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Idler Restaurant

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

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  • 24
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  • 12
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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
Great drinks!

Who doesn't love going on a lake vacation and enjoying some boat drinks?! The Idler has a great selection of top end frozen and mixed drinks on the top deck of the boat. It is a great atmosphere and location to watch the sunsets and the boats go by. Stop in for happy hour and stay for a great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Patrick F
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Who doesn't love going on a lake vacation and enjoying some boat drinks?! The Idler has a great selection of top end frozen and mixed drinks on the top deck of the boat. It is a great atmosphere and location to watch the sunsets and the boats go by. Stop in for happy hour and stay for a great night.... More 

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Thank Patrick F
Oglesby, United States
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We stumbled upon the Idler and absolutely make it one of our stops every time we come! It's fun to sit on the top deck and watch the boats come in and out!

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Thank Ed W
Denver, Colorado
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

We went to the Idler for lunch on a weekend. It was a bit challenging to find, but it was fun sitting outside on a boat. There wasn't any boat traffic to watch, but it was still nice to be on the water. My bloody mary was fantastic, and my lobster roll was delicious. We had a great time- I'd... More 

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Thank Kate P
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015 via mobile

A very nice place to sit and watch the boats and water. The food and service are okay - fried fish and chips and artichoke dip. We really enjoyed watching the boats, clouds, draw bridge opening, and the beautiful water. A laid back, easy going kind of place with a great view and okay food.

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Thank CA_Blond_SFO
Nashville
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Great little town on Lake Michigan....really good food and service with a great view...service was really good...

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Thank SeaRay48
Columbia City, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

It is just a fun place to eat. The views are fabulous and very relaxing. Food was great! Prices good. I had shrimp tacos and they were great! The place is very casual, but if you like being outside eating on the water, this place is for you!

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Thank Renee K
cincinnati, ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

We arrived Memorial Day weekend and after a day at the beach we were lucky enough to snag a table on the deck of the boat looking out over the lake and in perfect position to watch the boats travel in and out. The food is nothing fancy but delicious. The major component is the water. Our waiter was great... More 

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Thank cincymom5
Louisville, Kentucky
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Love this place. Fun on the water busy atmosphere. Could use more seating, a little crowded. Staff was polite and food and drinks were great! Close to downtown and anything you would like to do.

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Thank Robon D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

V good bar tender who knew his cocktails. We had ahi tuna salad and catch of the day fish sandwich. V good. Great view of black river and boats passing as we dined

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Thank wishardfoodie
Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 via mobile

We found this place on our first day in South Haven - they seated us promptly, service was great even though our 2 year old was having a rough/cranky time and wanted to jump overboard. :) Great music, great scenery. If we had babysitting we would have gone back many times and stayed a long while.

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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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Scenic view

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?