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Bortell’s Fisheries

5528 S Lakeshore Dr, Ludington, MI 49431-9789
+1 231-843-3337
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“smoked fish” (52 reviews)
“walleye” (22 reviews)
“lake perch” (25 reviews)
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American, Seafood
$$ - $$$
5528 S Lakeshore Dr, Ludington, MI 49431-9789
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

I have to say that I am really not a fish lover but we were simply driving the lakeshore road when we had to slow down to allow several cars to park. So there they all are, parked on the gravel street, and we were...More

1  Thank Jan14225
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Stand in line, pick your fish from the case, wait for it to be fried, pay and sit outside to eat it. If you don't like fried fish, don't bother.

Thank Mick C
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

We drove all the way here. It is quite a drive from ludington. Sure would be nice if they updated the site. We will not be back! It is CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.

2  Thank Divelbissparker
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

Even though Bortell's was highly recommended we were disappointed. Great selection of fish and some seafood. We selected the lake perch. It was quite overdone and not very tasty. We felt that the prices were high.

Thank Jim H
Reviewed 19 August 2017

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 17 August 2017 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 13 August 2017 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 12 August 2017 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 11 August 2017 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 9 August 2017 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
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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!
25 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
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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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