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About Us

The Blue Water Café is located in downtown Grand Marais, Minnesota on the beautiful shores of Lake Superior and is a long time favorite of locals and visitors.  


Blue Water Café is a family owned business and provides a full menu. We serve breakfast all day, lunch, and dinner. Our omelettes have been acknowledged as being one of the top ten in the state of Minnesota. 


Whether you are wanting to shop, dine, relax, fish, ski, hike or sit on the beach, Blue Water Café is located in the middle of everything.


We recently added a vacation rental above the Café that can sleep 6 guests and provides a great view of downtown Grand Marais, Lake Superior and the Sawtooth Mountains. To view our suite and book click here.




"Friendly place near waterfront. Ordered the delicious and not too spicy chicken tortilla soup. Cinnamon peach pie completed our visit. Will go back soon!"



"Great Food. Great waitress. Menu is wonderful and unique. something for everyone. Bumbleberry pie was awesome!"



"Love their breakfast! We've tried many items on the breakfast menu throughout our many visits. Their portions are big, always delicious, and the hasbrowns are cooked perfectly to my liking."

Our History

1920 - 1948

In the 1920’s, Grand Marais quickly became known as an idyllic summer destination. This boom in summer tourism brought new hotels, cafes, clothing stores, and a theatre to downtown Grand Marais.


The history of Blue Water Cafe largely began in 1946, when “Tony’s Eat,” a quaint diner with only five or six stools at the counter, opened where Blue Water Café now stands. In 1948, the name was changed to “Tony’s Lunch” and the building was moved down the street.

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