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Boathouse Brewery

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub
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47 E Sheridan St, Ely, MN 55731-1289
+1 218-365-4301
11:00 - 01:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Rochester, Minnesota
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51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My sister and I stop here every time we are in Ely. And we remain in awe of the fact that this WONDERFUL place is in Ely. Amazing food - literally everything I've ever eaten here has blown my mind - and awesome beers. The service is great as well. A must stop in Ely.

Thank Cate N
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We dined here after a days fishing,looking forward to some good walleye. The service was good but the Walleye had a heavy crust that retained too much cooking oil and was not crispy as it should have been. The beer was OK but nothing special.

Thank BOOBOO47
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Good comfort food. Nice tap beer selection. Nothing stands out, only eat there once but the food was fine and service was good. Noticed a fair number of locals, most seemed to order the sandwiches.

Thank michaelandcaroll
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Very good, not expensive, but tasty food. Very comfortable restaurant! Unexpected high level of service.

Thank Yaroslav P
Duluth, Minnesota
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65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Drove through Ely after visiting the Soudan Mines. My husband got their specialty burger and I got their special version of a Reuben. My sandwich was too large and messy, otherwise it was good. We got their homemade beer which were both delicious. We had very quick and friendly service also.

Thank Nicole D
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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123 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

I've been here in the off-season and during peak visitor time. Great selection of beers. My friend enjoyed the blueberry blonde with fresh blueberries on the bottom of the glass. I was skeptical until I tried it. We had the walleye grilled cheese (excellent) and the motorboat burger with thick-but bacon, fried onions, garlic mayo, BBQ sauce, and cheddar cheese.... More 

Thank Mark H
Anoka, Minnesota
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

My wife and I went out for our 38th anniversary, we originally went to the Steak House in Ely, we ended up walking out because the service was so terrible , sat for 15 min and didn't get to order. We went to the Boathouse Brewery, walked in the door and were greeted by a very nice waitress, she took... More 

Thank Phil F
Willmar, Minnesota
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

My wife and I stopped in for early dinner/late lunch. The restaurant is divided into a dining side and bar side, we sat on the bar side which had a goodly crowd already there. A nice small beer on tap selection, maybe 7-8. The waitress was very attentive and said the special was the Walleye fish fry. We had the... More 

Thank Allen F
Carlock, Illinois
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65 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

We went to this place on a recommendation for the walleye. We ordered a sandwich, and it came fried and very greasy. The flavor was ok, but I didn't like the extra fat. The slaw that came with the sandwich was really good though. And the local brew was downright tasty.

Thank Mary A
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We had the walleye sandwich and the pulled pork sandwich. We felt they were both "acceptable" but, certainly, not amazing. The blueberry beer (for which they are noted) did not seem worth a second glass--to us. We, probably, would not return here.

Thank Doug B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$15
American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 47 E Sheridan St, Ely, MN 55731-1289
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Ely
  • Phone Number: +1 218-365-4301

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