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Great Lakes Shipping Company

4525 W Kl Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49006-6253
+1 269-375-3650
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good26%
  • Average13%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible7%
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“prime rib” (11 reviews)
“steak” (16 reviews)
Open Now
4:00 PM - 9:00 PMAll hours
American, Steakhouse, Seafood
$$ - $$$
4525 W Kl Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49006-6253
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our group of 6 stopped here for a birthday celebration and the speed, service, and food all were lacking compared to the way everything was several years ago. The food is ridiculously overpriced for what you get and it’s just ok. The prime rib and...More

Thank Ralph S
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

This restaurant was recommended highly, and we were not disappointed. Our server, Zac was exceptional. We both ordered the prime rib, and it was the best I have ever had in a restaurant.

Thank Jan H
jjkalamazoo, General Manager at Great Lakes Shipping Company, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you, glad you enjoyed it.

Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Celebrated birthday for 2 family members at this rustic steakhouse. Great service and great steaks. The duck was excellent. Expensive. Will be back.

Thank DongHaus
jjkalamazoo, General Manager at Great Lakes Shipping Company, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Thank you. Looking forward to your next visit.

Reviewed 8 August 2017

Was there last weekend taking the step son to grad school. Throw back to 1973 inside complete with oak, dark lighting, and salad bar. Saving grace was the huge, juicy, tasty prime rib. Maybe the best prime rib I have ever had. Want to try...More

Thank kiddogo
jjkalamazoo, General Manager at Great Lakes Shipping Company, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

"2 Words--Thank You"

Reviewed 7 August 2017

A true fave of my husband and I. Either sit in the cozy bar or in the dining room. Several fireplace seating options, too, for special moments. They have a great salad bar, steak and fish options daily. We love their Black Russians. Always just...More

Thank decoratingplus
jjkalamazoo, General Manager at Great Lakes Shipping Company, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2017

Thank you. We couldn't do what we do without the talent and dedication of our staff. They are the reason we've been in business over forty years.

Reviewed 4 August 2017

We took our 21 yr old Granddaughter here for an early dinner before returning to Grand Rapids. It reminded us of the Great Lakes Shipping in GR, which is no longer there. The food was excellent, especially the very nice fresh salad bar. Our waiter...More

Thank gk1107
jjkalamazoo, General Manager at Great Lakes Shipping Company, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2017

Thank you for your kind words. Glad you enjoyed your evening.

Reviewed 26 July 2017

This is a long-time Kalamazoo business that I used to frequent a lot in the 1970's. Everything was top-notch. I went there last Thursday, July 20, 2017, for my birthday and everyone in my party was disappointed. The prices are quite high (lowest price entree...More

Thank brndjc
Reviewed 12 July 2017

To be fair, I grew up with Great Lakes, so dining there is a combination of happy memories and consistently good food. I love their prime rib and their always-fresh salad bar. The plates at the salad bar are chilled, which is a simple little...More

Thank Ann N
Reviewed 24 June 2017

My brother visits once a year from Texas and for the third year in a row, we chose to dine here. We were greeted warmly and went into the bar. The decor is definitely dated but we like the little doors on the booths. The...More

1  Thank Franklin D
jjkalamazoo, General Manager at Great Lakes Shipping Company, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2017

Thank you very much for your kind words. Looking forward to seeing you again next time you're in town.

Reviewed 14 May 2017

The Great Lakes Shipping Company has been a fixture in Kalamazoo for a long time. We have enjoyed past visits, but found our most recent visit disappointing. First the prices have gone up, including the price of a $6 salad bar to accompany the $25...More

Thank joloa
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$10 - US$33
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4525 W Kl Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49006-6253
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kalamazoo County  >  Kalamazoo
  • Phone Number: +1 269-375-3650
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Locally owned and operated, the Great Lakes Shipping Company opened its doors to Kalamazoo in June of 1974. Offering the area's first taste of slow-roasted prime rib, choice aged steaks and a unique salad bar, Great Lakes was an immediate and welcome success. That tradition has continued with the addition of fresh seafood, chicken, and pasta. The Great Lakes Shipping Company has evolved within a philosophy of providing creative preparations of high quality foods and professional service in a relaxed, comfortable environment. In our latest menu, we've combined regional favorites and updated classics. As always, our commitment to quality remains uncompromised. Our dining room serves dinner seven days a week beginning at five o'clock each day, while the tavern opens at four Monday through Friday. Sorry, we're not open for lunch. We spend all day making sure your dinner will be perfect. So whether you're celebrating a special occasion with a bottle of cabernet next to one of our dining room fireplaces, or its just a quick trip to the salad bar and a sandwich in the tavern after a show, you can always count on the Great Lakes Shipping Company, a Kalamazoo tradition for over forty years.
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