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“ Great experience”
Review of Holy Mackerel - CLOSED

Holy Mackerel
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

This was a very enjoyable experience! The restaurant is small and quaint, formerly a church. Probably has 8 - 10 tables. We made a reservation but this night it wasn’t too busy. The food we had was delicious ~ lamb shanks & mac and cheese, stuffed salmon (chef’s special of the day) and scallops. We had the Portabella appetizer - yum! Of course the bread was served warm and smelled awesome. The wine choices were good and can be bought by the bottle.

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank lynne G
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

Knowing the chef and owner is seeking to retire, my husband and I are trying to increase our visits to this charming restaurant. Wonderful soups, freshly baked rolls, luscious seafood tacos, and always tasty entrees provide a gourmet experience in a small-town environment. If you have just driven by and not yet sampled, please do yourself a favor and stop in before it is too late.

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank bubbles57
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

Great atmosphere, attentive service, delicious scallops, steak and walleye. That said- I was surprised to see East Coast prices in a small Illinois town...

Date of visit: August 2017
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Thank MCWC
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Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

I rarely give a 5 star rating because nothing is perfect, but this place deserves it...starting with originality in running a restaurant with this name in a converted Presbyterian Church. The service was excellent. The food even better. We shared a salad (fresh greens with heirloom tomatoes), warm and delicious bread, Canadian walleye with red potatoes and green/yellow beans, then mixed berry pie (warm) with ice cream for dessert. Great music playing in the background. We made reservations for 6:30 on a Thursday night but shared the restaurant with only one other table of 4 until just before we left when another couple arrived.

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank Deborah W
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Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Too bad the chef wants to retire! You should go before he sells this charming restaurant. Situated in an old Presbyterian church, the atmosphere and food are both very good. My dining companion said that his pork with blackberry sauce was the best he's had lately. My stuffed chicken ( spinach, pine nuts and cheese) was good but a bit dry. The chilled cucumber soup with almonds was outstanding and the rhubarb pie delicious. Don't miss this charmer!

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank Shirley C
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