Coast 236 Restaurant & Bar

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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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BL
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a great place for food and service!!
Everyone is very friendly and it’s a warm inviting place to be

CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Food quality and service is highly inconsistent. Outdoor heaters were requested and we were told they were "out of order". Entrees were cold and not well prepared. Regretfully will not be back for a good long while in hopes that Coast 236 can improve. Too bad as they offer very fine dining experience 1 out of 5 times we visit. In search of another "go to" for 2019 shoulder season and into 2020.

DB
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eat there at least twice a month and take and recommend to all our friends.

ER
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Coast 236 on Friday, 9/6. Two of us has the Bucatini Lobster pasta. This was easily one of the finest pasta dishes I have had outside of Italy. Truly spectacular! Apps were wonderful as well. I had a wonderful Zin @ $10 a glass that was a great value for such a high-caliber wine. Service by Jessica was also a standout. She was so knowledgeable, but also had great energy and was just a great person. The back dining room can get quite loud (one of my only peeves about this restaurant), but we enjoyed our quieter location up-front at 'table #1.' Chef Mindy really out-did herself!

PT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended by a friend. Went on a Thursday evening. Nice table on the patio. Excellent live music. Service and food were great. Look forward to going again

AA
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was mediocre, it was expensive. There are better selections in town and better value. We eat out often so it’s good to try new restaurants. Probably won’t return.

FL
Naples
23 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable dinner with satisfying menu in a congenial environment. Coast is a Saugatuck favorite!

LW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone in our party of four had a different entree. Each was extremely pleased. Server Richard was both efficient and entertaining. Definitely a high spot of Saugatuck/Douglas dining

TR
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing experience!!! The owner greeted us at the door as well as thanked us as we were leaving! Our server was so warm, friendly, and so personable she felt like a friend! The food is a whole other reason to come to Coast 236!! The Bucatini was out of this world as well as everyone at the table! I recommend that everyone who visits Saugatuck must go!

SC
Grand Rapids
20 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

dinner with out of town guests who live in Manhattan - they were impressed with the quality of the food and the amazing service with James as our waiter! They are still talking about the scallops and the kale salad! thank you once again for a wonderful evening!

c
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had 6:45 reservations and did not get our dinner until after 8:45. Richard was our server and he did apologize but that’s still inexcusable. Why have a reservation?

JF
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Place is beautiful. Food great. Only issue was really slow service. Kitchen was backed up. We had theatre tickets and had to leave before dessert. Our server offered to buy us dessert after show. Class act! Definitely will go again.

s
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere with a more "upscale" feel for Saugutuck. Our waiter, Richard, was amazing! One of the best servers I've EVER had, anywhere. He made excellent suggestions for our entrees, was personable and overall made our dinner a memeorable dining event. We will definitely go back...and request Richard again. The food was excellent and paired with the perfect wine. We loved this restaurant!

DI
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and really enjoyed the outdoor dining area. Menu selections were varied and portions were perfect.

S
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our wedding reception here. The food was fabulous. Great service. The ambiance was certainly wonderful. We can't wait to go back for our first anniversary.

KM
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined outside on the patio. It was quiet, good service and great food.

GH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Even though we had reservations, we had to wait for them to set up our table. When we were seated, they didn’t even give us a menu. We had to ask twice for menus. The food was mixed-some items were excellent while other items were less than inspiring. Additionally, several tables who were seated well after us, were served well before us.

G
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

Restaurant is beautiful, took about 20 minutes to get our drinks. Server was polite.
Food was fine.

M
Naples
15 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great ex

OT
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We waited 1.5 hrs and still no food. Our waiter told us the kitchen “forgot”. Really? Why did he not find out why we were waiting so long? Nothing was done about this. He then never returned to see if the food we eventually got was okay. It was not. The green beans were basically raw with some warmth. People seated an hour after us were eating and still no food. I told him the manager should do something to address this and he ignored us. The couple next to us, same waiter, also didn’t get their food for over an hour and they had to keep asking for water or other things. True it was a Saturday evening but the place had many empty tables. No excuse for this kind of treatment and at a cost of over $100 for 2 people. Very unhappy.
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RG
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

My wife and I were frequent patrons of the previous establishment at this location. I am sorry to say that the new restaurant has completely destroyed a lovely venue for a civilized dining experience and replaced it with an unpleasant tourist trap. To start, the warm décor has been replaced with very cold décor. The main dining room has the worst acoustics. It is like eating in a cafeteria. I was unable to speak to the person sitting next to me. I am assuming the kitchen has not changed, while they have dramatically increased their seating capacity. Our waitress repeated threw them under the bus during our diner. The cocktails sat on the bar for sometime and were served at room temperature. Our salads came out before the appetizers and when the appetizers arrived only 2 of 3 were served. The third appetizer arrived with our main course. I tried to send it back but was told do not worry about it you are not paying for it. In all the experience was awful and a great disappointment.

b
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mussels and scallops and beet tower salad were wonderful, walleye and green beans undercooked. Otherwise, a delightful addition to Saugatuck's dining scene.

JO
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the staff and food. Always a nice time.

RS
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a reservation but had to wait for a table or take a table near a large and loud group. It was nice that we were offered a choice. Service was friendly but on the slow side and somewhat inattentive once the food was served. We ordered the scallops and the walleye and both were cooked and presented beautifully. The cauliflower/potato/bacon hash that was served with the scallops was cold and not very good. The risotto that came with the walleye was piping hot and tasty. Asparagus accompanied both dishes and was good but a bit of a disappointment since a lot of fresh vegetable options would be available this time of year. For dessert we enjoyed their version of a Reese's peanut butter cup which was delicious. Overall a nice experience with good food but lacking the fine touches that would make it an exceptional dinner.

DP
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
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 on August 19, 2019
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 on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the service, on the Ambiance were excellent

s
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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

DR
Grand Rapids
80 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
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 on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best restaurant in Saugatuck and Douglas

PJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
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 on August 17, 2019
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.

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