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The Fresh Palate

109 N 2nd Ave, Alpena, MI 49707-5304
+1 989-358-1400
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
109 N 2nd Ave, Alpena, MI 49707-5304
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Stopped in for dinner after a short walk from the marina. The weather was warm and the front of the restaurant was open to the street. Our server, Heidi, was friendly and attentive and the food was very good. After dinner, we repaired to the...More

Thank Mike P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked in from the marina after a long day of boating. I don't often review restaurants, but we had a group of 5 people for dinner. I ordered the lamb burger with root veg fries medium rare. The fries were cold and soggy, and...More

Thank Julie H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant in the heart of downtown is all that you could ask for. The menu is interesting with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and lots of vegetables. The atmosphere is pleasant the service is great, portions are generous and prices are reasonable.

Thank HattieOxford
Reviewed 16 April 2017

We have been to Fresh Palate 7 or 8 times over the past 18 months. Love the concept and the atmosphere is great, a wonderfully positive addition to Alpena, but each time the experience had us feeling that something was missing. Mostly good service. Have...More

Thank northernredcedar
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Late dinner. Only two other tables occupied. Waited twenty-five minutes to even be approached by waitstaff. Server had very poor menu knowledge, nonexistent wine knowledge. Risotto was starchy, dry, and flavorless. Bill reflected a fine dining experience, ours was anything but. No thank you.

Thank Debra A
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

One of my favorites places to eat in Alpena. I tell everyone to eat here. They have vegetarian and vegan options which there aren't many in Alpena.

Thank Trevor B
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

To say the positive first, we had a wonderful waiter. The bartender saw that it was just my husband and I on Winterfest night, he came to take our order so we wouldn't be behind the very large groups of diners. With that being said...More

Thank Amanda R
Reviewed 3 March 2017

I have traveled to Alpena, MI 6 times in the last 12 months and once I found Fresh Palate, I have made sure to dine here at least once each trip. The service is great and the food is imaginative and top-notch. I have tried...More

Thank Bennett-NJ
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Fresh Palate is where it's at...... especially if you want perfect flavor combinations in pizza, burgers, burritos, and specialty dishes. Must try the Big Creek and the Lake Atlantic. A must when you're hungry in Alpena!

Thank Stephanie G
Reviewed 8 January 2017

This one of the best restaurants I've went too. They have a great menu with large variety of dishes ranging from burgers / pizza to pastas, steaks and seafood with a unique spin. They have terrific takes on standard foods (giving them cool names) without...More

Thank Alicia R
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Nearby Attractions
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1.17 km away
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.16 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Lisa B
Do you have a banquet room for parties of 15 to 20 where we can be divided from the rest of the restaurant as to not disturb others with a pop up jewelry shop while we eat.
20 January 2017|
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Response from Rosemary S | Reviewed this property |
Personally I have not seen one however - they are connected to the Thunder Bay Winery. I believe that there is space separate for what you ask. It might be better to contact them directly to discuss options. It is a... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 109 N 2nd Ave, Alpena, MI 49707-5304
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Alpena
  • Phone Number: +1 989-358-1400
  • E-mail