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Captain Lou's

278 Dyckman Ave, South Haven, MI 49090-1065
+1 269-637-3965
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good38%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“perch basket” (35 reviews)
“perch tacos” (18 reviews)
“burger” (30 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 2:00 AM Hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
278 Dyckman Ave, South Haven, MI 49090-1065
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first time in South Haven and we didn't have a lot of time. By picking Captain Lou's we had some very good perch and interesting drinks in a laid back atmosphere watching the boats go by...first good impression.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank L1486GEkathleenl
Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

Happened to go here for dinner on a beautiful evening for drinks and the perch basket. Sat on the deck and enjoyed the view. Drinks were excellent as was the food The place is tiny so it hard to get a seat as it is...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 238elizabethv
Reviewed September 21, 2018

We were headed toward Captain Lou's when the rain shower started. They offer outdoor dining as well as indoor and we were pleasantly surprised to still be able to enjoy watching the drawbridge operate from our seats at the bar. The rain lasted longer than...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank jillgarris3
Reviewed September 20, 2018 via mobile

Wines by the glass are only $5. Nice deck with a view. We ordered two perch basket dinners. Glad we ordered 2 it was so good I did not want to share. The onion rings were killer also. May have to park in lot next...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank maryjok456
Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

We had perch baskets, Bam Bam shrimp and fried green beans that we shared. The perch was delicious!!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 497caroled
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

I’m not a fried food person so Lous has never been a favorite but my husband liked it from years past so we go a few times usually when in South Haven as he likes the Pearce. If you get a great table you can...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Kelley D
Reviewed September 10, 2018

This is definitely the place to go in South Haven. My husband and I split the perch basket while there on our Anniversary getaway weekend. Delicious! It was also a 2 minute walk from our B&B. Sitting out on the front deck was the best...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Cara K
Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

Food was ok, service was slow and the owner or manager came over to a table next to us and yelled at these young adults for bringing a water bottle into the restaurant. Clearly they just came from the beach and had a water bottle—which...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank jeneeo
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

We wanted a place on the water we could sit outside eat and drink. Captain Lou’s delivered. I had chicken tacos and my husband had the chicken bacon wrap. Both were very good. I also had an awesome cocktail! Captain Lou’s is NOT fancy. It’s...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank JMomma2015
Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

We finally made it back and it is still everything we remembered We have been talking about this place for three years! We were here three years ago but it was because we got turned around while traveling! We couldn’t remember the name of the...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank ssibson123
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Questions & Answers
Karen C
August 12, 2018|
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Response from Meredithanne27 | Property representative |
No. It is against Michigan health code to allow dogs in restaurants where food is served.
Connie K
February 16, 2018|
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Response from JenniferP5511 | Reviewed this property |
no, it's a seasonal place. open for the summer season
June 27, 2016|
Response from Mamck27 | Reviewed this property |
They do not take reservations... Just come early and grab a drink and wait for a table! Enjoy the view!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 278 Dyckman Ave, South Haven, MI 49090-1065
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Van Buren County  >  South Haven
  • Phone Number: +1 269-637-3965
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