The restaurants in Put-in-Bay Ohio will not disappoint you! From scrumptious seafood and fine dining to chicken wings and bisque and chowder you can’t resist, the island has become renowned for good food and a good time. Whatever you feel like, the choice of eating options is vast and varied on our little island. Visitors can easily dine in a different location for every meal of their stay.
And the best part? All this flavorful food is just a short walk or taxi ride away. No driving necessary! This means you can get an unbeatable lunch and be back at the beach or pool bar in no time flat. Stay overnight and join us for breakfast! With so many dining options, many of which offer a genuine beach vibe or an unbeatable view of the water, you will soon forget you are on an island off the coast of Ohio and start to believe you are visiting the Caribbean. Put-In-Bay restaurants have so much to offer, and you are about to find out why!
The more you explore the Lake Erie Islands, the more local authentic cuisine you’ll discover. Food ranging from simple fresh fish enjoyed with a view of the Bay to high-class but casual restaurants like the Goat Soup and Whiskey and everything in between. You could eat in different Put-in-Bay dining for every meal. Superb game fish like walleye and perch is typical – you’ll get no fresher in the most expensive restaurants in the world. Island night entertainment is a must: beautiful dancing, traditional island guitar acts, and mesmerizing steel drums. The crowd participation with the late-night DJs in our Put-in-Bay bars is a highlight.
Surrounded by Lake Erie, local fishermen venture beyond the lighthouse before sunrise, helping Put-in-Bay Dining earn a reputation for creating the best cuisine in the area. Fresh seafood straight out of the lake, prepared simply with delicious local ingredients from our nutrient-rich fresh island gardens. Many island chefs grow their own herbs and vegetables for a truly Green dining experience.
There are over 40 places to eat and drink, below are just a few! Also, check out more Put n Bay dining options at PutinbayOhio.com.
Cameo Pizza (located in Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grille) and Frosty Bar are a couple of the most popular pizza joints, Mama Maria’s is a gem hidden in plain sight on the downtown Put-in-Bay strip (try an Italian meatball sub). The Upper Deck is one of many restaurants in the Boardwalk complex, and Joe’s Bar on the south part of the island is a great place for a burger and a beer. Want a burrito? Try the excellently named Big Man’s Burrito Stand. DJs, Dairy Isle, The Candy Shop, and the Chocolate Shoppe are the big purveyors of ice cream, and Old Forge is known for its crepes. A Cuban sandwich at Topsy Turvey could be a nice dark horse choice, locals swear by it.
There are so many great restaurants in the range of the Put-in-Bay harbor, on Delaware Ave alone there are about a dozen. Catawba Ave adds a good half-dozen more, like Hooligans and Mossbacks. The Keys has outdoor seating and a Caribbean vibe that makes it a unique experience in Ohio. And if you want the best street food in America, check out the Chicken Patio right across from DeRivera Park, which will serve up thousands of the freshest whole chickens on a busy summer weekend.
At many of the places listed above, you can find live entertainment, like the Boathouse Bar and Reel Bar. That’s one of the things that South Bass Island is known for, live music in its bars and restaurants. Get some appetizers and hear one band play, take a quick stroll for entrees and another act! Try that wherever you live, good luck! Cap it off at the Put-in-Bay Brewery and Distillery for some hand-crafted spirits. Or just margaritas at Mojito Bay, a tiki bar in Ohio! Village Bakery and Pasquale’s Cafe are great breakfast options.
Seafood meals at the Boardwalk feature favorite local dishes like Lake Erie perch tacos, and lobster bisque cooked in a traditional matter and served in a sourdough bread bowl. A perfect lunch can be a simple burger and fries, late-night street vendor dogs or pizza slices, or even a fine restaurant menu in a casual environment. As well as gourmet sandwiches, pizza, and conch fritters are on offer by the water’s edge, there are many colorful cafés serving light meals and your fix of great coffee.
Diners in Put-in-Bay are looking for great food at a great eatery. While a Subway sandwich or a Swipe Right Pizza may hit the spot when you have the munchies, some people prefer to sit down and eat. The restaurants to eat and drink on Loraine Ave and Bayview Ave downtown are plentiful. You might find yourself eating Alaskan king crab at the Boardwalk one night and enjoying tacos across from the Perry Monument on another.
When the sun sets and you’ve had your fill of our delicious cuisine. The real party begins! There are plenty of things to do in Put-in-Bay and plenty of places to enjoy a good party and entertainment.
When the sun goes down, the party heats up. Put-in-Bay restaurants and bars boast the best nightlife of all the Lake Erie islands. Mix with friendly locals and boaters in open-air bars, most on the downtown strip where cool island vibes and spectacular vistas await. Grab a drink and enjoy the bands, whether local live music or a stunning sunset over the water at the Keys or Boardwalk restaurant.
When you want to go large, head to one of our pumping nightclubs, or join a nightlife Rolling Pub Tour where you pedal yourself to the party. Above all, while our Put-in-Bay Restaurant nightlife is exciting and exotic, it’s extremely safe and fun. Stay Overnight and enjoy the late-night festivities. But always remember… Please drink responsibly! The Put-in-Bay Police does not tolerate drinking and driving. If are caught drinking and driving on a Put-in-Bay golf cart or any other vehicle, you will receive a DUI. Don’t be a part of the Put-in-Bay news from the drunk tank and enjoy yourself with a sense of responsibility.
People often ask if you can get pulled over for DUI on a golf cart. The answer is…Absolutely. All of the golf carts on the road at Put-in-Bay are treated as if they are regular motor vehicles. They all have license plates and state of Ohio registrations. If you operate a Put-in-Bay golf cart impaired, you WILL get a DUI. Take a Put-in-Bay taxi at night. DON’T DRIVE DRUNK, golf cart, or otherwise!
Are you craving some delicious world-famous lobster bisque from the Boardwalk or a scrumptious cheeseburger in paradise? Maybe you want a juicy steak in a five-star setting? Do the kids seek some of the best chocolate the world has to offer? You can find all the places to eat & drink at Put-In-Bay restaurants. While our island is small, it is packed with diverse, delectable, and downright delicious dining options your entire group will enjoy. There is also a Put-in-Bay winery that offers wine that is made right on the island!
If you are looking for a little more than just a meal, many establishments serve outstanding food during the day, then turn into entertainment hotspots by night, such as The Green Room at Mr. Ed’s. From comedians to nationally known musical acts, you are sure to find excitement and variety your group will remember for a lifetime.
We know, we know there are a lot of Put-in-Bay attractions. This list makes it nearly impossible to choose just one or two Put-In-Bay dining spots during a short stay. Everything is so good! May we suggest extending your stay at a Put-in-Bay resort, hotel, condo, or rental? Or visiting again soon? Book your next stay today so you can get on that Put-in-Bay ferry sooner!