Real Seafood Company - Bay City

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1096 reviews
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A contemporary seafood restaurant that offers the freshest fish and premium seafood from the waters of the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy fresh oysters, lobster, shrimp, and the authentic flavors of seasonal and local produce.Everything is made fresh to order. Ask about our Birthday Meal Deal! Open for lunch/dinner daily with outdoor patio seating.
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Was in town for work and this was one of the top three choices. In a nice area sat outside on the patio actually solo and it was quite nice. Food was great but not amazing little over priced but they could because of the other choices in the area. Had a small glass a wine as well that was cost effective. I had good service, it was a good volume and was seated right away! I could tell the group next to me was not happy with there service, but she was newer to her job. There was a lot of modern people, younger groups so that was cool to see out of the smaller town, in the end I recommend it and will go back!

SS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food quality for price was subpar. Had to wait an extraordinary long time for check.

PD
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a great dinner she got the scallops and I tried the jambalaya Both were excellent as was the wonderful service We will definitely be back in the near future

LS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience is amazing. It has a really elegant uptown New York feel inside. Outside the restaurant is riverside dining across from the park where wildlife can be viewed. Very nice setting.

AS
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location. Food is excellent. Wait staff are efficient & friendly. I requested a specific table when I made the reservation & it was waiting for us when we arrived. The fresh catch Maine scallops blackened are a favorite of mine. I like to order the fried perch when I'm there at lunch time. Desserts are delicious & huge. My favorite is the chocolate peanut butter cake. Whenever I find out any of my friends are visiting the bay area I tell them to eat here!

TG
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around. After another bad experience at Gratzi I almost cancelled. Glad I didn't. You would never know these guys have the same owners.

RO
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Made a 7:00 pm reservation for two, finally received a table at 7:45. (Why bother with a reservation) Ordered an appetizer, it wasn't what we ordered. Had to ask for silverware and napkins,,, one napkin short, had to ask again. Server took one from the table next to which had not been cleared or clean.
Main meal was room temperature and sub-par for quality. Wasn't a very happy experience for our 45th anniversary.

OT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal restaurant. Only complaint would be the appetizer (calamari) was over cooked and way over sauced. The dinner however was the best seafood I’ve ever had

LL
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice outdoor seating on the river front. Love Uptown Bay City. Great place to eat and visit

M
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The clam chowder tasted like Campbells. My stuffed fish was lukewarm. Pricey and not good.

DB
Northern MI
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server Annalee was exceptional!!

j
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent waiter, Steve. I love that we were able to eat out on the deck. It was very pleasant. I was not impressed with the food. I ordered the stuffed flounder, and being from the New Orleans area, and also having lived in Charleston, SC, I was very much looking forward to a delicious meal. I was disappointed, although it was good. I feel that I am a little unfair, as I had something that I was comparing it with, rather than just accepting it for what it was. The portions were small, the green beans were overcooked, and in my opinion, it was way overpriced for what I had. The garlic potatoes were very good and the bleu cheese slaw was nice. I have heard that Red Lobster's stuffed flounder is better, and I will check that out. I plan to come back to Real Seafood in the future, but I will order something else. The chicken sounded good. I had heard so many good things about it, and had been looking forward to coming for quite awhile. It fell short in my dining experience. Again, Steve was an excellent server.

MB
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I actually just referred a friend over two days after our visit because we had just a nice time. We didn't take advantage of the pirate ship outside but that was a fantastic opportunity after dinner.

AJ
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend the seafood company to family and friends. I have been here 3 times and I love it! This was my husband and I anniversary, and we sat outside, watched the boats . We enjoy ourselves.

SH
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent venue, excellent service( Donna, our server, was great), and excellent food.

CG
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved the food except for the asparagus. It was pretty bland.

Now the lobster fritters for an appetizer, and the brussel sprouts were to die for! Will definitely be ordering those again!

K
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

All four meals were bad. Oil everywhere, dead green beans, all four of our mashed potatoes were cold. Took forever to get the lousy food. Just a bad all around dining experience. Will never go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a beautiful summer evening on the Saginaw River with a spectacular view. The service was great and the food was fresh. The quality of the experience was superior to anything in the area.

DC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 5

everything we wanted to order had been 86ed by the kitchen. it was disappointing

JB
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went there on my birthday so the value was actually pretty good with the 50% discount. I would not have felt the same if we had paid full-price. My miso chilean sea bass and spinach was very good. The jasmine rice was rather dry. My wife had the parmesan encrusted sole and it was bland and rather dry. The serving portions were adequate. The service was good and our server was excellent.

OT
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the patio area! Beautiful view and atmosphere. Our server was amazing!

S
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Early dinner reservations and had to wait for clean B & B plates for those of us that wanted to use them for the bread, didn't have coleslaw made to serve all parities at our table and when it finally did come the dinner was already on the table. Chilled martini glasses sat on a tray while the waitress was taking another tables order and no other wait staff bothered to serve the martini's so the glasses became warm.
Rice Pilaf was gummy and lacked taste. Wait staff was un-attentive and seemed very distracted.
Quite Disappointing as the restaurant location and ambience is very nice.

R
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Slow service, overpriced food, value is low, servers seemed overwhelmed and miserable the entire time

DT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice restaurant with great food! The service was impeccable. Our waiter was Josh. The only disappointment was that we couldn’t sit outside because of the weather, but who could predict that? We will be back!

TC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Upon driving up to the restaurant the area was beautiful and peaceful. Walking into the restaurant we were welcomed with a warm and friendly greeting . The restaurant was full of people waiting but everyone was seated quickly. We had reservations with a request to sit outside with a view, they gave us a choice of 1st or 2nd floor patio. We actually had the 2nd floor patio to ourselves for most of our dinning experience. The view of the water and boat activity was very relaxing. Our waiter was a nice fun corky kind of guy. The food was amazing and fresh. They serve some of the best crab cakes I ever had. From my daughter's shrimp kids meal to the blue cheese cole slaw everything had so much flavor. I definitely recommend Real Seafood Company and I will be back.

m
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good seafood select....
The Sole was excellent
Would definitely visit again

BK
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Menu was interesting, wait staff was helpful and friendly, and the wince selection was excellent. The beer selection could use some help, there was not as much selection as I am used to on the western side of the state, but it was adequate.

AL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Nicole our server saved our dining experience. The hostess was very rude and condescending to us and several other potential diners while waiting for tables. Place was packed but that’s no excuse.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. Loved the private room.

BC
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent location and menu; Friendly, prompt service; very good seasonal selection

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Husband’s Birthday dinner. We go every year for my birthday and his birthday since you get half off your food bill if you go on the day of your birthday (for two people). The food is always wonderful and they always have such good craft beer on draft or bottles/cans! One of my favorite restaurants.

OT
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Lobster was tough and bland. Would never order it there again.

SS
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasure to come for lunch or dinner. Staff are friendly, helpful, professional and knowledgable. Never had a bad meal. Great place to relax and enjoy the activity on the river.

DB
Northern MI
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice we could get reservations so quickly - we appreciate it. Love your restaurant!!

RL
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I have had much better meals here in the past. I think perhaps they were not well prepared in the kitchen to handle the crowds from the Tall Ship Festival.

Waitress was excellent, but the food was painfully slow in coming.

S
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

We had reservations and were seated fairly quickly. The kitchen was very backed up. We waited over an hour for our food. The rolls weren't ready and waited a half hour for those. It was a bit frustrating.

KH
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our service was great by Jamie, Our meal took way to long as the mgr told us our order got lost in the kitchen...

LA
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was Fabulous, our waitress was wonderful. The atmosphere was great, a little noisey by the kitchen but I enjoyed watching the hustle and bustle of the kitchen. My Husband and I still thoughly enjoyed ourselves. We will definitely be back and recommend Real Seafood Co to our friends and family.

KH
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We are from the metro Detroit area and came to take our nephew out to dinner. It our first time and it was amazing! Everything came out hot and was delicious! Can’t wait to go again!

g
Detroit
122 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We have really enjoyed Real Seafood in Bay City until three nights ago. The snail’s pace of the dinner made us decide not to return to this restaurant. And the prices are exorbitant. We ordered three appetizers for a table of five. It took a really looooong time for the appetizers to come. Then we had to flag down our waiter to select out entrees. The entrees took 50 minutes to arrive. Our server said that the kitchen was ‘backed up,” hard to believe since the restaurant was half empty.

We enjoyed the food except for the prices. My husband’s salad with half an avocado and a few teaspoons of crab was $18! And the cocktails were very skimpy. We are sad that one of our once favorite restaurants was so disappointing.

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