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Black River Tavern

403 Phoenix St, South Haven, MI 49090-1309
269-637-4837
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Ranked #15 of 60 restaurants in South Haven
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
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English first
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We went there to the the food. We sat ourselves bear the nearest windows and we had an excellent view of the sun setting over Lake Michigan and the pier! The food was just your average food, some good and some not so good (PASS on the mozerella sticks!). The hard cider on tap was actually good. Regular bar ambience... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Wandered into The tavern last night and ended up staying for 3 hours. I had a wonderful perch sandwich and my son had perch tacos which he raved about.The server was top notch and always checking to see if we needed any thing. They had good beer at reasonable prices and to top it off it was karaoke night along... More

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Bolingbrook, IL
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59 reviews 59 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We visited the Black River Tavern during this years Blueberry Festival and had a very below average experience. The place was about half full but the service was slow. My wife ordered a beer that came out flat - yuk! We ordered the recommended crab cakes and Cajun shrimp and were disappointing. The crab cakes were very crunchy and appeared... More

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Richton Park, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We were in South Haven 2 days and ate at Black River Tavern twice. My husband loved the perch tacos and shared with me the first day. The second day he had perch tacos and I had crab cakes on a pretzel bun and they were also delicious. The cole slaw was crunchy and well seasoned. The servers were friendly... More

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Rochester, Michigan
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107 reviews 107 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Well, we thought this was just a bar. Then we had dinner! The ribs, crab cakes, fish and chips, and even my buffalo chicken salad was absolutely amazing. Go for a drink, but don't hesitate to stay for dinner. The food is delicious.....

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Indiana
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

Some have said it is not suitable for children. I would agree as the inside is very much a bar. However, if you sit outside, very nice setting. Food was excellent!

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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

First trip to South Haven. Very nice town, friendly people, restaurant was the same. Our waitress made great suggestions for fun and food. She even made honest recommendations for other restaurants/bars. Fair prices, decent food (portions were not huge). Music and comedy weekend nights. Some outdoor seating, limited view of the water.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Stopped into the restaurant for a quick and light bite to eat before heading out of town. We got the prime table right in front of the window so we were able to look outside and see everyone walking around. I asked the waitress for her suggestions as I'd never been there before and she suggested the Perch Tacos. EXCELLENT... More

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Augusta, Kansas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

The waitress was horrible. The chicken in the tacos were obviously previously processed and frozen. The prices were inflated for what you got. It was apparent once we received our food why the restaurant wasn't busy at lunch time.

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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I have eaten at this restaurant several times and it never disappoints. It's a bar with GREAT food. The atmosphere is "bar-ish" but it the wait staff is warm and helpful. The lake perch basket, tacos, whatever is AWESOME. It is soooo flakey and tender you can barely pick it up with a fork. I have tried several things and... More

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