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Coast 236 Restaurant & Bar

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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About
Sourcing meaningful ingredients from water and land, we passionately craft approachable coastal-inspired fare infused with unexpected detail. Every coastline brings with it an air of freshness and wonder, an inspiration in every ebb and flow. Coasts can be recognizable and new … predictably unpredictable in a way that can surprise or delight. But no matter the geography, there is a familiarity and a connection. At Coast 236, the rhythm of familiarity and freshness is our inspiration. Sourcing meaningful ingredients from water and land, we passionately craft approachable coastal inspired fare with unexpected details. If you’d like to join our mailing list to be "in the know" about opening dates,
PRICE RANGE
$12 - $60
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
American, Seafood
FEATURES
Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Private Dining, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Dog Friendly, Non-smoking restaurants
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We are actually locals. My husband, daughter and I enjoyed a dinner here late on a Friday evening on the outside patio. The service (Pedro) was Outstanding -- ask for him; the guy knows how to treat a guest! But GO FOR THE FOOD! We...are foodies and love, love a great meal. We were not disappointed. The trout is off the charts tender and delicious. My daughter had melt in your mouth salmon and I had a perfectly cooked filet with a fantastic sauce with mushrooms and fingerling potatoes. Wait! There is more -- we tried all three desserts! Highly recommend the coconut milk gelato! Can't say enough about the food. If you are disappointed, I would be surprised. Don't miss the burrata and heirloom tomato appetizer -- the tomatoes were sensationalMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a wonderful dinner at Coast 236. Curt greeted us cheerfully and took us to a beautiful garden table. The drinks were generous and the appetizers and entrees were as good as it gets. The service was efficient and friendly. As a bonus, both...food and drink are priced properly and offer a pleasant value, which is certainly not the norm these days, especially during high season. Thanks to the crew for a great night. BTW, we were referred by Jeff who runs the Wickwood Inn, and we thank him for that. We can't wait to get back.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our experience on the patio was excellent. The pork belly was delicious and the steak was like buttah. Well-plated and attentive staff. The back patio is quaint; reminded me of Cape Cod. Would recommend as a must do in Saugatuck.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great dining experience at Coast 236! The food is superb. (We had the Norwegian Trout.) Service is excellent; and ambiance, particularly in the outdoor courtyard, is serene. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband & I celebrated our 10th anniversary at Coast 236. The restaurant is lovely, staff are warm and friendly. The food was delicious, I enjoyed the mushroom risotto and my husband had the salmon. It was one of the best meals he’s ever had....Everything was fresh and flavorful. Highly recommend that you make a reservation and visit this gem in downtown Saugatuck.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 26, 2022

This was such a perfect dining experience from the Lollipop Lambchops to the Salmon and Brussel Sprouts to the Filet and to the Old Fashions - and the Creme Brule was divine. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 29, 2022

Spending a few nights in Saugatuck MI we celebrated our 50th anniversary dinner at Coast 236 based on our hotel recommendation. Had an great dinner. The crispy trout was outstanding. Excellent service.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 26, 2022

This spot is an island in resort and bar food. The menu is limited but very unusual. We tried four items and each was great. For instance, how many time have you had foie gras on diver scallops. Amazing.. Wine list is good and service...excellent.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed November 24, 2021 via mobile

A friend made and confirmed a reservation for my birthday. When we went to the restaurant it was closed. Needless to say we were very disappointedMore

Date of visit: November 2021
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Mindy Trafman, General Manager at Coast 236 Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2021

Richard, I apologize for the unfortunate circumstance and would like to make this right for you. We did close for a period in November due to a Covid 19 case and alerted guests with reservations via telephone, message, or OpenTable DM. Please feel free to...More

Reviewed October 3, 2021

This was a wonderful surprise in Saugatuck. We sat outside on their beautiful patio under the lights. White tablecloths and terrific service. We started with the beet salad (fantastic!) and had 2 dinners.. scallops and the fish cioppino. Both were delicious 😋 Very creative meal...in presentation and flavors.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 29, 2021 via mobile

Carefully crafted menu with perfect wine pairings. Our table got three entrees and shared them, and each was divine! Impeccable service and charming atmosphere. Absolutely loved it.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Mindy Trafman, General Manager at Coast 236 Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2021

Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Melissa. We appreciate you taking the time to write this. Please give us a call next time you are back in town.

Reviewed September 27, 2021

Our adventure started on a sunny day in September when, after a day of biking on the west side of the state, my friend and I found ourselves walking along the pier in Saugatuck; sitting on a tucked away bar patio was a vivacious local...sipping an Aperol spritz (that perfectly matched her hair) and when asked for a restaurant recommendation she gushed: Coast 236! We were able to get a seat inside because it was 6 p.m. but noticed the restaurant very shortly filled so think reservations would be a good idea. Mindy, one of the owners, enveloped us in a warm welcome and smile that one could see and feel despite the mask. There were moodily lit booths but we opted for the simple and naturally light filled room en route to the beautiful and lush patio. The acoustics allowed for ambient, non intrusive conversation from other tables and the exceptional handmade stoneware and perfect glasses seemed designed with our delight in mind....the perfect backdrop for the main attraction - the food. We chose a deliciously juicy bottle of Elk Cove Pinot Rose from the Willamette Valley to go with the burrata/tomato jam and the tuna crudo. These appetizers were perfectly balanced, incredibly delicious and visually appealing - in truth, it took control for us not to lick out plates. We shared the halibut, caesar salad and a sweetcorn risotto that was divine. The dessert was admittedly unnecessary but we were determined to have a full sampling of the menu and were not disappointed with the local peaches and goat cheese! in the bread pudding. Chef Rick Bower came out to greet us, at Mindy's request, and his passion for fresh, local food (and his farm and family) was obvious as was his pleasure in our enjoyment. The concept of this restaurant seems to be providing a whole body experience of warmth, pleasure and nourishment and, in my opinion, they thoroughly succeeded. It was, truly, a thoroughly enjoyable evening!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Mindy Trafman, General Manager at Coast 236 Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2021

Thank you for the incredible review, Liara77. We appreciate you taking the time to write this. It was great to meet you and we are elated that you enjoyed your experience. Next time you are in town, please call us.

Reviewed September 26, 2021 via mobile

We brought our family (6 adults) to Coast 236 for our last dinner in the Saugatuck area. My son found this restaurant and suggested it. We enjoyed it thoroughly! The restaurant is minimally decorated in a white motif inside with a beautiful courtyard outside. Unfortunately,...the hostess sat us inside because she said odds were that it was going to rain. Unfortunately, it was so cold inside … and no rain. The only negative for me. Our server was Patrick and he was attentive and provided great service. We started with three appetizers, the heirloom tomato & burrata, the tuna crudo and the shishito peppers. All were very good, but that tuna was outstanding. My husband had the elk chop for his entree. It was cooked perfectly to a medium rare it was very tender. I had the coriander grilled halibut, which was flaky and moist with great flavor. The food and cocktails were very good. We were so full we had no room for dessert, but I’m sure it would’ve been delicious as well. I do think this place is a bit pricey for the Saugatuck area, though. It’s more in line with restaurants in the Chicagoland area. Knowing that if you want a nice dinner out with good service and good food, I do recommend Coast 236.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Mindy Trafman, General Manager at Coast 236 Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2021

Thank you for the wonderful review, Mari9. We appreciate you taking the time. We are happy you enjoyed your Coast 236 Experience and would love to have you back. We are sorry about the patio seating: The weather can be finicky. Next time we will...More

Reviewed August 27, 2021 via mobile

Amazing meal! This place is a must visit in Saugatuck. Make sure to try the scallops. They are the best I have ever had. And, the Ahi Tuna was unbelievable. There is a “secret garden” in the back that is truly delightful. Chef Rick is...doing a fabulous job, and is truly an artist. Make sure to try this place out. You certainly won’t be disappointed!!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Mindy Trafman, General Manager at Coast 236 Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2021

Snootyb, Thank you for the wonderful review. We are delighted you enjoyed your Coast 236 Experience. Please give us a call next time you would like to return. The garden is beautiful, but we have a fireplace in the dining room in the winter.

Reviewed August 23, 2021

Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! What a fabulous and spectacular dining experience. This restaurant was recommended to us by locals and it did not disappoint. From the moment we walked in we were greeted by an incredibly friendly staff and treated like VIPs. Patrick was our server...and he was FANTASTIC! His drink (Patrick's Word) and starters (Tuna and the Lamb Lollipops) recommendations were spot on! The restaurant is stunning inside but the outside courtyard in the back is gorgeous. We watched amazing dish after amazing dish come out to nearby tables making our dinner choice difficult. Not to mention we overheard other tables raving about the food. We ordered the Halibut and the Scallops and the were prepared to perfection. Honestly, it was the most perfectly cooked Halibut I've ever had. And the sauce!!! Devine!!! We were honored to meet one of the owners, Mindy, and she was absolutely charming, kind, and made us feel like family. She kindly introduced us to the very talented chef (ugh! his name escapes me). And Mindy, thanks for sharing your stories of West Hollywood with us. What a crazy small world it is! Recommendations are highly recommended. If the weather is nice, definitely request outdoors. Dress attire is fairly casual (we wore nice shorts & polos) but it's also a place if you want to dress up a bit, you will totally fit in. A+++ on all fronts - food, atmosphere, staff, drinks and value.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Mindy Trafman, General Manager at Coast 236 Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2021

Brian M, Thank you so much for the fantastic review. We enjoyed meeting you and are thrilled you loved your Coast 236 Experience. Please give us a call next time you are in the area. We would love to have you back.

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Coast 236 Restaurant & Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5