Real Seafood Company - Bay City

4.5
781 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for Birthdays
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday 11am – 10pm, bar open till 11pm
Friday-Saturday 11am – 11pm, bar open till Midnight
Sunday 12pm-9pm, bar open till 10pm
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Phone number
(989) 778-1501
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Micah Lovett
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 781 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Great food,inattentive service.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful outside patio seating. Beautiful night for a birthday dinner 😀 food was fantastic!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Love the view of the river. The bread and clam chowder were amazing. Top shelf margarita was great too. The staff was very friendly. Sit on the upper level if you can!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

The service was great. My only disappointment was I picked out what I wanted to eat ahead of time. It was our 35 th wedding anniversary and we got there I ordered the seafood platter that was on the menu also there, and they said they don’t serve it this season. So disappointed. Other than that, we spent $110 which for a special occasion is ok. Food was good!

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3.0Dined on August 6, 2018

The food was okay. Nothing tasted bad, but it was not worth the price paid. Price-wise this restaurant compares to Mitchell's Fish Market in Rochester Hills and Birmingham, but I have never left Mitchell's feeling like I paid too much for the quality of food. We had the dynamite shrimp, shrimp cocktail, cole slaw, caesar's salad, blackened swordfish, shanghai salmon, mexican street corn, and garlic mashed potatoes. The dynamite shrimp and street corn were particularly disappointing in flavor. Both were bland and the preparation of the dish seemed average.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Wonderful view of Saginaw River and good food, especially green fried tomatoes!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The Brussel sprout app.....the crab cakes.... to die for!!! Everything is so amazing here!

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Our server was great and we enjoyed the lovely view of the Saginaw River. Unfortunately the food did not meet our expectations. The shrimp scampi was served on a high quality pasta, but the shrimp were very tough and dry. The sauce did not offer much flavor, more oil flavor than spices or seasoning. The Pearch has a very heavy batter which smothered the delicate flavor of the fish. We did enjoy the appetizer and hot bread.
We don’t splurge often on fine dinning, so when we do we expect something better than we would cook at home.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We always have good food and service at the real seafood co.

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3.0Dined on July 30, 2018

The food was over all good, but not much seafood in the seafood Alfredo for the price.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Sat on patio next to The Saginaw River and felt it was as nice as anywhere.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We visit every time we are in Bay City. Fantastic food, service and location!

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2.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Ate Two days in a row. First day was takeout and an item was omitted and another was the wrong item.

The second day are a late lunch and despite ordering right away when we sat down, it was extremely slow service.

The food itself was very good.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

My only complaint was the flounder was dry , and we had to battle fruit flys at the table. It was nice dining, nothing really stood out for us though, just another place serving food by the water. Wait staff was nice also.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Great spot on the water. The food was good. A bit on the salty side. Lots of options.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Food was great, atmosphere was great, til it started to storm (we were outside), but then went inside no wait no problems and continued to enjoy our meal and atmosphere inside!

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3.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Service was poor. Did not seem to be enough wait staff (though several were congregated by check—in desk chatting. Bathrooms dirty,despite my tellling the hostess -had to speak with manager when I made a second trip and found it had not been cleaned after first complaint. Food was good and well prepared.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

food was great and the service was very good - the outside seating is awesome overlooking the water,

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Food is fantastic. Pricey, but worth it.
Servers ate superb, view from upstairs is beautiful! No elevator, so those with mobility problems would want to be seated on first level.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and our server Kathy was wonderful. All of her recommendations were spot on and our food was excellent! We would come back again if we are in town.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2018

GREAT FOOD, QUITE PRICEY, NEED BETTER TIME MANAGEMENT LOTS OF EMPTY TABLES BUT LOTS OF PEOPLE WAITING FOR HALF AN HOUR.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Roger, our server was terrific. Knowledgeable, quick to understand, explained menu questions, accurate order. Thank you. Place is fantastic, great views, great food.

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2.0Dined on July 15, 2018

The food is excellent. The service is not. With so many wait staff running around, you'd think someone would be paying attention. Sadly, as a single diner, attention is paid to groups of 4 or more, and not to one person eating alone. At one point, I even asked the waitress if I needed to go to the bar myself to get the glass of wine I had ordered, since no one was bringing it to me . . . I was half way through my entre and no wine. Also, the bread I asked for was never brought to my table. But SOOOO many people working here! I also ate here the night before, when the wait staff admitted to being 19, and therefore had only smelled the wines, and couldn't make any recommendations. Unfortunate that a restaurant that excels on the food side, truly fails on the service side.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Had a great time watching biats go by and dining at the rstaurant. Food was good

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Great atmosphere. Loved all our food.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

We went for my husbands birthday! They have a birthday discount on hat is figured based on the sihe of your party. We sat outside and it was very comfortable. They have large umbrellas that will give you shade.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Always a wonderful experience. Weather was perfect for sitting outside by the river. Our waitress Billie Jo was exceptional.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Excellent service along with great food.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Beautiful view of the water. Excellent service. Steak and crab legs can't be beat anywhere. We love to go there for special occasions.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Went for dinner, ended up getting a show with it as well. Really enjoyed the atmosphere. The waiters were really nice, but the service was a little slow. It was probably due to the time of day and the event going on at the time.

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

The food was fantastic! Wish the drinks were a bit more reasonably priced. They offered happy hour prices to the bar area but not in dining area.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

We were disappointed to find such limited options for waterfront dining in the area. Real Seafood Company did not disappoint. Great place to celebrate special occasions.

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Great food and dinning experience you can eat in or they have river front balcony dinning.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

This was our first time dining here. Excellent food, service and atmosphere. We will definitely be returning and recommending this restaurant to friends and family. Our server was Ally, and she was excellent.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Great all around.
Fresh oysters.
Big and tasty portions.
Yucky coleslaw .... fish restaurant does not have fish forks or fish knives. Disappointing.
Also no oyster forks ... weird.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Very good service, very good food. Ask for a table upstairs to get better river view and it is more quiet up there. It was too hot for the patio, but next time I'd definitely dine on the patio.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Donna was excellent, the food was superb, after dinner we sat outside and enjoyed more drinks and desserts plus a beautiful sunset

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Our server did an outstanding job. I may not have her name correct but I believe it was Marrisa. The food was wonderful. Overall it was a marvelous evening. Thanks to all for the effort.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

We brought our Pastor and his wife to dinner to celebrate his 35 years in the ministry. We had never eaten there but it's one of their favorite restaurants. We weren't disappointed. The selection was great and food was excellent. It was a little pricey as we aren't used to spending that much for an entree but it was worth the money. We will be there again.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Let me just say that we love Real Seafood in Bay City and frequent the restaurant every two weeks or so. We have probably been about 15-20 times. This last dining experience is atypical of the restaruant. Our complaint has to do with service. We told our waiter that we wanted a leisurely dinner with time between courses. He was quite amenable to the idea. The problem is that he didn’t check back with us to inquire about drinks or other needs. So we sat for at least 20 minutes, waiting to be asked about a glass of wine, which we really wanted in between courses. And the restaurant wasn’t busy at all! We ended up flagging down the manager, who was quite helpful. The waiter came over to apologize and was very polite and respectful. The host, Kerice, is wonderful. We will go back, but servers need to check up on the needs of diners faily frequently.

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