The Dairy Isle

Dairy Isle can be your first stop or your last stop at Put-in-Bay! It’s the perfect first stop upon arriving on 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.

Dairy Isle - Photo of front of the Put-in-Bay Restaurants

Located just before the Jet Express Ferry Docks, the outdoor patio along with ample inside seating features a popular affordable complete with kids options. Dairy Isle is one of the more affordable restaurants at Put-in-Bay and their ice cream treats always meet your summertime expectations! 

Dairy Isle Particulars

Located just past the Bayview and Hartford Ave intersection near DeRivera Park, patrons can enjoy the sights and historical Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial as they enjoy their dining experience. 

Just to the right of Dairy Isle, a seawall offers a great place to be seated and enjoy the expanse of Lake Erie and the Put-in-Bay Harbor. Middle Bass Island is within easy view. 

This area of Put-in-Bay is packed with historical significance. The Monument was constructed in the center of the federally owned grounds and is well known for its lush green well-manicured grounds. The 352 ft. column rising high above the ground is a great option for a picnic or to enjoy an ice cream cone from Dairy Isle. This doric column is a symbol of international peace between Canada and the United States. It is the only one in the United States National Parks System.

While it is known for celebrating peace, it also recognizes Commodore Perry’s victory over the British in the War of 1812’s in the Battle of Lake Erie. Dairy Isles menu includes hot appetizers, ice cream confections, Mixers, smoothies, and of course sundaes!. It’s a family-friendly place with reasonable prices. Dairy Isle is a convenient place for families and friends looking for a quick dining experience.

Dairy Isle Menu Highlights

• Bacon Cheeseburger
• Perch Sandwiches
•Bacon & Cheddar Fries
• Chicken Tender Combo
• Veggi Based Hummus
• FreshSalad with pecans, goat cheese, and fresh cranberries

Dairy Isle Ice Cream Sweets

• Turtle Sundae
• Strawberry Shortcake
• Banna Split
• Oreo Cookie Sundae

If you are looking for something a little healthier try the Dairy Isle smoothie bar! Options include their Tropical Trio or Berry Blast! The Java Mocha Smoothie or Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie will hit the spot! which will fend off hunger until lunch. 

Dairy Isle Special Smoothie Boosters

• Matcha
• Whey Protein
• Chia Seeds
• Flax Seeds
• Organic Based Cocoa Powder
• Cafe Mocha

The Dairy Isle also serves Starbucks coffee exclusively. The coffee float, a delicious combination of Starbucks iced coffee with vanilla, chocolate, or twist ice cream is a great tasty treat with a little zip to it!

Dairy Isle Attractions Nearby

The Keys Bar & Grill is literally right next door! After the kids get a treat at Dairy Isle, enjoy a frozen adult beverage from The Keys specialty tropical drink menu!  The Mojitos are muddled fresh to order with the traditional Miami & Cuban flair. You’ll enjoy the Fat Tuesday brand frozen cocktails served at the main bar. Indoor & Outdoor seating offers the best views and comfort available.

Just up the street on Hartford Avenue is the popular Boathouse Bar and Grill. Well known for their lively nightlife and some of the island’s best entertainment, the Boathouse is a fun and active gathering place for groups.

Just around the corner, the Zen Cafe is a local’s favorite for a quick cup of coffee and freshly baked pastries. Kimberly’s Carousel, across the street from the Boathouse, is a vintage ride! One of the few left in American and definitely a Put-in-Bay family tradition. Come take a spin then head to Dairy Isle for a banana split!

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  • Address: 213 Bayview Ave, Put-In-Bay, OH 43456

  • Website: Dairy Isle

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  • Address: 213 Bayview Ave, Put-In-Bay, OH 43456

  • Website: Dairy Isle

  • View Our Menu

Dairy Isle is always a good place for a treat If you like ice cream this is a MUST stop place. They also serve food and you can eat inside or outside. AC inside was great for us old folks.
Tim Meschke

A lot of the island food is so expensive. This place had $5 hotdogs and $6 chicken fingers (3). The chicken fingers were good. Had sauces. We carried our own drinks around the island, but you could make these combos for a few dollars more I believe. Dairy Isle was a good experience.

Ginger Sievers

We were looking for a place for lunch after visiting Perry’s Memorial and decided to stop at Dairy Isle since it is the first restaurant we came to. I had the perch which was lightly breaded and tasty. My daughter ordered a berry smoothy which was good. The french fries are thinly cut and good.

The total bill was $39 which is pricey but to be expected in a place like Put-in-Bay. We did not have to wait long for our order which was a plus!

Seth Bickell

A delicious, creamy vanilla soft serve ice cream cone really hit the spot on a hot day. Dairy Isle was a generous serving at a good price. And, I was served ultra-fast. Would return.

Leslie Long

I came back to the Dairy Isle before it was closing that evening and It was amazing. It was Sunday Funday and I got a $1 off my favorite hot fudge Sunday.

The girls behind the counter were so nice and everything was so clean. I 100% recommend this place for ice cream and I would 100% come back.

Tim Loten

Went in for a quick treat at Dairy Isle after the playground! Everything we ordered was tasty, especially the strawberry dole whip! My boys loved playing outside on the boat and jet ski. The location is perfect, especially if you’re taking it back to the park to play.

William Pew

My daughter is very picky about choosing what she likes to eat. The girls working register helped him create exactly what he wanted and put a smile on her face. The atmosphere was very uplifting and the music playing on the radio had an old couple dancing in the dining area, wish I could give 10 stars!

Johnny Crow

Me and my family wanted to come to Put-in-Bay for a fun family visit. We went around the island and the place that looked the most welcoming was the Dairy Isle.

We went in and it was awesome everything was so clean and the ice cream was wonderful we loved it I would definitely come back here next time. The pineapple dole was also phenomenal

John Wright