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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

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  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Pleasant lunch

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Louisville, Kentucky
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

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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Columbus, Ohio
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

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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Holland, Ohio
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Menu offers some very tempting choices. Food was good. Lots to look at and entertain on the harbor!!

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Portage, Michigan
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The Idler is simply the best! The best view on the water. Hurricane drinks, especially South Haven Ice Tea, are terrific. Wait staff and bartenders are great. The menu has something for everyone. The Idler is a landmark which was once owned by Vincent Price's family. Perfect place to spend the afternoon. There is dining on the lower level also.... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Walked around this place to try find a seat and and it took about 10 minutes to actually find one down on the first level. When we found one we sat there for about 10 more minutes before someone even came up to us to ask us what kind of drinks we wanted, then they disappeared. We sat waiting for... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This was our first time in south haven, arriving Saturday afternoon for a weeklong rental, we were hungry and didn't have a chance to go grocery shopping so we did the 15 min walk to downtown figuring we could get something to eat. Big mistake. Everything was a 45 min plus wait, so I started calling around and not too... More 

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Des Plaines, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

It is great to sit at the Idler and have a few drinks and watch all of the boats go by! We enjoyed the South Haven Iced Tea!

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Portage la Prairie, Canada
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The only thing that kicked this into the very good from average is fact boat sits right on the water....so on a nice day fun to sit outside and watch the boats go by in the channel from the elevated view up on the deck of the boat. Drinks are good and appetizers average. This is an old standby in... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

My first every 'terrible' review...and I'm not happy to write it, but it really was that kind of experience. We sat outside by the railing because of the view of the harbor, but had to change tables due to the large clan of carnivorous spiders setting up house in their webs all along the railing. The inside was spider-free, but... More 

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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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