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Link Family Smokehouse

30580 US Highway 2, Ashland, WI 54806-9333
+1 715-682-0331
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good20%
  • Average19%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible16%
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“brisket” (11 reviews)
“smoked meat” (5 reviews)
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American, Bar, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
30580 US Highway 2, Ashland, WI 54806-9333
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We had a wonderful family dinner at Link Family Smokehouse while on vacation in Ashland and Bayfield! Fabulous outdoor seating, service, and food! Great experience!

Thank Diane V
Reviewed 4 days ago

The view from the restaurant is very nice and the staff is very friendly. The food is average but the experience was very nice.

Thank 3MG1949
Reviewed 1 week ago

The pulled pork had quite a wait between being pulled and served! It tasted several days old and reheated, only marginally. After both entrees were nearly completed (at least so far as that was going to happen) a bucket of sauces was delivered to our...More

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful building and setting but food and service was lousy. Soup was cold. Garlic mashed potatoes were cold and unappetizing. Walleye filet was good. Order of smoked beef brisket was large but half of it was grisly- and it was way too salty. Ordered glasses...More

Thank chewie77
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Links used to be a good place to eat. Not anymore. The service was painfully slow, my son ordered a cheeseburger, was brought a pulled pork sandwich. The waitress did offer to take it back and have them make him the burger, but we didn't...More

Thank Michael L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

(Disclosure: I heard that the restraurant is currently going through a management change and it very well might be that they will get their act together eventually and return to providing excellent service. I am just writing about our personal experience here). We could have...More

Thank Dmitriy P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have eaten two dinners at Link Family Smokehouse in the last two weeks (early July 2017). One of the only "right on Lake Superior" restaurants in Ashland with a beautiful view and beautiful cuisine. Spacious high ceiling with a great bar and separate party room....More

Thank beaser218
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We arrived later at night... about 8:00 which was really nice because it wasn't so busy then. I had 4 kids along, some of which can be picky eaters, and they all found something they liked. I had smoked beef & it was good although...More

Thank JessPem
Reviewed 24 June 2017

We were so looking forward to a great smoked fish dinner right on the water next to Lake Superior. The view was in fact spectacular and the building is phenominal--great woodworking everywhere. The food, however, was very bland and average. The special was fish because...More

Thank pocahauntis
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

Good flavored meats. Salad bar was so so. Waitress was very nice and on top of things for us. We'd go back if we get to Ashland again.

Thank EricOOOO
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26 March 2015|
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Response from Jane K |
Yes, Explorer's Point is open. They just installed a huge wood-fired outdoor smoker and have specials everyday with food from the smoker. They still have the best of their old menu and will be adding these smoked... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30580 US Highway 2, Ashland, WI 54806-9333
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Ashland
  • Phone Number: +1 715-682-0331
  • E-mail
Overlooking Lake Superior's Chequamegon Bay in Northern Wisconsin, Explorer's Point is 200 seat casual dinning restaurant specializing in American cuisine serving lunch and dinner featuring burgers, Barbequed Ribs, steak, and fish. On site is the Blue Heron Bar, a full bar serving local and domestic beer, wine, and liquor. Next door is the Ashland Lake Superior Lodge, a 60 unit lodge style hotel with an indoor pool and hot tub. Inside the hotel is the Lake Rock Cafe serving breakfast daily at 6am proudly brewing Starbucks coffee, mochas, lattes, and more. Coffee is complimentary and guests also receive 10% off both restaurants. Ashland Lake Superior Lodge is also a wholesale outlet of Tillamook Beef Jerky.
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