A trip to Put-In-Bay simply would not be complete unless you have a delicious meal somewhere on the island. While there are a lot of great options, this time we chose somewhere new to all of us. Since we were on an Island it only made sense to dine with a panoramic view of the Put-In-Bay harbor.
The day was very windy and a tad cooler (not complaining, just explaining) so we dined INSIDE and still had the best of views. Our dining experience offered great service, delicious food and a million dollar view.
Additionally, this particular destination offers plenty of options for everyone from allergen-friendly, to vegetarian, pescatarian, and meat-loving!
While I have dined in other parts of this particular venue, I had never eaten in the indoor restaurant and bar. Hello to a new incredible dining find and experience.
Let me share with you where to find an incredible Put-In-Bay restaurant with a Panoramic view of the harbor so you an go too! Set this spot up as a meeting point to refuel from you day of fun in Put-In-Bay!
Incredible Put-In-Bay Restaurant with a Panoramic View of the Harbor
There’s everything to love about dining here. In fact, I can’t wait to go back. I am craving a bowl of Lobster Bisque as we speak. We passed the downstairs area where they make it fresh and you can watch, and I keep thinking about it.
The Boardwalk destination is one that will come to be your favorite Go-To whether for a drink or just the scenery. It truly lets you experience an incredible vantage point of the harbor.
Our recent visit was to the Boardwalk and The Upper Deck. The Upper Deck offers inside and outside seating and a view that is grand. The food is fresh and there’s televisions, lots of them, so if there’s a game on, get here!
After a filled night in the town, and a full morning of uncovering Put-In-Bay, we were starving. We worked up quite an appetite with touring, discovering and adventuring the island in the morning and suddenly it was time to refuel.
Our stop was at the Boardwalk. If you know the area, you know that the Boardwalk has multiple choices for food, multiple decks and the choices are endless. Additionally, the best Margaritas are on the top deck. I believe it’s Rita’s Cantina or something close to that. If you find the right place it looks out to town.
However if you did not know this info, now you do. I highly suggest Margarita’s on the top deck accompanied by the side of a fresh lake breeze and a dash of sunshine!
Last, it’s worth noting that they also offer allergen-friendly eats, you just have to inquire at all the different restaurants. This is great for large groups where no one can decide on anything.
There was limited service here since the season was changing so we headed upstairs to the restaurant. Yep, there are a lot of options here.
Insider’s Tip (there’s an elevator if you can’t navigate stairs).
It’s easy because they are ALL in one place. This time, the main deck offerings were fewer as it was late fall, so we opted for the restaurant inside. Best decision we ever made.
Walk to the main level, and to the top of the steps. You will know you are there when you see the interior. There’s a massive bar, plenty of seating for small and large groups and WINDOWS all over to provide a panoramic view of the Put-In-Bay Harbor.
You will be greeted and seated. It is worth a mention that you can dine OUTSIDE, however, due to the very windy conditions we did not. Eat at the bar or at a table, big and small parties welcome. See sweat jackets, basic clothing, and lots of fun waiting for you.
TIPS TO CONSIDER
Outdoors there are other decks, restaurants and bars all within the Boardwalk. Each offers different eats and drinks. If they are open, again seasonal changes dictate what’s open, visit them.
You can eat as close to the water as you want or shielded from the elements as we did.
Finally, it’s casual on Put-In-Bay so tee shirts, jeans, etc. nothing fancy necessary. The restaurant is more upscale and the prices will accompany the atmosphere and it’s all well worth it.
Portions are plentiful and the table service was great and it was very busy when we were there.
When you want a few minutes to yourself and just want to recoup from all the adventure, this is where to go. Whether you eat in the restaurant and grab a cup of the famed Lobster Bisque or simply sit outside and enjoy a libation, it’s time well spent.
What Did We Eat?
I ordered a Ginger-gale (wow so exciting) because I had a bit of a party the night before, ‘nuf’ said! Michael had a beer, and Where Niko Travels had soda.
The guys both had meat platters, one was chicken and one was a burger. You can see the freshness through the pictures and there’s plenty of food there for a person to enjoy. I appreciated the fact that s Where Niko Travels could eat here without issues to latex, nuts, or x-contamination of seafood.
Keep that in mind, because it’s hard traveling with life-threatening food allergies. That is why you see a bag of chips on his platter and NOT Fries, etc. The server was so helpful and kind.
Of course I had one of my favorites, a Lobster Roll. Yes it was delicious and plentiful, in fact, I ended up eating the Lobster meat and leaving the roll. The house made chips were good too. Crunchy and lightly salted, not overstated just plain yum.
Spice on the lobster was not with a heavy hand and that is what I liked about it. There was enough spice and more fresh lobster taste. Perfection and that came with a harbor view!
Chicken, Apple & Brie Sandwich
Michael always orders something different and this was the winning combination today. The chicken, apple and brie sandwich also offers sauteed onions on it, and fries and he ate it all. It was ‘delicious’ as I was informed.
Whether you are starting your day off in Put-In-Bay or in the middle of it, I know you will love the view and the food. It does get busy, and there is a bar, so I advise a drink if you have to wait and enjoy the outdoors.
There is a small for golf cart parking and of course there’s Delaware Ave, Catawba, etc. to find parking. It’s close to everything and a great way to start or end the day!
Our lunch was hosted, opinions and images are my own. No one knew who I was, we were ‘just patrons’ when we ate there!