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The Nut Shack

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Some say the ambiance of a restaurant can make or break it. The Nut Shack certainly has the market cornered when it comes to the views!

Located at the South Bass Island State Park, diners can enjoy a stunning panoramic view of Lake Erie while enjoying some great comfort foods! Food can be ordered to enjoy at the park or to go for your family picnic. 

Breakfast At The Nut Shack

Open for breakfast and lunch, the Nut Shack offers diners the option of a comfortable picnic table at the restaurant or taking it to your campsite or the waterfront to enjoy.

Breakfast favorites at the Nut Shack include the Biscuit and Gravy Chicken Tenders and English muffins with your choices of cheese, bacon, sausage, or Ham.

You will find piping hot coffee and assorted juices to complete your breakfast! Breakfast hours are from 8 AM to 11 AM.

Lunch At The Net Shack

With a great playground and a popular swimming area steps away, the Nut Shack is a great place for families and friends to gather for an inexpensive lunch al fresco. 

Burgers, Fries, and popular onion rings are made to order and offered with other popular comfort foods.

Try the hot dogs or Chicken Tenders with your choice of sauces. For the vegetarians in the group, they suggest vegi burgers and a great grilled cheese sandwich. Lunch is served from 11 AM to 5 pm.

Things to Do At Put-in-Bay Near The Nut Shack

After a hearty meal at the Nut Shack, you are just steps away from the fun and excitement of Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals! Rent a powerful Jet Ski and tour the Lake Erie Shoreline! Guided tours are available, and all safety equipment and appropriate instruction are provided.

If you feel like trying your hand at a challenging game of golf, Saunders Golf Course is a par three walking course complete with club rentals and refreshments. The course is inexpensive to play and a reasonable walk!

Put-in-Bay also has its own self-proclaimed five-star dive bar at the entrance to the State Park. Joes Bar is a relaxed, no-frills place to stop for an ice-cold beer and a board game or two. It’s locals’ favorite, so stop by for a bite or a beer and meet some local islanders! The Put-in-Bay Airport is just a short Golf Cart Ride away, and visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a Put-in-Bay Helicopter Tours or soar high above the island in a restored WACO airplane by taking the island’s Bi-Plane Rides! Bring your camera, as the views are incredible!


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Larry B.

Fantastic little island. I leased a Bike as soon as I got off the ferry. I consumed most of the day riding around the isle, looking at small stores, and doing a winery excursion. I wish I had scheduled more time to spend here. We had a delightful lunch out by the State park at the Nut Shack. We really liked the put in bay hotels

Brandon W.

Awesome way to spend a summer day. We go to Put-in-Bay a couple of times every summer. There are several fine restaurants (The Boardwalk, The Round House for Chicken, and The Nut Shack for burgers), more than enough excellent bars, a winery, and lots of regional Ohio history. Lease a golf cart or bike and ride about the island at your own speed. You can take your automobile over on the ferry, but parking is a pain in the summer months with all the people. On weekends at night, it gets a little wild and is not what I would call family-friendly. If you want to bypass that, go during the day or during the week.

Joyce D.

Tons of Tourist Sites-I would suggest taking advantage of the extensive & complimentary parking lots found near the ferry to the isle. It is just a $14 round trip per person to the island, and there are many golf cart rental establishments within walking distance when landing on the island. The island itself is flat & very easy to get around. During the high tourist season, it would not be easy getting around the island in a car. There are many hotels and restaurants to fit your wallet. We enjoyed an inexpensive afternoon sandwich at the Nut Shack. Numerous boat docks. I would say a freshwater boaters heaven. For landlubbers, the Oliver Perry Memorial & trip to the winery would be highlighted if I were to go again.

Virginia B.

A MUST SEE - Don't bring your automobile! A couple of nights on this small island was a highlight of one of our numerous trips this year. Safe - Good Food-Clean - Colorful - Unique - Friendly-Good Bars -Beautiful Scenic Waterfront. We stayed at the Edgewater Hotel & walked the town each day. Most won't even require golf carts to get about. We even rolled our baggage to & from the ferry. The ferry was only a 22-minute ride from Port Clinton. (But first, we drove Five minutes up the road & stopped at Firelands Winery, which was very pleasant.) It is free parking a block from the ferry & you can drop bags off first by ferry. Excellent time & we met additional nice couples at the Mohito Bay Pub, which is a large tiki hut with swings for stools, all about a half-circle bar with sand as the floor. And they have bunches of other elevated table seating. We appreciated each & every establishment since we were there for four nights. The whole village is a two-block courtyard. The Nut Shack was a nice place to grab breakfast and coffee in the morning. We go to Key West, FL, each year & heard about Put-in-Bay's Key West Days at the end of August, so we tried it. Some of the performers from Key West really came up & executed. However, some had canceled.

Polly H.

Party on the bay spot !-It is a fun place to visit, and not far off either! Convenient and happening. It has plenty of options to do and spend some quality time with the family. Water sports like any shoreline town, canoe, kayak, jet ski, rent a boat, parasailing, or just relaxing in the parks and having a stunning view of the powerful lake. Pool parties, Sunday classic car rounds, biplane rides. So much to do. Rent a golf cart for the day, and you are set to explore. Good combination of pubs n bars to grab a beer. Lunch at The Nut Shack at the State Park was cool.

Greg T.

Absolutely love coming to Put-In-Bay! Whether it's with my kids and family our out for a night with friends, there is always something going on. Every time we've stayed at the Put-in-Bay Resort it has been so much fun and super clean. We go back a couple of times every year 🙂 There are so many things to do in put in bay and the put in bay beach was fun for the kids. There is a restaurant there called the Nut Shack.

Henery G.

Amazing day trip! This isle is jumping! We rented a golf cart at Put-in-bay Golf Carts online prior to the ferry over to the island. This island is clean, appealing, and much larger than I thought. There are two wineries, lots of eateries and bars, places to camp, kayak, and Perry Memorial.

Pancho G.

Decent place to spend with family or with friends. I spent a day with relatives here. Local transportation on the island is amazing. They make the trip more engaging with the history behind every aged structure and island. Also, you will get a golf cart to wander around as per your desire.
Their abundance of local restaurants and wineries is there to enjoy. No fast food chains are present, but The Nut Shack was an inexpensive option. The most reasonable way to enjoy yourself is to go with family or a group of buddies.

Ralph Z.

Great day trip at Put-in-Bay! We took the children (11 and 13 years old) and pretty much did everything there was to visit and accomplish in one day, with the exception of parasailing. We went jet skiing and had a fabulous lunch at The Nut Shack. They really liked the Butterfly House, the rock wall, Perry's memorial, and riding around the isle in a golf cart. put in bay restaurants can be expensive but this was not!