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John A Lau Saloon

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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414 N 2nd Ave, Alpena, MI 49707-2338
+1 989-354-6898
11:30 - 21:00
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Mon - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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Bay City, Michigan
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41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

If you like the old saloon style feel when enjoying a libation, then you must pay a visit to John A Lau. All the dark wood and antique artifacts lying around provide a deep moody atmosphere that I just love. It doesn't hurt the place is noted to be haunted as well.

Thank rjhenry
Allen Park, Michigan
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68 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Great Food, really nice authentically vintage building that is supposed to be haunted, so that's fun. The Food is great as are the entrees. Great for a special dinner or celebration.

Thank Kathleen D
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

I've never had a bad meal at John A Lau. Even my vegetarian husband likes eating here. Great atmosphere, great food, good service.

Thank Mischele K
Harrisville, Michigan
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178 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Wanted to REALLY like this place, but it is awkward. Not bad, just not WOW. Not many choices in Alpena, this is better than most chains.

Thank Razinski
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

I have eaten here several times, and each time it was well worth it. The meals were cooked and served with perfection, and the staff was helpful, friendly and alert. Being an historical landmark ads to the fine ambiance that one experiences while dining.

Thank 484karlc
Pontiac, Michigan, United States
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

This place is awesome! History, beautiful woodwork, and amazing food! The service here was very good and we really enjoyed ourselves!

Thank Mary Rick A
Oscoda, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Great food, we loved it. We both had sandwiches and homemade chips and loved them. Would definitely go back! Portion size was much larger then expected too!

Thank Kelly A
Level Contributor
20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Through a series of events, we ended up at this restaurant and were so glad we did! We had the crab cheese dip appetizer with garlic bread and it was fantastic! I had the salmon and it was delicious...and quite a generous portion! The decor was a bit crazy, but appropriate for a saloon/bar-type atmosphere. The service was just fine.... More 

Thank familytravelers08
Granger, Indiana
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

The food was good but I think our server was new. She was very nice but it took her forever just to bring our Coke and tea to us. Then we put in an appetizer order at the same time we put in our food order and the app came out shortly before the food...it was just fried pickles and... More 

Thank maznblue97
Hemlock, Michigan
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

There were four of us for dinner. We were all satisfied with our sandwiches and drinks. The history of the building was very interesting. My husband felt the waiter was a little odd but that was the way they were to represent themselves for the business. We chose this place for dinner because so many restaurants were closed on Mondays.... More 

Thank SharonK2510

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 414 N 2nd Ave, Alpena, MI 49707-2338
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Alpena
  • Phone Number: +1 989-354-6898

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