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“Great meal” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Phil's Bar & Grille

Phil's Bar & Grille
215 Butler St, Saugatuck, MI 49453-9493
+1 269-857-1555
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Ranked #3 of 50 Restaurants in Saugatuck
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $26
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Chatham, Canada
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We really enjoyed the outdoor patio on a sunny afternoon. I loved the fish tacos with tuna and a local hard cider. My husband had a turkey wrap and really enjoyed it. We would definitely go back.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Chicago, IL
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Just average...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

This was one of the top rated places to eat in Saugatuck, but everyone in our party felt it was just average at best. We sat outside on the deck that was small but much quieter than inside. Each time someone would open the door you could hear the load dinning room area. I remember commenting on how I was so glad we sat outside so we could hear one another without having to talk pretty loud.

I had the ribs and felt they were descent, but nothing I would order again. It seemed they had a lot of chili powder on them rather than a smokey flavoring to them that I expected from what our server explained.

Our mixed drinks were strong, which we prefer, and the wait staff was attentive. It did seemed they were pretty busy and refills on drinks were somewhat delayed, but you never had to remind them you needed something. All and all service was good and our server was very informative about the menu. Each person in our party had questions on the menu and she answered them without hesitation.

I don't know if we would go back, however. We had heard from a couple people around the area that this was the best place in town. Not sure if we suffered from the over hyping of something and were expecting more. There were a couple of other places we were debating, so next time we would probably give them a shot too.

Visited July 2013
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Indiana
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73 reviews 73 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Finally found a place to return to eat in Saugatuck”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We love going to Saugatuck each summer but have always found the restaurants just average. We loved Phils and will be returning next year. The fish taco's with homemade salsa and avocado was excellent.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Excellent Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We walked by Phil's Bar on a cloudy Monday lunchtime as there was a queue down the street. On A Sunny Thursday at 3pm however we walked straight in and to a table for six.
We had to wait ten minutes for menus but after that the service was great and the food fantastic.
For starters we shared some Calamari Rings and Mushroom chips and I would recommend either.
Mains ranged from fish sandwiches and tacos to a perfect burger with blue cheese and bacon done to perfection. Instead of ordinary fries the dishes came with stunningly good potato wedges; crispy on the outside and super soft inside.
There was an extra plus in that the food was some of the cheapest we found in Saugatuck.
Wish we had queued on the Monday now!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“This is fine eating!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Six of us went to Phil's for lunch based on reviews here. We were not disappointed. I had the beef tenderloin and enjoyed every bite. Others ordered various dishes and, also, were not disappointed. One ordered the wings appetizer - again, delicious. Looking forward to eating dinner there next week.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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