Planning a trip to the lakeshore and not sure where to eat? Keep reading to learn about some of the local restaurants that are worth checking out in Saugatuck/Douglas and South Haven!



The Southerner

For Southern comfort food with a twist, The Southerner is the place to be! The menu includes fried chicken, shrimp and grits, salads, sandwiches, and more. The atmosphere makes it a great spot to enjoy a delicious meal.


Phil’s Bar & Grille

Perched on the waterfront, Phil’s Bar & Grille offers a variety of dishes. On the menu, you will find fresh salads, seafood, burgers, sandwiches, and more. The scenic views of the Kalamazoo River add to the charm of the restaurant.


Pumpernickel’s Eatery

For specialty drinks, amazing food, and brunch, check out Pumpernickel’s! Brunch is served from 9am-3pm and dinner from 4pm-9pm. On the brunch menu, you’ll find crab cake benedict, fluffy buttermilk pancakes, salads, sandwiches, and more. Going to be there for dinner? Try their pork tacos, shrimp pasta, or the surf and turf.


The Butler Restaurant

A Saugatuck institution, The Butler Restaurant serves up fresh seafood and American fare like their famous burger. Make sure to save room for dessert! You can’t go wrong with the house-made cinnamon roll.


South Haven

The Black River Tavern

As a local favorite, the Black River Tavern serves delicious sandwiches, mouth-watering burgers, wings, nachos, and more. Pair your food with a specialty cocktail or a non-alcoholic beverage. The tavern offers views of the lighthouse and harbor while providing live entertainment. 


Tello Italian Bistro

For authentic Italian dishes in the heart of South Haven, make sure to try Tello Italian Bistro. On the menu, you’ll find pasta and pizza made from scratch, sandwiches, salads, and more. Make sure to save some room for dessert and try their cannoli or tiramisu!



Taste is a farm-to-table restaurant with a focus on using locally sourced ingredients to create fresh and seasonal dishes. There’s something for everyone including sushi, jerk shrimp, mac-n-cheese, and sandwiches. Everything is made from scratch and prepared as fresh as possible. 


Maria’s Taste of Italy

Known for its generous portions and hearty Italian dishes, Maria’s Taste of Italy is another excellent option for authentic Italian cuisine. Their lasagna is a fan favorite as is their pizza. In the mood for a sandwich? There are several tasty options to choose from.

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