Four Great Waterfront Eateries in West Michigan
West Michigan and the Lakeshore are home to a diverse group of cultures and the great restaurants founded by each. Whether your tastes buds long for Mexican, Dutch, or classic American, you’ll find some wonderful choices in the small towns that dot the Lake Michigan coast.
Spring will be just around the corner, it’s a good time to plan a few summer road trips and weekend getaways. There are lots of new places to try in every destination, but when the sun’s out, eating outside with a beautiful view makes any meal more enjoyable.
This week, to let a little sunshine through the winter clouds, we’re going to feature four of the best waterfront eateries in West Michigan. Although Michigan restaurants are currently open for carry-out only, restrictions are anticipated to be lifted by Feb 2nd.
Brentwood Tavern, New Buffalo, MI
Just 90 minutes from Chicago and easily accessible by car or train, New Buffalo sits on the lower Lake Michigan waterfront just off I-94. A small town with a big beachfront presence, the city also borders the Galien river, creating a huge harbor with a vibrant boating community.
Overlooking the water at the Marina Grand Resort, the Brentwood Tavern features handcrafted comfort food made from scratch using locally sourced ingredients for breakfast and dinner with Mediterranean, Asian, and classic American flavors.
For breakfast, guests can choose from treats like warm beignets, fresh-made breakfast burritos, and blueberry pancakes along with other standard breakfast fare.
Dinner guests can choose from starters like Mediterranean chicken wing appetizers, and entrees such as prosciutto and fig pizza or Lake Superior whitefish among a wide variety of other dishes.
To make your meal even better, enjoy your drinks and dinner outside by the water. For more information, visit the Brentwood Tavern online at https://www.bentwoodtavern.com/
Su Casa, South Haven, MI
Perched near the mouth of the Black River, South Haven offers plenty of shopping and dining opportunities while retaining its small town feel. There are plenty of places to stop for a drink or to enjoy a snack, but none with the waterfront views of Su Casa.
Su Casa – Spanish for “Your House,” offers authentic Mexican dishes rich in the flavors and textures from a variety of Mexican regions. Su Casa also offers an extensive selection of tequilas, hand-crafted beers from local brewers, and specialty cocktails that can match any meal.
Freshly made guacamole, creamy chorizoqueso dip, and starter staples like nachos can get the party started, followed by common Mexican entrees like fajitas, enchiladas, and quesadillas. However, Su Casa also offers seafood, sandwiches, and vegetarian meals.
The food is enough of a reason to visit Su Casa, but the view of the Black River and Lake Michigan from the restaurant’s sundeck makes every mouthwatering dish taste that much better.
Visit Su Casa and take in one of the Lakeshore’s stunning summer sunsets from the sundeck with a hand-crafted margherita and a bowl of made-to-order guacamole. For more information, visit - https://www.sucasa-restaurante.com/
The Butler, Saugatuck, MI
Located in Saugatuck, MI just a short ride upriver from Lake Michigan by boat, The Butler restaurant has been a fixture on the Kalamazoo River waterfront for more than 58 years.
Featuring classic American cuisine, guests can choose from starters like Butler wings, spicy Boom-Boom shrimp, and unique creations like honey Sriracha Brussel sprouts.
Entrees include a variety of “comfort food” dishes like chicken, steak, and pizza, but the Butler’s namesake burger is not to be missed. The ½ pound Angus burger is served with lettuce, mayo, and American cheese, and topped off with a slice of grilled ham.
Enjoy a Butler burger with a bottle of cold beer from one of West Michigan’s award-winning breweries while overlooking Kalamazoo Lake from the open deck between sister-towns, Saugatuck and Douglas. On weekends, live music makes the view even better.
For more info, check out - https://www.butlerrestaurant.com
Boatwerks, Holland, MI
Few boaters are unfamiliar with the name Chris Craft, the boat company founded in Algonac, just outside of Detroit. The ground-breaking boat builder can arguably be given credit for launching the pleasure boating industry in the early 1900’s, growing to be an industry powerhouse with factories around the United States.
However, few know that one of the Chris Craft factories was located in West Michigan, right on the banks of Lake Macatawa in Holland.
Now remodeled and converted into one of West Michigan’s finest restaurants, Boatwerks could easily be mistaken as a shrine to it’s original owners and the products they produced.
Sitting at the East end of Lake Macatawa, 6 miles in from the Lake Michigan shoreline, The restaurant features new American fare with a beautiful view from inside its huge dining room windows, or from outside on it’s newly expanded deck.
Visitors can enjoy unique starters like Kentucky fried cauliflower and roasted Brussels sprouts, while entrees include wild funghi pizza, Great Lakes walleye dinners, or a traditional stand-by like a perfectly prepared New York Strip.
Whether visiting for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or for drinks on the deck and a great view of West Michigan’s stunning sunsets, Boatwerks is a must-see. For more information, please visit - https://www.boatwerksrestaurant.com/
The Lake House, Muskegon, MI
Overlooking the Terrace Point Marina on the east end of Muskegon Lake, The Lake House is perfectly positioned to give their guests a delicious dining experience with a stunning view.
The Lake House gives off a slight “New England” vibe, with a menu that adds to the ambiance. Dishes like the crab cake appetizer, “Martha’s Vineyard” salad, and baked lobster cavatappi entrée add to the effect.
Other dishes include local seafood like whitefish, perch, and salmon along with mainstays such as filet mignon and a 12-ounce ribeye.
For the perfect summer evening, stop and enjoy one of The Lake House’s signature cocktails outside and overlooking the water. For more info, please see - https://thelakehousemi.com/
Summer may seem like it’s out of reach now, but it will be here before you know it. To make the most of the beautiful West Michigan weather, plan a trip to the closest location above and enjoy a terrific meal on the waterfront. Or, make it a real Michigan Lakeshore road-trip and compare the sunsets at all four.