Axel’s Waterfront Cafe
Axel’s Waterfront Café’ is located at South Bass Island State Park at the western end of Catawba Avenue, about two miles from the Downtown District.
The food, the view, and the family friendly atmosphere is worth the bike or golf cart ride to get there.
Unpretentious, Axel’s offers a variety of sandwiches, salads, appetizers, breakfast items, handmade pizza, beverages and ice cream.
The menu is pretty simple and the food is pretty amazing. Last year Axel’s rolled out the “Centennial” Burger in celebration of the National Park’s 100th Anniversary in 2016. With a few modifications the freshly ground, Prime Angus Sirloin half-pound patty is now the “Victory” Burger, a nod to Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial and the Hotel Victory that once dominated the 134-site State Park Campgrounds.
Axel’s 16-inch pizza is great to share with the family. Axel’s hand makes their crust, their delicious pizza sauce and their own Italian sausage.
Axel’s is serving up breakfast, lunch and everything in between under a deck canopy that offers radiant heat during the chilly spring and fall evenings, and cover from the summer sun during the season. There is also a variety of umbrella covered tables and chairs on the expansive lawn overlooking Lake Erie.
Axel’s Café’ is also located just a couple hundred feet from Put-in-Bay jet ski, kayak and boat rentals, and across the road from the island’s only 9-hole executive golf course.
We also rent late model gas-powered EZGO golf carts by the day or week, and overnight. Well maintained, our carts are the best way to explore the island. Call us for a reservation.
AXEL’S WATERFRONT CAFE
1523 Catawba Avenue
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
The Boardwalk Family of Restaurants
Enjoy dining at either of the Boardwalk’s two waterfront restaurants, where our Famous Lobster Bisque is always a featured favorite!
The Boardwalk Main Deck offers plenty of indoor and outdoor seating with spectacular views of the Put-in-Bay Harbor. Three distinct food concessions where you place your order right at the counter. Alaskan King Crab,Key West Shrimp, Grilled Fish Sandwiches, Burgers and Fresh Lake Erie Perch and Walleye! Or rent one of outside decks or bars for your company outing or other event.
The Boardwalk’s Upper Deck offers table side service in air-conditioned comfort with panoramic views of the downtown harbor. We offer plenty of seating, and a professional staff to host your special event. Whether it is a rehearsal dinner, company outing or wedding, we have the right option for you. We feature a full menu, including Gluten Free and Vegetarian options that can be tailored to fit your needs. Hand-shaken Martini’s, Specialty Cocktails and a large Wine list are available to tempt your guests.
We do limit reservations to 12 and above, and can’t guarantee reservations on weekends or holidays. Call our Event Coordinator to start planning your event now.
Boathouse Bar & Grill
The Boathouse has been an island landmark since the 1950’s. The Boathouse’s menu includes Lake Erie perch, and walleye, & Southern style food with family friendly prices. They also have a menu just for kids. Diners can sit outside and enjoy the outdoor patio that lines the front and wraps around the side of the building. The front of the Boathouse opens up and diners can also enjoy the outdoors while indoors. The bar also features a large stage and is a popular venue for live bands and entertainment. Kick back and enjoy casual, comfortable surroundings and allow stellar staff to treat you to the best culinary experience on Put-in-Bay.
Blu Luna Ristorante Italiano
Blu Luna and Harbour Square is located on the quiet end of the strip, at the corner of Toledo and Delaware. There are breathtaking views of the water and monument from our outdoor patios. Our upscale suites surround the gardens and restaurant seating area. Nightly entertainment at our martini bar through the summer months can be heard throughout the grounds while dinning on exquisite dishes created just for you by our Chef. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff can help guide you to “must see” points on the island. Stop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or drinks and entertainment. We look forward to your visit.
BLUE LUNA RISTORANTE ITALIANO
185 Toledo Ave
Put-in-Bay’s Cameo Pizza is located inside the Grand Islander Inn on Catawba Avenue, adjacent to the Island General Store. Cameo, based in Sandusky, Ohio, has been making great pizza since 1936. Cameo’s features a selection of pizza specials, including their famous sauerkraut pizza, pizza by the slice, wings, salads, and sub sandwiches. Cameo’s offers free delivery on the island. You can also dine in or carry out your order. Open daily 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. with delivery until 3 a.m.
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
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Crews Nest Catering
Enjoy your Island Wedding Reception at Put-in-Bay’s only private club. The Crew’s Nest will cater your reception at their secluded pavilion, The Doller House Mansion or an island site of your choice. Beautiful grounds and exceptional food. Sites located on and near the waterfront, just a short walk from the heart of downtown Put-in-Bay.
The Chicken Patio
Winner, Winner we have island wine basted BBQ Chicken Dinners. A local favorite. The Chicken Patio is adjacent to the Round House Bar and Park Hotel, in the heart of downtown Put-in-Bay. Serving up island basted BBQ chicken dinners with corn on the cob, potato salad and dinner roll. Affordable and family friendly (including your family pet). Outdood patio is a great place to relax and enjoy DeRivera Park & downtown harbor. Open for late night dinners Fri/Sat during season. You’re a winner with this island favorite dinner.
Located just steps away from the Jet Express, the Dairy Isle is a great spot for anyone looking for a fast meal at an affordable price! Our Burgers and Fresh Lake Erie Perch Sandwiches are favorites of tourists and Islanders alike. Visit the Dairy Isle and enjoy one of our homemade Waffle Cones, or a Flurry with your favorite treat swirlled right in. Or try one of our Fresh Smoothies or Ice Cream Coffee drinks. We offer iced flavored coffees as well. Our menu is family friendly, and hard to beat! Schedule your next school group or company outing by calling our event coordinator today to schedule a time convenient for you.
You scream, I scream, we all scream for Ice Cream!
Bay View Avenue
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
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The Dollar Mansion
The Historic Victorian, Italianate Doller Mansion built and owned by Valentine Doller, an Island Entrepreneur and former mayor of Put-In-Bay, was built between 1866 and 1885 and is an excellent venue for your next social event. The large lakeside front yard offers a panoramic view for parties up to 400 that few are likely to forget. The picturesque gazebo located in the backyard is ideal for large events. The vast backyard makes plenty of dancing and socializing room for receptions, company picnics/outings, and family reunions. Planning something smaller? Have an intimate birthday, cocktail or dinner party inside this historic home for as few as 15 guests or as large as 60 guests.
The Fish Bowl
Looking for a fun, relaxed atmosphere? Try The Fishbowl for lunch or dinner. Their menu features fresh 1/2 pound burgers, Lake Erie perch and walleye, homemade soups, sandwiches, wings, and salads. Also, serving a late night menu.
THE FISH BOWL
371 Catawba Ave
Located in the remodeled blacksmith shop, The Forge brings something new to Put-In-Bay’s downtown restaurant district. Beyond their famous crêpes and carefully crafted espresso drinks, they provide the perfect menu and atmosphere for brunch, lunch and dinner. Their outside patio is home to The Garden Bar, the perfect hidden summer spot to enjoy craft cocktails and live entertainment.
Frosty Bar & Family Pizza
Located in the heart of downtown Put-in-Bay, Frosty’s has been an island tradition for 60 years. Cold beer served in the signature frosty beer mug, peanut shells crunching underfoot, tasty pizza baked fresh to order, and classic rock tunes from the jukebox are all part of what makes Frosty’s a favorite. Native islanders, boaters, and day trippers alike flock to Frosty’s for the beautiful view of DeRivera Park and the Put-in-Bay harbor.
The Goat Soup & Whiskey Tavern
Located between the church and the winery, The Goat Soup & Whiskey Tavern provides a calm oasis from the bustling of downtown. Outstanding comfort food is served in a beautiful setting that was once an original island winery. All the wonderful soups and sauces are made from scratch daily. Enjoy everything from meatloaf to walleye, or try the original perch taco. The Goat accommodates groups and special events on premise only.
Heineman Winery is included here because the winery serves cheese trays, and snacks with a variety of island wines and grape juice. They do not serve sandwiches, or any other food items. Sample wines and purchase a bottle or a gift pack of island wine for home. Wines have consistently won gold, silver and bronze medals in competition. Nice wine Garden, gift shop and tour.
Hooligan’s is a full service restaurant and bar featuring a pub-style menu. Home-made Irish favorites like Reuben sandwiches, Fish & Chips, Shepherd’s Pie, Guinness Wings, Irish Nachos, Irish Cheese sampler, Specialty burgers, Fresh Salads and Inventive Sandwiches are also offered. Marie’s Hooley Cheese Dip is a MUST HAVE and an Islander Favorite!
Relax with friends and family on Hooligan’s beautiful front porch overlooking Catawba Avenue while enjoying a delicious meal, or a pint of Guinness. Hooligan’s features a large selection of craft and Irish beers on draught. Top Irish entertainers from the Midwest keep things lively on Friday and Saturday evenings from June through October! Hooligan’s is the proud sponsor of Put-in-Bay’s Half-Way to St. Patty’s Day Parade! Slainte!
Island General Store
Stop into the Island General Store located on Catawba Avenue to pickup all your island grocery needs. Freshly cut meats, produce, deli selections, and dry good are available year-round.
ISLAND GENERAL STORE
410 Catawba Ave
Put-In-Bay, OH 43456
The Keys is a full service Florida Keys themed restaurant with 4 distinct locations to satisfy your needs: Tortuga’s Rum Republic, Lola’s Key, Hemmingway’s and the Tiki Shak showcasing Caribbean fare! Fresh Seafood to Conch Chowder, Key West Shrimp, burgers, tropical salads and sandwiches. We can create a menu tailored specifically for your group, and we have a location to fit any of your needs. Gluten Free and Vegetarian items are also available.
The Keys is located in downtown Put-in-Bay just steps away from the Jet Express, with unparalleled views of the Harbor and Perry’s Monument. Call us today to start planning your special event with our event coordinator. We do limit reservations to 12 and above, and can’t guarantee any reservations on weekends or holidays.
Mama Maria's Pizza
Nothing quite hits the spot after a late night like one of Mama Maria’s homemade meatball sandwiches or a slice of gooey cheese pizza. Luckily, Mama Maria knows we crave her cooking at all hours of the day and night, so her place stays open as late as the bars (or later). The patio makes for a great place to take in the view of the harbor and downtown Putinbay at any time.
MAMA MARIA’S PIZZA
266 Delaware Ave
Mossbacks is located at the corner of Catawba & Bayview Avenues and serves a pub style menu that features fresh, hand-breaded Lake Erie perch as well as great hamburgers, sandwiches, homemade soups, salads, and sides. Well known for their sauerkraut balls, Mossback’s also serves up a German food special in October that includes sausages, kraut, German potato salad, potato pancakes, and German Chocolate cake. Let Mossback’s kitchen put together a menu for your next event.
Pasquale’s Cafe, located on the corner of Loraine and Delaware Avenues, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a relaxed setting. Pasquale’s serves a full service breakfast, and also features a lunch and dinner menu of Italian favorites and pizza. Pasquale’s Cafe offers a full complement of catering services, from box lunches to party platters. Pasquale’s can custom design a menu just for you for your next event.
Put-in-Bay Brewery & Distillery
The Put-in-Bay Brewery and Distillery is located in the heart of downtown Put-in-Bay. Sip on a fresh beer brewed right here on the island while enjoying one of their specialty hand-tossed pizzas. They pride themselves in being Put-in-Bay’s first legal distillery, so take home a unique bottle of Island Rum or Island Vodka. Check out the patio bar where they offer a fine selection of hand-crafted bourbons. Great food at a great price, plus a friendly Brew Crew! Kitchen open until 11 PM.
On a Reel Bar T-shirt you will find (b:1906, rb:2014). What does it mean? The bar was built in 1906, but was re-built in 2014 when it re-opened as Reel Bar. Formerly the location of the beloved Tony’s Place, Reel Bar pays homage to it history with its décor and Great Lakes Island Theme. They now serve breakfast, lunch dinner and late night snacks. On the menu you can find creative appetizers, fish, fresh salads and the famous Reel Burger! Wash it down with 16 draft beers, fresh squeezed cocktails and over 30 fine bourbons! The intimate stage has helped Reel Bar to be voted PIB’s Favorite Entertainment Venue 3 years straight! And Reel Bar offers a great catering service for your private party. Reel Food, Reel Music, Reel Fun!
The Sand Bar
Located at the Adventure Bay complex off of Main Street, The Sand Bar is your favorite fun pool bar with all the amenities you would expect and then some. We offer a large Tiki style bar completely surrounded by white Florida Beach Sand. Beach volleyball, corn hole, pool games, cabanas, and a great menu will keep you happy all day long.
THE SAND BAR
407 Langram Rd.
Topsy Turvey’s Island Bar & Grill
Topsy Turvey’s is located inside the Wharfside, adjacent to the Boardwalk and across from Mossback’s. Topsy Turvey is a fun, local hang-out with an outside deck overlooking the Bay. Home of the island’s Cuban sandwich, this small island eatery is big on producing good food and lots of fun. Open 7 days a week during the season and throughout the off-season Thursday through Sunday.
The Village Bakery features a menu of coffee ground fresh daily, served hot or iced, bagels, muffins, croissants and danishes. Delicious fresh fruit and green smoothies, ice cream, breakfast and deli sandwiches round out the menu. Home of the famous “Village Monster” breakfast sandwich. The Village Bakery specializes in homemade cakes of all sizes and types, including wedding, birthday and other special occasion cakes, pies and cheesecakes. Whether its full menu catering, box lunches or just desserts, the Village Bakery is happy to cater your event.