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Idler Restaurant

515 Williams St, South Haven, MI 49090-2513
+1 269-637-8435
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  • Excellent21%
  • Very good44%
  • Average18%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“kettle chips” (5 reviews)
“burger” (13 reviews)
“oysters” (4 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Bar
$$ - $$$
515 Williams St, South Haven, MI 49090-2513
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely restaurant that sits on the water. The food was fresh and delicious, and we loved our server. Very casual dining but still fun and delicious.

Thank Lori M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Whenever we visit South Haven, we have to eat at the Idler. They have specialty drinks that are pretty good but the food is really good from the pepper crab soup, homeade salt & pepper kettle chips to shrimp tacos or a great tasting burger....More

Thank SeeHerTravel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had some nachos with both beef and chicken. The toppings were great but there were a lot of chips underneath that didn’t get any cheese, etc. The BBQ shrimp were amazing. It’s more of a glaze than a sauce. I was skeptical, but I...More

Thank ajchavo
Reviewed 26 April 2018

It's a fun place to get a drink and a bite to eat. The poutine was fantastic! It was loaded with brisket and pulled chicken!

Thank zo23
Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Drinks are great! Very fun! View is awesom! Boat/restaurant itself is very rundown and way overdue for some upkeep. Menu is basic, food is bland. Staff is very friendly and overly accommodating. We will go back for drinks with a view but won’t eat here...More

Thank Tarah H
Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

We had lunch here a few times this summer. Great atmosphere and friendly staff. We love sitting on top of the riverboat and watching the boats go out into the lake while we eat. The menu isn't very extensive but the food they do have...More

Thank IWannaSeeItAll1968
Reviewed 3 October 2017

The idler is a boat. Very tight quarters to get to the bathroom etc. Good food, good drinks. In the summer it's a nice place to eat with a great view of the river.

Thank Tom A
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed drinks and dinner at the Idler with its Caribbean menu. We had the white sangria and very good salads while enjoying the water view and atmosphere. Service was good and the atmosphere was lively.

Thank kattriprevus
Reviewed 22 September 2017

The shrimp tacos are very good. Shrimp, oysters, fried green tomato sandwich, shrimp louis salad, maui wowie sandwich are all great! Can't beat the location. They are open from Memorial Day to mid-September.

Thank T5946KIjuliew
Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

The Idler is a fun place to go. It's a boat on the harbor that is docked permanently. They serve great food and drinks there. Sit outside for a nice harbor view!

Thank Mike B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Kids
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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