Clarklake, MI

The New Eagle's Nest Bar & Grill in Clarklake, Michigan Celebrates Lake Life

Tracy Stengel

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View of the Eagle's Nest from the lake.Photo via Eagle's Nest Bar & Grill Facebook page.

The community flocked to the Eagle’s Nest Bar & Grill in Clarklake this past weekend and an out-of-towner would never have guessed it’s only been open for a month. The efficient staff seemed to glide through the crowd gracefully, as if they had been working there a decade — when the original Eagle’s Nest restaurant closed.

A lot of things have changed since then. From 2012–2020, it was a fine dining establishment named The Pointe. Guests at the new Eagle’s Nest have traded their high heels and tailored shirts for flip flops and T-shirts. The vibe is fun and beachy, casual, and unpretentious. You’ll notice the change when you walk in the door. The hostess station is festooned with a tiki roof, and Jimmy Buffet-style signs point the way to Dining, Cocktails, and Tiki Bar.

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The new hostess station.Photo courtesy of the author.

In the main bar area, gone is the sunken bar and oversized clunky chairs on wheels. In its place is a long bar with high-top chairs which provides more seating. Propellers and colorful wakeboards/surfboards make up the décor. The dining room displays vintage bicycles on a high ledge and waterskies attached to the ceiling beams.

On “the porch,” a glassed-in room separate from the dining room, offers the same spectacular views of Clark Lake. Now, along with plenty of tables for those dining in, is a brand-new bar with chairs facing the water. It’s perfect for folks who just want to pop in for a cocktail or maybe watch a game on one of the large TV screens.

Outside on the patio, people can eat at the umbrellaed tables or sit at the large outdoor, U-shaped bar with a tiki roof. There’s plenty of room for bands and dancing. And as always — the Eagle’s Nest is the best place to witness a gorgeous Clark Lake sunset!

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Clark Lake sunset.Photo courtesy of the author.

The menu has something for everyone. Appetizers include Mexican Street Corn Dip, wings, and mozzarella cheese sticks. There are several salads to choose from and they are all available as a wrap. If you’re in the mood for a burger or sandwich, there are plenty of options. My husband and I were there for dinner. I had the salmon. It was moist and tasty. He had the shrimp dinner and loved the sweet and spicy dipping sauce. Our cocktails were expertly mixed — we highly recommend the margaritas!

Jim and Maureen Gray, residents of Napoleon, were there for the first time since the grand opening. “Everything was delicious,” Jim said. “The service was excellent. We’ve missed coming here. The remodel is fantastic, and you can’t beat the view. We will definitely be back.”

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The friendly bartender showing off the new bar.Photo courtesy of the author.

Steve Deland, also of Napoleon, came by motorcycle. “I’ve been here over a dozen times already and had a great experience every time.” When asked what on the menu was good, he grinned and said, “Everything!”

When you’re looking for a happening place to go with an upbeat atmosphere and want to get a taste of lake life, head to the Eagle’s Nest! You won’t be disappointed!

If you’ve been to the Eagle’s Nest on Clark Lake, tell me what you liked the most in the comments!

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