About The Butler

Conveniently located in downtown Saugatuck (voted one of America’s Coolest Small Towns), The Butler has been a staple of casual waterfront and outdoor dining for more than 60 years. The Butler restaurant is recognized throughout West Michigan for its quality dining, spectacular views of Kalamazoo Lake harbor and the Saugatuck boardwalk, and of course, its signature Butler Burger.

This spring, The Butler’s premier location is being heightened with the addition of a two-story, open-air patio! The deck will seat 250 guests and will be the perfect setting for outdoor dining and the return of live music during warm weather.

Our History

The Butler is one of Saugatuck’s oldest, continuously used buildings. Built in 1892 as a steam powered grist mill, our building was sold to a Great Lakes sailor in 1900. With a few modifications, the building reopened as The Hotel Butler, a beautiful summer resort, in 1901.

The Hotel Butler remained a successful hotel and restaurant for decades. In 1961, Verser and Pat White took over operations of The Hotel Butler and shut down the hotel portion of the building in 1971. With the removal of the two top stories, the building reopened as a restaurant only in 1972, now called The Butler.

For decades, the Whites and their family ran the restaurant. In 2021, RedWater Restaurants was proud to acquire The Butler into our restaurant family.

What We’re Known For

Today, The Butler is known for our exceptional American cuisine and fresh seafood — and, of course, our famous Butler Burger. We’re the hotspot in downtown Saugatuck for outdoor dining and waterfront views.

After your meal, why not explore? The Butler is within walking distance of many of Saugatuck’s bed & breakfasts, shops, art galleries, and more. We’re just a short scenic drive from Saugatuck’s Oval Beach and beautiful Lake Michigan.

What We’ve Got Planned for the Future

An Elevated Outdoor Dining Experience

We’re on track to complete a brand new two-level deck in the summer of 2022. Enjoy your meal while getting the best views of the lake in Saugatuck.

The Return of Live Music

The Butler was known for our outdoor dining and live music in the summer. After a brief hiatus due to the pandemic, we’re hoping to bring entertainment back to our deck this year.

A New (but Familiar) Menu

We’re excited for our customers to enjoy new dishes without worrying about losing any favorites. The best of The Butler is here to stay — and grow. Check out our menu to see what’s new.