Now that the weather is finally getting warmer, more restaurants are opening their outdoor eating areas. For a real treat after being cooped up all winter, be sure to explore one of Indiana’s many waterside dining eateries. Here are 8 of the best lakeside restaurants in Indiana that you absolutely have to check out.
1. Lighthouse Restaurant - Cedar Lake
Lighthouse Restaurant is located on the stunning shores of Cedar Lake. With outdoor dining, a variety of indoor dining options, and a unique bar area, this upscale restaurant has an atmosphere that's right for every customer. Indulge in fresh seafood entrees like their salmon dinner, bacon-wrapped scallops, crab cakes, or lobster.
Find them at 7501 Constitution Ave, Cedar Lake, IN 46303.
2. Boathouse Restaurant - Winona Lake
This northern restaurant is nested on the charming Winona Lake, You can eat indoors or on their outdoor patio area, where you can watch the sun set over this picture-perfect lake. Some of their specialties include fish tacos, ahi tuna, clam chowder, and fried green tomatoes.
Find them at 700 Park Ave, Winona Lake, Indiana.
3. The Channel Marker - Syracuse
This delightful lakeside restaurant is unique. Why? Because you can drive your boat right up to the dock and climb up to enjoy a great meal. Walk, drive, or boat your way to this charming eatery, with tropical decor, a fantastic tiki bar, and inventive cold island-themed drinks. Enjoy seafood favorites like coconut shrimp, cold water lobster tail, Chilean sea bass, and Alaska steak.
Find it at 5793 E Pickwick Rd, Syracuse, IN 46567.
4. Ainsley's Cafe - Brookville
Ainsley's Cafe is a local haunt in Brookville that packs up when the weather is nice. Enjoy a great meal of seafood parm, shrimp, or calamari while you take in the gorgeous view of Brookville Lake.
Find it at 15179 Old State Rd 101, Liberty, IN 47353.
5. Bridge's Waterside Grille - Angola
This lakeside restaurant offers vibrant decor, an outside bar, and plenty of lakeside seating. Specialties include lobster bisque, fish tacos, and coconut shrimp. They also have a good selection of vegetarian and even vegan options.
Find them at 508 E 2nd St, Michigan City, IN 46360.
6. Rick's Boatyard Cafe - Indianapolis
This popular central Indiana destination is the place to be in the summer. Located on Eagle Creek, this seafood and waterside restaurant serves up a diverse menu of all of your seafood favorites, as well as sandwiches and salads.
Find them at 4050 Dandy Trail, Indianapolis, IN 46254.
7. Madison Lighthouse Restaurant - Madison
This southern Indiana gem sits along the Ohio River, offering one of the best views of the water in the area. Enjoy fresh and local seafood as well as all of your favorite pub foods at this local legend.
Find it at 375 W Vaughn Dr, Madison, IN 47250.
8. Olive Leaf Bistro - Jeffersonville
This quaint bistro offers waterside views, both on its outdoor patio, as well as inside it's large, open dining space. You'll love grabbing lunch or dinner at this quaint Mediterranean bistro, but the real star of the show is their dessert. Be sure to save room for their acclaimed Grand Marnier souffle.
Try it at 130 W Riverside Dr, Jeffersonville, IN 47130.
Which of these lakeside restaurants have you been to? What waterside restaurants did we miss?
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