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1223 S Harbor Dr, Grand Haven, MI 49417-1750
616-842-5920
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 19
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 25
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Have to agree with the mixed reviews.

I have to agree with all of the reviews that state, "Great View and just ok food." There is not much else you can add to that. Because it is true. If they remodeled and brought more taste to their food, it would be a great place. Would I return. Probably not.

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
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Findlay, Ohio
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English first
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

They probably could do a lot more with the place , change the menu foofy up the decor , hire runway model wait staff but why ? This is a classic beach side restaurant with old school menu and decent drinks. If your looking for gourmet food and the latest wine list go to Chicago . I love this place... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

You cannot beat the atmosphere if you sit out on the deck. The view and sounds are awesome. Only had drinks and appetizers, not too bad. The seafood nachos supreme is pretty tasty. They have a nice list of variety mixed drinks, beer's and wine. The server's did a very nice job for the big groups. Building seems to be... More 

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Torrance, California
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We love the location of the Bil-Mar on the white sand beach of Lake Michigan! We visit West Michigan annually and usually include a dinner at Bil-Mar. Decor is decidedly dated but service is usually top notch and you can't beat the view. The food has been just average in the past. This year our meal was hugely disappointing. For... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Lovely setting, good service, and everyone was pleased with their meals. I had the fish and chips which were quite tasty; my nephew had the nachos which was a huge dish. Several in our group enjoyed hamburgers.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

I have heard negative reviews both written and verbal. I decided to play it safe and order fried food. We sat for 15 minutes before a male server spoke to us, Food came out quickly enough, but I was disappointed in the lackluster unimaginative menu. Our server was more interested in the pretty girls a few tables over than clearing... More 

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Findlay, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I have to agree with all of the reviews that state, "Great View and just ok food." There is not much else you can add to that. Because it is true. If they remodeled and brought more taste to their food, it would be a great place. Would I return. Probably not.

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Hilversum, The Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

great cosy place with super view on the lake.our friends recommended a walleye ,a fish from the lake and that was superb.really a must have eaten.friendly down to earth service together with a great Robert Maldavie Pinot Noir. can add a walleye to my favourites.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I was here with a pretty large group....and they keep up with us very well. The owner presented the history of his location there. My drinks was alwys fresh and cold. The food was very good. The view is simply amazing...may as well be an ocean scene. Enjoy, I did!

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Greenwood Village, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I grew up in GH, and have eaten at the Bil Mar many times over some 50+ years. Now in CO, when I visit, the Bil Mar still holds an amazing attraction for me, and it just never matches up. Located on the beach, it ought to be amazing, and the view is. There's a deck now, and the service... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This is a lake front restaurant with a wide sandy frontage on Lake Michigan. They even have a palm tree. How was the food? Very nice. My wife had the Salmon while I enjoyed a steak. A little pricey but the view makes it worth while.

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Additional Information about Bil-mar Restaurant

Address: 1223 S Harbor Dr, Grand Haven, MI 49417-1750
Phone Number: 616-842-5920
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ottawa County  >  Grand Haven
Open Hours:
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisine: Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1223 S Harbor Dr, Grand Haven, MI 49417-1750
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ottawa County  >  Grand Haven
  • Phone Number: 616-842-5920

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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