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Bortell’s Fisheries

) #2 of 56 Restaurants in Ludington ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, Seafood
5528 S Lakeshore Dr, Ludington, MI 49431-9789
+1 231-843-3337
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“smoked fish” (48 reviews)
“walleye” (20 reviews)
“lake perch” (23 reviews)
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5528 S Lakeshore Dr, Ludington, MI 49431-9789
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Reviewed yesterday

After years of visiting the area we decided to try Bortell's. To say they are located a bit out of the way could be an understatement but worth the trip if you like fresh fish. Cash only so don't bring your debit or credit card....More

Thank r b
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you are a connoisseur of fish and seafood, stop in at Bortell's Fisheries from the first Wednesday in May thru Labor Day weekend. On this trip to Ludington, we had a picnic lunch at Bortell's - fresh deep fried lake perch and smelt which...More

Thank Drgole
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Every summer we make it a plan to come here for dinner. Always fresh and always great food and service.

Thank Michelle K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here for lunch. Can't get fish any fresher unless you catch it and eat it. They have nice displays of smoked fish and non smoked. You choose the fish filet you want, they cook it up and give you cole slaw and fries. Then...More

Thank Chris S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's not like the 6th-generation-run Bortell's needs our two-cents' worth... actually, it was our thirty dollars' worth, but they are welcome to both! We started a new family tradition of our own today... we're going to Bortell's every time we go to Ludington! And, as...More

Thank Hugh T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place may not be for everybody but give it a try. There is a great park across the street. Get it to go and eat at a picnic table overlooking Lake Michigan. Perfect for a summer afternoon lunch!

Thank Smith771111
Reviewed 1 week ago

It doesn't get any better! Smoked fish - Norwegian salmon is my favorite. And fried fish (fresh). Smelt is our staple, also walleye, lake perch, salmon, ocean perch, icelandic and a few others, depending on what meets their high standards. (frozen clams and shrimp also...More

Thank J H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're willing to go off the beaten path, this "restaurant" is for you. The best part is taking your fish dinner to the local park that overlooks Lake Michigan. I prefer the whitefish, both fried and smoked. If it's a rainy or cold day,...More

Thank J.J. G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is a hidden gem that we discovered a few years ago. It is now a yearly stop while vacationing in Ludington!!

Thank Arlene E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Camped in silver lake for the weekend. Took a ride to Ludington to do some shopping. Hungry for fish and came across this place. This place is awesome. Six generations doing a phenomenal job. Tucked away in a wooded area. Very small but extremely clean...More

Thank memo8139
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Darbie P
10 May 2017|
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Response from sarah_smith2409 | Reviewed this property |
11am-8pm (or until the fish runs out) Tuesday through Sunday. Don't go too late on Sunday or there won't be a lot of fish left.
3 September 2015|
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Response from camp w | Reviewed this property |
They close Labor Day Weekend. The last fresh fish shipment arrives on Friday, September 4th and they stay open through the weekend until it is all sold. :-( I WISH they were open longer!
24 July 2015|
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Response from shelley s | Reviewed this property |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5528 S Lakeshore Dr, Ludington, MI 49431-9789
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ludington
  • Phone Number: +1 231-843-3337
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