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“Local Bar done right”
Review of Black River Tavern

Black River Tavern
Ranked #9 of 71 Restaurants in South Haven
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night
Description: 2 Great Bars...one Great Location! Overlooking Harbor And Lake Michigan! Daily Food & Drink Specials Outdoor Seating Available Featuring Live Music Weekends Professional Stand-up Comedy Featuring Nationally-touring Headlining Comedians Every Saturday Night! Voted "best Of 2014"... *bar Food *live Entertainment *beer Selection *specialty Drinks
Reviewed June 2, 2014

We were in South Haven for a short get away and wanted a place to eat and watch the Hawks game. A local suggested that the Black River Tavern would be the perfect place...and they were right!

Nothing fancy here but tons of TVs. Lot's of wood with a large community table in the center. Bar games in the back, darts and pool table. The whole crowd was into the game. The place was super loud so be prepared.

The service was efficient and very friendly. Any request was completed promptly without any complaints, even though two us only ordered water.

Surprisingly, for a bar, the food was stunningly good! Two of us ordered the perch tacos and one the perch dinner. Both were fantastic! The perch was fried perfectly, crispy not oily and wonderful. The tacos came dressed with the chipolte aioli and the dinner gave you a choice of either tartar sauce or the aioli....go with the aioli it's great! Finally we had one order of the pork sliders on a pretzel bun. The person in our party that ordered these said that they were the BEST she had EVER had! It's those sliders that seal the fifth star for the local hangout.

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Reviewed May 31, 2014 via mobile

For a completely average bar dining experience, eat here. We went to the comedy show downstairs, which was funny, but took place in a dingy basement. Not enough wait staff, but the ones that were there were friendly.

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Thank Mary J
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

We were in downtown South Haven for the Memorial Day weekend. We hadn't yet had a really good meal and wanted to find some good fish before we left town. We were giving up on finding a lunch we thought sounded good and had returned to the car to go elsewhere. But, we were parked right in front of the Black River Tavern and so we checked out the menu posted by the entry. They advertised the best perch sandwich in town so we went in to see if that might be true. It turns out they may be right! The perch was very good and our sides were good as well. Our server, John, was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about South Haven, and very attentive to us as well. We would definitely recommend the BRT for a good, reasonably-priced lunch downtown.

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Thank cmsps23
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Reviewed May 13, 2014

We went there for the comedy show on Saturday night. It was filled to capacity. It does need some renovations but the people seemed to like the food they were eating and loved the show. We would go back for another show and some dinner.

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1  Thank Karl C
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Reviewed May 12, 2014

Stopped in looking for a change from the usual places we eat in South Haven. My first impression was the place is in dire need of new everything from a new front door, new flooring, new bar, new tables, new wall décor, new ceiling fans, etc. etc. I mean it just looks so dingy that I really wanted to leave. That was my gut feeling. However we wanted to try the food. My wife went to the bathroom and immediately said we're getting the hell out of here as the bathroom was filthy. There are no locks on the stalls so she had to push on the door to keep others out. I'm not sure what this place does with its profits, but putting any back into the business is not one of them. I have no idea what the food is like, so I gave service, food and value- average.

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3  Thank rossdraper
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maxxyscott, Owner at Black River Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2014

That is unfortunate to read as we pride ourselves on the cleanliness and worked hard at bringing the bar back to its roots. From the antique bar to the original ceramic flooring we have been careful in the restoration while numerous updates have from new ceiling fans, new bar ledge, new lighting, new carpet, new front door, new draft system, fresh paint, new foyer flooring etc etc. We appreciate constructive criticism and strive daily to improve the customer experience. Sorry you don't care for the rustic/antique style. We hope you'll reconsider because we do have some of the best food the area has to offer.

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