With beautiful weather often comes the desire to get yourself outside to enjoy it.
After all, this is Ohio. You never know exactly how long it will last, so you have to make the most of it while you can. One of the best places to soak up some rays is grabbing a bite to eat at a beautiful, waterfront location.
Sure, we don’t have oceanside restaurants here in Ohio, but we do have rivers and lakes, and plenty of those waterways boast some pretty incredible places to dine. From fine dining to beach-style bars, here are the best waterfront restaurants in Ohio.
Cabana on the River | Cincinnati
About: If you enjoy eating outdoors in a casual, fun, friendly atmosphere, The Cabana on the River is the place for you.
Address: 7445 Forbes Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45233
Pier W | Lakewood
About: This five-star landmark Cleveland restaurant has been serving a critically acclaimed seafood menu since 1965. Guests can enjoy lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch & private functions perched high on a cliff overlooking Lake Erie.
Address: 12700 Lake Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107
Beau’s on the River | Cuyahoga Falls
About: Beau’s on the River opened at the Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls back in 2013. The restaurant on the river has stunning views of the rapids and falls, which you can enjoy while you dine through the floor to ceiling windows.
Address: 1989 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221
The Boat House | Columbus
About: The Boat House at Confluence Park sits at the confluence of the Olentangy and Scioto rivers with a knockout view of the Columbus skyline. You can dine inside or on the patio, but either way, you’ll have to try not to be too distracted by the views!
Address: 679 W. Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215
Sunset Harbor Bar and Grille | Mentor
About: Sunset Harbor Bar and Grille offers a fun and beautiful setting directly on Lake Erie in the HTP Marina. Although the hours vary depending on the time of the year, it’s always worth the trip up north to have a bit to eat right on the lake.
Address: 625 Prospect St, Fairport Harbor, Ohio 44077
Boathouse BBQ | Marietta
About: Where can you snack on some ribs, wings, and chili while indulging in an incredible view? Boathouse BBQ is nestled along the Ohio River in Marietta and you can stop in for a bite whether you’re traveling by land or boat!
Address: 218 Virginia St, Marietta, OH 45750
Alley Cat Oyster Bar | Cleveland
About: Alley Cat is a waterfront Oyster bar in the Flats East Bank entertainment district in Cleveland. With expansive views of the Cuyahoga River and open-air dining, you’ll feel somewhere much further away than Believeland! Enjoy your oysters, sip on a cocktail, and soak up some sun, friends.
Address: 056 Old River Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113
The Lakehouse Inn | Geneva-on-the-Lake
About: The Lakehouse Inn is a boutique resort in Northeast Ohio located along the southern shore of Lake Erie in Geneva-on-the-Lake. In addition to the incredible restaurant, there’s also a spa and winery. So plan a weekend, get a massage, and then sip on some wine while you wait for dinner in their incredible outdoor dining area overlooking the lake.
Address: 5653 Lake Rd. East, Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 44041
Milestone 229 | Columbus
About: Milestone 229 is a delicious, upscale restaurant sitting snuggly in the curves of the Scioto River in downtown Columbus. They’ve only been open since 2011, but the city has already fallen in love with the place. In the summer months, you’ll get views of an additional water feature at this restaurant: the splash pad at the Scioto Mile.
Address: 229 Civic Center Dr, Columbus, OH 43215
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