What’s better than an excellent meal with an excellent view? With so many lakes and rivers in Nebraska, we have plenty of places to have a delicious meal while gazing out at a peaceful view of the water. Listed here alphabetically, these are some of the state’s stand-out waterfront restaurants.
1. Catfish Lake, Bellevue
Catfish Lake is a little out of the way, but once you get there it's totally worth the trip. This casual eatery offers up catfish (of course), burgers, chicken, and more.
1006 Cunningham Road, Bellevue
2. Charlie's On The Lake, Omaha
This Omaha fixture has a loyal following who come for the seafood, the martinis, and the lovely view of the man-made lake.
4150 South 144th Street, Omaha
3. The Cove, Lemoyne
Located at Admiral's Cove Resort and Marina on Lake McConaughy, The Cove is a casual eatery with a laid-back vibe. It can get a little energetic on summer nights, so come prepared to have a few drinks and enjoy the party.
999 Lemoyne Road, Lemoyne
4. Driftwood Inn, Blair
This restaurant on the Missouri River is well-known for its fabulous steaks. Affordable prices and the unbeatable river view make visitors into regulars.
10740 Serenity Lane, Blair
5. Heron Bay, Springfield
This place is the definition of laid back. Actually, it's more accurately described as the ultimate dive bar. No shirt, no shoes, no problem, according to some reviewers - we haven't tested that policy. Customers walk right in from the river to enjoy some cold beers and delicious food.
21215 S Highway 50, Springfield
6. Hilltop Inn, Ogallala
With a perfect view of Lake McConaughy, the Hilltop Inn serves home-cooked food in a family-friendly atmosphere.
197 Kingsley Dr, Ogallala
7. Kahill's Steak-Fish & Chophouse, South Sioux City
Located at the Marina Inn Hotel & Conference Center, Kahill's is an upscale dining experience. The creative menu includes everything from pork belly to seafood to tender steaks and everything in between.
385 East 4th Street, South Sioux City
8. Lakeshore Marina Bar & Grille, Elwood
A casual, family-friendly place located on Lake Johnson, Lakeshore Marina Bar & Grille caters to the whole family. Delicious food paired with a terrific view make for an excellent dining experience.
2 Lakeview Acres Dr 14, Johnson Lake
9. Mashie Niblick Pub & Steakhouse, Brule
Named for an archaic type of golf club and located on a golf course, Mashie Niblick is nothing if not unique. The food is outstanding and the view from the deck is unbeatable...even if it's not technically right on the water.
865 Lakeview West Rd, Brule
10. North Shore Lodge Restaurant, Lemoyne
Located inside a popular Lake McConaughy beachfront lodge, the North Shore Lodge Restaurant is casual dining for your lake-fueled hunger. It's open Memorial Day through Labor Day and features an unhindered view of the lake.
Gate 5 #5 North Shore Road, Lemoyne
11. Prairie Plate Restaurant, Waverly
This true farm-to-table eatery is all about the super-fresh food. Along with attentive service, an excellent wine list, and seriously fantastic views of the lake, Prairie Plate is a definite must-try.
10405 Branched Oak Road, Lakehouse Farm, Waverly
12. Surfside Club, Omaha
It's not summer in Omaha until you've paid a visit to the Surfside Club. It's a casual, fun, relaxed place - but heed the sign and get dressed before you go in. You have the option to sit inside or outside...but who would pass up the opportunity to sit on the deck and watch the boats speed along the Missouri River?
14445 N River Dr, Omaha
There are bound to be more out there, so let’s hear it, Nebraska: where’s your favorite spot to eat right on the water?