back to town, we almost always stop at John A Lau. My brother-in-law and I had steaks and my wife had coconut shrimp. The steaks were done...More

Thank Norman P
Reviewed October 29, 2017

Nothing flashy here. Solid Americana food. Had a whitefish sandwich which was fresh as can be and tasty. Others had larger dinner meals and all liked them. I love old places and this one has been around for a long time now downtown.

Thank Jonwal
Reviewed October 26, 2017

We dined at this restaurant on a Wednesday evening when they weren't very busy. The setting is quite interesting with its historical decor, although perhaps a bit "over the top" in that department. The atmosphere is noisy, but pleasant. We enjoyed our meal, service was...More

Thank Lynda C
Reviewed October 10, 2017

Very clean & I looked at EVERYTHING...because it is the kind of place where you want to walk around & look at all the pictures, etc. A lot of care has went into the decor. There is a huge bar and main floor dining, a...More

Thank JustSlip
Reviewed September 4, 2017 via mobile

Labor day at 6 PM not a whole lot was open so we came here. Food was just OK the place needs a thorough thorough cleaning. Extremely dirty. Floor had garbage all over the place. The only redeeming factor was we were starving and it...More

Thank jocelynd102
Reviewed August 15, 2017

Had a nice dinner here on Sunday night. Steaks were excellent, although one was a little overcooked.

Thank Gregory B
Reviewed August 2, 2017

Very quaint and eclectic decor and ambiance. Like a "Cheers" but more historic with soft music of the right genre. Food is fantastic!!!!! Service is fantastic! Prices are quite reasonable for the quality. Christenna was our gal. We are pretty picky and ask a ton...More

Thank jet1guy
Reviewed July 29, 2017 via mobile

Great atmosphere and food. We sat upstairs to accommodate our large group. Food was hot and so good!

Thank BGingerich
Reviewed July 28, 2017 via mobile

First time visit, I enjoyed the atmosphere of the place. I was welcomed and taken to my seat, got served a cold micro brew from the state. I ordered the French Onion Soup it took about as long as it normally takes for really good...More

Thank Todd S
Reviewed July 23, 2017

I really enjoy this restaurant, not just for the ambiance and history, but for the food. I have eaten here for business meetings on several occasions, and always found the food to be delicious, high quality and consistent.

Thank Barbara R
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 414 N 2nd Ave, Alpena, MI 49707-2338
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Alpena
  • Phone Number: +1 989-354-6898
  • E-mail
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