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Heidi Phillips
· February 17, 2018
AMAZING FOOD!!!! This place offers such a great menu and such a wide variety of fresh (and vegan and gluten free!!!) meal options... I am already looking forward to the next trip and what I am going t...o get ���

(And as someone with chronic digestive issues I am SO GRATEFUL for somewhere to eat that the MAJORITY of the menu I can eat and enjoy---> its not often I find a place like this. Thank You to the owners and the chefs �)
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Jamie Jiggens - Swales
· August 25, 2017
Stopped in while walking down the street Awesome food and service. Highly recommend!! We will definitely come back next time we are in town. I noticed several other reviews saying slow service. Not... the case with us. Also if your in a hurry then a sit down restaurant in a tourist area on a holiday weekend probably isn't your best bet. See More
Kirsten Thompson
· September 2, 2017
Enjoyed every bit of our meal. Our server was fun and was happy to answer all our questions. They made some modifications to be gluten free with no trouble. Highly recommended!
Cristi Johnson
· July 21, 2017
Easily one of the highlights of Alpena! When people ask what to do & where to go in Alpena I always point them in the direction of the Fresh Palate. The Bloody Mary bar is fabulous, the food is unique..., the pizzas are amazing & the staff is friendly and welcoming. This is one of the spots that makes Downtown Alpena a better place to visit, live & belong. See More
Debra Alduwaisan
· July 6, 2017
As in the past, waited a long time to get drinks even though there were very few tables in the restaurant. Waitress seemed uninterested. We requested a napkin and flatware as we were short one set, ...waitress brought us a stack of cocktail napkins .... when we asked if we could have a dinner napkin and flatware she acted as if she was surprised. We ordered more drinks and were served one person's drink. When second person asked where her drink was, waitress didn't know that we had ordered for both of us. Really? Sad service. Twenty minutes short of dinner menu. We requested a small plate from dinner menu, asked if chef/owner would agree to make it for us, and were informed his answer was "No". Twenty minutes? Okay. With the Owl next door serving superior food and definately superior service, we will be going there from now on. No excuse for this shoddy experience, repeatedly, at the Palate. See More
Michelle Misel-French
· July 4, 2017
We have always loved the food at The Fresh Palate whenever we're in town for a visit. It's my absolute favorite and am so thrilled Alpena has a great place to eat when I come home for a visit. Last ni...ght was the only time I was disappointed with our serivice. It was incredibly busy and we waited an hour for food. Just not prepared enough for the holiday traffic! Wait staff handled it well and the food was still amazing!!!! See More
Ellen Wood
· September 2, 2017
Amazing local food! The pork tenderloin came from the Alpena General Store and melted in my mouth with its blueberry merlot sauce and all. Perfect!
Gavin Deemter
· July 2, 2017
Very High Prices: $13 for burger $12 for a wrap $8 for a grilled cheese (talk about waste of money) for a small amount of food that was mediocre quality at best. Terrible service wait staff only prior...itized the people who order alcohol. Took way longer to get food then needed for the amount you get. Pop was also watered down and over priced. See More
Adam J. Minnick
· July 8, 2017
My favorite restaurant in Alpena by far! I visit every time I come home.

The vegetarian options are delicious, the downtown location with indoor and outdoor seating is lovely, and the staff is top n...otch. Do yourself a favor and dine at The Fresh Palate next time you're in town. See More
Robert Leopard
· June 25, 2017
Wonderful & imaginative menu. There were twelve of us & we were well cared for. Everyone loved everything from soup to dessert.
Some reviewers complained that it was slow.
If you want fast go to McD...onald's.
If you want the best food in Alpena come to The Fresh Palate.
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Heather N Brendan Maroney
· April 30, 2017
Even though he is my brother in law, it does not weigh in on my thoughts of the fresh palate. When I think about going out to eat or taking my wife out on a date it is the fresh palate that comes firs...t to mind. Great food, beautiful atmosphere, and lovely people, keep up the great work at this amazing gem found in the little town of Alpena Eric. (Brendan) See More
Traci St Charles Boyle
· April 30, 2017
Last night Eric hosted the after party for the Shipwreck Alley Rollers and he did a phenomenal job! The food was top notch, the service was fast and friendly and we had ALOT of people. I cannot say en...ough good about The Fresh Palate. Eric goes above and beyond for his customers and I have never had a bad experience in the dozens of times I've eaten there personally. Highly recommend! 👍🏻👍🏻 See More
Robyn Pillinger Daniels
· May 17, 2017
The summer sun salad was great, only thing I like to put my own dressing on. Got sweet potato, chicken, leek soup I tried really hard to like it, but after 4-5 spoons I just couldn't do it, had a spic...e that just didn't taste good to me. But I will be back and try other stuff next time I'm in town. Was traveling for work. See More
Lori Yarema Przymusinski
· August 25, 2017
Delicious and fresh food. Many choices that are healthy. Vegan and GF options too.
David Howell
· January 25, 2017
Came to Alpena on an impulsive drive last week and happened upon this restaurant. What an absolutely pleasant discovery. The food and atmosphere was awesome. We couldn't have been more pleased with th...e experience and will come back for sure.

It is rare to find restaurants in Northern Michigan which offer this kind of variety in quality food. The Chicory Cafe in Rogers City was very similar. They, greatly disappointingly, have closed. May your restaurant never close.

p.s., I had the FLAMIN D Burrito - very tasty. Could have been a tad hotter for my taste :) and a tad wetter too. But it was so good. :)
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Dylan Masters
· May 12, 2017
My best friend and I had stopped by for dinner on our way back home from upstate. I had the Hippie Longstocking. I must say it was absolutely amazing, all the flavors at play were well balanced and th...e rosemary just added this extra undertone that just blew me away. I definitely intend to stop in again, and hopefully with family who'd feel the same. I cant remember what my bestie had, it was like a cheesy noodle dish with all sorts of fresh veggies. He really loved it as well. See More
Jennifer Schubbe
· December 1, 2017
Excellent! I very much look forward to going back. I came with a large party & everyone was very satisfied with everything. Several of the party were repeat customers.
Steve Mielke
· June 23, 2017
My Wife her sister and some of their coworkers were in the other evening, after enjoying their meals and while finishing their drinks chatting abit, the hostess came over and pretty much told them the...y had to hurry up cause there was four women who just came in and wanted their table, even though there was other tables available. Kinda rude ha. See More
Casey Smith
· July 7, 2017
Hands down the best restaurant in Northern Michigan. The food is original, healthy and amazing!!!
Scott Ouellette
· June 17, 2017
Just celebrated our 39th Anniversary at The Fresh Palate!! We had the best dinner!! Food is outstanding, service great, good atmosphere. Incredible layers of flavor! This is the VERY BEST food in Nort...hern Michigan!! Thanks to Eric and his Great staff for another wonderful dining experience!!! See More
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