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Big Island Grille & Bar

$$ - $$$
Bar, American
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2306 E Main St, Albert Lea, MN 56007-3923
+1 507-373-1621
06:00 - 23:00
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Fri - Sat 06:00 - 02:00
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Reviewed 20 January 2015

So first off we order BOGO apps me and and my boyfriend both get wings and I get pretzel poppers and he gets onion rings. We waited 1 hr and 15 min then the waitress comes over with our wings and tells us it'll be a few more min for the others. I eat 5 of the 6 wings and... More 

Thank Givemefooood
Albert Lea, Minnesota
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92 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2014 via mobile

This has been a regular place for lunch for me and my wife. They have a good soup and salad bar that includes a popover. The price has been reasonable. With our last visit the service was lacking and the food was fair. We had to find staff in order to get seated and then went downhill from there. It... More 

Thank David R
La Crosse, WI
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 August 2014

We were advised that our room included a breakfast "buffet". There was no coffee, juice, pastries, bagels, fruit, juices, potatoes. There was cereal, but we had to ask for milk.

Thank lacstacj
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2014 via mobile

Was looking for a decent bar and grill menu. Even took a suggestion from a local for this place. Was disappointed the courteousness and helpfulness of the staff. This is a motel/hotel restaurant and therefore the menu is a bit limited. I understand streamlining but expected more when looking at the menu online. When we got here they had changed... More 

Thank Mrsacorp
Albert Lea, Minnesota
1 review
Reviewed 1 August 2014

We were excited to try out the new menu. We got there and a party of people sat down and looked at the menu ( I am sure they saw the ridiculous prices) and they got up and walked out. The prices are extremely high but we thought well for that price it is going to be good. The food... More 

Thank pjud
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2014

Alas, the Cuban and Mexican places in town were shut the night I was in town. Food is very average, though there is really not much choice at all in town. De-frozen pre-broiled cod, steamed veggies from a bag, and reheated mashed potatoes. The staff are young, sweet, and well-intentioned ... but clueless.

Thank David G
Albert Lea, Minnesota
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2014 via mobile

Went looking for great food. Was very disappointed in the value of the large pricing we got. The portions are par. If the prices are high, I expect to get a good portion for my money. Atomosphere isn't inviting and the staff werent overly friendly either. The people sitting at the bar were more friendly. You have to have great... More 

1 Thank NaNaBooh
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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181 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2014

The bartender was very helpful including running over to the hotel front desk to see if she could find us any drink coupons since we were staying there.

Thank Cheese4ever
Kenosha, Wisconsin
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280 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2014

We visited on Friday 7/26/13/ The restaurant was suppose to have an all you care to eat fish fry. But NOT TONIGHT it was posted it would not be tonight. Our waited said it was due to a fryer being down, We kind of think it is due to the number of people around the town this evening it is... More 

Thank Jeep057
Albert Lea, Minnesota
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 January 2014

Food is fantastic. MUST HAVE the chicken wild rice soap. Thought my loud groaning of pleasure was going to get me kicked out and banned for life. Don't bring a date here as she'll realize after one meal she doesn't need you for fulfillment.

Thank Timothy H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 02:00
06:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2306 E Main St, Albert Lea, MN 56007-3923
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Albert Lea
  • Phone Number: +1 507-373-1621

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