Top 6 Spots for Waterfront Dining
Looking for dinner and drinks with a waterfront view? Check out these casual spots which feature different menu specialties while serving up spectacular views.
Promoting boat-to-table fare like fresh fish and seafood, Mermaid is a dockside eatery with outdoor patio seating overlooking the Kalamazoo River. While their seafood entrees are the stars of their menu—don’t miss their Crab & Lobster Roll—Mermaid also serves up some flavor-packed salads like their Salmon Superfood Salad and Beet & Goat Cheese Salad that are light and refreshing.
Home to the famous Butler Burger, The Butler and The Butler Deck offer waterfront dining with spectacular views of the Lake Kalamazoo harbor and boardwalk. The restaurant features a wide selection of casual American food, but getting a burger here is part of the quintessential Saugatuck experience. Memorial Day through Labor Day, visitors can be treated to live entertainment on the Deck.
Located in the heart of downtown Saugatuck, The BARge offers outdoor and open-air seating along the waterfront. Because of their unique location on the Kalamazoo River, boaters are welcome to pull their boats up to the seawall and stop in for drinks or a meal. Serving up traditional bar food, their menu features jumbo chicken wings with 11 different sauces, a number of handheld favorites, and pizza pies made to order.
Southern-style dishes and cocktails are served up with a side of southern hospitality at this relaxed lakeside venue where every seat has a wonderful view. Touting itself as a fried chicken joint, The Southerner’s breakfasts and other lunch and dinner entrees are equally as outstanding. While their incredibly juicy fried chicken is indeed worth the trip, no visit here would be complete without trying their amazing biscuits accompanied by honey butter. Or combine the best of both worlds with a Chicken Biscuit Sandwich that can be served mild or Nashville hot.
A long-time local secret that’s only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, this rollicking, quirky outdoor hangout is the closest you’ll come to a Jamaican and Key West vibe here in Southwest Michigan. Offering American pub grub and a full bar, diners eat at picnic tables on the dock to a great view of the lake. Loud music, a social atmosphere, and fun décor let visitors know not to take life or this establishment too seriously. Try the BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich and a rum drink, but be sure to bring cash as this place does not accept credit cards.
Nestled in downtown Saugatuck on two-and-a-half blocks of beautiful waterfront, The Coral Gables features something for everyone. Built in 1906, The Coral Gables complex is one of the oldest family-owned restaurant and bar sites in the state. A favorite of locals and visitors alike, The Coral Gables features waterfront indoor and outdoor dining along with live music. Their menu offering is large and varied, but their specialty is their Lake Perch—try it as an entrée or in sandwich form.