Coast 236 Restaurant & Bar

4.2
189 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Every coastline brings with it an air of freshness and wonder, an inspiration in every ebb and flow. Coasts can be recognizable and new … predictably unpredictable in a way that can surprise or delight. But no matter the geography, there is a familiarity and a connection. At Coast 236, the rhythm of familiarity and freshness is our inspiration. Sourcing meaningful ingredients from water and land, we passionately craft approachable coastal inspired fare with unexpected details.
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DP
Indiana
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had the walleye and beef tenderloin. Best fresh fish i had in this area all week.

H
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been to this restaurant since it changed. What a treat. Food was delicious and well prepared. We had dinner on the patio. It was amazing. Our service person was excellent.

PC
Detroit
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the service, on the Ambiance were excellent

s
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service seemed slow...but the food was great...maybe just an off night?

DR
Grand Rapids
75 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service - Saganaki was the best! Enjoyed the crab cakes and the lemon cafe was fabulous.

FW
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best restaurant in Saugatuck and Douglas

PJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Saugatuck for the week-end and asked a friend for a recommendation. He said Coast 236 so we made reservations. When we got into town, we found ourselves hiking the dunes with folks we didn’t know. We made small talk and the conversation turned to our dining destinations. We said we were heading to Coast 236 that evening and received booming approval all around.

6:30 reservations beget a phenomenal server and bus staff; and an eggplant/mushroom salad with grapefruit dressing, pork chop, lobster bucatini, lemon cake, and peach sangria. Each item delighted our senses, and tasted exquisite.

We enjoyed ourselves immensely, and will return to Saugatuck specifically to dine here again. Go, relax, and let them engage your senses.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family vacation

DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Untrained staff
Very slow service

f
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Our first experience was mixed. While everyone was friendly and the food was very good, the time to wait for food from the kitchen took a bit longer than normal. They seemed a bit short staffed, however the place was quite busy which I'm sure played into the delay from the kitchen. The drinks were very good as well. Not discouraged enough to not return again. The complimentary flash fried chickpeas you receive at the table, were a very yummy touch.

A
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Except for the service which was friendly and courteous this restaurant was a disappointment. Particularly the food. Our salads were good but my walleye was so dry it was barely edible. My husbands meal of duck, one of the evening's specials, only average. Not an inexpensive place to dine and definitely not worth the expense.

PK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Coast is a beautiful restaurant and the look & feel of the restaurant was just what we wanted. Overall, the food was good and our server was very kind. However, the amount of food and quality of the food did not match the prices. We also had a pretty substantial wait for our food (behind a large party which is understandable), but the restaurant did not make any concession to compensate for that.

MO
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third time to eat at Coast and everything was great EXCEPT the noise level of the table behind us. We will never sit in that area again. The tables are close and when you have a group of four who talk loud, spill red wine on each other (luckily it didn't get on any of us) it wasn't a enjoyable time. The meal delicious, our service Gigi was great, but not the atmosphere.

TF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, ambience and staff. My friend and I had an amazing time here.

SS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We sat outside which is lovely especially after the server adjusted an umbrella to block the sun. Food was great. WE were under time pressure because of going to the Summer Theater. Our server did a great job of getting us. Only comment is that i wish they had a capuchino machine.

GC
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food.
Nice atmosphere outside on patio.
Richard made it a point to learn our names. Enjoyable experience.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location in Saugatuck with reasonably priced good food. I ordered Burrata and Lamb Lollipops and my husband had Chicken Stir Fry. All outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant that accepts reservations.

AP
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous location, interesting menu with delicious offerings. It was recommended to us by a friend, and we are so glad we gave it a try! Cannot wait to return. Thank you for a great evening Coast 236!

KI
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best saugatuck venue Pedro, James and rich work well as professional waiters. Food is outstanding. The place works.

H
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for a date or with a group. I went out of the box and ordered the Trout and was not disappointed. My wife had the scallops and loved them.
We would definitely go back again.

GO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Even though we had reservations we waited for 15 minutes for our server. Took another 15 minutes for our drinks to arrive and the food was even slower. The food was good when it arrived but only ordering an appetizer and 2 entrees took 3 hours.

TH
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Horrible service! Menus still sat on table when appetizers arrived. Drinks arrived AFTER appetizers. Food was delicious; service was a huge fail. Invest in experienced waitstaff.

VS
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good.

CP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I was hoping for better. The patio was cute and the food was pretty good, but the service was extremely slow. While the waiter was nice and appeared to be trying hard, he was handling way too many tables at one time. I ended up sending my husband to the kitchen window several times to get stuff like salt and pepper, and some extra ice. And I shared my menu with the table next to us - they were seated for 10 minutes and had not yet received one.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Enjoyed, little confusion on cocktail order. Took little longer on delivery of food but entrees ordered were excellent. Sunday night, staff was very young and very polite.

NF
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were seated right away on a Saturday night with a reservation. Crab cake appetizers were very nice, beet salad interesting, and trout excellent. Lot's of different flavors for a very enjoyable evening. Nice class of wine, too. Portions were not large but perfect if sharing an appetizer and a salad prior to the entree.

CB
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place in Saugatuck,MI. We sat outside and the garden was beautiful and food was tasty

M
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't say enough good things about Coast 236. I was reluctant at first, because Saugatuck is such a quaint place; and I thought from the website, this spot might be too "modern". I immediately saw that couldn't be farther from the truth: the space is beautiful. It has a warm feel, even with all white & neutral interiors. It is bright & cheery with many windows & a lovely patio out back. I was dining alone & was shown to just the perfect table for a single: I was next to the windows with full view of the patio (great people-watching). My server was friendly, as were all staff members I encountered. I ordered the Walleye: Having lived in Michigan for 10 years (Chicago now), I had been thinking about Walleye all week and was thrilled it was on the menu. It was uniquely prepared & delicious. I've already told the owner but will repeat here how much I appreciated my server taking his time with asking for my order & then bringing each course. I dine alone often, & it's not unusual, even at high-end restaurants, for servers to treat me as an after-thought & to rush to get me out of their way. My experience was superb, and I look forward to returning.

A
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superb! Server was friendly and efficient. Place looks great!

SC
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful outdoor patio for dining. New renovation is attractive and decor fits theme and goal of restaurant.

JJ
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Creative and tasty menu items. Affordable, great service, quiet and comfortable.

G
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, service very good. We sat outside on the patio, it was delightful. Recommend very highly.

t
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Vacation spot

TC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coast was the perfect dining spot to celebrate our anniversary. The courtyard is beautiful, the food was fabulous (filet and chicken stir-fry), the wait staff was amazingly friendly and fun (and offered us a dessert for our special night). I would recommend a reservation for dinner, and arrive early if you would like to sit outside - it's worth it!

KE
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

James was wonderful and attentive as usual!!!

c
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The outdoor patio was wonderful, the food was good - the walleye a bit bland, the service was great but pricing was a bit high based on the quality of the food. Overall an enjoyable experience.

AG
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Site of a former favorite for years. While our waiter was terrific, it took the kitchen too long to get our simple dinner order out. Husband ordered chicken stir fry which was completely limp and overdone due to sitting somewhere for too long. My lake trout was delicious. We dinned on the early side so getting our order out in timely fashion should not have been a problem. Had shrimp/calamari appetizer which was yummie. Drinks were great and good pours!

a
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The new owners took an outstanding,beautiful,comfortable restaurant and modernized it with some crazy combinations of food, and in my opinion ruined my favorite restaurant in the area. The service was the only thing that resembled Hercules and that was due to a waiter that has been there for years. I called for a reservation the same day and had way too many options to come in the same day. Perhaps they will realize that people love the old standards or regular salads and normal dishes rather than to try to reinvent the wheel with new and weird combinations. If so and I see some really good reviews, maybe we will try it again. There were no written reviews when I booked it and now I know why. This probably won't appear either. Good Luck. Just serve good, food and don't try to reinvent the wheel.

B
Detroit
45 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent! We had the scallops and they were very well done. Loved the atmosphere on the patio in back.

b
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Garden setting is lovely but the first impression was marred by menus stained with food. My French martini was below average, the gazpacho was good but the tuna tartar didn’t have much flavor.

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