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Great Lakes Shipping Company

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4525 W Kl Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49006-6253
+1 269-375-3650
16:00 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 16:00 - 22:00
Fri 16:00 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Traverse City, Michigan
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54 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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 is minor when the food is so good.

Thank Timothy B
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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93 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

atmosphere was wonderful. the settings were beautiful. The tables were far enough apart that you are comfortable. so many places cram a lot of people into a small space. The staff was polite and knowledgeable. The salad bar was exceptional. The food was hot and the greatest thing about this place was that they gave you time to digest between... More 

Thank Tiggertoyoutoo
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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319 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

We have stopped by here a few times, and the steak has always been amazing. The way they do their menu with the side items has always thrown us for a loop, as it was different than many other places. The atmosphere is that of a higher end place, although we have never dressed up or felt out of place... More 

Thank LifeisTooShort69
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24 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is STILL OPEN! As of July 21 2016. I have eaten at Great Lakes many times and always good ! Great Salad bar, seafood and steaks ! Try the Baked Alaska order a day ahead of time .

Thank Jetjoc777
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Great Lakes, at one time, was great; however, due to the food quality going down, lack of innovative menu items and fewer patrons, this restaurant has closed.

Thank KarenJ1963
jjkalamazoo, General Manager at Great Lakes Shipping Company, responded to this review

Just a correction. We are not closed. We serve dinner nightly from 5pm. The reviewer may have meant the Great Lakes Shipping Co. in Grand Rapids which closed last May. More 

Kalamazoo, Michigan
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38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

Our first clue should have been the lack of business on a Sunday evening. Waitstaff was not well prepared to answer questions. Thought for "house white wine" $8/glass was a bit steep. Steak sandwich was overdone and the cordon bleu was less than good.

Thank altimahart
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

Wife and I decided to get out of town for the night. Being 2 hours away from home I always turn to trip advisor. A lot of the reviews were spot on. Server was attentive but very busy. Took a little longer than expected to place our order. But we were in any hurry as some seemed to be. Food... More 

Thank Bill H
Kalamazoo County, Michigan
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145 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

We went here for a "light" dinner. Had lemon chicken soup and salad bar. The salad bar had all the "good stuff": fresh blue cheese, fresh veggies, great home made dressings, etc. The soup was great too.

Thank 761rickh
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

We love Great Lakes Shipping! I used to live in the area and would stop in just for the salad bar ! But their steaks area outstanding. Wonderful atmosphere - great for a date night.

Thank SaginawCountry
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016 via mobile

The atmosphere is the best part. There's several rooms and fireplaces I most of them. The service is attentive. However, the menu is tired and the food simple to mediocre. The preparations are not consistent; two of us ordered the exact same entree and the came our different. The food is OK but not worth the price they are asking.... More 

Thank chaindog11

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$33
American, Steakhouse, Seafood
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?