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Fitzgerald's Restaurant

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7 Ratings
Ratings: 7
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.86
pDev: 2.26%
Taps: 11
Bottles: 100
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

5033 Front St
Eagle River, Michigan, 49950-9628
United States
phone: (906) 337-0666

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Notes:
Located at the Eagle River Inn.

(Place added by: MarcatGSB on 06-21-2011)
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Reviews by ds21tango:
Photo of ds21tango
4.8/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I must say that this place in absolutley amazing! My wife and I visited the U.P. this last summer and decided to spend a night here. Well after the first night we had to spend another. I have always known this place to be one of the nicest in the Upper Peninsula but I have not been able to get there since the new and imporved amped up beer list.

The hotel itself is gorgeous. The rooms have recently b een remodeled and are very nice. Plus you have a veiw of Lake Superior and a wonderful beach!! The restaurant is small but very nicely set up and they also have outdoor seating on the deck over looking the lake.

Now lets get to what is most important here. THE BEER!! i was amazed when I opened the beer list!! I had no idea what a treat I was in for. I was in heaven. And if what you are looking for is not on there doesnt hurt to ask, they just might have it stashed away. And Mark and Mikes knowledge and love of beer made it a geeks heaven. Its nice to sit at the bar after a delicous meal and talk about all things beer.

This place is truly a hidden gem. If you are ever close to the area or even a days drive this is a must go!

Thanks Mike and Mark for a truly great experience!

More User Reviews:
Photo of rplamann
5/5  rDev +2.9%

Awesome people and service. Great food. Amazing selection of beer. Lots of Michigan Micros. Especially liked the Shorts Thimbleberry Crush Berlilner Weisse. Great barbecue smoked with local hardwood on site. Also stayed in the rooms which overlook Lake Superior and had a great experience with that as well. Made our UP vacation!

Photo of Mothergoose03
4.95/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My wife and I stayed at the Eagle River Inn for two nights, and ate dinner (and had the complimentary Continental breakfast) both days in the restaurant. For a restaurant that is smallish (except for during the warm season and the lakeside deck is open) and an out-of-the-way place, the owners do a great job with the beer and liquor list, and equally well for the food. There were 12-15 beer taps plus around 35-40 bottle offerings for the beer, and a good collection of liquors that are fit for the connoisseur. (There is also a wine list but I didn't look at it.) Some of the beers are not easy to find in normal markets, thus a treat to experience them in this relaxing, northern Michigan setting.

Prices are reasonable for the variety of the beverage selection as well as for the food. The menu is not extensive, but there is something there for everyone whether it be a sandwich or a near-gourmet selection. Barbecue seems to be the house specialty, and it is excellent. The servers go out of their way to make sure that you are satisfied with your meal and drinks. Very friendly for just some conversation when they can take the time.

The restaurant is located inside the Eagle River Inn, so staying at the Inn is a logical part of the total experience (and for the convenience). All of the rooms have a view of Lake Superior, and are 'beachfront cottage' (my description) in their style and more than adequate for the stay, but are not 'resort luxurious' that one might expect for a resort-like lakefront setting. But the restaurant and the beer list really make this a memorable experience.

NOTE: this place closes during the winter months.

Photo of atone315
4.64/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

wOw. This place is simply amazing. I have been going to the U.P. for the past 10 years, and my wife spent the majority of her summers as a youth up there and neither of us have been to a place as nice as this.

So, we decided to start a 7 day vacation in the U.P. on Lake Gogebic, with 2 days in the Keweenaw at The Eagle River Inn. I had communications w/ Marc (MarcatGSB) via BA, and later utilized the hotel's website to book some rooms. Not disappointed at all. Our room was awesome, the view of Lake Superior from our window was awesome, sitting on the deck outside of the restaurant, drinking fine brews was awesome, and bonfires on the beach, just steps away from the Inn, at night were awesome. One of the nicest hotel/ motels I have ever stayed at.

During our 7 hour drive up (which actually took closer to 10 hours due to a few pit stops), Marc messaged me to see if any of our party wanted ribs, as they tend to sell out before our dinner reservation time. I am so glad that he did that, as the ribs were top notch!!! In fact, all of the BBQ was excellent. We ended up eating at Fitzgeralds both nights we stayed. Everyone in our party could not believe the food/ service we received and how affordable everything was. This is one of my top 5 most favorite restaurants. We would return for just the food alone...

...and then there is the beer. Good God, this place has the beer menu!!! We were there a few days after a Bell's Tap Takeover and everything was still on tap for the better part of the weekend. BA Cherry Stout, Black Note, Raspberry Wild One...jeez, it was AWESOME! The bottle list was just as, if not more, amazing than the tap list. This is a beer destination, no matter how far away you are. If you haven't been here, get here. It's worth it, trust me.

Photo of BobCobb
4.8/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I came across this place before heading up to the UP for a wedding in Marquette. Initial hesitation about driving another 2+ hours north vanished when I saw the beer list and the positive reviews from other BAs.

My girlfriend and I stopped in for lunch around 2:30 on a Sunday. Spoke with Mike who seated us on the outside deck. The weather was gorgeous and was augmented by the view and proximity of the Superior shoreline only a few steps away. Had a chance to chat with Marc for a bit as well both before and after the meal.

For the meal, I had a burger while my girlfriend had the pulled pork. We both loved the food, it really was delicious and reasonably priced to boot. I had BCS Bramble with it, which was outrageously good (first time having it). Some great local hot sauce was a nice side note.

Picked up a nice tulip glass to go on the way out - really just a wonderful visit overall. If I'm ever back up in the area, I'll be sure to stop in again. Highly recommended - hope this place keeps working out for those guys.

Photo of adamdd
4.95/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I've been going to "The Fitz" every summer for the past 12 years, and can say with confidence that it is a destination worth traveling to. The restaurant is intimate, with a nice pine interior. The bar area is small, but comfortable. The real showstopper here is the view from the dining room and deck. The deck sits out on the beach overlooking glorious Lake Superior. I am not sure there is a place I'd rather be in the summer than sitting on the deck with a great beer watching the sun slip into the big lake.

The food is always great. My favorites are the schnitzel, pecan walleye, and the ribs/brisket/pork combo platter from the new on-site smoker. I would encourage you to save room for dessert, because there is always something good! You will not leave here hungry.

Besides the incredible view, the other main attraction here is the wine, beer, and whiskey selections. Their selection can go toe to toe with a lot of establishements in the "big cities". This is a testament to Marc and Michael's efforts to raise the bar and they have succeeded with their amazing selection.

Eagle River Inn and Fitzgerald's are one of those hidden Michigan gems. You owe it to yourself to get the full experience of the Keweenaw and Lake Superior with dinner at the Fitz.

Photo of Rempo
4.88/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

After staying here four nights, eating five meals at the restaurant, and having drinks at the bar on a couple other occasions, I feel obligated to post my first review. I'll be reviewing the restaurant/bar only (but feel free to BM for lodging feedback).

Mon-Thur is dinner only, so be sure to check the official hours before you go.

Smaller restaurant, nice and quiet. Unique setup, with wood throughout. Right on the lake, with views of Lake Superior through large windows or from the deck above the beach. Small bar as well (6-8 stools), with an incredible back bar showing off their large collection of whisk(e)y.

Very nice selection of craft beer, with a LARGE variety of styles represented. The beer list isn't filled with ambers and wheats. No problem picking out domestic or foreign craft bottles to enjoy alone or with food. Plenty of Shorts beers, which was appreciated. Unexpected Utopias sighting, probably an empty bottle by now... Six taps, which included super-locals (Keweenaw), locals (Shorts Huma Lupa and multiple Bell's, including Cherry Stout), and specialties (Southern Tier Mokah).

Great service provided by Marc (he's a BA) behind the bar. Happy to talk both beer and whisk(e)y with you. Beers were served in proper glassware. Only gripe is that bottles were served a touch cold from their cold room (but with the number of Shorts beers, I would prefer that they err on the cold side). Prices are reasonable.

The food is fantastic. Some items are a touch pricy, but the quality/freshness is well worth it. Some of the best food is lower-priced as well. Pulled pork, brisket, Memphis-style ribs (all from the smoker on-site) with killer BBQ sauces. Guacamole burger, smoked sausage sandwich, avocado/goat cheese sandwich, black bean hummus, all recommended. The wife enjoyed the walleye and whitefish. Solid side items. The desserts seemed to change daily and were made by one of the owners. I would highly suggest the flourless cake. Did I mention we ate five meals there?

Don't miss the Single Malt Whisky. Large collection, and available in flights if you're looking to try a few at a time. A lot of bourbons and other whiskies as well. Marc is really well-versed in this area.

Wines and mixed drinks as well; didn't partake.

Can't miss spot if you're heading through the area. Looking forward to my next visit to the UP.

Fitzgerald's Restaurant in Eagle River, MI
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