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Blue Water Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Diner, American, Cafe
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20 W Wisconsin St, Grand Marais, MN 55604-5017
+1 218-387-1597
07:00 - 14:00
Open now
All hours
Sun - Mon 07:00 - 14:00
Tue 07:00 - 19:00
Wed - Thu 07:00 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 19:00
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My favorite place for breakfast in Grand Marais. Not bad for lunch and dinner but they do close early. So if you want to round off your northshore experience with a breakfast of eggs, hash browns and walley and of course all the classics then go.. They also are supposed to have amazing cinnamon rolls but I don't care about... More 

Thank Hugh M
Toronto, Canada
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119 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whether you are looking for breakfast , lunch or dinner this gen tacked away by the water offers all of the above. #1 - #6 all great breakfast items . On your own or with the family , make sure to stop and eat at this old fashion restaurant .

Thank Oscar R
St. Johns, Florida
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the Blue Water Cafe for late lunch in mid Oct 2016. A tour bus had also stopped earlier but service was fast, efficient and of the best quality. Unique menu with a variety of items to choose from. My husband got the meatloaf sandwich and I had the turkey berry melt on sourdough with cornbeef and cabbage soup.... More 

Thank Cheryl S
Elk River, Minnesota
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We made a stop in Grand Marais on our way to Thunderbay Canada. This little restaurant had delicious food and a nice atmosphere. My sister and I shared the chicken bacon panini and my husband had this giant sandwich with two grilled cheeses and a hamburger patty with onions and pickles all smashed into a giant burger! He loved it:)... More 

Thank angiebaby007
Thunder Bay, Canada
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I love this place all ways has good home cooked food. They have a pot of porridge for breakfast!mmmm

Thank Pmoore1st
Maple Grove, Minnesota
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65 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Early morning is pretty quiet in Grand Marais, but there was a waiting line to get a table at the Blue Water Cafe. This is a classic home town cafe with combo of booths and table. Not very big, but the food is outstanding and very reasonably priced. I had blueberry pancakes and sausage and my wife had eggs Benedict.... More 

Thank NorthernExpat
Kenora, Canada
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63 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We stopped here for lunch and noted the Trip Advisor Logo...We were given menus on sitting, and our order taken quickly. We ordered Fish & Chips which were steaming hot and very tasty.

Thank Marion J
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We had a party of six so needed to put two tables together but waitress told us we could not do that. There were signs all over the place to seat yourself so we arranged what we needed but were told we could not sit there so we left. Will not go back.

1 Thank jb8885
Sauk Rapids, Minnesota
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128 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

The place in town to get my morning coffee, eggs, hashbrowns and toast fix. The local gathering spot for morning coffee and the locals are happy to share with the tourists!

Thank JanieD67
Grand Forks, North Dakota
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

I've been to the Blue Water Cafe many times for breakfast after trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The food and service have always been outstanding, so a recent trip to Grand Marais lead me back for another great breakfast.

Thank Joel S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 3 - USD 12
Diner, American, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 W Wisconsin St, Grand Marais, MN 55604-5017
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Grand Marais
  • Phone Number: +1 218-387-1597
Family friendly cafe where the locals go! It's "The Meeting Place In Grand Marais". We serve breakfast all day.

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