Midwest Living Review
Dockside has a lot going for it. The restaurant sits along the sparkling Saginaw River and boasts a tiered deck that cascades three levels down to its famous dock. When the weather is great, this al fresco dining can’t be beat. Even if you’re driven inside by the weather, you won’t be disappointed. The restaurant is spacious, full of attractive woodwork and furnished with a few walls of wine storage. Eight flat-screen televisions satisfy sports-minded patrons.
This is a casual joint, which means you’ll find loads of appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas and salads on the menu, in addition to the burgers Dockside is best known for (most items run $6 to $10). For an extra $2.50, you can upgrade any hamburger to a Pat La Frieda Burger, named for a company that creates fresh custom burger blends for many area restaurants. The Dockside version features a mix of Black Angus cuts, short rib and chuck. There's also a small selection of entrees to consider, including lake perch, whitefish, ribs and a house sirloin ($14 to $25).
A full bar lists local brews on tap and a decent list of specialty drinks. For a casual burger joint, the wine list is enormous, with more than 200 varieties to choose from including ice wines, Bordeaux, Malbecs, moscatos and Michigan wines. Customers can buy wine by the glass, but it’s often much more fun and affordable to purchase a whole bottle (starting at $8) to sip outside on the deck.