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Bortell's Fisheries

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$$ - $$$
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5528 S. Lakeshore Drive, Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, Ludington, MI 49431
+1 231-843-3337
11:00 - 20:00
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Jenison, Michigan
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a little pricey but I feel it's worth it. We sat outside on the picnic tables and the area was fairly clean for being outside.

Thank Drewen
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When you happen to stumble upon this place...you may think it's nothing special, but it is! Great outdoor seating with a park a short distance down the street where you can enjoy your food looking at Lake Michigan. Amazing customer service and equally amazing food!! The prices are also very fair! The only setback I can think of would be... More 

Thank amybkeller
Ludington, Michigan
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

The fish was good, somewhat overcooked the day I was there, and very expensive. It's lovely to take your food over to Summit Park, but my advice is to bring something healthy with you to balance out the meal.

Thank northerncheryl
Pentwater, Michigan
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Picked up lunch, including fresh fish cooked the way each of us like it. Took it across the street to Summit Park and had an excellent lunch and a great afternoon on the beach.

Thank 854guest915
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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50 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Spent $37.?? for 2 people. The fish is greasy, and the portions were very small. The smoked fish was wonderful, but pricy. It's all take out. The 1 person staff was nice. Picnic tables outside to eat at. Glad we went, but will not return.

Thank viper6446
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63 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

This is a gem of a place on the road from Ludington to Pentwater. Take-out only fresh fish and seafood, plus sides, all fried to order. Fish/seafood is by the lb. Limited beverages (cans) in cooler. Your order comes packaged in a white paper bag with salt, pepper, ketchup & tarter sauce packets. No silverware that I know of. Great... More 

Thank Sand-n-Sun16
Saint Charles, Illinois
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

The place to go for fish caught locally. Really ideal for a picnic and there are parks on the lake just south and also north to which you can take you catch.

Thank JT W
Ferndale, Michigan
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

This is a fish market with fresh and smoked fish. What they do is cook any fish in the case n serve with fries n slaw for take out or if its nice you can eat outside on the picnic tables. The fish N chips lunch I had was very good and my daughter enjoyed the fries. I also got... More 

Farmington Hills, Michigan
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195 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

We finally found our way to this place for lunch one day on our annual vacation to Ludington and were we glad we did. They have fresh fish in a display case like in Kroger and you can have them deep fat fry it for you to eat right there. The only tables are a few picnic tables outside in... More 

Thank colormeelmo
custer, MI
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255 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

This is a seasonal place that closes around Labor Day and stays closed until Memorial Day. Make sure you call before heading out that way.

Thank Douglas H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5528 S. Lakeshore Drive, Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, Ludington, MI 49431
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ludington
  • Phone Number: +1 231-843-3337

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