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524 Phoenix St, South Haven, MI 49090-1443
+1 269-639-9898
16:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 16:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sun 11:00 - 23:00
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Michigan Center, Michigan
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57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'm here on business for 4 days. So sad that I didn't try this restaurant until the evening of day 3. The food was amazing. I had the arugula and fig salad along with the seared scallops. Both were delicious. I will remember this place and return the next time I'm in South Haven. Thank you to the chef(s) at... More 

Thank TravelingRN04
Chapin, South Carolina
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118 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An upscale Italian place in South Haven. The menu is rather small but excellent. The wine list is OK.

Thank Stujersey
Francesville, Indiana
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Small Italian restaurant with delicious food. Atmosphere was casual. We were there early and enjoyed a quiet meal. Food was slightly different than the "usual" Italian. I would go back just for the truffle egg appetizer and the salad with figs!

Thank CVandBoys
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439 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Night we were there, the kitchen went into the weeds and never came back up. We were there early and ended up having a three-hour dinner for 6. Owner (or rep) made continual apologies, but didn't do anything like comp dessert or buy us a bottle. What part of "never going back" do they not get?

Thank BlueHenFlyer
Livonia, Michigan
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

My husband and I love the happy hour wine and pizza specials. The grilled romaine salad is one of our favorites.

Thank rodgap
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

It took 35 minutes to receive water, 45 minutes to get bread, and 90 minutes from when we sat down until our dinner was served. The manager on duty who was running the bar was aware of our concern for the time it took to be served. Instead of trying to make things better, she decided to take the being... More 

1 Thank Jeff W
Fennville, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

The atmosphere was so warm and inviting,hostess was very nice. Our waiter was excellent. The food was wonderful .

1 Thank jacki128
Indianapolis, Indiana
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

This Italian restaurant was highly rated by the owner of our B&B. Our waiter (Jeremy) was excellent and our Chicken Marsala was superb. We topped off the meal by sharing a large, delicious Tiramisu. The price was reasonable for such high quality food.

1 Thank Richard K
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Just returned from an excellent experience at this clubby-feeling surprise. Our group of eight made a reservation for a mid-week dinner--just in case. A good move. Place was filled when we arrived and we were immediately escorted to our waiting table. A varied menu with Italian accents held something for everyone from pasta, meat and pizza offerings.The special was a... More 

Thank Creeklady
Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

We went here before a triathlon. We were early, around 4 or 5, so the restaurant was empty. When we asked for a table we were told hey couldn't accommodate us due to reservations. We sat at the bar instead and had a leisurely meal and we noticed the restaurant remained half empty so we could have been seated at... More 

Thank Jennifer B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 524 Phoenix St, South Haven, MI 49090-1443
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Van Buren County  >  South Haven
  • Phone Number: +1 269-639-9898

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