We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Idler Restaurant

Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
515 Williams St, South Haven, MI 49090-2513
269-637-8435
Website
Add hours for Idler Restaurant and help diners know when to go.
+ Add hours
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 105 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 17
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Riverboat Fun & Party Atmosphere

great entertaining view from upper deck or private dining rooms below deck. Service was excellent. We ate on the upper deck. Burgers were as ordered and served hot. Remember this is a Riverboat with bar type food and not a 6 course dining experience. The boat was clean and staff try hard to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
Helen-Dan
,
Brighton, MI
Add Photo Write a Review

105 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Brighton, MI
Level Contributor
70 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

great entertaining view from upper deck or private dining rooms below deck. Service was excellent. We ate on the upper deck. Burgers were as ordered and served hot. Remember this is a Riverboat with bar type food and not a 6 course dining experience. The boat was clean and staff try hard to make sure you have a good experience.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Key Largo, Florida
Level Contributor
36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The Idler river boat is moored on the river in downtown South Haven, MI. It offers upstairs outside dining along with a bar. The specialty drink is a "SH(X)T" South Haven Ice Tea. These are basically a long island ice tea served in a large glass. The drink is great, and the view is terrific. You can set and watch... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Indiana
Level Contributor
57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is a great old paddle boat, now restaurant. Upper deck is great for cocktails, can get hot. But if you want some sun & libations U must visit. Lower deck is nicer for dining, private rooms too. The food isn't what it used to be and the place could use a facelift!!! Just have a basket & beverage. Better... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Florida, United States
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Great beer and view stop. If it's chilly bring a sweater. Sandwiches are good. It's really hard to beat lunch on the Black River.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

They changed the menu from last year. Hostess was not helpful at all. Food well it's was just O K. Our waitress was great she really was helpful and nice.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We really enjoyed having our own little room on the lower level for our menu. The service was very good. All four of us enjoyed our meals.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Warren, Indiana
Level Contributor
182 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Liked that it was on the water but did not like that its appearance was not very clean. The service seemed a bit disorganized. Food was okay. Did not return for another visit. Needs to be cleaned up.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Schererville, Indiana
Level Contributor
128 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Stopped for a quick bite while in South Haven. This restaurant is actually a boat moored along the Black River. It has an upper deck with some sun exposure, an inside cabin and a lower deck. One of the fun parts was watching the boats so by and waving to them. First the positives -- the wait staff was cheerful... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Munster, Indiana
Level Contributor
37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The Idler is a great place for a relaxing lunch on the river. The menu has a nice variety of selections to choose from at reasonable prices. The staff is friendly and efficient. Recommend the open seating on the top deck.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kalamazoo
Level Contributor
36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This old boat is anchored in the bay....up river is the Kalamazoo Bike Trial,the other direction is big blue....Lake Michigan.Food is somewhat above "bar food",service historically is pleasant. Booze flows freely as the night goes along. Want privacy...ask for one of the small private rooms in the lower level...candles provide romance.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Idler Restaurant also viewed

South Haven, Van Buren County
South Haven, Van Buren County
 
South Haven, Van Buren County
South Haven, Van Buren County
 

Been to Idler Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Idler Restaurant

Address: 515 Williams St, South Haven, MI 49090-2513
Phone Number: 269-637-8435
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Van Buren County  >  South Haven

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 515 Williams St, South Haven, MI 49090-2513
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Van Buren County  >  South Haven
  • Phone Number: 269-637-8435

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Idler Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?