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515 Williams St, South Haven, MI 49090-2513
269-637-8435
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night

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  • 17
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  • 38
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 10
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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Right on the water...

I can't rate the food - I only stopped in for a couple beers. Very clean place, especially for a barge-style restaurant. The food I saw all looked very good. The bartender took a couple minutes to notice me sitting at the bar - he must've been distracted - but once he noticed me he was very... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
Robert M
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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

We were so hoping this would be a good experience but because my drink was so bad we didn't stay for dinner. I had a Mai tai which was one of their signature drinks but it was awful. The bar itself looked like it should be on Bar Rescue. Very disappointing because it's one of the few restaurants on the... More 

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

I can't rate the food - I only stopped in for a couple beers. Very clean place, especially for a barge-style restaurant. The food I saw all looked very good. The bartender took a couple minutes to notice me sitting at the bar - he must've been distracted - but once he noticed me he was very friendly. All-in-all, not... More 

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Fun place to sit, enjoy an adult beverage and watch the water activities. The lunch menu was great as I had a lobster roll that was devine. I would go back just for this lunch. Service was good as well. My husband had a bacon burger that he felt was pretty good. You wont be disappointed.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We stopped along the river just to enjoy a quick drink in between shopping. Unfortunately we were unable to find a location to sit on deck so had to sit inside where it was stuffy and hot. The waitress was fine but seemed irritated that we were only ordering a drink and an appetizer. Not sure I would return to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

The food was great, so was service. We were sitting on the lower level by the water. Once it got dark, our server turned the porch lights on. As soon as the lights came on, all we could see were the dozens of spiders in all of the nooks and cranes. It was quite unappealing and completely ruined our beautiful... More 

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Brighton, Michigan
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457 reviews 457 reviews
348 restaurant reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We ended up being able to "Open" the Idler for the 2015 season! We ambled up to the Idler just as they were opening up (we actually got there earlier not knowing they weren't open yet, and then made our way back). We got there early enough that we were able to sit at the bar on the top deck.... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

My husband and i were in search for a good burger some wings and beer well we found it this place was rocking. At night its full of people having a good time there are tables outside the boat has a covered top and string lighting with a bar right smack in the middle. They turned this into a great... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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95 reviews 95 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

The Idler is ideal for relaxing on a boat with no worries. The tropical drinks arrive in very tall glasses and were perfect for us. I had a sandwich with teriyaki chicken breast, pineapple, swiss, and bacon, and I loved it. My friend had shrimp tacos and she loved it. The top deck has a party atmosphere with a nice... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We have eaten at the Idler in South Haven. It is a fun experience with an on the Black River view. The Idler had a fascinating history, starting as an old river boat/barge. Most people enjoy eating and drinking(bar) on the top deck-perfect in nice summer weather. Weather not so good or cool, there is the more protected lower deck.... More 

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Battle Creek, Michigan
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240 reviews 240 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We love to go here when we visit South Haven. As another season has started, we visited the top deck of this old riverboat for some wine and appetizers. This is a wonderful place to relax as the sun goes down, or after the sun has set, and watch the boats of all sizes come down the river channel toward... More 

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

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

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