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Idler Restaurant

515 Williams St, South Haven, MI 49090-2513
269-637-8435
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Ranked #25 of 60 Restaurants in South Haven
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
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Jefferson City, Missouri
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We come back every year because it's a unique location with great drinks - good craft beer and hurricanes! The food is surprisingly good too. It's usually super crowded and takes a while to get service.

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Livonia, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Best food on the river in SoHa. Fried green tomato BLT inspired a re- creation at home. Friendly staff and superb views make this a must stop at place.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The Idler serves up great bar food, along with excellent craft beers from Michigan. Its a great spot to watch the boats travel through the South Haven harbor.

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Iowa City
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We spent last evening eating at the idler. It is a docked restaurant on black river. Very scenic dinner watching boats go by and waving to passengers on the boat. Being from iowa, not a common experience. The menu was somewhat limiting but very good food. Definitely enjoyed myself and love going to downtown south haven to eat and shop.... More

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San Mateo, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We eat here every summer because we love eating outside, on a boat, on the water. We watch the sky change at sunset and love being on the water. The food is okay, not great. Sadly, they took our favorite thing (perch basket) off the menu in 2014. The fish sandwich (perch on the day we were there) was decent... More

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Warsaw, Indiana
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4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Drinks were not good and the fish sandwich was very very dry... Not the best place for food but excellent view of the harbor

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Nashville, Tennessee
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Club med sandwich was amazing! This was a great atmosphere. I enjoyed eating lunch on a boat. The drink selection was o.k. The food selection wasn't huge but I was happy with my sandwich.

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Chicago
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20 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We had the "S.H.I.T"s (South Haven Iced Teas) at the Idler riverboat restaurant and did not regret it! The drinks were tall and tasty and we thought it was worth the wait to get a "table" and a place to sit and watch the boats (flashy and not so flashy) head up and down the Black River. We ordered the... More

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Kalamazoo
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10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Ate at the Idler for lunch and was disappointed they were out of several beverages. The sangria was not good at, quite possibly the worst I've ever had. Food was OK, nothing spectacular. You certainly pay for the atmosphere of eating on a boat which was enjoyable.

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Rochester, Michigan
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68 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Right on the water, this barge/bar/restaurant is a South Haven icon. We stopped for drinks over Memorial weekend when they opened and it was crazy busy! Food was just OK - but it's just fabulous to be part of the summertime festivities of this harbortown in a bar known to all.

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