Geneva-on-the-Lake, located about one hour's drive east of downtown Cleveland, is a quirky, relaxed, 1950s-style lakefront resort. The town boasts a "Strip" of antique shops, arcade games, waterslides, and wineries as well as a collection of interesting--and tasty--restaurants.
This 50's-style eatery is located in the heart of the Geneva-on-the-Lake Strip and features some of the best hot dogs and fries around. The open-air dining area has booths and jukeboxes and everything you need to feel nostalgic. In addition to the "dogs," menu highlights include milkshakes, burgers, ice-cold lemonade. Don't go if you're in a hurry; this place can get crowded on summer weekends. Closed from October to Mother's Day.
Location: 5377 Lake Road East, Geneva, OH 44041
Tucked away so neatly that even longtime area residents are surprised to discover it, the Lakehouse Inn in Geneva-on-the-Lake offers a little bit of everything--a winery, a ten-room Victorian-style inn, beautiful gardens, a grill restaurant and a romantic, lake view apartment above the winery. The view here is spectacular, with 180-degree, unobstructed vistas of the changing Lake Erie seascape.
The food at the winery is affordable and simple, with pizzas and sandwiches heading the menu. The grill features more substantial fare and is particularly noted for its Lake Erie perch dinners.
Hours vary throughout the season and all facilities are closed in January.
Location: 5653 Lake Road East, Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 44041
This quirky and cozy eatery is located in the heart of the Geneva-on-the-Lake strip, at the corner of Lake Avenue and New Street. The restaurant, open year round, specializes in fresh seafood and is overseen by the chef, host, and intriguing personality Patt Bowen, a formally-trained chef, and Cleveland transplant.
In addition to a variety of nightly fish specials, the Chanty features lobster lasagna, lobster focaccia, and lobster linguini. The dining room is friendly and cozy and features a unique back bar that once served as an arcade shooting game.
Location: 5457 Lake Avenue, Geneva-On-The-Lake, OH 44041
Located on New Street, a half-block from the Strip, Mary's Kitchen is a perennial Geneva-on-the-Lake favorite for more than 60 years. Open from Mother's Day through October, the restaurant serves affordable breakfasts, lunches, and dinner, with daily specials like meatloaf, chicken and biscuits, and swiss steak. If you're looking for a comfortable, tasty place to have a relaxing meal, Mary's Kitchen is a good choice. Mary's now accepts credit cards.
Location: 5023 New Street, Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 44041
Located inside the Geneva State Park Lodge, Horizons is a popular choice for a special occasion dinner or Sunday brunch. The comfortable dining room boasts large picture windows on six sides of the octagonal space, with sweeping views of the changing Lake Erie landscape. In the warmer months, the restaurant has a lakeside patio.
The menu features Lake Erie walleye as well as grilled entrees, pasta dishes, and sandwiches. The menu is accompanied by a varied wine list that highlights local, northeast Ohio wines.
Location: 4888 North Broadway, Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 44041
Located just east of Geneva-on-the-Lake, Alessandro's delivers one of the most authentic--and tasty--Italian menus in northeast Ohio. The restaurant, open from February through December, features a board of nightly specials, all prepared to order by Alessandro himself. The cozy, friendly romantic eatery is worth the drive from Cleveland.
Location: 6540 Lake Rd W., Ashtabula, OH 44004