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11 Superb Spots for Seafood in Ann Arbor

Fried perch, smoked salmon, hamachi tacos, and more

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Tacos at Black Pearl.
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Being surrounded by the Great Lakes and with fast, reliable distributors from the coasts, Michigan has ample availability of fresh seafood. There are lots of great spots serving up fish and shellfish around Ann Arbor ranging from casual seafood markets slinging sandwiches to sushi restaurants artfully preparing raw seafood. Below find a guide to some of the best and most beloved spots for seafood in Tree Town.

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1. Common Grill

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112 S Main St
Chelsea, MI 48118
(734) 475-0470
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This downtown Chelsea restaurant is helmed by chef Craig Common, who worked with a restaurant group that operated multiple seafood restaurants before blazing his own path at Common Grill. An all-domestic wine list accompanies classic American seafood dishes such as Maryland crab cakes, fried perch, and broiled whitefish.

A plate of raw oysters with lemon and sauce at the center. Common Grill [Official photo]

2. Mac's Acadian Seafood Shack

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104 E Michigan Ave
Saline, MI 48176
(734) 944-6227
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Downtown Saline is home to this nod to Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole cuisines. Mac’s menu offers options like seafood gumbo and shrimp and crawfish étouffée alongside other Southern specialties and seafood favorites.  

3. Godaiko Japanese Restaurant

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3115 Oak Valley Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 930-2880
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In addition to excellent sushi, Godaiko’s menu also includes items such as cedar plank unagi and soft shell crab buns. Daily two-for-one sushi roll specials and an extensive drink menu keep regulars coming back.

A plate of tuna sashimi arranged in a flower shape with a rosette at the center made from tuna. Godaiko [Official photo]

4. Black Pearl

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302 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 222-0400
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While a selection of fresh oysters are always available, it’s Black Pearl’s award-winning fish tacos that have become legendary in Ann Arbor and beyond. Other popular seafood items include the caramel apple salmon, roasted scallops, and tuna tartare. 

A plate of vegetable slaw with a stack of thinly sliced seared tuna. Black Pearl [Official photo]

5. Real Seafood Company Ann Arbor

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341 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 769-5960
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Ann Arborites have been flocking to this popular downtown seafood restaurant for close to 40 years.   Real Seafood has the widest variety of catches prepared in styles from around the world.  

Halibut steak with a mango chutney sits on a bed of rice. Real Seafood [Official photo]

6. Durham's Tracklements and Smokery

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212 E Kingsley St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 930-6642
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TR Durham was well-known on the East Coast prior to moving to Ann Arbor 12 years ago. He continues to produce nationally-acclaimed smoked salmon in a variety of flavors in this small, easy-to-miss location inside Kerrytown.

7. Monahan's Seafood Market

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407 N 5th Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 662-5118
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A surefire way to get the freshest seafood dishes is to go straight to the fishmonger. This Kerrytown seafood market serves lunch Monday through Saturday and features classic chowders, salmon burgers, shrimp rémoulade sandwiches, and other dishes that highlight fresh ingredients.

A fried fish sandwich on a paper plate with tartare sauce. Monahan’s Seafood [Official photo]

8. Taste Kitchen

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521 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 369-4241
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Taste’s elegant food features a sophisticated marrying of Vietnamese flavors with classic French methods. The restaurant’s fresh seafood selection ranges from an intricate scallop ceviche to a hearty seafood laksa — a rich and spicy curry stew.

9. Gandy Dancer

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401 Depot St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 769-0592
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Housed in a 19th century train station, this landmark is a go-to spot for special celebrations in Ann Arbor. Diners come here for a wide selection of seafood dishes with classic preparations like planked salmon and snapper Hemingway as the occasional train whizzes by.

The stone-walled dining room at Gandy Dancer has four-top tables draped in white tablecloths. Gandy Dancer [Official photo]

10. Slurping Turtle

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608 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 887-6868
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This downtown eatery serves sushi and other Japanese comfort food items. The hamachi taco — a crisp taro root shell with yellowtail tartare topped with a truffle-soy sauce — is a can’t miss item.

Three taro root shell hamachi tacos. John Reyes

11. PoCai

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1232 Packard St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 780-7359
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For those looking for a quick meal, this casual restaurant serves poke bowls with a choice of tuna, salmon, or tofu. Seating is limited in Pocai’s small corner storefront, so all menu items are designed to be hand-held for eating on-the-go.

Sauce is drizzled into a poke bowl cup. Pocai [Official image]

1. Common Grill

112 S Main St, Chelsea, MI 48118
A plate of raw oysters with lemon and sauce at the center. Common Grill [Official photo]

This downtown Chelsea restaurant is helmed by chef Craig Common, who worked with a restaurant group that operated multiple seafood restaurants before blazing his own path at Common Grill. An all-domestic wine list accompanies classic American seafood dishes such as Maryland crab cakes, fried perch, and broiled whitefish.

112 S Main St
Chelsea, MI 48118

2. Mac's Acadian Seafood Shack

104 E Michigan Ave, Saline, MI 48176

Downtown Saline is home to this nod to Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole cuisines. Mac’s menu offers options like seafood gumbo and shrimp and crawfish étouffée alongside other Southern specialties and seafood favorites.  

104 E Michigan Ave
Saline, MI 48176

3. Godaiko Japanese Restaurant

3115 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
A plate of tuna sashimi arranged in a flower shape with a rosette at the center made from tuna. Godaiko [Official photo]

In addition to excellent sushi, Godaiko’s menu also includes items such as cedar plank unagi and soft shell crab buns. Daily two-for-one sushi roll specials and an extensive drink menu keep regulars coming back.

3115 Oak Valley Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

4. Black Pearl

302 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
A plate of vegetable slaw with a stack of thinly sliced seared tuna. Black Pearl [Official photo]

While a selection of fresh oysters are always available, it’s Black Pearl’s award-winning fish tacos that have become legendary in Ann Arbor and beyond. Other popular seafood items include the caramel apple salmon, roasted scallops, and tuna tartare. 

302 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

5. Real Seafood Company Ann Arbor

341 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Halibut steak with a mango chutney sits on a bed of rice. Real Seafood [Official photo]

Ann Arborites have been flocking to this popular downtown seafood restaurant for close to 40 years.   Real Seafood has the widest variety of catches prepared in styles from around the world.  

341 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

6. Durham's Tracklements and Smokery

212 E Kingsley St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

TR Durham was well-known on the East Coast prior to moving to Ann Arbor 12 years ago. He continues to produce nationally-acclaimed smoked salmon in a variety of flavors in this small, easy-to-miss location inside Kerrytown.

212 E Kingsley St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

7. Monahan's Seafood Market

407 N 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
A fried fish sandwich on a paper plate with tartare sauce. Monahan’s Seafood [Official photo]

A surefire way to get the freshest seafood dishes is to go straight to the fishmonger. This Kerrytown seafood market serves lunch Monday through Saturday and features classic chowders, salmon burgers, shrimp rémoulade sandwiches, and other dishes that highlight fresh ingredients.

407 N 5th Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

8. Taste Kitchen

521 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Taste’s elegant food features a sophisticated marrying of Vietnamese flavors with classic French methods. The restaurant’s fresh seafood selection ranges from an intricate scallop ceviche to a hearty seafood laksa — a rich and spicy curry stew.

521 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

9. Gandy Dancer

401 Depot St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
The stone-walled dining room at Gandy Dancer has four-top tables draped in white tablecloths. Gandy Dancer [Official photo]

Housed in a 19th century train station, this landmark is a go-to spot for special celebrations in Ann Arbor. Diners come here for a wide selection of seafood dishes with classic preparations like planked salmon and snapper Hemingway as the occasional train whizzes by.

401 Depot St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

10. Slurping Turtle

608 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Three taro root shell hamachi tacos. John Reyes

This downtown eatery serves sushi and other Japanese comfort food items. The hamachi taco — a crisp taro root shell with yellowtail tartare topped with a truffle-soy sauce — is a can’t miss item.

608 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

11. PoCai

1232 Packard St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Sauce is drizzled into a poke bowl cup. Pocai [Official image]

For those looking for a quick meal, this casual restaurant serves poke bowls with a choice of tuna, salmon, or tofu. Seating is limited in Pocai’s small corner storefront, so all menu items are designed to be hand-held for eating on-the-go.

1232 Packard St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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