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Idler Restaurant

515 Williams St, South Haven, MI 49090-2513
269-637-8435
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Ranked #20 of 60 Restaurants in South Haven
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
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South Bend, Indiana
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70 reviews 70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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252 reviews 252 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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

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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18 reviews 18 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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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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