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Idler Restaurant

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American, Bar, Pub
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515 Williams St, South Haven, MI 49090-2513
+1 269-637-8435
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United States
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Always a good time to sit and talk with friends and eat pub grub. This place is usually hopping in the summer, a favorite for visitors. Although the Idler offers seaside food, don't expect an upscale place. Leave your heels and dress pants at home. Flip flops and shorts more suited. The place can get loud depending on the clientele,... More 

Thank Steve H
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

A South Haven Ice Tea - that is! We always come here when in town! We love it here! So fun to watch the various size boats on the river and you enjoy your food and drink. This is always part of our visit to SoHa!

Thank Mike B
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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179 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

The food is pretty good. The beer is great in a bucket. Your drinks might melt fast if the sun is high and hot, but the views and fun on the Idler speaks of great Summer fun! Always have to make at least one trip each Summer. This year I was able to take my mom and dad!

Thank decoratingplus
Glossop, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

The food is just average but the location makes up for that. A good place to sit & watch the goings-on in the harbour, but nothing special otherwise.

Thank Dave B
South Haven, Michigan
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54 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

No better spot to get a tall cold beverage and watch the boats go by on a beautifully sunny day in South Haven! The drink menu is fabulous and the bar service is great. The food menu is more bar food, but generous portions of sandwiches and salads.

Thank Mocha23
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450 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Slow service, so-so ambiance - food from Sysco. Need I add anything for you to get a clear picture? At least you can eat outside.

Thank BlueHenFlyer
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Food was good and the views spectacular. Service was great and quick. The Caribbean chicken salad with substituted salmon was a perfect meal for me.

Thank KellyHoweT
New Hudson, Michigan
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

This was a great little restaurant right on the river. We ate and drank in the portion of the restaurant that was on the boat. It was a pretty cool experience to be right on the river. The staff were all great and the drinks and food were very good. If you're looking for a casual place to get some... More 

Thank TofferVance
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3 reviews
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Loved this place! I was concerned at first because of the reviews I read, but wanted to experience eating on the boat. I'm glad we did. The staff were super friendly and attentive. The kettle chips are a drug...lol!! I dipped mine in the blue cheese just to see what it'd taste like and fell in love. The burgers, spinach... More 

Thank dawn h
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Stopped by the idler for a beer and burger. A bit more expensive, however you are paying for the Experience and the view of the river with boat traffic. It's a good spot to watch the lift bridge rise and fall as large masted sailboats line up to pass. The burger was very tasty and the beer nice and cold.... More 

Thank Michael K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
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: +1 269-637-8435

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?