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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 good20%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“smoked fish” (88 reviews)
“crackers” (16 reviews)
“king salmon” (15 reviews)
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149 Scenic Dr, Knife River, MN 55609
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank SunnyInMN
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Susan J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank serendipity821
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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

Thank MidwestChick27
Reviewed 13 August 2018

A small hole in the wall shop that specializes in smoked Salmon,whitefish, cisco and herring . Plus has a little bar adjoining it

Thank JOE E
Reviewed 8 August 2018

This place is located on old 61 in Knife River so either take the old shoreline route or locate the cutover from Hwy 35 to get here. Stop here to load up your picnic basket and cooler with delicious smoked fish, both from Lake Superior...More

Thank Kate C
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

Spectacular fish and cheeses, some great prices compared to Lou's in Two Harbors, (they charge 3.99 per smoked shrimp!), but RK doesn't have shrimp so we stopped at both places. Definitely get the salmon dip. We stopped both up and back from the shore. We...More

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 1 August 2018

This is place is very busy - especially on the weekends. Great local smoked fish and treats like Elsworth Cheese curds and wonder cheeses. Picked up some white fish that was delicious.

Thank MNTraveler13
Reviewed 14 July 2018

Try great food to go at this iconic gem of the North Shore. Kendall's has a great reputation of the best smoked fish as well as cheese, salmon spread, and other food to try!

Thank Carol-Ann B
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

Nice little private owned business that does it's own fish smoking. Stopped in on July13th, 2018 and picked up some smoked king salmon and it was some of the best smoked fish I have ever had If you are in the Two Harbors area stop...More

Thank roger2013427
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
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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