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Russ Kendall's Smoke House

149 Scenic Dr, Knife River, MN 55609
+1 218-834-5995
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good19%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“smoked fish” (92 reviews)
“crackers” (16 reviews)
“king salmon” (15 reviews)
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149 Scenic Dr, Knife River, MN 55609
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We always get a great snack for the last leg of the trip. They have great quality fish and it is packaged the old school way :)

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank freeze666
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here because I was interested in seeing what smoked fish jerky was. Didn't find it. It was hard to look around this store because the smell of fish was kind of overwhelming and kind of turned me off. The woman behind the counter...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank savytraverlor43323
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just hitting the leftovers from last weekend’s North shore trip. Can’t say enough about the Smoked Whitefish and Lake Trout. Located on the scenic drive this place puts out some great products. I have been to many such places in the area and Russ Kendall’s...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank meand2015
Reviewed 12 November 2018 via mobile

We have been here twice! The owner and his family are so nice.. true Minnesotans... the salmon spread is unbelievable!!! We had the sugar cured salmon and trout this time and omg!! They ruin it for all other smokehouses because it is completely above anything...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 230kaylah
Reviewed 15 October 2018

Last Saturday my son and I decided to take a day trip to the North Shore to do among other things; 1) see the fall colors, 2) stop in at Russ Kendall's and 3) take a plunge in the balmy 45-degree waters of Lake Superior....More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank kerrysly1
Reviewed 20 September 2018

Kendall's was the place my parents stopped to get their smoked fish when we went up the shore and the last place we shopped on the way home. I first set foot in the place in 1953. People ( and Gourmet magazine) love their salmon...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank wjhiebert
Reviewed 3 September 2018

If you love smoked fish then do not miss this place. We always make a point to stop here and pick up several fish. We love the smoked salmon especially.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank SunnyInMN
Reviewed 28 August 2018

This place is a family owned business, and has been around for decades. They really know how to do things right. The whitefish and ciscos are awesome. They catch fresh Lake Superior fish and smoke it daily. Always one of my favorites. Buy some fish...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Susan J
Reviewed 22 August 2018

Excellent selection and quality of smoked fish. We prefer the classic King Salmon as the standard bearer for a smoked fish house, but the herring, trout, and other varieties are spot on. Our comparison to best smoked fish houses is Bortell's in Pentwater, Michigan -...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank serendipity821
Reviewed 15 August 2018

Their smoked fish is no comparison. Retail bought stuff is junk compared to what they have. I don't even know if I can top that compliment with anything. I travel miles just to go here for their fish. You will not find any better Minnesotan...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank MidwestChick27
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Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
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Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
09:30 - 17:30
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 149 Scenic Dr, Knife River, MN 55609
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Knife River
  • Phone Number: +1 218-834-5995
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