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303 E State St, Across from the Park Place Hotel, Traverse City, MI 49684-5750
+1 231-933-8700
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good42%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“hush puppies” (25 reviews)
“fried fish” (16 reviews)
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American, Seafood
$$ - $$$
303 E State St, Across from the Park Place Hotel, Traverse City, MI 49684-5750
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw this restaurant advertised at the hotel that we were staying at in Traverse City and decided to try it out. We liked the casual atmosphere and the décor is totally cool with all of the nautical items on display. The food was excellent...More

Thank Steven D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Scalawags serves the best whitefish in town. The restaurant is casual & has a great nautical atmosphere. You order at the counter and the service is fast and friendly. The fish is so fresh it tastes like they caught it that day. I love the...More

Thank Maureen041
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Make sure to stop in for a quick but, yummy white fish meal. There are choices of meal size to fit any appetite. This is a walk up/counter service restaurant, they do deliver your meal to your table. The cook came by a few times...More

Thank JumpAaron
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Would recommend this fast-food restaurant to anyone who enjoys good seafood meals. I liked the fresh taste of the fish fillets I selected and the side dishes add a nice touch. The casual atmosphere makes it super for both couples and families.

Thank dking92017
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Great atmosphere for a family and quick service. We had the whitefish but felt our meal was average.

Thank Pam G
Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

I haven't found a perch dinner that I like better than at Scalawags, comes with French frys coleslaw and a couple hush puppies. My favorite place to go for fish in Traverse

Thank hooptie
Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

The fish and fries at Scalawags are pretty good. The location is a block off of Front Street, so it's generally less crowded. It's basic, solid food with friendly staff - a good family value. Fountain drinks are self serve.

Thank Clara W
Reviewed 2 November 2016

We stopped in here with some friends. This is a great place for whitefish. The seating area is small, the restrooms are large, and the decorations are fish, fishing, outboard motors, nets, etc. Their whitefish is locally caught, and they clean it and remove the...More

Thank Robert R
Reviewed 1 November 2016

The fish was outstanding! They're happy to accommodate your preferences, and their menu is reasonably priced. I asked for three kinds of fish for lunch and they happily provided. The fish chowder was delicious too. It's clean and the perfect atmosphere for a local fish...More

Thank Lisa H
Reviewed 27 October 2016

The whitefish sandwich took a long, long time to make. When I finally got it, the bun was completely tasteless and the fish was soggy and also somewhat tasteless. The french fries were good as was the coleslaw. It was very fresh. Maybe just the...More

Thank Samantha484
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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: 303 E State St, Across from the Park Place Hotel, Traverse City, MI 49684-5750
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-933-8700
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