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403 Phoenix St, South Haven, MI 49090
+1 269-637-4837
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11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night Food, Late Night
Description: 2 GREAT BARS...ONE GREAT LOCATION! OVERLOOKING HARBOR AND LAKE MICHIGAN...
2 GREAT BARS...ONE GREAT LOCATION! OVERLOOKING HARBOR AND LAKE MICHIGAN! DAILY FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS OUTDOOR SEATING AVAILABLE FEATURING LIVE MUSIC WEEKENDS PROFESSIONAL STAND-UP COMEDY FEATURING NATIONALLY-TOURING HEADLINING COMEDIANS EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT! VOTED "BEST OF 2014"... *BAR FOOD *LIVE ENTERTAINMENT *BEER SELECTION *SPECIALTY DRINKS
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Visitor rating
  • 34
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great burger!!!

We stopped in on a very rainy day for lunch, not expecting much. But WOW, what a burger!!!!! Tender, juicy and flavorful. The fries were perfectly seasoned too. Our server was a character and fun to joke around with. A very pleasant way to pass a rainy lunch.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
DurangoRocks
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Durango, Colorado
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Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Durango, Colorado
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

We stopped in on a very rainy day for lunch, not expecting much. But WOW, what a burger!!!!! Tender, juicy and flavorful. The fries were perfectly seasoned too. Our server was a character and fun to joke around with. A very pleasant way to pass a rainy lunch.

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Springfield, IL
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Black River Tavern was the place we loved most to frequent. The staff was super friendly and remembered us each time there. They have a super great comedy thing going downstairs on saturday nites which was a blast. The food was great and the drinks better! Would have loved to have the patio opened but not memorial day yet!!! More... More 

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South Haven, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

There are many places in South Haven that boast "best perch". BRT has bragging rights in my opinion. I have been fishing Lake Michigan for perch for 40 years and get my fair share of the freshest you can get. I have had it cooked countless ways by countless people. None of the perch served in South Haven comes directly... More 

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Bryan, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We got to South Haven about two times every summer and we always hit this place up. It looks like a very local meeting spot but everyone is very welcoming and fun. The food is great, I especially love the pulled pork, but I haven't had anything that wasn't great off their menu. The servers are usually great people for... More 

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ann arbor
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

If you're looking for a great bar to catch a game or people watch, this is it. Whether there is 2 people in there, or 100 people in there, it is a great spot. The bartenders are friendly, the atmosphere is fun, and you can always relax and enjoy yourself there.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This place sits just above the river downtown. The burger was really good. Cold beers and a fun, laid back scene. We went back on Saturday night for live music and the place was jamming. The staff was great both times.

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Lansing, Michigan, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We had lunch here on a Saturday. We all asked for extra crispy french fries, and boy were they good! I also had the crab cake sliders - excellent. We also came back in the evening for the Comedy Club. The two warm-up acts were only so-so, but the headliner was hilarious. We highly recommend this.

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maxxyscott, Owner at Black River Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Black River Tavern and thank you for the kind words. Hope to see you again soon! More 

Stevensville, Michigan
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Check out their comidy night . Can't go wrong. Food is good and pricing fair. Make sure you call before you go they fill up fast

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Rochester, Michigan
Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We return to BRT every time we visit and were sad to learn the menu has changed - service was slow and our food was cold when it arrived. Hope they can recover from losing their star chef who made amazing sauces and the best baked beans ever.....

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maxxyscott, Owner at Black River Tavern, responded to this review

Please note we HAVE NOT changed Chefs and we expect to provide the same quality food each and every visit. We do make changes to the menu seasonally and unfortunately one of the things that needs to come off in the winter is the baked beans. Our food is made fresh daily and some items fall victim to slower seasonal... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014 via mobile

Went to watch college football, but was pleasantly surprised with the delicious food. Spicy shrimp appetizer was delicious and the perch was top notch, not greasy or heavy breading. Sides of vinegar based cole slaw and baked beans really good. Live band and met some fun people.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 403 Phoenix St, South Haven, MI 49090
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Van Buren County  >  South Haven
  • Phone Number: +1 269-637-4837

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

2 GREAT BARS...ONE GREAT LOCATION! OVERLOOKING HARBOR AND LAKE MICHIGAN! DAILY FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS OUTDOOR SEATING AVAILABLE FEATURING LIVE MUSIC WEEKENDS PROFESSIONAL STAND-UP COMEDY FEATURING NATIONALLY-TOURING HEADLINING COMEDIANS EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT! VOTED "BEST OF 2014"... *BAR FOOD *LIVE ENTERTAINMENT *BEER SELECTION *SPECIALTY DRINKS
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?