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Cliff's Boathouse Cafe

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301 Hamilton St, Racine, WI 53402-4952
+1 262-633-1767
Sun 08:00 - 13:00
Thu 06:00 - 13:00
Fri 06:00 - 20:00
Sat 07:00 - 13:00
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in with family for the all-you-can-eat Friday fish fry. The place was packed, and I totally understand why. This isn't health food, but it's good old fashioned traditional fish fry. The potato pancakes we're delicious, and the fish has a pretty light breading on it. The coleslaw is pretty bland, but everything else made up for it!

Thank snowgo54
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

I'm a regular here, whether eating alone or with friends and family. They earned my trust through consistency, quality, and friendliness. A true word of mouth "hole-in-the-wall" kind of place, they offer a great breakfast at a great price. Try "Cliff's Super Special" - the inexpensive 2 eggs, sausage or bacon, toast, and potato in town. And get the potato... More 

Thank Kevin D
Kenosha, Wisconsin
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164 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

I have heard the number 1 rated fish fry in Racine but have yet to try it. I have however had the breakfast several times and it is outstanding. This is a VERY small place so be prepared for a possible wait to be seated!!!!

Thank karl a
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35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Plus side: the fish fry. Minus side: so small, you have to wait (outside usually) for a table and it's best not to linger so someone else can sit. Casual place with a friendly owner.

Thank HelenRacine
Kenosha, Wisconsin
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280 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

The first time I visited here. Right when I walked in I smelt ''fishy'' smell. The fish I ordered was VERY greasy. The place is very ''cozy'' and small but I will give them another chance. I want to return and try their ''famous'' potato Pancakes.

Thank Jeep057
Racine, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Best breakfast!!! They are known for their potato pancakes which are out of this world. Just like grandma use to make. Have to make it back and try their Friday night fish fry.

Thank Victoria W
Racine, Wisconsin
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Great for breakfast and lunch as well as fish fry dinner on Friday night. Famous for their potato pancakes. Can be busy and a line sometimes forms outside. Crowded, noisy, friendly, and kind to your budget.

Thank alisan01
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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309 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016

This was one of the best stops we made in Racine. This tiny family run restaurant did not disappoint. The food was fresh, cooked to order and delicious. We loved their potato pancakes, just like Dad used to make. Can't wait to go back.

Thank hjensen90
Racine, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Simply the best. Sites of slaw and secret recipe potatoe pancakes make the wait worth it. Seating is very limited but Cliff's has a huge following.

1 Thank Mary C K
Racine, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Reminds me of a fish fry from the 1960's when my family would go out every Friday. Excellent service and great food!

Thank Gary K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 13:00
06:00 - 13:00
06:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 13:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 301 Hamilton St, Racine, WI 53402-4952
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Racine
  • Phone Number: +1 262-633-1767

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?