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“Good lunch, nice scenery”
Review of Idler Restaurant

Idler Restaurant
Ranked #19 of 71 Restaurants in South Haven
Dining options: After-hours
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Dining options: After-hours
Reviewed 5 September 2013

We stopped at the Idler for lunch on our way north on I-196. The restaurant is on a boat moored in the harbor in a shopping development called "Old Harbor". There is seating inside, outside under a canopy, and outside without the canopy. I enjoyed a Cuban Panini half-sandwich and cup of Pepper Crab soup (sliced green peppers, not ground black pepper). My wife had salmon. We enjoyed our meal, the service, and the scenery.

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Thank Stephen B
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

This was our first time in South Haven - we spent a week there - and ended up eating at the Idler twice! The first time was with couples and we sat in a little state room in the lower level and it was nice having an open air view of the water. The food was decent and there was a nice variety. When the family came up later in the week (including a 2 year old), we decided to go back again - this time we were in the lower level at a big table with doors open to the water. The service was great and again the food was decent. And my grandson was able to feed the ducks and watch the boats go by. For this being a quaint town on the water, there isn't a lot of other outdoor eating establishments which surprised us. So, this is the place to go - we would definitely go back.

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Thank Gertiepearl
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Sat at the bar outside, had a couple of delicious drinks...rum runner for the hubby, paradise punch for me. YUMMO!! Had fun talking to other customers. This is the kind of place you want to hang out at, when in a place like South Haven. People need to chill and RELAX!! Better than being at work any day!!

Thank Judy S
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Reviewed 1 September 2013 via mobile

Walked in around 11:45 on a Friday afternoon. The few open tables were filling quickly. It was a beautiful day and dining alfresco was a popular idea. The service was good even with the rush. I ordered the shrimp tacos and would give them a 5 out of 5 rating. The corn tortilla chips that came with however, I would sub anything else for. My husband ordered the brisket sandwich. Although the brisket was perfectly tender, he would have perfered a little more juice/gravy. Served with great kettle chips. All in all a great place to grab a drink and a bite on the water.

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Thank AimedWest
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

We go to South Haven every year at this time. We have never visited this restaurant before. We did this time. Though we pass this de-commissioned passenger ship every time we take our boat out, we never realized how nice and accommodating it is. They have little state rooms where the families can have dinner in a semi-private setting. The food is good. The wait staff is very good and helpful. There is the very lengthy wait for food, which is traditional in South Haven, so don't come here if you're in a hurry. Drink selection is GREAT.

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Thank vanishingpoint1
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