Delectable lake side dining areas in Lake County

It’s Friday night and your refrigerator is empty and you don’t feel like running to the grocery store.

With temperatures on the rise (finally…), this is a great opportunity to make it a date night (or family night) to eat with a body of water at your side. People I’m talking about lake side dining!

Lake County, home of 75 lakes stretching across this great area, has plenty of Lakeside dining for you. Who wouldn’t enjoy the sound of the serene waters while munching on delicious eats?

Here are some of the delectable lake side dining areas in Lake County.

Blarney Island

Port of Blarney


Lakeside Restaurant

A fantastic view can be seen from this Zion restaurant on Lake Michigan. Open seven days of the week for breakfast lunch and dinner, tasty specials include filet mignon, fish fry and prime rib. After gobbling your delicious dish, walk along the beach next to Illinois Beach Resort & Conference Center.


Captain Quarters

This captain won’t make you walk the plank. The atmosphere is that of a friendly neighborhood for a quiet evening off the Chain O’Lakes. The menu offers ribs, wraps, burgers, chicken, pig roasts, deep fried turkey patties and so much else. You can also enjoy a little fun and games as there’s a playground for the kids, horseshoe pits and volleyball courts for the adults and more.

view from the Harbour Club

view from the Harbour Club

Harbour Club

Have a boat and you’re looking for access after being famished on the waters. Park your boat at Harbour Club, and you’ll be delighted for plenty of great food and live music. Since it’s summer, you can take full advantage of the tiki bar while gazing upon one of the premier locations for a sunset viewing. Their menu includes sandwiches, ribs, steak, burgers, wraps and a whole lot more.

Port of Blarney

Join the Chain O’ Lakes tradition as Port of Blarney has been a staple for over 30 years. IT’s festive ambience, great décor, great eats and music roster are strong complements to their lakeside dining. Don’t forget to compete in their competitions, i.e. drag boat races. The menu is complete with yummy appetizers, sandwiches and salads.

Steitz’s Restaurant & Marina

Deutschland bites with the lake sounds like a good combination. Enjoy homemade German cuisine at Steitz’s Restaurant and Marina. Tonight’s the perfect night to launch your boat at the marina and salivate on special: Friday night fish fry boil.


Lindy’s in Wauconda


Terrace at SiVer Place

SiVer Place cuisine, outdoor dining on Lake Michigan and live entertainment makes it an experience like any other in Waukegan, or Lake County. The Executive Chef brings an interpretation of modern but fun culinary art to the city of Waukegan. Menu includes salads, tacos, pizza, sandwiches, sliders and more.

Waukegan Yacht Club

Known as the best seat on the lake, WYC’s restaurant rests along Lake Michigan with its unique waterfront location and spectacular views. Navy Grads eat there for free!

Continue here for a full list of lake side venues around Lake County. Chow down!

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