10 Must-Visit Waterfront Restaurants in Pennsylvania

Picture this, Happy Travelers — a delicious meal and a sparkling lake or river view. It’s summertime, which means PA has a deck chair with your name on it and is serving up some awesome grub, too!

1. The Allegheny Grille


Come for the food, stay for the view at The Allegheny Grille. Grab a burger, sandwich, salad, or maybe even some seafood mac and cheese, while relaxing on the outdoor patio and watching boaters sail slowly by on the Allegheny River. Their dinner menu features a variety of delicious beef, chicken, seafood, ribs, and pasta entrées at this delight-filled waterfront restaurant near downtown Foxburg.

2. Woody’s Backwater BARge & Grill


Woody’s Backwater BARge & Grill brings a bit of the tropics to the shores of Lake Erie. Enjoy dinner or a drink on PA’s only floating barge bar! Woody’s menu offers everything from a softshell crab sandwich and jerk chicken wraps to classic fare. Its drinks menu features beer, wine, and several creative cocktails at one of PA’s great waterfront bars and restaurants.

3. Bayfront Grille


Enjoy a leisurely meal while overlooking picturesque Presque Isle Bay at the Sheraton Erie’s Bayfront Grille. Get up early to watch the sunrise and grab a delicious breakfast to start your day at one of the best waterfront restaurants in PA. Then, dive into Erie’s nautical story at the Erie Maritime Museum before going back to the Grille for delectable lunch and dinner options.

4. Silver Shores Restaurant

Conneaut Lake

Nestled along the shore of Conneaut Lake, Silver Shores Restaurant has been the ideal place to enjoy some lakeside dining for nearly a century. Relax on the outdoor patio by PA's largest natural glacier lake while listening to live entertainment with a cold drink in hand and enjoying some delicious items from the restaurant’s extensive menu.

5. Penn’s Tavern

Fishers Ferry

With a bit of history and scenic views of the Susquehanna River, you'll find lots of variety on the menu at Penn’s Tavern — from seafood nachos and other creative appetizers to a variety of delicious handhelds to a dinner menu chock full of seafood, pasta, and beef entrées. Enjoy the riverside deck while sipping on a variety of craft beers from some of PA’s award-winning craft breweries and soaking in the atmosphere of this 18th century tavern at one of Pennsylvania’s long-serving restaurants on the water.

6. Marina Café


Whether you’re in search of a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner with a view, Lake Raystown Resort's Marina Café is the place to be. Overlooking the picturesque marina, the café’s menu features both old-time favorites and creative American fare including their award-winning Galley Wings or fan-favorite Chicken Boca sandwich featuring a grilled chicken breast topped with prosciutto ham and provolone cheese and drizzled with a balsamic glaze.

7. Docksiders Café


Set sail for Clarendon and drop anchor at Docksiders Café at Kinzua Wolf Run Marina. Overlooking the waters of the Allegheny Reservoir in the Pennsylvania Wilds, the café has an outside deck to take in the view of a spectacular sunset at one of PA’s . Their menu is filled with delicious, casual dining options including sandwiches, burgers, and baskets or craft a meal from their list of appetizing appetizers!

8. The Dock on Wallenpaupack


Take a “lake break” to enjoy lunch or dinner and great waterfront views on the outdoor deck at The Dock on Wallenpaupack at Silver Birches. Enjoy relaxing waterfront dining and the Dock’s menu packed with a variety of pizzas, soups, salads, handhelds, appetizers, and entrées featuring salmon and seafood, pasta, beef and chicken.

9. Deck on the Moshulu


Experience a truly one-of-a-kind dining experience aboard the Moshulu — the world’s oldest and largest square-rigged sailing vessel still afloat and only tall ship restaurant in the world. Enjoy an elegant dinner below deck or opt for lighter fare at the “Deck on the Moshulu” with its spectacular views of the city, a menu filled with fun appetizers and entrees, and a truly unique waterfront restaurant near downtown Philly.

10. Redfin Blues


What better way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life than enjoying a meal on the outside deck of Redfin Blues!? Enjoy views of passing herons and racing sculls while dining on pizza or a wide variety of seafood dishes. Don’t be deterred by closure of the 30th Street Bridge, which is undergoing months-long, major repairs in 2023. Redfin Blues is open and hoping to see you soon at one of the best waterfront restaurants by the water near downtown Pittsburgh!

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