Here in Ohio, there are so many unique restaurants to enjoy if you just know where to look. From restaurants with stores to restaurants with amazing grounds to explore, the following 8 restaurants in Ohio are so much more than amazing places to eat. See how many you’ve heard of before:
1. The Barn Restaurant (Smithville)
A refurbished rustic barn, board games and a scenic lake you can explore 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.
2. The Stockport Mill Inn and Restaurant on the Dam (Stockport)
Tucked away along the Muskingum River in southeast Ohio, you'll find this hidden gem. The last remaining mill on the river is now a one-of-a-kind overnight getaway and restaurant. Today, it is still powered by hydroelectricity, and the mill itself has been in operation since 1842. You'll find it at 1995 Broadway St., Stockport, OH 43787.
3. Grandpa’s Cheesebarn (Ashland)
What was once a working dairy farm is now a truly epic cheese barn right off of Interstate 71 . It's a family-owned, charming store, gift shop and eatery the whole family will love. Grandpa’s Cheesebarn is located at 668 US-250, Ashland, OH 44805.
4. Bromfield's Dining Lodge (Mohican State Park)
With floor to ceiling windows, Bromfield’s Dining Room features stunning views of the surrounding forest and Pleasant Hill Lake. In the fall, it makes for a particularly colorful sight to see. On the menu, you'll find daily specials, seafood, Italian dishes, salads, soups, sandwiches, and more. After your meal, there's plenty to explore. It's located at 1098 County Road 3006, Perrysville, OH 44864.
5. The LakeHouse Inn and Winery (Geneva-on-the-Lake)
Tucked away along the shores of Lake Erie at Geneva-on-the-Lake, you'll find this quaint inn and restaurant in the heart of Ohio Wine Country. With breathtaking views of Lake Erie, you'll feel as if you're right on the water here, miles and miles away from everything. Taste some wine on the patio, explore the grounds and stay overnight if you can. It's located at 5653 Lake Rd E Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 44041.
6. 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant (Columbus)
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If you’re looking for a unique place to dine on an evening out or a lazy Sunday morning brunch, there’s a little-known restaurant hiding in central Ohio you should know about. Located between the runways of John Glenn International Airport, you’ll find 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant. It’s an aviation-themed restaurant that features delicious food, World War I & II memorabilia and great views of planes taking flight and landing. It's located at 5030 Sawyer Rd., Columbus, OH 43219.
7. Lake Hope Lodge (McArthur)
Vinton County is home to one of Ohio's most underrated parks, Lake Hope State Park, as well as an incredible dining lodge. 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. You'll find it at 27331 State Rt 278, McArthur, OH 45651.
8. Clifton Mill (Clifton)
One of the largest water powered grist mills still in existence, Clifton Mill is fueled by the Little Miami River. This historic site of Clifton Mill features a vintage mill, a covered bridge, a 1940s-era gas station and a quaint American restaurant. It's located at 75 Water St., Clifton, OH 45316.
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