12 Must-Visit Waterfront Restaurants in Pennsylvania

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

1. The Allegheny Grille

Foxburg

The Allegheny Grille
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 watching boaters sail slowly by on the Allegheny River. Thirsty? They offer a full range of adult beverages including wine, craft beers, and tasty cocktails.

2. Woody’s Backwater BARge & Grill

Erie

Bar counter Woodys Backwater BAR and Grill
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 the city’s only floating barge bar! Woody’s menu offers everything from a softshell crab sandwich and jerk chicken wraps to classic faire. Feeling adventurous?! Be sure to try “The Big Woody” Bloody Mary featuring shrimp, bacon, lemon, cucumber, bleu cheese stuffed olives, and a crab claw!

3. Bayfront Grille

Erie

Bayfront seating Bayfront Grille
Bayfront Grille | Photo Credit: Sheraton Erie Bayfront

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 your preferred beverage in hand.

4. Silver Shores Restaurant

Conneaut Lake

Dockside seating Silver Shores Restaurant
Silver Shores Restaurant

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.

5. Penn’s Tavern

Sunbury

Penns Tavern
Penn’s Tavern | Credit: Penn's Tavern Restaurant

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.

Bonus: The tavern’s aptly named Microbrew River Room features a rotating selection of Pennsylvania craft and German beer on tap!  

6. Marina Café

Entriken

BLT with side of chips
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. Or, enjoy a fun and delicious dinner cruise with spectacular views of the lake aboard the resort’s Proud Mary Showboat!

7. Docksiders Café

Clarendon

picture of boats docked
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 while enjoying your dinner.

8. The Dock on Wallenpaupack

Hawley

The Dock on Wallenpaupack
The Dock on Wallenpaupack | Photo Credit: Silver Birches Resort

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 mac and cheese, and a beef short rib pot roast plus several craft cocktails to enjoy!

9. Char’s Tracy Mansion

Harrisburg

dining setup on deck at Chars Tracy Mansion
Char’s Tracy Mansion

It’s a celebration of fine dining and fine art with fantastic views of the Susquehanna River at Char’s Tracy Mansion. Just like its locale – a wind-powered, 1913 Tudor Revival mansion – that fuses the best of the past with a cutting edge bent, Char’s French-inspired menu is both traditional and highly innovative featuring the best of locally sourced ingredients.    

10. Deck on the Moshulu

Philadelphia

ladies dining on Deck on the Moshulu
Deck on the Moshulu | Photo Credit: J. Fusco for VISIT 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 totally Instagrammable summer drinks.

11. Redfin Blues

Pittsburgh

deck on Redfin Blues
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.

Best yet: the drink menu features a little local flair with Wigle Whiskey spirits!

12. Ristorante La Veranda on the Waterfront

Philadelphia

Ristorante La Veranda on the Waterfront
Ristorante La Veranda on the Waterfront

Treat yourself to a delicious lunch or dinner of authentic Northern Italian cuisine at Ristorante La Veranda on the Waterfront. Here, you can enjoy delicious pasta dishes, fresh seafood, grilled meats, and antipasto while dining on the outside veranda and beautiful views of the Delaware River and Ben Franklin Bridge.

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