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John A Lau Saloon

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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414 N 2nd Ave, Alpena, MI 49707-2338
+1 989-354-6898
11:30 - 21:00
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Amazing place with some great history, and according to the bartenders, occasional ghost sightings. Unbelievably cool replica old town courtyard in rear. Just there for drinks so can't speak to the food, but lots of dining space with upstair balcony dining overlooking the dining area. Incredible old antique signs and decorations. A great travel find!

Thank MI_Traveler9999
Salina, Kansas
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367 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

While making sales calls in the area, the local representative introduced me to John Lau Saloon. It was a totally interesting place...1850s saloon...lumberjack cathouse...haunted...They are famous for their steaks, and our dinner did not disappoint. Add to this attentive service by our waitress. It was a very enjoyable evening.

Thank Kevin P
Bay City, Michigan
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45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

If you like the old saloon style feel when enjoying a libation, then you must pay a visit to John A Lau. All the dark wood and antique artifacts lying around provide a deep moody atmosphere that I just love. It doesn't hurt the place is noted to be haunted as well.

Thank rjhenry
Allen Park, Michigan
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69 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Great Food, really nice authentically vintage building that is supposed to be haunted, so that's fun. The Food is great as are the entrees. Great for a special dinner or celebration.

Thank Kathleen D
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

I've never had a bad meal at John A Lau. Even my vegetarian husband likes eating here. Great atmosphere, great food, good service.

Thank Mischele K
Harrisville, Michigan
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179 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Wanted to REALLY like this place, but it is awkward. Not bad, just not WOW. Not many choices in Alpena, this is better than most chains.

Thank Razinski
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

I have eaten here several times, and each time it was well worth it. The meals were cooked and served with perfection, and the staff was helpful, friendly and alert. Being an historical landmark ads to the fine ambiance that one experiences while dining.

Thank 484karlc
Pontiac, Michigan, United States
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016

This place is awesome! History, beautiful woodwork, and amazing food! The service here was very good and we really enjoyed ourselves!

Thank Mary Rick A
Oscoda, Michigan
1 review
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Great food, we loved it. We both had sandwiches and homemade chips and loved them. Would definitely go back! Portion size was much larger then expected too!

Thank Kelly A
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20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016

Through a series of events, we ended up at this restaurant and were so glad we did! We had the crab cheese dip appetizer with garlic bread and it was fantastic! I had the salmon and it was delicious...and quite a generous portion! The decor was a bit crazy, but appropriate for a saloon/bar-type atmosphere. The service was just fine.... More 

Thank familytravelers08

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
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

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