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Black River Tavern

403 Phoenix St, South Haven, MI 49090-1309
+1 269-637-4837
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good43%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“crab cakes” (18 reviews)
“perch tacos” (16 reviews)
“baked beans” (4 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
403 Phoenix St, South Haven, MI 49090-1309
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Reviewed yesterday

This was recommended by our Inn Keeper. We live in Wisconsin and know a good a fish fry. The Fish fry and fish tacos were absolutely the best we have EVER had! This is a very fun place.

Thank kchase1960
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Ate lunch here! Outside seating, good food and service makes for a great time in South Haven! Seafood cakes were awesome!

Thank CindyLuWho
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love that they have outdoor seating and the outdoor seating is dog friendly! BRT truly has the best perch in town! The service is always friendly too!

Thank Jillyjillyjilly
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I went here on a recommendation from the staff at our bed and breakfast. I don’t normally go around rating fish sandwiches but this one is absolutely phenomenal. We also had a dozen wings which were also delicious.

Thank ajchavo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great sandwiches, fries, salads, and entrees. We had the best perch sandwiches! There is a fun outside patio in front where you can people-watch and listen to rockin’ music under umbrellas.

Thank Sashea1253
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a bar where the locals hang out! The wooden bar itself is old and charming. A lot is sport items are on the wall. Ashley was our bartender and she was attentive and kind. We had crab, lobster, crawfish cakes! Yummy! The...More

Thank Amy J
Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Super friendly spot! Great service and great food. Loved the perch sandwich with Chipotle aioli! The baked beans were great as well. Dan makes everyone feel welcome!

Thank Bamacacher
Reviewed 31 March 2018

Great place for drinks and good bar food with great service and friendly crowd. Great for locals and visitors alike.

Thank pmlm
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Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

South Haven is about an hour and a half drive from our house. We heard the lake perch was excellent and decided to take the ride. We were not disappointed. We all had the lake perch dinner with the rib sampler for a starter. The...More

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maxxyscott, Owner at Black River Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write your review and especially for making the trip! Hope to see you again and make sure to follow us on Facebook to keep up on the latest events.

Reviewed 20 November 2017

THE best location in South Haven. Lost stop before walking to the lighthouse and first stop back. A Bar the way it should be. A beer selection second to none, great drinks at great prices and not a touristy type place. Open year round and...More

Thank Jerome D
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Mia J
10 October 2017|
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Response from Meredith H | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is dog friendly! We went here twice while on vacation, because we had our dog! Good food!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 20
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 403 Phoenix St, South Haven, MI 49090-1309
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Van Buren County  >  South Haven
  • Phone Number: +1 269-637-4837
  • E-mail
2 Great Bars...one Great Location! Overlooking Harbor And Lake Michigan! Daily Food & Drink Specials Outdoor Seating Available Featuring Live Music Weekends Professional Stand-up Comedy Featuring Nationally-touring Headlining Comedians Every Saturday Night! Voted "best Of 2014"... *bar Food *live Entertainment *beer Selection *specialty Drinks
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