From Casual To Carryout, Fine Dining To Waterfront – Something For Everyone!
PUT-IN-BAY DINING & RESTAURANT GUIDE
Put-in-Bay has no shortage of great food! From a cheeseburger in the Key West of the north to a fine dining experience, you will find what your heart desires from the list below. Many of our island restaurants offer carryout & some offer delivery right to your Put-in-Bay Hotel or Home Rental!
LESTERS TACO SHOP
Lesters Taco Shop is Put-in-Bay’s newest restaurant, and wow, has it ever been a sensation! Food made from original family Nicaraguan recipes! The ingredients are so fresh they don’t even have a freezer!
Phone: (419) 285-8226
Put-in-Bay Pizza Company has been voted the islands best Pizza 7 years running! Located on the main strip in fron of the Edgewater Hotel, they oofer carryour & delivery to local homes & home rentals & marinas!
Phone: (419) 285-0504
THE BOARDWALK RESTAURANT
The Boardwalk Restaurant Complex features several restaurants, from fine dining to Casual, emphasizing fresh seafood. Famous for its Lobster Bisque & Stunning waterfront views, this local’s favorite is not to be missed!
Phone: (419) 285-3695
BLUE MARLIN BAR AND GRILL
The Blue Marlin Bar & Grill is located at the famed Put-in-Bay Resort. This poolside eatery features great sandwiches, grinders, salads, and other local favorites served at the popular bar or poolside with lots of seating area! Their pool is open to the public and a favorite place to cool off and grab a bite!
Phone: (419) 285-7427
JOES BAR AND GRILL
Welcome to the 5-Star Dive Bar as Joe’s Bar & Restaurant on Put-in-Bay claims! With traditional bar food, outdoor games, and the most social vibe on the Island, Joe’s Bar & Restaurant is the meeting spot for both island residents and summertime tourists. Located near the South Bass Island State Park.
Phone: (419) 285-5637
THE LITTLE GALLEY
Families & boaters love the Little Galley on the Boardwalk Restaurants Complex’s main terrace. Enjoy Quarter-pound Hot Dogs, mouthwatering Black Angus Burgers, & more. Located on the waterfront, this open-air building serves stunning lake views, tasty cocktails, live entertainment, & mouthwatering food.
Phone: (419) 285-3695
THE FISH SHACK
Seafood lovers of Put-in-Bay flock to the Fish Shack, where fresh Lake Erie Perch & Walleye take center stage! Part of the Boardwalk Family of Restaurants, the Fish Shak is the definition of fresh while casual, affordable, and charming. You can dine inside or out with stunning views of the Put-in-Bay Waterfront.
Phone: (419) 285-3695
TIPPERS SEAFOOD & STEAKS
Locate the world’s longest bar, the Beer Barrel Saloon, and right on the corner, you will find Tippers Seafood and Steak House! This well-known Put-in-Bay Restaurant serves up delicious surf and turf in a friendly, hospitable environment. Tippers is known for its hearty weekend buffets, a local favorite!
Phone: (419) 285-8477
OLD FORGE RESTAURANT
Alongside an impressive and varied menu, The Old Forge specializes in their amazing crepes. The Forge, located on Catawba Avenue in downtown Put-In-Bay, is an excellent choice any time of day! Serving breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with indoor seating or some of the best people-watching seats on the island!
Phone: (419) 285-0022
Topsy Turvey’s is a comfortable waterfront bar & grill in downtown Put-in-Bay. Guests of Topsy Turvey’s will enjoy the beautiful views of the waterfront and Gibraltar Island, home to Cooks Castle. It features spectacular lake views and is known for its delicious drinks and food options. It is also a lovely retreat from the bustling downtown and a relaxing place to visit after a day of boating. For sure, this friendly bar delivers.
Phone: (419) 285-4511
Rita’s Cantina is located in the Boardwalk Restaurant Complex along the downtown Put-in-Bay Waterfront—handmade fresh Margaritas and Ice Cold beer reward visitors seeking this hidden gem. Enjoy freshly prepared food with a south-of-the-border Latin flair. Enjoy a fantastic selection of imported tequilas! Open-air seating along the waterfront & marina makes this one of the best dining views in downtown Put-in-Bay!
Phone: (419) 285-3695
THE UPPER DECK
The Upper Deck sits high atop the Boardwalk Restaurant. The Upper Deck provides sweeping views of Lake Erie and the downtown marina district. and tableside service and is home to the region’s best lobster bisque. Enjoy a wide selection is steaks and fresh seafood! Plan a stay at the Edgewater Hotel, and you can walk straight to The Upper Deck across the park! The Upper Deck has an elevator for those not comfortable with the steps!
Phone: (419) 285-3695
Dairy Isle can be your first stop or your last stop at Put-in-Bay! It’s the perfect first stop upon arriving at Put-in-Bay. Home of the former Dairy Queen, this cheery spot with its friendly yellow umbrellas sits right on Bayview Ave Put-in-Bay icon was recently purchased by the operator of several prominent Put-in-Bay Restaurants, including the Boardwalk, The Keys & the Upper Deck Restaurant.
Phone: (419) 285-3506
DANDEES SNACK SHACK
It’s easy to spend an entire the at Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center at Put-in-Bay. You’ll need some great food to refuel, and DanDees Snack Shack has you covered! Best known for their gooey, cheesy mac ‘n cheese bites. Funnel fries, corn dogs, chicken tenders, and mozzarella cheese sticks. They also serve fresh french fries and onion rings. Yum! DanDees helps you ready to enjoy the many attractions located on-site.
Phone: (419) 285-2283
THE REEL BAR
In 2014 The Reel Bar opened its doors and For many years the location was the home of Tony’s Place, a popular locals hangout and tourist destination. After an extensive remodel it became a destination for fun food, great service, and an entertainment venue that was warm and audience involved. A cozy front porch was added that offers a great view of the Put-in-Bay scene and the perfect place to people watch.
Phone: (419) 285-1318
BIG MANS BURITTO STAND
Big Man’s Burrito Stand has a tantalizing menu of tacos, nachos, burritos, salads, and other Latin favorites. If you’re in the mood for something a little spicy, head to Big Man’s Burrito Stand, located behind the famous Frosty Bar Family Pizza. To wash it down, grab a refreshing margarita or ice-cold beer! Open Late Night!
Phone: (419) 285-3278
In 1952, a small charcoal grill and a BBQ Sauce made from island wine began to serve locals and tourists to rave reviews. With an open-air setting and the stunning DeRivera Park across the street, patrons of the nearby Round House Bar were feed by the thousands. Ever since the Chicken Patio has served the best BBQ chicken on South Bass Island.
Phone: (419) 285-4595
BOATHOUSE BAR & GRILL
Boathouse Bar & Grill is a Put-In-Bay classic. They offer fine dining, friendly service, & live music late into the evening. With the bar & grill the core of the entire operation, the Boathouse consists of four establishments located in the same area. Options for inside & patio dining, a great place to watch the Put-in-Bay crowds!
Phone: (419) 285-5665
FROSTY FAMILY PIZZA
For over 60 years, the Frosty Bar Family Pizza has been a Put-in-Bay institution and is owned by the Stoiber family. There are a number of bars located on Put-in-Bay, but Frosty’s signature frosty mugs make them best known for serving ice-cold beers. Boaters, day-trippers, holidaymakers, and residents of the island all call Frosty’s Pizza a favorite.
Phone: (419) 285-3278
HOOLIGANS IRISH PUB
At Hooligans Irish Bar, enjoy a taste of the Emerald Isle. Located in the heart of downtown Put-in-Bay, Hooligans, and its popular Irish charm serves up a festive atmosphere. Hooligans deliver creative & authentic Irish food along with ice-cold beer & liquor. Inside dining as well as an elevated outside porch, a great people-watching venue!
Phone: (419) 285-8000
Soak up a Key West Vibe all summer long with the island breezes found at The Keys Restaurants. Located right on the harbor in downtown Put-in-Bay, this crowd favorite offers spectacular lake views and tropical flavor! Fresh Florida seafood, tropical drinks, and frequent live entertainment highlight your trip into the Caribbean!
Phone: (419) 285-5397
Located in a pleasant, comfortable environment, Mossbacks serves tasty meals of high quality. Mossbacks has a neighborhood bar with an antique bar, warm oak paneling, and time period correct fixtures. The bar offers specialty cocktails & a large variety of beer and wine. Mossbacks shares the same building as the famous Fish Bowl & was once the home of the Put-in-Bay Hardware Store.
Phone: (419) 285-8888
When it’s time for Breakfast, well, line up for some of Put-in-Bay’s best Breakfast at Pasquale’s Cafe. For over 20 years, this trendy, family-owned spot has served the masses and is a locals’ favorite morning-time gathering place. Open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner seasonally. Pasquales Cafe Features made-from-scratch favorites, the line out the door tells you it is definitely worth the wait!
Phone: (419) 285-8600
BEER BARREL SALOON
Famously known as the Home of the world’s longest bar, the Beer Barrel Saloon is a popular venue with live music in downtown Put-in-Bay. Nationally known acts are regularly seen on stage, and local performers entertain on the outside deck. Enjoy Pizza, Wings, Burgers, Chicken Fingers, Fries & More! Beer Barrel Saloon is located on Delaware Avenue. This is the largest concert venue on the island.
Phone: (419) 285-7281
GOAT SOUP AND WHISKEY
The Goat Soup Whiskey offers a seasonal menu with fresh ingredients from their on-site gardens. One of several popular Put-in-Bay Restaurants that invites casual fine dining, A beautiful outdoor garden, and a sophisticated setting greet diners just a mile from the hustle and bustle of the downtown. The building is historical in nature once housing a winery.
Phone: (419) 285-4628
BIERGARTEN AT THE BOATHOUSE
Oktoberfest is a daily event at the fun Biergarten at the Boathouse. One of the newest additions to Put-in-Bay Bars and the restaurant scene, The Biergarten at the Boathouse serves German food that’s hearty and filling! Enjoy a tremendous international drink menu featuring liqueurs and beers from around the world. Located downtown near DeRivera Park & Jet Express Ferry
Phone: (419) 285-2113
FISH BOWL RESTAURANT
The Fish Bowl at Put-in-Bay is a cool place to hang out for island visitors. This historical building was recently renovated, providing island guests with a comfortable, relaxed environment. An expanded deck on the south side of the building is a great place to sit, and people-watch! The downtown location keeps you close to everything! Typical bar food favorites!
Phone: (419) 285-8888
Cameo Pizza is a Put-in-Bay staple. Cameo is a family-owned business that has served fresh, hot pizza since 1936, putting love into everything they make. Come and be a part of a Put-in-Bay summer custom with a whole pie or a slice. Big announcement! Cameo Pizza recently moved into Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grille. Now the island’s special pizza place is in many people’s favorite bar. Pizza fans can now sit down and enjoy a piece of this phenomenal pizza, along with a beverage.
Phone: (419) 285-4444
Everyone likes a Subway Sandwich occasionally, & Put-in-Bay is no exception. Located at the entrance of the Commodore Motel & behind Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grill, Put-in-Bay Subway is quick, convenient, & as always, tasty. The smell of appetizing, freshly baked bread is always the telltale sign a Subway is near. The Commodore is in downtown Put-in-Bay on Catawba Ave & can also be accessed on the main strip of Delaware Ave. Look for the Subway sign on the front, making it effortless to find.
Phone: (419) 285-1000
MARGARITAS ON THE ROCK
Margaritas on the Rock serves up a wide variety of hand-crafted & unique flavored margaritas with a view! Enjoy great food prepared with a southwestern and Latin flair & served by fun people! They offer table service, bar seating, or under their newly constructed tiki hut! Catch some live entertainment or relax & have fun people-watching! Located at the east end of Delaware Ave. The view is genuinely Monumental across the street from Perry’s International Peace Memorial!
Phone: (419) 285-3040
The South Bend Chocolate Company operates Put-In-Bays own Chocolate Museum where tours are free. Visitors can learn about the rich history of chocolate’s and sample over 100 varieties of handmade chocolates. The chocolate museum features a large number of exhibits detailing the history of chocolate which originated in Central and South America and spans over 2000 years. Stop by for a morning coffee or an afternoon hand-scooped ice cream or milkshake. Put-in-Bay Attractions don’t come much sweeter than this!
Phone: (419) 285-2268
THE NUT SHACK
One of the newer additions to Put-in-Bay Restaurants is the Nut Shack Located at the South Bass Island State Park. Open Daily (except Tuesday) Memorial Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. The Nut Shack provides affordable, quick options such as breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs, & hamburgers, along with smoked brisket & BBQ pulled pork and sandwiches. Ideal for families wanting to enjoy a picnic or those camping at the park. Enjoy your food carryout or at the State Park picnic area along the Lake Erie Shoreline.
THE CANDY BAR
This is one bar that you AND the kids will truly enjoy! The homemade fudge is to die for, and vintage childhood novelty candy rarely seen elsewhere, including many of your childhood favorites, are available for purchase. Remember Lemon Heads? Red Hots? Pixie Sticks? All your old-time favorites can be found here! Bring on the sweet tooth! The Candy Bar has been ranked a top 5 Confection Destination for those shopping for sweets and serves a full complement of Ice Cream Cones, Soft Serve, and milkshakes.
Phone: (419) 285-2920
Put-in-Bay Brewery And Distillery
Put-In-Bay Brewery and Distillery, South Bass Island’s first brewery and only Distillery, is home to tasty, locally produced brews that blend well with their excellent food menu. The Put-in-Bay Brewery has been open since 1996, centrally located downtown on Catawba Avenue right next to the Put-In-Bay Police Department.
Phone: (419) 285-4667
One of the newer additions to Put-in-Bay Restaurants and Bars is SJ’s Hideaway, Located at the Bay Lodging Resort. Open Daily as the hotel is open and offers guests poolside dining at Put-in-Bay’s only indoor & outdoor pool. Several large TVs feature various sporting events. On weekends, area DJs provide music poolside.
THE CANDY BAR
This is one bar that you AND the kids will truly enjoy! The fudge is to die for, & vintage childhood novelty candy rarely seen elsewhere, including many of your childhood favorites, are available for purchase. Lemon Heads? Red Hots? Pixie Sticks? All your old-time favorites are here! The Candy Bar serves Ice Cream Cones, Soft Serve, and milkshakes.
Phone: (419) 285-2920
Put-in-Bay Restaurants: Important Things To Know!
In Put-in-Bay downtown alone, there are so many great put in bay restaurants you can please just about anyone! Each of our local restaurants features a brief menu sampling on our website to get your mouth watering immediately! The famous Boardwalk Restaurant complex offers visitors several different types and styles of dining, all in one location with a fantastic view!
Outside the downtown Put-in-Bay, you’ll find 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 vibrant nightclubs 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 will surely find excitement and variety at Put-in-Bay! Review your dining experience below and let us know what you think are the best restaurants on put in bay!
Variety At Its Finest At Put-in-Bay Restaurants
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), 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 worth the trip. The best way to tour these are 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 About Some Great Restaurants For Breakfast!
Restaurants at put-in-bay 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 breakfast restaurants are Topsy 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 & 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 on the Chicken Patio. Down a margarita and enjoy some live entertainment at the Boathouse Bar.
Have a tasty pastry from the local sweet shop or a famous 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 restaurants 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 833-742-2827, or keep scrolling through the Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau website!
Put-in-Bay Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
What are the best restaurants in Put N Bay?
What are the best Put-in-Bay restaurants? According to reviews, The top ten restaurants on the island are as follows The Forge, Goat, Soup and Whiskey, Pasquales Cafe, Topsy Turvey’s, Hooligans, The Keys, Reel Bar, Upper Deck Restaurant, Mossbacks, and The Boardwalk
What Put-in-Bay Restaurants Are Waterfront?
The Boardwalk, Topsy Turvey, The Keys, Mossbacks, Nut Shack & Dairy Isle all have views of the waterfront.
Do You Need Reservations for Put-in-Bay Restaurants?
Reservations are generally not required. Reservations are available at the Upper Deck at the Boardwalk, The Goat Soup, and Whiskey for groups of all sizes. Most other restaurants serve on a first-come, first-served basis. With so many Put-in-Bay restaurants available, you should be able to find seating quickly.
Are There Restaurants That Are Open Year Round?
Restaurants at Put-in-Bay are individually owned and open and close at the beginning and end of the tourist season. Tippers Steakhouse and Topsy Turvey are generally available year-round for residents and visitors. Reel Bar, located downtown, is also open for food and recreation on occasional off-season weekends.
Whats Open For Late Night Food At Put-in-Bay?
There are several restaurants that serve food late at night: Put-in-Bay Pizza Company is open until 2:00 AM, and Lesters Taco Shop is Open until 3:00 AM
What Are The Best Restaurants To Get Seafood At Put-in-Bay
Most Put-in-Bay Restaurants serve seafood, as the Perch And Walleye come from Lake Erie. According to reviews from our guests, the most popular are The Boardwalk, The Keys, The Upper Deck, and The Goat Soup And Whisky.
What Restaurants Have Live Entertainment?
Nearly all bars and restaurants on Put-in-Bay have some live entertainment day and night. Some of the Finest restaurants for live Entertainment on Put-in-Bay are The Keys, Boardwalk Restaurants, Resort, the Boathouse Bar & Grille, and the Reel Bar.
What Is The Best Place To Get Pizza Delivery At Put-in-Bay?
There are multiple options for late-night Pizza And Pizza Delivery at Put-in-Bay! The most famous is Put-in-Bay Pizza Company, located at Lesters Taco Shop in front of the Edgewater Hotel. They offer take-out and delivery by calling 419-285-0504