Going out to eat doesn’t have to mean waiting an hour for a table.
Here in Ohio, we have several great dining options where you almost never have to reserve a table. From restaurants with hundreds and hundreds of tables to iconic window-order-only joints, the following are 11 restaurants in Ohio where you’ll almost never need a reservation.
1. Netty's (multiple locations)
At this northern Ohio and Toledo area chain and ice cream parlor, the "famous chili dog" is just $1.90. Just walk up, order and enjoy. Don't miss out on this northern Ohio treat. (Pictured is the Marblehead location at 9410 E Harbor Rd.)
2. Amish Door Restaurant (Wilmot)
Set in an oversized Amish style home that has a seating capacity of 450, this restaurant is located in Wilmont. Guests can also choose to have a full family sized Amish style meal prepared instead of individual orders. Amish Door is located at 1210 Winesburg St., Wilmot, OH 44689.
3. Lake Hope Lodge (McArthur)
There’s an extra special dining lodge tucked away in Lake Hope State Park that you need to try. The atmosphere is peaceful, the food is exceptionally delicious and the surroundings are breathtaking. With two stories, plenty of seating and floor-to-ceiling windows, there isn't a bad seat in the house. You'll feel at home here, but you'll also be impressed by the atmosphere. Lake Hope Lodge is located at 27331 State Rt 278, McArthur, OH 45651.
4. Moerlein Lager House Restaurant and Brewery (Cincinnati)
Along the Ohio River and right next to the Great American Ball Park sits "Cincinnati's premier brewpub." With a casual atmosphere, tons of seating options and casual attire, this is the perfect way to spend your evening after a ball game or shopping spree. Moerlein Lager House is located at 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
5. The Golden Lamb (Lebanon)
Ohio’s oldest continuously operated hotel was established in 1803 and holds a unique dining experience, complete with antique furnishings, themed dining rooms and historic rooms upstairs where famous individuals such as Harriet Beecher Stowe and several U.S. Presidents have stayed. Visitors can either dine in The Lebanon Room (pictured,) The Dickens Room, Buckeye Dining Room or The Shaker Room. Unless it's Thanksgiving, you'll likely never need a reservation here. The Golden Lamb is located at 27 S Broadway St., Lebanon, OH 45036.
6. The Spaghetti Warehouse (Akron, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo)
With multiple locations throughout Ohio, this iconic chain features mouthwatering Italian food, one-of-a-kind decor, several seating options and even a train car that customers can choose to eat in. (Although, you'll definitely need a reservation for that particular seating option.) It's perfect for a unique date night or fun family dinner. (Pictured is the Toledo location.)
7. New Sandusky Fish Company
With fresh fish caught daily and cooked with expertise, you will experience what is arguably the best perch sandwich in Ohio at New Sandusky Fish Company. There's only outdoor seating here—but with a view like that it's all you really need. New Sandusky Fish Company is located at 235 E Shoreline Dr., Sandusky, OH 44870.
8. Guggisberg's Chalet in the Valley (Millersburg)
Enjoy authentic Swiss, Austrian and American cuisine in the heart of Holmes County at Guggisberg's Chalet in the Valley. It's somewhat off the beaten path, but so worth the journey. You'll find it at 5060 OH-557, Millersburg, OH 44654.
9. Hamburger Wagon (Miamisburg)
A rolling cart that's served burgers in the same location for nearly 100 years features a serious burger. The catch? You'll find no cheese, ketchup or mustard here. The onions and pickles only method gives the wagon its distinct reputation and allows your taste buds to focus more on the main, tastiest feature: the burger itself. You'll find it at 12 E Central Ave., Miamisburg, OH 45342.
10. Alley Cat Oyster Bar (Cleveland)
With plenty of seating, delicious oysters, shrimp cocktails and a surf and turf burger, this place is well known for its wide variety of seafood options and waterfront view of the Cuyahoga River. Alley Cat Oyster Bar is located at 1056 Old River Rd., Cleveland, OH 44113.
11. The Barn Restaurant (Smithville)
While good food certainly makes a restaurant memorable, it’s the atmosphere that can take your dining experience to a whole other level. This is exactly what you’ll experience at The Barn Restaurant in Smithville, Ohio. A refurbished rustic barn, board games and a scenic lake outside give this unique eatery an unbelievably charming atmosphere. You’ll fall in love with the setting and feel right at home. The Barn Restaurant is located at 877 W Main St., Smithville, OH 44677.
Have you been to any of these restaurants before? What other restaurants in Ohio almost never have a wait time or need reservations? Let us know!