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The Ice House BBQ, Mackinac Island, MI

The Ice House BBQ

4.4
4.4
139 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.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (906) 847-7223

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Mackinac Island

  • Cross street

    Across from Mackinac Island Marina

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

What 139 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Good for Groups

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Great for Lunch

  • Northern Michigan / Upper Peninsula

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Northern Michigan

    Good for Groups

  • Northern Michigan

    Great for Lunch

  • Northern Michigan

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. BS

    BarbaraS

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great ribs and brisket as were the accompanying beans and cornbread. Server was very good - appropriately attentive and personable. We ate on the outside patio. No island scenery to speak of, but it was just fine if you’re in the mood for BBQ.
  2. SH

    ShannanH

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Friendly staff. Lawn games fun Good food
  3. K

    Karen

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hidden gem relaxed atmosphere, good food and setting
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Lacking smoke flavor on almost everything but meat was tender. Baked beans were star of the show
  5. KK

    KrystinaK

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Great location! Great for kids to play games!
  6. MS

    MarkS

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Got here at 12:30 pm on a Saturday in August. We were seated immediately on the back patio. The service was friendly and efficient and the food and drinks were excellent. Very cool place.
  7. MC

    MaryC

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time! Love the new seating! We all enjoyed our dinner!
  8. SK

    SharonK

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful outdoor dining in set in what I would consider a little private oasis with a water feature, gazebo and bags game. The online ordering was a little confusing but the staff was wonderful and helped us along.
  9. n

    notpicky

    Chicago

    199 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    199 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    What a gorgeous setting away from the crowd on the island. Food was delicious and generous with very reasonable prices. If you visit the island, this place will not disappoint.
  10. DM

    DenyaM

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This is a very family friendly outdoor atmosphere. There are lots of areas to sit - 4 tops and several comfortable patio sets as well. Corn hole and Jenga are game options if you want to participate. Great specialty drinks and food!
  11. FM

    FoodMeister

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I really enjoyed the brisket dinner. There was only one sauce option that I could see, a plastic squeeze bottle on the table, but since it was quite good I didn't bother to ask if other options exist. The dinner included tasty beans and coleslaw (be sure to squirt some BBQ sauce into those beans). My wife had a chicken dinner with the same sides and enjoyed it. I had a taste of her chicken and thought it was good, but IMO the brisket was much better. Our server was okay, but there was a young lady waiting other tables who seemed much more personable; we kinda wish we'd had her. I fumbled with the online ordering and payment app, and we ended up having to ask for a printed menu LOL. Blame that on our age, I guess. Beautiful outdoor patio seating area behind our hotel, we just loved it. The only real downside is that, for a BBQ place, it's pricey. That goes with the location. We never regret spending more for quality food and ambience.
  12. L

    Lakeside

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The menus were only accessible via QR code, which was inconvenient. Some people still prefer a printed menu, so we were surprised they didn't have one to offer. I ordered the chopped salad for dinner and it was just ok. It said it came with corn, avocado and a few other toppings and I had to dig to find them. There was not more than 1/4 (and probably less) of an avocado on the salad and very few kernels of corn. It was not a filling meal. My husband's chili was served lukewarm. We will not return when there are definitely better options available.
  13. MN

    MarthaN

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    We had eaten at the ice house last time we were in Mackinac and enjoyed it. But this time was a disappointment. The nacho appetizer was not good. It tasted like dirty oil, the brisket was oily and did not have the toppings mentioned in the menu. It was way to expensive for what we received blue box Kraft Mac and cheese, oily chips and an gross sandwich.
  14. N

    Nick

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    This was an outdoor-type restaurant right behind and owned by the Island House Hotel that we stayed at. Food had an almost stale taste to everything, even though it took the kitchen staff nearly 45 minutes to complete our meager order for 2 adults and 2 children. I understand that tourists should expect to pay premium prices on the Island--that is capitalism unfortunately--but the $130 we paid, including tip, left a lot to be desired.
  15. EM

    EricM

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was perfect and the mobile ordering was cool. We had a great time.
  16. PS

    PaulS

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Brisket was sub par. Chewy, tough, and lacking good flavor. Whitefish was not bad. Good place for drinks and yard games that’s about it.
  17. JB

    JumB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely spot outside behind the island house. Good service. Good food. We had pulled pork sandwich, brisket and fried whitefish. All delicious. Fairly reasonably priced for the island. Only negatives when we were there in June: no Jameson’s and no dessert. They have a new grassy area where children can play, so looks like a good place to go with kids.
  18. JM

    JenniferM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great setting for outdoor dining. Food was great. Overall a very enjoyable meal!
  19. C

    Cmhv

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A hidden gem away from the busy downtown. Lawn games and shaded well!!
  20. R

    Rooz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The good is great and probably one of the best spots to eat casually on the island.
  21. DK

    DanielK

    Indiana

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great, quiet location. Food and drink came out quickly. The chili was only warm, not hot, but that’s the way I like it.
  22. IH

    IvetteH

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    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!
  23. JM

    JohnM

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent BBQ in a beautiful, secluded setting. Loved it!
  24. KD

    KellyD

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  25. SM

    SteveM

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    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.
  26. FC

    FoodChique

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 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.
  27. JW

    JenniferW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Pulled pork, beef brisket, hamburger and chicken caesar salad all outstanding! Would 100% go again.
  28. AC

    AndyC

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious. Excellent service. Outdoor ambiance terrific.
  30. DM

    DonaldM

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 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!
  31. DU

    DanielUH

    1 review

    4.0

    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.
  32. R

    Rice525

    1 review

    4.0

    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.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Really great bbq! Amazing atmosphere!
  34. C

    Camille

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  35. C

    Chattanoogan

    Berlin

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a fantastic place for a beautiful lunch. Highly recommend!
  36. m

    mabiobabe

    New England

    35 reviews

    5.0

    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!
  37. MB

    MarjorieB

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  38. BR

    BrenR

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Quiet and relaxing spot away from the tourist hustle. Garden like atmosphere and great service.
  39. HJ

    HelenJ

    Montreal

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service & ambiance
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service was slow but I believe that is due to all restaurants having hiring needs.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

The Ice House BBQ offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (906) 847-7223.

The Ice House BBQ is rated 4.4 stars by 139 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Across from Mackinac Island Marina

  • Neighborhood

    Mackinac Island

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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