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Scalawags

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303 E State St, Across from the Park Place Hotel, Traverse City, MI 49684-5750
+1 231-933-8700
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11:00 - 21:00
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Ypsilanti, Michigan
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw this restaurant advertised at the hotel that we were staying at in Traverse City and decided to try it out. We liked the casual atmosphere and the décor is totally cool with all of the nautical items on display. The food was excellent and the service was very friendly. Only bad part is that it is so far... More 

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Thank Steven D
Suttons Bay, Michigan
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Scalawags serves the best whitefish in town. The restaurant is casual & has a great nautical atmosphere. You order at the counter and the service is fast and friendly. The fish is so fresh it tastes like they caught it that day. I love the whitefish deep fried although you can order it grilled. They also have perch and walleye.... More 

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Thank Maureen041
Westland
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Make sure to stop in for a quick but, yummy white fish meal. There are choices of meal size to fit any appetite. This is a walk up/counter service restaurant, they do deliver your meal to your table. The cook came by a few times to check on us and help keep our table clear. The fish was actually BETTER... More 

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Thank JumpAaron
Livonia, Michigan
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Would recommend this fast-food restaurant to anyone who enjoys good seafood meals. I liked the fresh taste of the fish fillets I selected and the side dishes add a nice touch. The casual atmosphere makes it super for both couples and families.

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Thank dking92017
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Great atmosphere for a family and quick service. We had the whitefish but felt our meal was average.

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Thank Pam G
almont mi
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

I haven't found a perch dinner that I like better than at Scalawags, comes with French frys coleslaw and a couple hush puppies. My favorite place to go for fish in Traverse

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Thank hooptie
Midland, Michigan
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

The fish and fries at Scalawags are pretty good. The location is a block off of Front Street, so it's generally less crowded. It's basic, solid food with friendly staff - a good family value. Fountain drinks are self serve.

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Thank Clara W
Grand Haven, Michigan
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51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

We stopped in here with some friends. This is a great place for whitefish. The seating area is small, the restrooms are large, and the decorations are fish, fishing, outboard motors, nets, etc. Their whitefish is locally caught, and they clean it and remove the bloodlines in their own kitchen. If you like fish this is a great place to... More 

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Thank Robert R
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 November 2016

The fish was outstanding! They're happy to accommodate your preferences, and their menu is reasonably priced. I asked for three kinds of fish for lunch and they happily provided. The fish chowder was delicious too. It's clean and the perfect atmosphere for a local fish place. The service was friendly and welcoming. This is a not-to-miss place while you're in... More 

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Thank Lisa H
Menasha, Wisconsin
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180 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

The whitefish sandwich took a long, long time to make. When I finally got it, the bun was completely tasteless and the fish was soggy and also somewhat tasteless. The french fries were good as was the coleslaw. It was very fresh. Maybe just the fried fish is better than the sandwiches. I also thought it was kind of expensive... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
American, Seafood
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 303 E State St, Across from the Park Place Hotel, Traverse City, MI 49684-5750
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-933-8700

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