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John A Lau Saloon

) #6 of 59 Restaurants in Alpena $$ - $$$ American, ,
414 N 2nd Ave, Alpena, MI 49707-2338
+1 989-354-6898
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good33%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (14 reviews)
“fries” (11 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 21:00All hours
American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
414 N 2nd Ave, Alpena, MI 49707-2338
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The fried pickles were great and the sauce was amazing with a hint of lemon. The fish and chips...the fish was very fishy tasting for a white fish and was greasy but the fries were awesome. The Memphis sweet bbq burger tasted like pizza and...More

Thank Karen K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for dinner after a half mile walk from the marina. I ordered the Captain's Coconut Shrimp and she a half rack of ribs - both dishes were excellent! Service was good, with a server in training following the lead server around. Hadn't been...More

Thank Mike P
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Amazing place with some great history, and according to the bartenders, occasional ghost sightings. Unbelievably cool replica old town courtyard in rear. Just there for drinks so can't speak to the food, but lots of dining space with upstair balcony dining overlooking the dining area....More

Thank MI_Traveler9999
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

While making sales calls in the area, the local representative introduced me to John Lau Saloon. It was a totally interesting place...1850s saloon...lumberjack cathouse...haunted...They are famous for their steaks, and our dinner did not disappoint. Add to this attentive service by our waitress. It was...More

Thank Kevin P
Reviewed 5 January 2017

If you like the old saloon style feel when enjoying a libation, then you must pay a visit to John A Lau. All the dark wood and antique artifacts lying around provide a deep moody atmosphere that I just love. It doesn't hurt the place...More

Thank rjhenry
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Great Food, really nice authentically vintage building that is supposed to be haunted, so that's fun. The Food is great as are the entrees. Great for a special dinner or celebration.

Thank Kathleen D
Reviewed 23 October 2016

I've never had a bad meal at John A Lau. Even my vegetarian husband likes eating here. Great atmosphere, great food, good service.

Thank Mischele K
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Wanted to REALLY like this place, but it is awkward. Not bad, just not WOW. Not many choices in Alpena, this is better than most chains.

Thank Razinski
Reviewed 7 October 2016

I have eaten here several times, and each time it was well worth it. The meals were cooked and served with perfection, and the staff was helpful, friendly and alert. Being an historical landmark ads to the fine ambiance that one experiences while dining.

Thank 484karlc
Reviewed 18 September 2016

This place is awesome! History, beautiful woodwork, and amazing food! The service here was very good and we really enjoyed ourselves!

Thank Mary Rick A
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 414 N 2nd Ave, Alpena, MI 49707-2338
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Alpena
  • Phone Number: +1 989-354-6898
  • E-mail
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