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“Do it for the atmosphere”
Review of Idler Restaurant

Idler Restaurant
Ranked #20 of 71 Restaurants in South Haven
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Reviewed July 1, 2013

Great location on Black River. Good views on top deck, but also downstairs. Unfortunately, boat is really worn and severely needs updating. Furthermore, menus were sticky, table centers are recycled 6 pack boxes (effective, but tacky and cheap). Gets a lot of traffic, so service can be slow. Must be a logistical nightmare to manage (small kitchen, stairs, traffic areas only big enough for one person). Our food met expectations, but a bit high in price. I accept it as paying for view.

Like the title, do it for the atmosphere and lower expectations on the rest. Otherwise you may be disappointed.

Service staff was very friendly and accommodating.

I see the Millennium Restaurants runs it now. Their other locations are top notch, so be interesting to see if they clean up the Idler.

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

This was our first visit to South Haven, and I had been a bit disappointed in some of the restaurants we'd tried. They were all adequate, but they lacked that extra beachy something. We found The Idler on our last day and it was the perfect end to our trip. I loved looking out over the water and my kids loved watching the boats and the ducks. The food was great, with offerings that matched the atmosphere. The lobster melt and shrimp tacos were amazing! Lastly, our server was excellent. She went above and beyond and paid extra attention to the kids. Next time we visit South Haven, The Idler will be first on our list to visit!

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Reviewed June 29, 2013

So cute! Beautiful view, fun atmosphere, and good food! I wish we ate downstairs in one of the adorable rooms!

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Reviewed June 29, 2013

We sat on the upper deck to enjoy the activity on the river and have drinks and lunch. This could easily have turned into a much longer adventure if we hadn't wanted to explore some other places in town. After enjoying our fish and chips we explored this old converted houseboat and discovered the lower deck, which offers dining outdoors on the foredeck as well as in the converted staterooms for a more private dining experience.
The atmosphere is very laid back, the service decent, drinks good and surroundings great. I'll be back next time I'm in South Haven.

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Reviewed June 28, 2013 via mobile

Don't eat!! Food is disgusting that is if you ever get it!! Service is beyond slow and the staff seems like they could care less whether or not you want a drink. Literally waited a half hour for one round. Immediately asked for our check which took another 20 min...The worst of the worst! South haven beware!

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