12 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! Know before you go: contact each location before your visit to confirm COVID-19 status and plan of action.

1. The Allegheny Grille

Foxburg

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.

2. Woody’s Backwater BARge & Grill

Erie

Woody’s Backwater BARge & Grill brings a bit of the tropics to the shores of Lake Erie. Enjoy dinner or a drink on the city’s only floating barge bar! Woody’s menu offers everything from a softshell crab sandwich and jerk chicken wraps to classic fare.

3. Bayfront Grille

Erie

Enjoy a leisurely meal while overlooking the 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. Then, dive into Erie’s nautical story at the Erie Maritime Museum before going back to the Grille for lunch and dinner options.

4. Silver Shores Restaurant

Conneaut Lake

The Silver Shores Restaurant nestled on the shore of Conneaut Lake is the ideal place to enjoy some lakeside dining. Relax on the outdoor patio alongside PA's largest natural glacier lake while listening to live entertainment as you dine on grilled kabobs, filet tips pepper steak or other items from the restaurant’s extensive menu. Insider tip: the restaurant is currently offering takeout, curbside and delivery only, so be sure to call ahead to see about on-site dining options.

5. Penn’s Tavern

Sunbury

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 sauerbraten to the wild boar balls appetizer. Enjoy traditional German dishes and American cuisine on the riverside deck while soaking in the atmosphere of this 18th century tavern.

6. Marina Café

Entriken

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. Diners can also enjoy a fun and delicious dinner cruise with spectacular views of the lake aboard the resort’s Proud Mary Showboat!

7. Docksiders Café

Clarendon

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 while enjoying your dinner.

8. The Dock on Wallenpaupack

Hawley

Take a “lake break” to enjoy lunch or dinner and great views on the outdoor deck at The Dock on Wallenpaupack at Silver Birches. The Dock’s menu is packed with items including crispy lobster, upscale crab cakes, and surf & turf!

10. Deck on the Moshulu

Philadelphia

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 Deck on the Moshulu with its spectacular views of the city and a menu filled with fun appetizers and entrees.

11. Redfin Blues

Pittsburgh

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.

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