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Cliff's Boathouse Cafe

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301 Hamilton St, Racine, WI 53402-4952
+1 262-633-1767
Sun 08:00 - 13:00
Thu 06:00 - 13:00
Fri 06:00 - 20:00
Sat 07:00 - 13:00
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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307 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

This was one of the best stops we made in Racine. This tiny family run restaurant did not disappoint. The food was fresh, cooked to order and delicious. We loved their potato pancakes, just like Dad used to make. Can't wait to go back.

Thank hjensen90
Racine, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Simply the best. Sites of slaw and secret recipe potatoe pancakes make the wait worth it. Seating is very limited but Cliff's has a huge following.

Thank Mary C K
Racine, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Reminds me of a fish fry from the 1960's when my family would go out every Friday. Excellent service and great food!

Thank Gary K
Racine, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Cosy place, excellent service in a fun unique nautical atmosphere . Food is plentiful and known for their potato pancakes.

Thank Ehshelton
Racine, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Great service and we LOVE their potato pancakes.....you can't go wrong for any of the breakfast offerings. Small place but cozy.

Thank ConRich106
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103 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

I tried the pancakes for the first time during my most recent visit and I was not disappointed. The portions are always generous and I always leave full. This is my first time not ordering the potato pancakes and I missed having them! Mark is great. Make sure you have cash. It's a local gem.

1 Thank EmilyQuinny
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Delicious food, affordable prices, and friendly staff are all reasons I would return to this tiny restaurant.

1 Thank Michelle B
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Our grandparents have a yacht here in Racine and we try to come up at least once a year. Cliffs is a must try on Friday night for the fish fry!! Excellent fish, best potatoe pancake, and great potato salad. The service is fantastic! This place looks like a dive from the outside but give it a try! Try applesauce... More 

1 Thank McCarthyFam13
Round Lake, Illinois
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

We have a sailboat at a nearby marina and we heard that we must try this place. They were not wrong. Biscuits are so good. And the potato pancakes are the bomb. We both had breakfast. I want to come back for the fish fry. Remember, cash only and it IS small so patience for waiting is needed.

1 Thank feistygirl_23
Rock Creek, West Virginia
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

If you like potato pancakes like I do...this is the place. If you like a fish fry like I do....again, this is the place. If you like friendly service and are a Packers fan....you simply have to eat here. The absolute local hangout. Go!

Thank John K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 13:00
06:00 - 13:00
06:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 13:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 301 Hamilton St, Racine, WI 53402-4952
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Racine
  • Phone Number: +1 262-633-1767

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