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Idler Restaurant

American, Bar
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515 Williams St, South Haven, MI 49090-2513
269-637-8435
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New Lenox, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and I drove up to South Haven, Michigan to stay overnight at a house our friend rented for the week. We wanted to eat at a restaurant by the water and decided to eat at this restaurant. The food and service was very good. Good place to check out if you want to eat by the water.

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Thank cwillini
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A summer cannot pass us by without a visit to the Idler. Good for adults and kids alike with a nice menu and great views of the water and marina. Kids can feed the ducks, eat in a state room and explore the boat. For the adults be sure to try a Bloddy Mary.

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Thank Vanessa S
South Haven, Michigan
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Just walking onto the boat, you look around and see all of the needed repairs. We had one drink and split because none of us wanted to consume anything else from there

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Thank kaseymurphy2016
Royal Oak, Michigan, USA (suburb of Detroit)
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I were enjoying our vacation in South Haven, Michigan, and one of the restaurants we wanted to try, based on reviews was The Idler - afterall, it sits right on the water in a vintage small ship! Sounds wonderful... ... but then, as we were touring the grounds of the Michigan Maritime Museum, we changed our minds.... More 

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Thank Jana K
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed up late and ate on the upper deck. The food was pretty good and it was neat to have dinner on an old steamer and look over the harbor.

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Thank Mark M
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a great restaurant for our family! Our kids loved that it was a boat too. We sat down stairs and had a great private view of the water. Our food was amazing! We all 4 thought the artichoke dip was the best ever! We will be returning here on our next trip to SoHa!

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Thank Michaela W
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food is mediocre but the view is awesome. We sat on the deck and watched the many boats coming in and out of the bay. Lots of people!!

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Thank Tami L
Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were only here for drinks, which were awesome! The South Haven Iced Tea was wonderful! Nice and relaxing, sitting and viewing the boats. Staff was nice and friendly.

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Thank JulT68
Naperville, Illinois
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70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Idler's is a great place to sit and watch the boats go by along the Black River. To be honest we just had drinks (no food) and went to Idler for it's view of the water. The food looked good and the drink service was excellent. (Our server gave us great tips for what to see and do in the... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place has been around forever! Stop, order a drink, and sit on the upper deck. You can see the boats come and go. It's nothing fancy but has a fun vibe.

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Thank Patty V

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Restaurant Details

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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?