If a delicious dinner and great live entertainment rate very high on your list of things to do during a visit to South Bass Island, then you absolutely don’t want to miss a chance to dine at the Boathouse Bar and Grill. Serving up delicious local fare and tasty burgers alongside some of the island’s best musical acts in the region and gorgeous views, Boathouse Bar and Grill has earned its reputation as the spot to visit for food and fun at Put-in-Bay for more than 50 years. This family-friendly establishment truly has something for everyone.

Sit inside the nautical-themed bar to hear the live bands, or enjoy a quieter meal overlooking Derivera Park and the Lake Erie Islands. The Boathouse menu offers a wide variety of flavors all at family-friendly prices. The full bar provides choice libations to wash it all down.

Boathouse Bar and Grill Features

  • Southern Style Food, Delicious Burgers and Local Fare
  • Dining Inside or Outside on the Patio
  • Central Location Easily Accessible from Jet Express and Downtown
  • A Great Event Calendar with Top-Notch Musical Acts
  • Full Bar with Great Drink Offerings

ADDRESS: 218 Hartford Ave, Put-In-Bay, OH 43456


Sam A: “Awesome food with a large variety. Alcohol and non-alcohol beverages are available. Easy to spot from the road. It’s close to the lake and a large park on the island. It is also close to the jet express. Plenty of shopping, sightseeing, parking. There is wheelchair accessibility and parking available. Live entertainment is a plus on weekends. When on the island I highly recommended trying this place out.”

Priyanka R: “I loved this bar and there is a lot of food. We sat in an outside section adjoining the road. While there, we ordered a lot of food including seafood and I must say that everything was good. We were there on Memorial Day weekend and the drinks here are really nice. The seafood platter here is delicious. The fish was really very fresh. Highly recommend.”

Chris H: “I was there twice this summer, Pirate Weekend, and last weekend. We had the Mississippi BBQ Shrimp both times. It is awesome. I had A Shrimp Po’Boy sandwich the first time. Also awesome. This last time I had a Blackened Walleye Sandwich. Guess what- awesome. The Mrs. had a burger the first time, and a perch basket the second time. She raved about both. The Rum Runner was great, her Bloody Mary was top notch. Andy was our server. He was friendly and efficient. Great place to people watch. We’ll go back for sure.”


The Boathouse Restaurant’s motto is “Great Eats and Great Bands,” and it never disappoints. Check out the event calendar today to discover weekend themes and also the entertainment calendar to see when your favorite act is playing. Start your meal with a great appetizer — the Smoked Fish Spread or Maryland Crab Cakes come highly recommended — and also follow it up with locally sourced Walleye or Perch tacos, New York Strip steaks, or Cajun Jambalaya. Wash it all down with a refreshing drink and soak in the atmosphere at The Boathouse Restaurant. Ideally located in the heart of downtown Put-in-Bay! The people-watching is ideal, with shopping, DeRivera Park, and the municipal docks all just a step away. 

Visitors to Put-in-Bay should absolutely make sure to add the Boathouse to your list of places to stop by today!

Other Put-in-Bay Restaurants and Bars

Put-in-Bay has many great dining options. One of the islands favorite spots is Upperdeck found at the Boardwalk. Try their famous lobster bisque while enjoy their outdoor seating. The Goat Soup is another must every time you visit the island. Enjoy a authentic German beer while relaxing in the Biergarten. Try one of their many great food options!

When it comes to nightlife it does not get much better than Put-in-Bay bars. Start of by ordering a margarita from the tiki bar Mojito Bay. Enjoy the live music at this Caribbean themed island bar. Looking for a true island experience? Then head to Delaware Ave. There you will find some of the islands most popular bars including Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille, Frosty Bar, and the Round House Bar. You will also find the island’s favorite Irish pub Hooligans on Catawba Ave. You will also find the Reel Bar, the Fishbowl, and Mossbacks all with walking distance! Looking for  the islands favorite dive bar? Then take a short golf cart ride to Joe’s Bar!



218 Hartford Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456, USA

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