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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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  • 34
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  • 17
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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
Get Up Top When the Boats Come In

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Bob W
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Battle Creek, Michigan
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Battle Creek, Michigan
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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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Highland Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This is a review only for the riverboat bar on the top deck. Really fun atmosphere. They have lots of really great cocktails. The bartender was very friendly and helped us choose our drinks. A very pleasant way to spend a summer evening.

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Hampshire, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

A unique and fun. It's a boat. You can sit out on the deck . Bar and tables to enjoy the beauty of south Haven. Great drinks. South Haven Ice Tea. Great on a hot summers day. Great for families in side boat with windows that open up to the outside. Great sandwiches.

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South Bend, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Food is tasty but the draw is the view. The restaurant is an old steamer moored in the river. great views. Sitting outside is a summer favorite.

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South Haven, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The drinks are great and the food is delicious...but mostly you're here to sit out on the riverfront and watch the boats go by, wave at a few boaters and enjoy the sunset!

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Went back to see if things have changed. The S.H.I.T (South Haven Ice Tea) is awesome. Much better visit.

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Cincinnati
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

My first stop, actually a buddy told me to just go here, save myself the walking and I did! Walked up the plank to music and a couple of chairs at the bar. Very friendly staff, Christine, Molly very helpful with my quest for fun. The beers Ice Cold, Hint to other bars, Ice Chest with bottled beer in it,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This place is a neat spot, it is not every day you get to eat on a boat. Staff was friendly and the wait was minimal. Our food was excellent and the drink menu was good. I recommend the Idler and will be back in the future.

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 via mobile

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 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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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

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