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Smugglers Cove

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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864 E 88th St, Newaygo, MI 49337-8555
+1 231-652-1196
11:00 - 20:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Showing 34: English reviews
Fremont, Michigan
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49 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Atmosphere casual/beachy. Restaurant on Hess Lake. Lots of boat access or from the road with ample parking for cars and boats. New decor, carpets and menus. Lots of old favorites on the menu and a few new offerings plus daily specials. Full bar. Grateful they still broil fish!!

Thank Lynn S
West Michigan
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

The lakeside atmosphere is a welcome attraction. The food and service make it a desired location. My family has enjoyed a variety of treats at Smuggler's Cove. Their Fish and Chips make my mouth water. As I savor the pollock in breading, I can close my eyes and imagine I'm in an English Pub. We have returned frequently for said... More 

Thank WMichiganmom24
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Went on a thursday nite and they offered a 2 for $20 special. All 3 couples ordered special. Our special was the perch with salad appetizer or sundae. Salad was a bit brown and fried mushrooms were horrible.... looked like burnt buttons. They have you enormous amount of fries and about 6 slivers of perch. Waitress dropped one of the... More 

1 Thank memo8139
Level Contributor
8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

It was a nice sunny day so the deck was nice overlooking the lake. Service was ok. Food was ordinary and very pricey. The inside looks like it needs a good cleaning. Probably won't go there again.

1 Thank Annette M
1 review
Reviewed 17 November 2016

Decent service, I have worked here before, so the waitress do not treat me as they would an actual customer. Very good food. I have never been sick from their food. I would always recommend the food here.

Thank Alexis B
Grand Haven, Michigan
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37 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 November 2016

Got there early on a weekday for lunch; 11;30. By the time we left, it was near full. Good food, decent service. (only bad part about the service was how long it took to have someone come to the table to take the order) The food was good, hot, and served quickly after ordering. It's pricey for the atmosphere.

1 Thank neverfindone
Big Rapids, Michigan
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78 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

We love this restaurant! Sitting right on Hess Lake, it has a great view and an outdoor deck. Good selection of food and service is always quick. Enjoyed the perch and shrimp. Stop in and see for yourself!

1 Thank shelley s
Iowa City
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

My family and I ate at Smuggler's Cove for a late lunch on a Sunday afternoon. They were not very busy but someone had reservations for the deck area. This is where we wanted to sit but the entire deck was reserved. As it turned out, we had four waiters helping us because they seemed a little disorganized about having... More 

1 Thank 762beverlyh
Holland, Michigan
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

Went out with friends, looking for a change of place. Heard about Smugglers Cove, thought we'd give it a go. We were welcomed in & promptly offered a choice of 2 tables to sit at. Having noticed windows with a view of the lake, I politely asked if anything available up front, to which hostess replied, yes of course. (I... More 

2 Thank Rocstdy
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2015

We haven't had very good luck with restaurants lately and our visit to Smuggler's cove in Newaygo, MI was the most resent. Two years ago after eating a burrito at Smuggler's Cove on a Saturday evening, I ended up in intensive care the following day with food poisoning. Although we can't pin this on Smuggler's Cove, we took the remainder... More 

9 Thank Lois D
Management response:

I am not posting this comment to convey that our business is flawless by any means, only to express my side of this story. Anyone in a business that deals with public service can identify with the fact some customers are just not consolable no matter what measures you take. Burrito– Had I been a customer that ordered a burrito... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 864 E 88th St, Newaygo, MI 49337-8555
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Newaygo County  >  Newaygo
  • Phone Number: +1 231-652-1196

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?