Boating Lake County Blog

Lake­side Dining


One of the beau­ties of vis­it­ing Lake Coun­ty is being able to relax at a lake­side restau­rant, enjoy­ing the food and admir­ing the unbeat­able views. Some even let you dock your boat and come inside. Here are four top-notch restau­rants, all fea­tur­ing spec­tac­u­lar patios that put you right on the glo­ri­ous waters of beau­ti­ful Lake County.

El Puer­to Mex­i­can Restaurant
You can’t get any clos­er to the water than at El Puer­to, a super-pop­u­lar casu­al Mex­i­can restau­rant right on the edge of Nip­persink Lake. Get ready to enjoy one of the best lake­side din­ing expe­ri­ences any­where on the Chain O’Lakes. At El Puer­to you’ll find three bold­ly col­ored din­ing rooms, an inti­mate bar that makes one of the best mar­gar­i­tas in Lake Coun­ty, and a live­ly out­door patio. Boaters can pull right up to El Puerto’s con­ve­nient dock. Pre­pared from fam­i­ly recipes using the fresh­est ingre­di­ents, El Puerto’s spe­cial­ties include enchi­ladas, chimichangas, siz­zling faji­tas, tacos, steak, seafood and desserts. Come for din­ner and enjoy a gor­geous Lake Coun­ty sun­set with your meal.
200 N. For­est Ave.

Fox Lake, Illinois
Phone: 8479731370

Lake­side Restau­rant at the Illi­nois Beach Hotel
The Lake­side Restau­rant is part of the beau­ti­ful Illi­nois Beach Hotel locat­ed inside the 4,100-acre Illi­nois Beach State Park, with over six miles of shore­line. Enjoy break­fast, lunch or din­ner inside the ele­gant din­ing room where floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows look out on the blue expanse of Lake Michi­gan, the world’s fifth largest lake. In the sea­son­al months, you can also choose the delight­ful out­door patio to dine or enjoy a bot­tle of wine and home­made amaret­to cheese­cake as the waves roll onto the pris­tine beach just steps away.

1 Lake Front Drive
Zion, Illinois

Lindy’s Land­ing Restau­rant & Marina
Folks have been com­ing to Lindy’s Land­ing Restau­rant & Mari­na on Wauconda’s beau­ti­ful Bangs Lake for over 50 years. And it’s easy to see why. There’s the ter­rif­ic food, a fam­i­ly-friend­ly atmos­phere and a great lake­side loca­tion. The nau­ti­cal-themed din­ing room and huge win­dows offer stel­lar lake views, as do the two out­door decks. A chef-dri­ven menu fea­tures fresh seafood, prime cut steaks, house-smoked meats and sig­na­ture cock­tails. For some toe-in-the-sand din­ing, grab a pic­nic bench at the adja­cent Beach Club for sand­wich­es, wraps and drinks. There’s also live week­ly music on the beach fea­tur­ing rock, jazz, coun­try and jam bands.

115 Park Street
Wau­con­da, Illinois

Over­look­ing a trib­u­tary lead­ing to the Fox Riv­er and Grass Lake, the Port O’ Blar­ney has been a Chain O’Lakes tra­di­tion for over 30 years. Known for its fes­tive, Flori­da Keys-style ambiance, you’ll find a menu of appe­tiz­ers, sand­wich­es, wraps, sal­ads and piz­za. Open Thurs­day through Sun­day, the din­ner menu fea­tures steaks, chick­en, pas­ta and fresh fish. Eat in the cozy din­ing room or on the sun­ny wood­en deck dec­o­rat­ed with palm trees.
There’s also live enter­tain­ment every week­end. And after your meal, if you’re up for some live­ly fun, music and a cold one, hop on the shut­tle boat to Blar­ney Island, a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion in the mid­dle of Grass Lake.

27843 W Grass Lake Road
Anti­och, Illinois
847 3954122

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