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Idler Restaurant

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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515 Williams St, South Haven, MI 49090-2513
+1 269-637-8435
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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165 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

The food is pretty good. The beer is great in a bucket. Your drinks might melt fast if the sun is high and hot, but the views and fun on the Idler speaks of great Summer fun! Always have to make at least one trip each Summer. This year I was able to take my mom and dad!

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Glossop, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

The food is just average but the location makes up for that. A good place to sit & watch the goings-on in the harbour, but nothing special otherwise.

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South Haven, Michigan
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41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

No better spot to get a tall cold beverage and watch the boats go by on a beautifully sunny day in South Haven! The drink menu is fabulous and the bar service is great. The food menu is more bar food, but generous portions of sandwiches and salads.

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Thank Mocha23
USA
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439 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

Slow service, so-so ambiance - food from Sysco. Need I add anything for you to get a clear picture? At least you can eat outside.

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phx
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

Food was good and the views spectacular. Service was great and quick. The Caribbean chicken salad with substituted salmon was a perfect meal for me.

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New Hudson, Michigan
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

This was a great little restaurant right on the river. We ate and drank in the portion of the restaurant that was on the boat. It was a pretty cool experience to be right on the river. The staff were all great and the drinks and food were very good. If you're looking for a casual place to get some... More 

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Thank TofferVance
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

Loved this place! I was concerned at first because of the reviews I read, but wanted to experience eating on the boat. I'm glad we did. The staff were super friendly and attentive. The kettle chips are a drug...lol!! I dipped mine in the blue cheese just to see what it'd taste like and fell in love. The burgers, spinach... More 

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Bronson
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

Stopped by the idler for a beer and burger. A bit more expensive, however you are paying for the Experience and the view of the river with boat traffic. It's a good spot to watch the lift bridge rise and fall as large masted sailboats line up to pass. The burger was very tasty and the beer nice and cold.... More 

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Wurzburg, Germany
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

Firstly, the location is nice. Looking out onto the harbor on a nice day is no doubt enjoyable. But the food was very disappointing, especially considering the pricetag. We weren't starving, so we decided to order a salmon entree for $17, and kid's fish and chips for about $6 and share it all between us. For that price, I'd expect... More 

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Troy, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

Food was excellent, waiter did a wonderful job. I would recommend to everyone. Very nice restaurant and was neat watching the boat dock traffic while we ate.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children
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: +1 269-637-8435

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?