Put-In-Bay Restaurants

Some of the best memories with family and friends are made over a great meal. We get together for dinners to celebrate holidays, birthdays and more. A great meal can take your vacation with people you care about to another level. At Put-in-Bay, we have so many great dining choices, ranging from casual to upscale, and any style of cuisine you can think of. The only challenge will be trying all of the restaurants that sound good during your stay! Read on to learn more about all of the great choices for a meal when out at Put-in-Bay!

Red Moon


The Red Moon at the Park Hotel is one of the more unique watering holes on Put-in-Bay.  Step inside, and be transformed back into the time of Prohibition.  This tavern is modeled after a speakeasy, the name of a pub that operated during the ban of alcohol.  Inside, guests can choose from a wide selection of carefully crafted cocktails.  Many of which could be found on menus of the era.

Red Moon Location

The Red Moon is located within the Park Hotel, next to the Roundhouse Bar.  They are located in the heart of it all, in the middle of downtown Put-in-Bay.  From here, guests can explore all of the great Things to Do on Put-in-Bay. read more

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234 Delaware Avenue, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456, United States
(419) 285-2323

The Reel Bar

the put-in-bay reel bar

The Reel Bar on Put-in-Bay is a newer favorite in a familiar location.  The building used to house Tony’s, a former islander favorite bar.  Now, diners can enjoy the nice selection of fresh offerings.

Finding the Reel Bar is a breeze. The bar and restaurant’s address is on Catawba Avenue.  Nearby, the downtown Put-in-Bay area beckons revelers to enjoy the numerous attractions.  Also, a short walk away is the Jet Express terminal.  The Jet Express provides ferry boat transportation from Port Clinton and Sandusky Ohio.  Furthermore, the Jet services both Put-in-Bay and Kelley’s Island.  Passengers can opt for an island hopper pass good for both. read more

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461 Catawba Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH, United States

Ritas Cantina

Put in Bay Rita's Cantina

Ritas Cantina has refreshing margaritas, tacos and nachos that are sure to delight.  Take in the stunning views of Perry’s Monument and the Put-in-Bay Docks, while getting your Mexican food fix.

Ritas Cantina Location

The Boardwalk Restaurant complex is home to this crowd favorite.  Here, guests have a plethora of dining options.  These include casual and formal dining options.  Food choices include local Lake Erie Perch and Walleye, their famous Lobster Bisque and traditional American fare like hamburgers and hot dogs.  No matter the tastes, the Boardwalk has the options to please.  Also, the stunning lakefront location affords diners some of the best views of the bay. read more

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341 Bayview Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456, United States
(419) 285-3695

The Roundhouse Bar

round house put in bay

The Roundhouse Bar at Put-in-Bay is an island institution steeped in tradition.  Thousands have flocked to this favorite watering hole for over 140 years.  The character and feel once inside, makes this a must stop.

Roundhouse Bar History

The Columbia Restaurant was open in downtown Put-in-Bay in June of 1873.  Here, guests chose from a selection of beer, wine and food. Most notably, was ice cream and cottage cheese.  In this time, these choices were sought after. Additionally, in this era, there wasn’t electricity in the building.  So, in the Winter blocks of ice came from the lake. Then, the ice house at the present day Put-in-Bay Winery held the ice. Prominent banners stretched across the street advertising ice cream treats. Then, in 1888 the first mention of the Roundhouse name surfaced in a newspaper article.  Also, the article listed George F. Schmidt as one the early owners. read more

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258 Delaware Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456, USA

South Bass Taphouse


South Bass Taphouse is one of the newest bars on Put-in-Bay.  Here, guests can choose from an impressive selection of craft brews and cocktails.  Also, the numerous television screens provide a great spot to catch the game.

South Bass Taphouse Location

The Catawba Avenue corridor is home to this great bar.  The Old Forge, Put-in-Bay Brewing Company and Reel Bar are right across the street.  This area has grown to become an extension of the main Delaware Avenue strip.


Francine M: “Had a great time! Energy and people were tops as was service and drinks! Loved the atmosphere, it is true island style and WELL WORTH your time! We went out to the Bay as part of a girl’s weekend from Florida, Colorado, Ohio and Tennessee and it rocked thanks to this hot spot! Highly recommend!” read more

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Tippers Steak House

tippers steak house dining

“Put-in-Bay has many restaurants open during the summer catering to all of the visitors on the island. Tippers Steak House is well known for the quality of their beef and their incredible weekly specials. But in the winter months there has only been a couple restaurants open to serve the 150 or so island residents. Tippers Steak House is one of them. Or should we say, it was one of them.

Island on Ice

As you may or may not know, Put-in-Bay is on an island (South bass Island) and the lake (Lake Erie) ices over in the winter. So the only way to get off or on the island is by airplane after the ferry stops running. This locks in the island residents who enjoy a very quiet winter. Only a few community events such as school sports and town hall meetings provide social outlets, other than Tippers. read more

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Topsey Turvey

Topsey Turvey

Topsey Turvey is a waterfront bar with spectacular views and great eats and drinks.  Stop by for a Bloody Mary, one of their most popular offerings.  Also, hearty Cuban and Reuben sandwiches are sure to fill the hungriest of travelers.

Topsey Turvey Location

Directly on Lake Erie in beautiful downtown Put-in-Bay is where you’ll find this great establishment.  The Jet Express terminal is just a short stroll down the sidewalk.  Also, the Sonny S ferry to Middle Bass Island is just steps outside.


Erin C: “We ate here for the first time ever. We have come to the island for years and said let’s try it. Jane was our waitress and she recommended the perch, so glad we tried it. By far the best one on the island. I tired the portobello boy and it was so good. We love this place so much we came back on our last night and lucked out to sit on the patio and watch the sunset and we had Jane as our waitress again. We tried the Cuban and had another perch sandwich. This is our new favorite place!” read more

Quick Info:
361 E Bayview Dr Put-In-Bay, OH 43452
(419) 285-4511

Village Bakery

put in bay village bakery

The Village Bakery on Put-in-Bay has fresh goodies daily.  Also, even the coffee beans get ground daily. So, a cup of java is excellent.  Fresh, fast and friendly best describe this island favorite.  Come find out for yourself.

The bakery location is very accessible.  Delaware Avenue is home to this island favorite.  Moreover, the Put-in-Bay bus depot is directly next door.  Also, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is prominently in view from the outside patio.  This monument is a testament to winning the Battle of 1812.  Oliver Hazard Perry led his men to battle.  The famous saying, “Don’t Give Up the Ship,” comes from Perry.  Also, the nations involved celebrate peace with this monument.  So, overall the Bakery location is superb.  Find the way to fresh.    read more

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104 Delaware Ave, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456, United States

Upper Deck

boardwalk upper deck restaurant

The Upper Deck is located within the Boardwalk Restaurant building on Put-in-Bay.  Here, diners can take in the sweeping views of Lake Erie.  Moreover, table side service is available on this level.

The Boardwalk Restaurant is an island food destination.  Diners come hungry and leave satisfied.  The location of the restaurant is superb.  Bayview Avenue in downtown Put-in-Bay is the home of the Boardwalk.  Nearby, the Put-in-Bay Winery and Jet Express terminal are a short walk away.  Also, the lovely DeRivera Park is just across the street.  Boaters are also welcomed here.  There are mooring buoys to dock.  Also, their is a water taxi to whisk boaters ashore.  So, no matter the choice of transportation, this restaurant is very accessible. read more

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341 Bayview Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456, United States

Unique Put-in-Bay Dining and Cuisine

When you explore the Lake Erie Islands, local authentic cuisine will be discovered all over. Meals ranging from simple fresh lake fish enjoyed with a view of the Bay to high-end but casual restaurants like the Goat Soup and Whiskey and everything you would expect in between. You could eat in a different Put-in-Bay dining for every meal. Superb Lake Erie game fish like walleye and perch is typical – you’ll get no fresher in the classiest restaurants in the world. Island entertainment in the evening is a must: beautiful dancing, traditional island guitar acts and mesmerizing steel drums. The crowd participation with the popular late-night DJs in our Put-in-Bay clubs and bars is a highlight.

Surrounded by Lake Erie, the shallowest of the Great Lakes, local fishermen venture beyond the lighthouse before sunrise. Their catches help Put-in-Bay Dining earn a reputation for creating the best cuisine in the area. Fresh seafood comes straight out of the lake and isprepared simply by local chefs. They use delicious local ingredients from our nutrient-rich fresh island gardens. Many island chefs even grow their own herbs and vegetables for a truly Green dining experience.

Love fresh food?

There are over forty places to eat and drink on the little island of Put-in-Bay. This page features just a few! Also check out more dining options at PutinbayDining.com. Or simply ask a Put-in-Bay taxi driver where he or she loves to eat, you may be surprised!

Seafood meals at the Boardwalk feature favorite local dishes like perch fish tacos, and lobster bisque cooked in a traditional matter and served in a sourdough bread bowl. A perfect lunch can be a simple burger and fries, late-night street vendor dogs or pizza slices or even a fine restaurant menu in a casual environment. As well as gourmet sandwiches, pizza and conch fritters are on offer by the water’s edge, there are many colorful cafés serving light meals and your fix of great coffee.

After Hours at Put-in-Bay

When the sun sets and you’ve had your fill of our delicious cuisine. The real party begins! There are plenty of things to do in Put-in-Bay.

When the sun goes down, the party heats up. Put-in-Bay restaurants and bars boast the best nightlife of all the Lake Erie islands. Mix with friendly locals and boaters in open-air bars, most on the downtown strip where cool island vibes and spectacular vistas await. Grab a drink and enjoy the bands, whether local live music or a stunning sunset over the water at the Keys or Boardwalk restaurant.

When you want to go large, head to one of our pumping nightclubs, or join a nightly Put-in-Bay Rolling Pub Tour where you pedal yourself to the party. Above all, while our Put-in-Bay Restaurant nightlife is exciting and exotic, it’s extremely safe and fun. Stay Overnight and enjoy the late-night festivities!