The Ice House BBQ

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Barbecue
Ice House BBQ and Bar serves a deliciously creative selection of classic home-style smoked barbecue favorites casually served at your choice of umbrella table in the carefully curated garden or under the tent on the deck. Follow the path to the left of the Island House Hotel across from the marina to escape the downtown hustle and enjoy the natural beauty of Mackinac Island.
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Bill
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a great find on Mackinac Island. It’s back in a quiet setting, away from the crowds on Main Street. Our server was attentive and personable, and the food was outstanding. I would recommend the smoked chicken. It was a generous portion with delicious sides. Overall, this restaurant was a great value. We were glad to have found it!

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302003diner
Grand Rapids
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Had wait 1/2 before getting water (drinks were ordered) then ordered food and waited....waited and waited. The people that came after us got there drinks and food before we even got our drinks.
We got our drinks then some of our food. Our appetizer and one of main dishes. The other main dish finally came 15 minutes later. The food was ok but we were tired of waiting. Will not come back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Restaurant was incredibly short staffed, I assume due to COVID. Service was abysmal. Seems like they didn’t plan for the volume of patrons and the whole experience suffered. Food looked very good once actually delivered but needed to be sent back to reheat as it was stone cold on arrival. Basics like condiments, napkins, drinks were hard to come by. Drinks ordered at seating didn’t arrive until mid meal. BBQ sauce for pulled pork was delayed 15-20 min after receiving the dinner. It was very disappointing. Tried to be sympathetic due to pandemic but if you can’t make it work then maybe don’t open?

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Jolleytravelers
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating. Food was delicious and service was great. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming.

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krystinc
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience2

The food was okay to not so good. My kids are not that picky and they hated their food. They didn’t notice or offer to get them anything else.

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ChChar
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Loved being able to make advanced reservations on Mackinaw Island. We were seated a short time after our appointed reservation. The appetizers were good. We ordered corn fritters and whitefish dip. Our main courses were mainly the smokehouse burger(1) voted delicious and the rest of our party ordered ribs (5 people). They were out of brisket and pork. The ribs were not really edible . There was no smoky flavor at all although I do recall that as part of the description. They seemed more boiled? Completely white in color and not able to be described as fall off the bone.

I do not recommend this restaurant. The service was fine. The amenities (lawn games while you wait) were a nice addition. The steep hill to reach the restaurant could be difficult with poor health. But the food, we ordered (or were able to order) was not worth the climb, price or advantage of advance reservations.

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vipMark
Indiana
42 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A little hard to find but out of the way of the crowds. Nice outdoor seating area with good service and good food.

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Mare2teach
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was such a realaxing spot.We sat in the back area where umbrella tables were located.
Our server, Lily, was terrific.
Absolutely the best ribs I have had in a long time!BBQ sauce was also a winner for me.
I stopped by the kitchen & thanked the staff.
Great meal. Thank you all!

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vipNikki
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

There are two nice patios and the BBQ and corn bread were pretty good. I loved that they had Lillie Q’s BBQ sauce, from one of my fav bbq places in Chicago.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We ate here because they have gluten free burgers and my wife and daughter liked them a lot. The spinach salad was very good and the corn fritters app was so good. Our server was very attentive and checked back on us at least 5-6 times after we received our meals. For island food definitely a good spot and prices were reasonable. Would definitely come here again!

The Ice House BBQ
Responded on September 2, 2019

We pleased that you enjoyed dining with us. Thank you for choosing Ice House BBQ!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was out of this world! Great friendly server.

The Ice House BBQ
Responded on August 26, 2019

Thanks for the great review!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor setting! The smoked food was excellent and pricing of food and drink makes this a real Mackinac Island best kept secret

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Responded on August 18, 2019

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EBGB
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family had a great time! Outdoor dining with plenty of fun yard games to keep the family entertained. The BBQ was great, as was the kids mac and cheese, and the black bean burger.

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Responded on August 18, 2019

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trisha
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pleasant venue but for the little kids running around. The food was fresh and well prepared. Nice servers

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JenniferB
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and loved the ambiance!

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vipTSmith
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place - although I hope np one reads this so it stays quiet ; )

We had reservations for 10 that quickly turned into 15 and they were so accomdating. Lillie was a fantastic server and made sure the food all came out at the same time. The group ordered nachos, pulled pork plates, whole hog and brisket sandwiches and a couple of burgers. It was ALL fantastic! We always enjoy the patio with the games and park like setting.

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Snowbird
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect location for an outdoor bbq was like being with family as we were allowed to bring our dog who everyone loved and ended up getting lots of treats. Food excellent and staff very friendly.

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GregH
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice quiet dinner, food and service was awesome. Definitely will be visiting again.

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I ordered the mixed meal. The brisket and chicken were great but the pork was very dry. My wife ordered a bowl of chili which was to spicy for her so she ordered the spinach and apple salad which was very good.

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CarrieD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

The location is great, away from the crowds, tucked into a nice backyard setting. My burger was pretty good, my daughter had the kids pizza — I’m pretty sure they just ran to the local grocery store and grabbed a
microwave pizza out of the freezer and served it to her on a bed of French fries with a plastic cup of apple sauce— nobody was happy with that, I mean if you’re going to have a kid’s menu at least make an effort at real food!! It’s a restaurant for goodness sakes, MAKE food! Pretty disappointing. Waiter very distracted with whatever else was going on, we had to ask for everything, including utensils. No beer or wine list— the waiter said everything was “house” ... ok. The location made it a decent experience overall but would definitely never go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great, friendly service. Excellent selection in food and cute atmosphere off main drag! Really appreciated they took large group reservations on a holiday weekend! Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
50 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The pulled pork sandwich was great the nachos not so much. I would recommend a whole hog sandwich and the service was good

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susanb
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The brisket and chopped salad was awesome. The setting was great in the garden. Good value for food, service and ambiance.

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HopeH
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere and the Whitefish appetizer was to die for!!

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JeffreyP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had an excellent dinner! It was a very nice ambiance, service and food

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LizY
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The Ice House BBQ is a great place for families with kids. There is a large outdoor patio that has lawn games sitting on faux grass, a gazebo and a little lounge area with a couple of table and chairs. That is all sitting next to several outdoor dining tables. The lawn game area is wonderful for the kids to play at while waiting for food or waiting for adults to finish dining/drinking, as it is in clear view of all the dining tables, so you can watch your kids play while you sit and socialize/eat with the adults. We had a party of 20 people, including several children and this place was awesome. The service was excellent (Andrew was our main server, I can remember what the other waitresses names were). The food is average but the overall outdoor set up makes it a go-to for us every time we visit Mackinac.

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sheepdog1982
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Had the full slab of ribs. A lot of food! But...if you're from Chicago area like I am, they're not like our ribs. Dry rub, no sauce. They were tasty but in an unexpected way. The fries however, were poor.
Our server, Joshua, was great. Checked on us often, very personable.

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Ngingi
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, generous portions, great service
Waiter was very attentive
Fall off the bone ribs
Rib sauces were excellent

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AnnaS
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant for family and friends to gather for good food and drink. Large outdoor area with a
Place for kids to play adjacent to the outdoor seating.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dining experience on their garden patio, which is a relaxing setting shaded from the late day sun. Food and service were both excellent. Reasonable prices.

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Paige
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

After a little bit of a slow start getting a server, service was much improved and food was delicious. Need to update their drink menu, they don’t have all the ciders they have listed on their menu. Nice dinner away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the island.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good overall experience..service and food were fantastic.

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YvKF
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem with a gorgeous outdoor seating area. The food was amazing and the outside area was a relaxing getaway from the busy main street tourists. After we ate, we moved from our table to the outdoor seats in the shade and played corn hole.

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vipSetalG
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for dinner. Did the outdoor seating, which was nice

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AndrewM
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. They accommodated our group when the weather became rainy and we could no longer sit outside. They allowed us to share a meal which was great for our little ones. Very pleasant service and also very quick.

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michellew
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fantastic food and service. Aristo was an awesome waiter! Maple chicken sandwich was delicious! Outdoor seating was nice, would definitely go again!

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RoyT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Seating on lawn area behind Island House. Very pleasant setting. BBQ sandwich very good.

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BrandonH
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience3

A little disappointed. Food was cold and there was not live outdoor music like they had advertised on their website and Facebook feeds.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great BBQ and drinks! Tons of food!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Fun good bbq sauces and outdoor garden dining.

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