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The Ideal Place

212 Territorial Rd, Benton Harbor, MI
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Cuisines: International
Dining options: Reservations
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90% Recommend
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English first
Chicago, IL
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54 reviews 54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

After a fun experience at the 12 Corners Winery, Linda, I, and a couple friends swung over to downtown Benton Harbor for dinner at The Ideal Place. When we first drove down the street, the facade was hardly noticeable, but when we walked through the door, we felt the friendly vibe of this upscale Michigan eatery. The design, both modern... More

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St. Joe, MI
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Party of seven, great food. One lady had a severely overcooked steak. Typically she did not want to complain, and said, OH, Its OK. The server noticed the mistake saying, That is not medium rare or even near and apologized profusely. When the check came, everything she had, including drinks and appetizers was removed from the bill. That gesture was... More

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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79 reviews 79 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

First, the food was absolutely delicious. Hadn't eaten all day, was ready to fix that, and was not disappointed. Started with the gumbo, which was modestly spicy, but very flavorful. The beet salad was great, with loads of feta cheese and a zesty balsamic dressing. I ordered the pork saltimbocca, and it was very nice, with slightly thick slices of... More

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Bentonville, Arkansas
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

From the moment we walked in, the bartendar was lively, and more than accomodating. Once our party began to arrive we moved to a table with a group of around 12. We ordered a variety of appetizers to pass around. Everyting was excellent. I am not a sea food fan, but I went back for more! Everyones meal looked amazing.... More

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Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

The first time I visited, I admit I wasn't very impressed with the food. Service was good and the atmosphere is hip and date-worthy, but I had the BBQ shrimp and thought they were unpleasantly bitter (overcooked? Too much hoppy beer in the sauce?). However, I gave The Ideal Place another try with some friends, and everything was pretty darn... More

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

This really is a jewel of a restaurant; I only regret I didn't drive a block further from the library than I have in the past few years because I've clearly missed some amazing meals. It's possible that they're trying harder to impress because they're in Benton Harbor; the St. Joe restaurants can rest on the laurels of their location... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I have driven by this restaurant and never noticed it till a friend recommended it. There is not a lot of outside to draw attention to it but don't miss the chance to eat here. Can be a bit noisy but the food is great.

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Good food/wine menu, ambiance and service. They always go the extra mile to make your experience exceptional. They understand what are the elements of a good meal. A blessing to have a restaurant like this in such a small town.

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Central Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

We picked this restaurant based on it's high Trip Advisor reviews and were not disappointed. It is a fairly small restaurant in an out of the way area of Benton Harbor. The menu changes nightly and the offerings range from obviously gourmet to some excellent takes on good ol' comfort food. They take reservations and we were seated immediately. The... More

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

We cannot speak highly enough of this wonderful restaurant. Everyone, from the bartender, to all of the waitstaff, even those who were not waiting on our table and the manager REALLY gets what hospitality and meeting the unexpressed desires of the customers If that were not enough, the food was fantastic. There were 4 of us. We had two different... More

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