St. Clair Shores – With gorgeous views of the lake and delicious food to match, it's no wonder everyone in St. Clair Shores knows about Brownie's On The Lake. This relaxing lake-themed restaurant is located on the edge of Emerald City Harbor Marina, making it the closest restaurant, on the Nautical Mile, to Lake St. Clair. However, this was not the original Brownie's location.
Brownie’s has been in the St. Clair Shores community for many years. It was originally located in the Jefferson Beach Marina next door. After many years there, including surviving a fire, it was closed down and replaced by another restaurant. In the 2000s, the Joe Vicari Restaurant Group purchased the building in Emerald City Harbor and decided to re-open the classic restaurant.
The whole restaurant has a nautical theme, with several life rings from local boats hanging on the walls. They have a large outdoor patio that looks out over the marina, as well as a covered patio for you to sit in as well. The building itself was originally a Quonset hut where boats were repaired. In fact, one of the boats they were fixing still resides in the restaurant today as a unique piece of decor.
As you might expect with the restaurant being on the water, they offer quite a bit of seafood, including local favorites like perch and walleye. They are known for their Brownie’s Burger and for their cheesecake, which is still made using the original recipe.
With over 1,000 feet of seawall, this St. Clair Shores restaurant is well-equipped to handle the busy boat crowd, and they also have a regular parking lot for customers who drive to therel.
They have nightly live entertainment and many special events throughout the summer. Currently, they are offering dine-in and take-out service following all social distancing best practices. They are currently open for dinner service during the week and both lunch and dinner service Friday through Sunday.
If you would like to check out Brownie’s, they are located at 24214 Jefferson Ave. in St. Clair Shores, MI.