There are many choices when it comes to Put-in-Bay Restaurants from sports-oriented to fine dining. Browse our Put-in-Bay restaurants below and tell us what’s your favorite! One thing for sure, our wide variety of restaurants is sure to satisfy every foodie’s needs!
BLUE MARLIN GRILL
The Blue Marlin Bar & Grill restaurant is located poolside at the Put-in-Bay Resort, the island’s most popular resort hotel. The Blue Marlin offers a wide variety of sandwiches, oven-baked grinders, salads, pizzas, and basket dinners. You can dine poolside or enjoy a seat at the Bar with their 60″ TV’S showing popular sporting events. One of the only restaurants that you can take the kids for a dip in the pool and relaxing lunch or dinner.
LESTERS TACO SHOP
Authentic south of the border tacos made from Chicken, Carne Asada (Beef), Shrimp, Ground Beef, Carnita’s or their famous Tacos Al Pastor (pictured to the left. All prepared in house with the freshest ingredients, so fresh they don’t even have a freezer! Order TO-GO or for delivery (minimum order may apply) Also serving Put-in-Bay’s most economical and fastest breakfast! One of the island’s newest restaurants!
PUT-IN-BAY PIZZA COMPANY
The Put-in-Bay Pizza Company is located in the Edgewater Hotel and Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Rentals complex and caters to the entire island. They offer free delivery and are an island favorite for that late-night Pizza Craving. They are well known for their oven-baked Grinder Sandwiches and offer a wide selection of appetizers and munchies for delivery.
THE GOAT SOUP & WHISKEY
The Goat Soup and Whisky is housed in a historical building near the center of the island. This restaurants menu features one of Put-in-Bay’s widest variety including steaks, Lake Erie Perch and Walleye, pasta, salads, their Famous Perch Taco’s, and their signature homemade soups and sauces. Visit their outdoor Biergarten for a few new flavors!
THE OLD FORGE RESTAURANT
The Old Forge is located in the original Blacksmiths building in downtown Put-in-Bay. Serving their famous crepes, they also are a great spot for breakfast, lunch, and an expansive dinner menu. An outside patio bar is a great place to enjoy an espresso and people watch. Beer Wine & Spirits Served daily.
HOOLIGANS IRISH PUB
At Hooligan’s, friendly well-trained staff combined with a heaping plate of Irish hospitality and authentic Irish Grub makes this Put-in-Bay Restaurants a must-visit. Operating under the fundamentals of a true public house with an exciting menu and bar. Combine the pleasure of a refreshing pint along with Meatloaf, Shepard’s Pie, Fish & Chips, a wide selection of sandwiches and burgers, and a complete children’s menu.
BIG MAN”S BURRITTO STAND
When your thinking Tex Mex Big man’s burrito stand located behind the Frosty Family Pizza is one of two options on the island for Tex Mex with large stuffed burritos, tacos, and salads. The Backyard Bar is a fun outdoor venue that serves fresh fruit margaritas, specialty cocktails, and offers night time entertainment.
MOSSBACKS ISLAND BAR AND GRILL
Mossbacks Restaurant is located right downtown Put-in-Bay and offers diners a view of the Put-in-Bay Waterfront and DeRivera Park. Mossbacks serves Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Known for their Lake Erie Perch, their extensive menu also offers a wide selection of appetizers, Soups and Salads, Steaks & Burgers, Signature Sandwiches, and a Mossbacks Favorite Pierogies. A full liquor bar with craft beers and wine is available.
FROSTY FAMILY PIZZA AND BAR
The Frosty Family Pizza restaurant has been an island tradition for over 60 years continuously being operated by the Stoiber family. Serving their well-known pizza and subs, they are also a popular place for breakfast on the island. Many people do not consider a visit to Put-in-Bay complete without a Frosty Pizza.
PUT-IN-BAY BREWERY AND DISTILLERY
South Bass Island’s first brewery and distillery, the Put-in-Bay Brewery is home to locally made brews that pair well with their excellent food menu. Centrally located in the downtown area on Catawba Avenue next to the Put-in-Bay Police Department. This popular bar has been open since 1996. The Put-in-Bay Brewery is a historic building and was once the local fire department.
THE BOARDWALK RESTAURANTS BOOKS SEAFOOD
The Boardwalk Family of Restaurants is a waterfront development that is home to several of Put-in-Bay’s best restaurants you will read about here. The lower level named Books Seafood has a cafeteria-style service line offering the freshest seafood including Alaskan King Crab, Live Maine Lobster, Key West Shrimp, and New Zealand Mussels with a large selection of deli-style sandwiches, wraps, and of course their FAMOUS LOBSTER BISQUE!!!!
ZEN CAFE & BAKERY
Another place of local color is loaded with local flavor! The Zen Cafe & Bakery restaurant is where you will find many islanders enjoying a cup of freshly brewed coffee along with one of their freshly baked goods! We can’t say enough about the danish, pastries, and cupcakes! The bakery also serves salads, breakfast and lunch sandwiches and creates custom cakes for special occasions and Put-in-Bay Weddings by special order.
MARGARITA’S ON THE ROCK
Margaritas on the Rock boasts a wide variety of hand-crafted and thoughtfully designed margaritas, cocktails, and frozen drinks. Using fresh ingredients and an expansive tequila selection, there’s a drink for everyone on the Rock! Stop by any weekend to experience their live entertainment showcasing a band straight from St. Thomas, VI! Come to feel the island breeze and listen to some authentic reggae tunes as you sip your margaritas and enjoy our southwestern menu!
THE BOATHOUSE BAR AND GRILL
The Boathouse Bar & Grill is located in downtown Put-in-Bay near the waterfront and DeRivera Park. In operation for over 50 years, the Boathouse Restaurant offers locally sourced Lake Erie Perch and Walleye along with southern style food including burgers, Po Boys and Seafood Baskets. They offer inside and outside patio dining, a full-service bar, and entertainment. For additional information on bands and entertainers visit the Put-in-Bay Entertainment page.
The Chicken Patio serves a grilled wine basted Chicken Dinner Complete with corn on the cob, rolls, and potato salad outdoors with a view of DeRivera park and the Put-in-Bay Waterfront. Since 1952, the Chicken Patio has been a destination spot for BBQ and their homemade wine-based BBQ sauce. Orders are also available for carryout. One of the island’s oldest restaurants.
THE LITTLE GALLEY
Little Galley Restaurant located in the Boardwalk Restaurant Complex is known for Certified Angus Beef Burgers, 1/4 lb all-beef hot dogs, chicken strips, and fries all served with a magnificent view of the Put-in-Bay Docks The Little Galley hits the spot with fast service and reasonable prices. Located inside the Boardwalk Restaurant Complex, they offer seating inside and outside.
THE KEYS RESTAURANT
The Keys Restaurants are located on the waterfront in downtown next to the Put-in-Bay Ferry Boat Landing. Within the restaurants complex, there are 4 separate restaurants each offering Florida theme dining with such mouthwatering dishes as Conch Chowder, Key West Shrimp, Fresh Florida Grouper, and BBQ Ribs. Many of the restaurants in the complex offer water view or waterfront dining and all offer full bar service.
For Many years Islanders frequented an establishment called “Tony’s Place” which was built in 1906. In 2014 it was transformed into the Reel Bar but still to this day pays homage to its Put-in-Bay History with its decor and Great Lake Theme. With over 30 fine Bourbons on the shelf and 16 different draft beers, you will have no problem finding that perfect cocktail to enjoy with their fine menu selection. Serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, The Reel Bar features Hand-Held Tacos, Short Rib Philly, Steaks, Perch, and Grouper among other fresh salads and sandwiches.
UPPER DECK RESTAURANT
Upper Deck Restaurant patrons will enjoy a panoramic view of the downtown harbor in an upscale dining experience. Located on the second level of The Boardwalk Restaurant next to the Put-in-Bay public docks, the fresh seafood, and steak options will surely please your palate. Come and catch a great view and meal.
THE FISH SHACK
Located on the left in the main entrance to the Boardwalk dining complex is the Fish Shack serving Lake Erie Perch, Walleye, battered shrimp with some great sides, and hand-breaded jumbo onion rings. Perch Tacos is a local Lake Erie favorite. Dine inside or out with a waterfront view.
A Country Bar has finally arrived at Put-in-Bay complete with country style BBQ! The first and only country-western bar on South Bass Island. They’re the original and best. They’ll serve you up an ice-cold shot of whiskey and a juicy burger or slow-smoked ribs. Feel the peanut shells cracking underneath your feet, and get ready to take the ride of your life on Brisket the only mechanical bull at Put-in-Bay, Brisket! Enjoy country music at its finest. Visit out the Put-in-Bay Entertainment page for performer information.
The Fishbowl is located in the same complex as Mossbacks Restaurants and offers a laid back relaxed atmosphere for lunch or dinner. Freshly made soups, large sandwiches, wings, and robust salads with a full-service bar and late-night food menu. Home of the famous Fishbowl Cocktail!
DAIRY ISLE RESTAURANT
Located in downtown Put-in-Bay near the Perry’s Peace Memorial the Dairy isle offers all Char-Broiled Burgers, Onion Rings, Chicken Strips, Perch Sandwiches, and salads and wraps. Milkshakes, Sundaes, Ice Cream Cones, and Storm Flurry’s make this a family favorite at affordable prices! A great place to get food to go for a picnic!
Line up for one of the best breakfast on Put-in-Bay at Pasquale’s Cafe. For over 20 years, this popular, family-owned spot has served the masses! Pasquale’s Cafe is situated just across the street from DeRivera Park and the public docks on Delaware Avenue, Pasquale’s is easy to find and the interior is bright, modern and usually jammed packed. The vibe is relaxed, casual, and loaded with comfort food.
JOE’S BAR & RESTAURANT
Looking for a little “Local Color” Press House Joe’s is where you will find it! Known for their Sloppy “Joe’s” and killer hot dogs Press House Joe’s offers inside and outside dining and is located neat the Put-in-Bay Ohio State Park. With the motto “Beer is Food” How can you go wrong?
Located in the lobby of the Commodore Hotel in downtown Put-in-Bay, the Subway offers traditional subs on freshly baked bread. Subway is a perfect picnic option for nearby DeRivera Park or the Put-in-Bay State Park Subway is open late night as well! The only franchised restaurant on the island!
Rita’s Cantina offers up some of the best south-of-the-border flavors on Put-in-Bay. Located on the Upper Deck of the Boardwalk right on the harbor in downtown Put-in-Bay. Rita’s Cantina Restaurant is home to the largest and most impressive tequila list on Put-in-Bay, Rita’s Cantina makes margaritas right. Choose from one of their signature frozen delights or opt for a classic on ice with salt and lime.
THE SAND BAR
Adventure Bay complex off of Main Street by the Put-in-Bay Resort is home to the Sandbar Restaurant. It’s a great place for family fun with all the amenities you would expect and more. They offer a large Tiki style bar surrounded by white Florida Beach Sand. Beach volleyball, pool games, frisbee, corn hole, cabanas, and a great menu will keep entertained all day long. here are 6 private cabanas which are available
TIPPERS SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE
Just past the world’s longest bar at the Beer Barrel Saloon, you’ll find Tipper’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant. Delicious surf and turf entrees in a friendly, relaxing environment. On weekends, Tipper’s Seafood and Steak House offers a popular buffet with Prime Rib on Fridays and Seafood on Saturdays! Open from 11 am to 9 pm daily, their wide variety of menu options will lease all, and a kids menu rounds out the offerings. Visit their popular Happy Hour Monday thru Friday!
TOPSY TURVEY’S BAR & GRILL
Another great option for restaurants with waterfront dining and cocktails is the Topsey Turvey’s Restaurant. The spectacular lakefront views pair well with their delicious food and drink. It’s a welcome retreat from the busy downtown area and a relaxing location after a day on the boat. Breakfast is served on weekends and their Cuban sandwich is a hit. Be sure to enjoy their famous Brandy Alexanders on the outside deck.
BEER BARREL SALOON
Beer Barrel Saloon is known as the longest bar in the world, and they serve up some pretty good food to go along with that! Great pizza, buckers on their famous chicken wings, and sandwiches keep the patrons happy while listening to some of the island’s best live entertainment. It’s downtown Location right on Delaware Avenue and the spacious venue is home to some of the best live performances on the island. Beer Barrel Saloon features live entertainment from April to October and is open from 11 am – 1 am dailyy=. Live music begins in May on the weekends and expands to daily events,
DANDEE’S SNACK SHACK
With all of the family-friendly activities at Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center on Put-in-Bay, you will need refueling. DanDee’s Snack Shack has the menu to do just that without having to leave the complex!! With tasty treats, filling bites and ice-cold beverages DanDee’s helps you keep having all that action-packed Perry’s fun! DanDee’s Snack Shack is well known for its cheesy mac ‘n cheese bites, chicken fingers, and fried favorites such as fresh french fries, onion rings, corn dogs, mozzarella cheese sticks, and funnel fries.
BIERGARTEN AT THE BOATHOUSE
Oktoberfest is celebrated on a daily basis at the fabulous Biergarten at the Boathouse. One of the newer new additions to Put-in-Bay’s bar and restaurants scene, The Biergarten serves filling and hearty German food favorites alongside an extensive international beer and drink menu. Located in the heart of downtown on Hartford Avenue, the Biergarten at the Boathouse isn’t just a restaurant, it is a destination.
CHICKEN PATIO AT THE ROUNDHOUSE BAR
Founded in 1952 and a million-plus chickens later the Chicken Patio, has long served the best BBQ chicken on South Bass Island. The locals say the secret is in the sauce! Thee famous wine basted BBQ sauce is known far and wide for its rich, deep flavor. Chicken Patio is located on the patio of the historic Park Hotel next to the Roundhouse Bar where it first opened in 1952. It is now just a little bit bigger to serve the huge demand! One of the oldest restaurants on the island!
Put-in-Bay Restaurants: Important Things To Know!
In Put-in-Bay downtown are alone, there are so many great options for dining you can please just about anyone! Each of our local restaurants displays their menu on our website to get your mouth watering right away! The famous Boardwalk Restaurant complex offers visitors several different types and styles of dining all in one location with a fantastic view! Just outside of the downtown Put-in-Bay you’ll fine The Goat Soup & Whiskey known for their great homemade soups and Perch Tacos along with Joes Bar & Grill Restaurant near the Put-in-Bay State Park which has great sandwiches with indoor or outdoor dining.
Feeling like some lighter fare or just dessert? Dairy Isle Restaurant features great Ice Cream treats along with the Chocolate Cafe and Candy Bar, a must-visit for kids and adults of all ages. Put-in-Bay restaurant reviews are located on each restaurant page and we encourage you to share your dining reviews via our CONTACT US page to share with future visitors!
Many of our outstanding food establishments transform into a vibrant nightclub in the evening hours. Be sure to check out the Put-in-Bay Entertainment Schedule for performer information times and dates. From nationally-known acts to one-man bands to nationally known acts, you are sure to find excitement and variety at Put-in-Bay!
Restaurant Dining Variety At Its Finest!
Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island offers a wide variety of restaurants. Ranging from a simple Subway chain restaurant to sit down fine dining venues with views that are incredible! The Boardwalk Restaurants are well known for the famous Lobster Bisque (Over One Million Sold) as well as Alaskan King Crab, Steaks, and the freshest seafood flown in daily! The Upper Deck is Put-in-Bay’s fine-dining venue where casual dress still rules!
Enjoy a great view of the Put-in-Bay harbor and Perry’s monument with our waterfront restaurants. For a Caribbean vibe, you can make your way to The Keys Restaurants where fresh Florida Grouper is served and the perch tacos are delicious! For a more casual and affordable dining experience visit the Blue Marlin Bar & Grill located at the island’s most popular lodging hotel the Put-in-Bay Resort! Poolside dining and a great place to take the kids for a swim while mom and dad relax!
The majority of Put-in-Bay Restaurants are in the downtown area. The few that are on the outskirts are well work the trip. The best way to tour these is on a Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Rental. Most Put-in-Bay Restaurants will feature delicious Lake Erie Yellow Perch and or Walleye. It’s served in salads, baskets, tacos, and entrees it’s that good! These locally caught fish are the pride of the Lake Erie Islands!
One newcomer to the island is Lesters Taco Shop on Delaware Avenue. When we say authentic we mean it! The Lopez family brings Nicaragua’s best recipes including Tacos’ Al Pastor, Cane Asada, and salsa and guacamole dishes made from scratch. These delicious street-style tacos have quickly become a favorite with locals for a quick, affordable meal.
Let’s Talk Some Great Restaurants For Breakfast!
Put-In-Bay Restaurants are ready for all tastes. Grab some breakfast on Delaware Ave at Pasquales Café, Frosty Family Pizza, or Lesters Taco shop with their fresh breakfast tacos, burritos, and huevos rancheros dishes. Other restaurants offering breakfast are Topsey Turvey, Mossbacks, and Tippers, all right downtown! All restaurants offer to-go service for those who wish to enjoy breakfast at your Put-in-Bay Hotels or along the waterfront.
Views and Variety Put-in-Bay Restaurants have it all!
Watch the boats floating by while enjoying Cuban Sandwich at Topsy Turvey on Bayview Ave. Head over to Hooligans on Catawba Ave to get your Irish fix with some Fish and Chips or a few of their great scotches or brews. Soak up the lively downtown streets while enjoying the outdoor seating at the Put-In-Bay Brewery and Distillery. Smell the delicious food cooking at the Chicken Patio. Down a margarita and enjoy some live entertainment at the Boathouse Bar.
Have a tasty pastry from the Zen Bistro or sweet crepe from The Forge. Indulge in appetizers from The Goat Soup and Whisky or try one of their homemade soups made from scratch! Put-in-Bay Restaurants offer something for everyone and with so many fun things to do in Put-in-Bay, you will need more than just one day. Enjoy the South Bass Island experience! Remember to make your Put-in-Bay Hotel reservations early as hotels sell out quickly, especially those in the downtown area where everyone wants to be!
The sooner you book, the sooner you will be on a Put-in-Bay ferry to come across to the island! Most families stay for a full midweek (Sunday through Friday) and most of our younger lively party crowd visit us on weekends (Friday through Sunday).
Call us for more information at 888-742-7821 or keep scrolling through the Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau! website!
Ranked by the Best Of The Bay Awards they are:
- The Boardwalk
- The Fish Shack
- The Boathouse Bar & Grill
- The Goat Soup & Whiskey
With so many options for food, there are even more options for types of entertainment. We suggest checking the Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau website where you will find the most comprehensive entertainment schedule for Put-in-Bay
Put-in-Bay Pizza Company and Lesters Taco Shop are the two most popular venues for late-night restaurant food at Put-in-Bay. Both Deliver and the Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau Website has phone numbers for both.
Put-in-Bay restaurants are privately owned and typically open and close at the start and end of the season. Topsy Turvey and Reel Bar are generally open all or part of the offseason. It is always best to call in in doubt. The Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau maintains a list of contact numbers on their website.