Boat Club Restaurant and Bar

4.3
309 reviews
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$31 to $50
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A premiere lakeside restaurant and event center featuring the regions freshest fish, seafood and steaks.
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LM
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated a belated Valentines Day at The Boat Club. Food was delicious except our potatoes and popovers were cold. Flavor was excellent. I highly recommend the scallops. Cocktails were delicious. We did wait for quite awhile for our food to arrive and they were super busy with a wedding but we enjoyed the atmosphere. Not huge portions but typical of fine dining. Overall, it was a nice evening.

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R
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I would have rated as 5 star but one of my four scallops was overcooked and gritty. We'll be back in the summer for sure!

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GD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was wonderful except the popovers we’re flat

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KL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The prices where very high in my opinion for the portion size. The Boat Club Restaurant has luxury dining prices but the astetics of the restaurant does not appear very luxury.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at the Boat Club and I can't wait to go back again. The food was amazing...the best Chicken Kiev I've ever had...and I've had a lot. :) My boyfriends seafood was also so delicious. Wish I lived in Duluth so I could go more often.

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BC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Scallops, walleye and crab cakes were excellent. Popovers were cold, could have been better.

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B
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambiance were fantastic, as usual. And our server (Frank, I believe his name is) was great.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The walleye was amazing!

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TE
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good place for seafood. Will go again!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Attractive nautical decor but not cliche. Fantastic location. Appreciated that tables are not crowded on top of each other. Very friendly staff. Appetizer and main course were lukewarm when served, however.

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BP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and outstanding waitress. A great way to spend NYE. My only complaint was the hostess handling of reservations. We had a 5:30 reservation but the roads/weather created transportation issues. I called 15 min prior to advise we would likely be 10 minutes late. We were told this is fine. We arrived EXACTLY ten minutes late. Yet received 3 calls from the restaurant wondering if we were coming and it was the same lady I already talked to that evening. A brief annoyance in an otherwise perfect evening.

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NR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Although the steak was good, the pasta was terrible and the chicken tasted like a seasoned piece of rubber that seemed undercooked and old. On top of that the service was incredibly slow despite a very moderately busy night. The only good part of the meal was dessert which is made at the Exchange bakery. I would suggest skipping an overpriced and less than average meal and heading to the bakery instead.

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KC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a pleasant surprise to receive a happy hour rate for our wine and appetizers. The entrees were delicious. All in all a lovely dining experience.

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SB
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very happy they could accommodate a large group. Only thing I wish they would have brought out the kids food with the salads took way too long for their food. Otherwise service was fantastic

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for a birthday dinner. The seafood (lobster tail & shrimp) we had were slightly dry but were still delicious and it may have been the way they were cooked. Also had a filet mignon of which was light and delicious as well. Their mashed potatoes were amazing and filled with flavor.
Food you think may come with the meal (such as the salad or soup they offer after you order your main meal) doesn’t really and it does have a separate charge (just a heads up).
Overall very good experience and would be back.

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YL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Slow slow slow. Clam chowder was served warm not hot. Dishes left on table. In between new menus which left us with less options to order from.

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d
Minneapolis
32 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Stopped in to try out this restaurant that I had heard some nice things about. My visit started out fairly well...After waiting by the front desk for over 3-4 minutes someone finally noticed me and directed me to the dining room. I was told it was happy hour & got reduced pricing on my beverage order. That was a nice bonus. I sat at the bar since I was dining alone. I had a martini that was very tasty as well as had lovely presentation. I sipped on my drink for awhile and relaxed to enjoy the ambience of the scenery. From here on out it went downhill. I finished my martini & was hoping to get another but the bartender and waitress were nowhere in sight. I sat there without a beverage in front of me for 12 minutes. Finally I saw the bartender coming in from the back door & waved to get his attention. He came to my spot on the bar & I realize immediately that he had been outside on a smoke break as his clothing and body reeked of smoke. He did prepare another beverage for me & I was pleased to note that at least he used some hand sanitizer before making the drink. I decided to order an appetizer before dinner and the happy hour menu had 5 options on it. I ordered the smoked salmon but was told that they were out of it as they would be changing their menu soon and would not be continuing. I checked the menu again and decided to order the house made sweet potato chips. The reply from the bartender was that they were out of those too & were completely taking them off the menu also ( even though they were listed as a side item on the main menu) So back to the drawing board and I decided to just get an order of crab cakes off the regular menu. I can say that they were very flavorful but they were served barely lukewarm & the texture was quite mushy. I was very much underwhelmed by this spot! I can only hope they can get their menu items worked out and be more forthcoming with their patrons if they are out of product. I don't see any reason for me to return here.

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IB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and views of the lake! Spicy shrimp fettuccine alfredo and walleye are excellent!

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KL
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Decore was beautiful, our waiter was excellent he was very accommodating. Food was great will be back again. Thank you.

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JS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

A disappointing quality with luke warm food and dried out turkey. Stuffing that made Stove Top look good and pre made mini pies with more crust than filling. A huge disappointment. What little apple crisp was left in the pan was excellent and our server was friendly and quick.

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A
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a Nice quiet dinner with romantic ambience, food was very good. Small portions but then there was no waste and room for dessert and an after dinner drink.

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OT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We brought our family, including out-of-town members. Our server was exceptional (than you, Chris). With a group from infants to seniors, he anticipated our needs and met them. The speed of food coming up was slow for the young ones but appropriate to the setting and time of day. Great experience.

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C
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We have enjoyed dining here in the past so chose it for a special dinner. We found this to be a much different experience than we previously experienced. For a Saturday night we were surprised that it wasn't crowded. We both ordered clam chowder which was served barely warm. It was sent back and the second try was hot. The chowder was good. We both ordered filets for our main course. This course tool longer than it should have. At one point our server came and told us it would be arriving soon and apologized. At this point there were even fewer diners than when we arrived. When it was served we both found the Potatoes Anna which came with it were chewy and only warmish. I ordered my filet rare and it was. My wife ordered hers medium rare and it was more rare than mine. Over all it was not a pleasant experience for an expensive meal. Sadly, it is no longer on our recommended list.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great view and nice ambience!

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N
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We have eaten at Boat Club many times and always enjoyed it. However, this time we were sadly disappointed. The clam chowder was SO delicious in the past. This time starchy, lumpy, and only lukewarm. Traditionally they serve popovers complimentary with the meal. We had to ask for them. Other menu items were only so-so. Perhaps the chef this time, but this is no longer our go-to dining spot.

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GS
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance. Will return soon. Great steak and unusual potatoes!

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DP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Sadly, food was sub par and way overpriced! $48 for a King Crab Leg (yes, just ONE.) Tuna steak was over cooked and marinade was more of a gravy. Even the steak my husband ordered didn’t taste good. It’s a pity because the restaurant is nice, the service was great, and the view is remarkable. Perhaps just for drinks and appetizers?

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WP
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful birthday dinner with my wife. Special thanks to our server Elizabeth!

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DL
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Beautiful view, great food and funny, friendly waitress!!!

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KH
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The foot was very good, although for the price I thought portions would be more. Our server, Larry, was wonderful! Overall, we would definitely go back for another special occasion.

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DC
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very tasty. My husband's walleye was EXCELLENT, as was my filet mignon. Our server was very attentive and friendly.

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MB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely fantastic! The service was very good. We will be back again for sure.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Aunt’s 80th birthday. Server could’ve been a little more on point... had to wait a long time for an extra plate so we could divide the entrees we all shared. Drinks not kept replenished, but he was nice. Other than that, was a very nice time, as always!

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t
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Visited Boat Club for lunch on a Thursday. We both had the lobster omlet with citrus greens. It was excellent. Big chunks of lobster with a delicate cream sauce . Very fresh salad with a yummy citrus dressing. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive. The only reason I didn’t give it all 5 stars was the ambiance. Walked in and there was no one to greet us. Just a seat yourself sign. There were 2 empty window tables with dirty dishes and 3 occupied tables. Otherwise the place was empty. After waiting a few minutes and no one cleared the window tables we sat down at a non window table. The dirty tables remained that way for about 15 minutes.

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AN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

As published elsewhere [Edited to meet space]: After several nice weeknight meals at the Boat Club, we booked a Saturday night table for 4 for 6:30PM. We arrived a few minutes early & invited to wait at the bar. We noted a wedding reception, nothing an established restaurant should have any issue with. We waited. And waited, & waited & waited. At 7:00PM asked about our 6:30 reservation & was told diners ahead of us were lingering. As a former server, I know that happens; good reservation & seating management allows for that. 7:10, I asked again & hostess, who was doubling as a table busser, said they just needed "a few more moments."

7:20, 50 minutes late, we were seated, after embarrassed bartender offered a round on the House, which we declined. (Something was off-the-rails when they apologized for not having any Bloody Mary mix available, with Sunday brunch just hours away) Our server was prompt, & we placed our orders, anticipating finally eating. We waited. Waited longer. Not even a basket of the Boat House's fresh, warm popovers that half our party could eat. At 8:00PM, 1 appetizer showed, with the server explaining she'd cut her hand on a broken glass & had needed to tend to her wound. (Which raises an interesting public health & employment question).

She returned with a basket of limp & collapsed popovers, that seemed rewarmed in a microwave, & the explanation "we thought we ran out, but we found some." (From the wedding?) 8:20PM, nearly 2 hours after we should have been seated, the entrees arrived. For 2 of our party, the sorry trail of delays and lack of attentive service continued: The trout "Special" , was over cooked, dried out and lukewarm, at best. They did not seemed to have been prepared while we waited.

Past 9:00PM, we left after paying our bill, with agreement to NEVER EAT AT THE BOAT CLUB ON A WEEKEND!!! Duluth has too many fine dining options to waste an evening and our money on terrible service and lukewarm poorly made food.

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RD
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good, as usual. My husband's strip steak was excellent. My crab cake appetizer was delicious. Unfortunately, my main salad with chicken was not so great. The chicken was tender and good, but the salad itself not so much. I tire of those greens that require lots of cutting to eat them, and sliced carrots just don't make it. How about subbing a little romaine and shredded carrots?
The restaurant was very busy, but our waitress did a good job of working as fast as she could!

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JB
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The experience was overall positive. My only negative comment was in regards to the hostess. We asked for a window seat and we got “attitude”. She was curt and basilically said we should have asked for it. We had no idea this was an option because we have never been there. We would recommend this be offered when reservations are made. Please coach your hostess to not be so rude

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TK
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Was greatest sea food I've had. Great service. Great wine!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful evening to celebrate our anniversary! Thank you for making us feel special and treating us so well! We will be back!!!

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M
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had family in from out of town and we also invited friends to join us. There were six of us. It was so wonderful. Food excellent we dined for hours!!!

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