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Great Lakes Shipping Company

4525 W Kl Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49006-6253
+1 269-375-3650
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good25%
  • Average15%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible8%
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“prime rib” (7 reviews)
“steak” (13 reviews)
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American, Steakhouse, Seafood
$$ - $$$
4525 W Kl Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49006-6253
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1 - 10 of 58 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago

My brother visits once a year from Texas and for the third year in a row, we chose to dine here. We were greeted warmly and went into the bar. The decor is definitely dated but we like the little doors on the booths. The...More

1  Thank Franklin D
Reviewed 14 May 2017

The Great Lakes Shipping Company has been a fixture in Kalamazoo for a long time. We have enjoyed past visits, but found our most recent visit disappointing. First the prices have gone up, including the price of a $6 salad bar to accompany the $25...More

Thank joloa
Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

My family and I visited great lake shipping company for a special meal out and were very disappointed by our visit. We had a group of six, which came to a pretty pricey bill. Our food was average, and not worth the price. My father...More

Thank Derek A
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

My girlfriend and I had 2 different steaks, she had the special which she really liked it very much. I had the New York strip steak, it was excellent, perhaps a little over cooked...but I didn't sent it back, because it tasted great. The place...More

Thank Diana D
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Very nice place, albeit a bit pricey. Intimate dining feel setting even though you are surrounded by other diners. Food is good although not outstanding. A good place to go for a meal.

Thank Businesstraveller54
Reviewed 11 April 2017

My husband and I decided to try here based on recommendations. The meal took forever and when it arrived it was overcooked.

Thank Luckyruby3
Reviewed 3 April 2017

I have ate here before it was decent but I think that paying another 5 for the salad bar is over the top given they are pricey. I am giving them a poor review because we called to make reservations for 11 people for my...More

Thank Kelle D
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

This place had great reviews but I should have read them all as the atmosphere was dark and old. Wait staff was great but whitefish was underdone and watery. Best part of meal was the seafood chowder. Though at 10 dollars a bowl it was...More

Thank dman8888
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

We were afraid they weren't open when we arrived. Used to be quite hopping and a wait in the bar some nights. We were able to sit by the fireplace in the bar area & it was quite cozy. We came purposefully due to half-off...More

1  Thank Dawn M
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Had a business dinner here. The server was good and attentive. Ordered the scrod in parchment with scallops and shrimp and brussels sprouts. Top notch meal. Others in our group had steaks and chicken. All liked their meals. The decor could use updating, but that...More

Thank Timothy B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
USD 10 - USD 33
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4525 W Kl Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49006-6253
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kalamazoo County  >  Kalamazoo
  • Phone Number: +1 269-375-3650
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Locally owned and operated, the Great Lakes Shipping Company opened its doors to Kalamazoo in June of 1974. Offering the area's first taste of slow-roasted prime rib, choice aged steaks and a unique salad bar, Great Lakes was an immediate and welcome success. That tradition has continued with the addition of fresh seafood, chicken, and pasta. The Great Lakes Shipping Company has evolved within a philosophy of providing creative preparations of high quality foods and professional service in a relaxed, comfortable environment. In our latest menu, we've combined regional favorites and updated classics. As always, our commitment to quality remains uncompromised. Our dining room serves dinner seven days a week beginning at five o'clock each day, while the tavern opens at four Monday through Friday. Sorry, we're not open for lunch. We spend all day making sure your dinner will be perfect. So whether you're celebrating a special occasion with a bottle of cabernet next to one of our dining room fireplaces, or its just a quick trip to the salad bar and a sandwich in the tavern after a show, you can always count on the Great Lakes Shipping Company, a Kalamazoo tradition for over forty years.
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