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“very tasty!”
Review of The Ideal Place - CLOSED

The Ideal Place
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Bridgman, Michigan
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68 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“very tasty!”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

We've been here several times and have always enjoyed everything! This falls into the category of fine, local dining- so it's not cheap, but pretty reasonable for fine dining. It's got an upbeat atmosphere- located in the midst of the artsy district of Benton Harbor. Great food!

Visited July 2012
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Thank amy f
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English first
South Haven, Michigan, United States
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168 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Upscale but average prices.”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Plates look wonderful. A little spicy on some of their meals, but in general the food and atmosphere is wonderful. A nice getaway for a "date night."

Visited November 2012
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Thank Jacquelyn C
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Michigan
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64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great find in downtown Benton Harbor!”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

Heard about The Ideal Place from bartenders at The Livery which is right down the street. The wife and I tried it out on Fat Tuesday of all days and wow did we luck out! There was a fantastic buffett of everything Louisianan fair including raw oysters (and yes they were fresh), chragrilled oysters, etoufess, jambalayas, a suace piquant, We fifinshed up with some of the best bread pudding outside of New Orleans. The selection of local craft brews was also a nice selling point for me too. The service was top notch. Our server heard us raving about the Louisiana delights so he went and got the chef out of the kitchen to introduce us to him. Doug, the chef, is a local, but was trained in New Orleans at several different places. Overall, our trip to The Ideal Place was wonderful and we'll be going again soon!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank ASA1975
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Alsip, Illinois
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84 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“An great reason to visit Benton Harbor, MI”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

We have gone to downtown Benton Harbor to visit the Livery Brewery a few times. While the downtown area is showing signs of life there is still not much else to to do down there. The last time we noticed cars around a old store front with a sign The Ideal Place. We did some research on line than checked it out. Very glad we did.
Located in a restored store in downtown Benton Harbor, The Ideal Place is a friendly restaurant with very creative menu. While it has a small bar area, it has an excellent selection of local brews and cocktails. But the menu is the star concentrating on a few items in every course and doing a great job on all of them. The bread basket is an excellent example of the quality of the food served.
The staff is very welcoming and yoou feel like you have been there many times. Got the impression some of my fellow diners had. The manager made it a point to walk around the tables engaging the guests. He talked with us for several minutes talking about how and where they selected their brews. It was not a forced conversation and it was feel forced. Same with our waitress who spent time describing the food and making recommendations. Fish is brought in fresh and the jambalaya was filled with seafood and great cajun flavor.

Can't wait to go back.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Jay J
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Chicago, Illinois
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928 reviews
698 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 324 helpful votes
“Surprisingly Excellent for the Area”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

Great grilled oysters, just one of the four ways they serve oysters. Good soup. Great service. Liked the linguini with the chicken picata. Varied menu. Attractive interior. Superior for the area.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank MarshBruce
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