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Blue Fish Kitchen features Great Lakes Fish and locally sourced meats and produce in a beautiful, historic 1895 building overlooking the Manistee River. In summer we feature dining on our deck. Open year round we also have a fun and relaxed bar, or a romantic dining opportunity in our fine dining room. Our second floor banquet space is available for meetings and parties. If you arrive by boat, we provide courtesy dock space and we can cook your catch. Our cuisine is farm to table and chef driven, we do not deep fry, but instead choose to allow the favors of the excellent ingredients we source to stand out on their own. Our bar features craft cocktails, an extensive wine list and Michigan craft
PRICE RANGE
US$10 - US$32
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, American, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed January 10, 2021

The food ranges from excellent to good. Depends on what you order. Inside has nice atmosphere also. Give them feedback if something isn't good, so they can get better. They have potential to be Best restaurant in Manistee.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed December 28, 2020

This is the only "fine dinning" in Manistee, so of course they can get away with taking mediocre food at best and making it twice as much as it should actually coast. The restaurant is very clean and pretty but the food is nothing special,...normal food fancied up. I will say they do have a wonderful bar with great drink options.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed September 21, 2020

Small portions of whitefish, and high priced. Same with the vegetables. Slow service and weak cocktails.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 12, 2020

We ate here both of our nights in Manistee. They have outdoor seating, which we were looking for due to COVID. The food was excellent and our server (who was the same both nights) was very nice.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 28, 2020

Go , you wont be sorry. We stopped for a drink and the food looked great . Probably the best place downtown .

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 26, 2020 via mobile

We looked forward to the Whitefish all day and were very disappointed. It seemed way over cooked or from frozen. Hard to get the meat off the skin and the top was hard. Not the usual delicious meal. Very, very disappointed

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 9, 2020 via mobile

Service was great but food was disappointing. We came late so that may be why my food was blah. I ordered the Chicken Marsala. The plate looked amazing with a glistening mushroom sauce but the sauce tasted burnt and the risotto was mush without much...flavor (I ate it anyway, so it wasn’t spit out gross). Maybe I just watch too much Hell’s Kitchen, but I know Gordon Ramsey wouldn’t approve. My husband enjoyed his food. The atmosphere was great and we enjoyed the evening sitting on the patio overlooking the river and boardwalk. I’d be willing to give them another try if I was in the area again. I really wanted to love it.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed July 25, 2020

We were celebrating our friend's 50th birthday so were happy to get a table on the balcony, great view! Sun was blazing, it would great if they had some sails over the balcony instead of umbrellas, which we had to ask for. We started out...with honey goat crostini, it was amazing, so we were getting excited for our meals. I had the walleye, my husband had the whitefish, our friends had chicken marsala & scallops. All of our meals came with the parmesan risotto and it was so dissappointing. All four of us agreed it needed salt. We asked for salt and lemon (very surprised the fish did not automatically come with lemon) and I'm not kidding when I say our server's exact words were "I have so many other things to do". A little shocking to say the least. She finally brought it. Both fish needed seasoning as well, it was fresh I will give you that, and the veggies were delicious, those actually had seasoning. Very disappointed for the birthday girl's meal. I have never seen such dry chicken marsala, no sauce was on the plate at all, and it had a thick coating of breading, not like any marsala I've ever seen. We finished our meal with key lime pie and chocolate mousse, which was great. We aren't complainers, we were having so much fun we pretty much overlooked the problems, but management needs to know the food was bland, and the server?? Don't think we will be back.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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hungrycow, Owner at Blue Fish Kitchen + Bar, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2020

Thank you for bringing this to my attention, I have addressed the seasoning situation with the kitchen. I will also speak to the server. She was most likely oversat and we will address that as well. Your feedback helps us improve, I appreciate you taking...More

Reviewed July 24, 2020

Went There July 23, 2020, 4:30 ish. Female, bartender?, ate bowls of soup beneath the kitchen window. She pulled her mask down, took a mouthful, covered her mouth with her hand while she chewed and swallowed, pulled up the mask, returned to her job. A...few min later she returned to the soup and repeated the actions. Over and over. Then she took her bowl and refilled it in the soup pot that was embedded in counter then returned to her same spot under the window and resumed the activity. Waite staff coming and going the whole time using the same counter to pick up their order. No training in cross contamination here. Does she eat off customers plates too, does she ever wash her hands, does she train others? Manager in blue shirt walking back and forth the whole time. Place needs retraining in cleanliness.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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hungrycow, Owner at Blue Fish Kitchen + Bar, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2020

Thank you for bringing this to my attention. This is in violation of all of our training and accepted practices in the restaurant. This will be corrected immediately. Again, thank you for letting us know.

Reviewed July 17, 2020

We had the filet mignon and salmon and they were both fantastic. Desserts were good and could’ve been shared by two people. Service was great. Appreciate being able to make a reservation.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Charlotte G
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Response from sherray2015 | Reviewed this property |
I am pretty sure that you can, but it did not seem necessary during our visit as there were many open tables.
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