The Ice House BBQ

4.3
117 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
Escape the hustle of downtown to a secluded hideaway, just enough off the beaten path to enjoy Mackinac Island’s natural beauty, without interrupting awaiting adventures. Menu selections are mouthwatering creative twists to your favorite backyard classics. Follow the path to the left of the Island House Hotel across from the marina to discover this hidden gem, open Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting.
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vipIvetteH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is always great, place is beautiful and away from the noise. Even with the rain, it was a very pleasant experience!

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent BBQ in a beautiful, secluded setting. Loved it!

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KellyD
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! Quiet and relaxing atmosphere. We had the Whitefish dip and it was wonderful. The salad was also delicious.

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SteveM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Beautiful setting outside, service was good but food is terrible. They Only offer a few beers and canned cocktails and very limited menu. We were excited because they had BBQ and brisket-our group ordered the Ribs, chicken Caesar salad and brisket tacos. All the meat and chicken was over cooked and dry, the brisket tacos were gross with cheese sauce on them and hard taco shells. I wouldn’t recommend this place based on our visit.

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vipFoodChique
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed the brisket sandwich and tap brew! Service was good in spite of limited staff. Nice outdoor seating with dogs.

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JenniferW
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Pulled pork, beef brisket, hamburger and chicken caesar salad all outstanding! Would 100% go again.

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AndyC
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent from the moment we made reservations (Ernesto?) all the way thru the great service by Devyn.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Excellent service. Outdoor ambiance terrific.

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vipDonaldM
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Stopped for lunch before biking around the island. Despite being short-staffed, like everyone, the service was good. I enjoyed my Cobb salad and my wife liked her nachos very much.
It’s a very nice outdoor patio with umbrellas.
The only issue is there’s a steep driveway you have to walk up to get to the patio which is in the back of Island House.
We’d highly recommend it if you’re on the island!

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DanielUH
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Unlike the other restaurants on Main St., the Ice House is set way off the street in a wonderful oasis of calm. The menu is varied enough and the beer selection was good. My family will definitely be back.

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Rice525
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

The food was AWESOME! The service, not so much. We had a reservation for 3 and three parties who arrived after us and did not have reservations were served before us. We were asked if we wanted chips or fries with our meals but not that it as $3 extra per meal. The waiter never offered us a high chair for our daughter (we had to ask) and never checked in on us. Would definitely eat there again but would pray for a different waiter.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really great bbq! Amazing atmosphere!

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Camille
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! Food was great! Loved the pulled pork. There is a paved road to climb to reach the restaurant which sits behind a hotel.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Berlin
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fantastic place for a beautiful lunch. Highly recommend!

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mabiobabe
New England
35 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Secluded from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Flowers and water feature were lovely. Our pup was welcomed with a water bowl. Food and service were both good. Would recommend!

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MarjorieB
Key West
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ice House is a lovely outdoor setting with beautiful gardens. The food was excellent and the staff was very friendly. The friendly hostess was adorable.

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BrenR
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Quiet and relaxing spot away from the tourist hustle. Garden like atmosphere and great service.

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vipHelenJ
Montreal
18 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service & ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was slow but I believe that is due to all restaurants having hiring needs.

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vipJkjk
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bloody Mary was the best one I have had! The brisket nachos were great. It was a nice quiet place away from crowds. It was a perfect break!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Unfortunately we had a poor experience. Most of the food was cold and dried out. They were out of several wine selections and the server was not well versed on the menu. When we asked to have it sent back, they were very gracious but out of the chicken by the time we reordered. The replacement options also came out cold, but no one came back to check on us. By that time it was clear we weren’t going to have a good experience. We paid without the server even noticing no one touched the replacements (full price, no offer for discounts). My wife did check in with the manager on the way out. He was apologetic but didn’t really offer to rectify the situation at all. Island tourists who won’t return there.

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Candia
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner at the Ice House! We enjoyed talking with our waitress, Natasha. She was doing a phenomenal job! Enjoyed nachos, chicken dinner and pizza (my 12 year old). Great outside location with music and gentle breeze.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food was good, service was slow. Took almost an hour for the waitress to take our food order. Otherwise, setting was lovely and food was delicious.

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NellyF
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, nice patio and very clean we would go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The employees here are hustling! They never slow down. They have that perfect balance of helping everyone but maintaining control. We were fascinated but the hostess. She was running but not looking stressed, she greeted everyone with a smile and engaged with them. Then bussed every table.

The food. Above average. I wasn’t expecting much… but it was better than the regular bar food downtown. The ribs were amazing. The blue cheese fondue with the chips were great. The whitefish dip was great as well as the pulled pork sandwich.

I know chips are cheap but they could serve a little less chips to save a little money and labor. There were mounds on top of each dish.

Ambiance. Amazing! Off the beaten path. Beautiful, quiet. Away from the hustle and bustle. Comfortable, clean and fun.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a great dinner and very nice outside venue. Highly recommend.

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NicoleL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful garden, tucked away off the main drag. Food was delicious and presented beautifully. I most appreciated that the staff knew its limitations and only sat as many tables that could be properly served. Bravo!

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Got off the ferry and walked 7minutes to the ice house and got in right away. Everywhere else had lines out the door. Love this hidden gem.

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vipSandraL
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great lunch. Beautiful outdoor setting. Would definitely go again!

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A2Traveler
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I knew nothing about Mackinac Island restaurants before our day trip there, but wanted to make a reservation somewhere to avoid lines. All of the waterfront places were already booked, but this menu looked good so I made an early reservation for four.

As soon as we arrived I knew it was a great choice and then it just kept getting better. Mackinac Island is a bustling place in summer and this is a quiet respite in a beautiful garden setting just steps off the main street. The hostess and server were delightful, and the food was excellent. We shared nachos (oustanding!) and whitefish dip, and among us had brisket sandwiches, brisket tacos, and a black bean burger and salad. All excellent.

Skip the crowded, noisy restaurants and take a lunch or dinner break here. We felt refreshed and ready to go after our delicious break here.

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Michele
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place rocks! It was a beautiful, sunny day and we sat by the fountain for a late lunch/early dinner. The server was friendly, the music was great, and the food was delicious!

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BonnieB
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this off the beaten path eatery
on Mackinac Island! Great BBQ, awesome ambience - outdoor, away from the street, surrounded by lovely trees and gardens.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place with great BBQ. We will definitely be back here.

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MarkH
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Waiter wasn’t very enthusiastic. Limited mix drinks. However thr pulled pork was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service was fun and friendly. What I enjoy while on vacation. 💯💯

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mjm1
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the place! Had great service and food. We ate early and split the Mac and cheese and brisket nachos. The trees and flowers are beautiful.

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Annalise was an amazing server!! Otherwise we also had a great experience. Definitely going back again on this trip. 😊

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vipMike
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Their $20 “loaded Bloody Mary” came from a mix and it was poorly done. The portions were a good size and the staff were friendly (and unorganized)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were staying at Island House for her birthday weekend and discovered Ice House outside restaurant. Wow what a find! The unique ambiance was tranquil and invigorating at the same time. We ate there twice and the service was excellent both times. I highly recommend this dining experience!

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ErinS
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

The only issue we have is the prices. We have eaten at a few places and by far these are the highest. The food portions don’t match the prices, and there is nothing extraordinary about the food to warrant the prices. Great place, super cute and quiet. Service was lovely, food was good.

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The Ice House BBQ is rated 4.3 stars by 117 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.