LAKESIDE DINING: ROOMS WITH A VIEW
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
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
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
PORT OF BLARNEY
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