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10 Indian Lake Restaurants You Must Try

We’ve put together a list of the top 10 restaurants and taverns in the area. If you’re in the Indiana Lake area, be sure to check these places out!

March 4, 2019

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Bridget Houlihan

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Located just a short drive northwest of Columbus is picturesque Indian Lake.

This is where folks in Ohio go when they want a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. The pace is slower at the lake, and it offers a much needed change of pace. There are plenty of outdoor activities to experience as well-- boating, fishing, camping, and hiking-- all on the list of favorite things to do. Be sure to check out the beautiful trees at the large Indian Lake State Park as well, which offers campgrounds and provides pavilions for picnics.

After a long day of fun in the sun, you’ll definitely need to recharge and refuel, which is why we’ve put together a list of the top 10 restaurants and taverns in the area. Even if you’re not a local, you can be sure to kick back a few and have a relaxing evening like them.

1. Froggy’s

man people gather at Froggy's bar on Indian Lake
Make sure to visit the pool bar during the summer season-- it’s very popular and gets quite crowded! Image courtesy of Froggy’s
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11065 County Road 219
Lakeview, OH 43331

937-842-5580

Wed-Thurs 4pm-11pm
Fri 3pm-1am
Sat 12pm-1am
Sun 12pm-11pm

If you’re looking for one of the best places to hang out on the lake, then look no further than Froggy’s. This is the place to visit on the weekends, and the live music packs the locals and tourists in. A great place grab some food, it also features the very popular swim up bar-- now that’s a little something out of the ordinary!

Froggy’s also offers you a marina if you need to dock your boat as well. There are campgrounds on the site too-- as well as condos for rental--  just in case you’d like to stay close to the lake and all the action at Froggy’s.

2. Woody’s Diner

people eating outside at Woody's Diner
A great place to grab a big breakfast before starting your day at Indian Lake. Image courtesy of Jeff Phillips
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7838 OH-366
Russell’s Point, OH 43348

937-843-990

Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm
Fri-Sat 10:45am-10pm
Sun 10:45am-8pm

If it’s home cooked meals in a friendly atmosphere you’re after, then look no further than Woody’s Diner. This place is well known by the residents of the lake for a fantastic breakfast, so before you tackle and of those outdoor activities for the day, make sure to stop at Woody’s first.

During Ohio State Football season, this place gets packed, so if you’re at the lake in the fall, make sure to come early. Be sure to try some of Woody’s famous chicken-- as well as take part in the popular Bloody Mary bar on the weekends.

3. Indian Head Roadhouse

exterior of Indian Head Roadhouse n Russell's Point OH
Dock your boat at their pier and come on in for some good food and cold drinks. Image courtesy of Indian Head Roadhouse
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509 W. Main St.
Russell’s Point, OH 43348

937-843-5253

Mon-Thurs 11am-8pm
Fri 11am-9pm
Sat 10am-9pm
Sun 10am-7pm

If you’re looking for a place to relax after a long day of hiking and boating on Indian Lake-- make sure to stop in at Indian Head Roadhouse. This restaurant has some great pub food and offers it all with some fantastic views of the lake.

In the warmer months, the outdoor deck is packed with people having a good time as the sun sets over the lake. It also offers boat docking service, so you can pull right up to the restaurant. Bloody Marys are the house specialty, so be sure and get adventurous and try some of the unique toppings they offer-- like shrimp, cucumbers, and papadillo peppers.

4. Mimi’s at the Lake

inside of Mimi's at the Lake Restaurant in Ohio
Sit back and enjoy the view of the lake from their gorgeous outdoor deck. Image courtesy of Mimi’s at the Lake
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156 E. Main St.
Russell’s Point, OH 43348

937-842-4448

Tues-Thurs 4pm-9pm
Fri 4pm-12am
Sat 11am-12am
Sun 11am-10pm

Kick back and enjoy the panoramic views of Indian Lake while you’re at Mimi’s at the Lake. This is a laid back place-- where everyone can just have a good time. The welcoming atmosphere-- and the fantastic drink specials-- keep everyone happy and coming back for more.

During the warmer months, Mimi’s offers live entertainment that fills up the outside deck and boat marina. If you’re looking for a place that goes at a slower, more relaxed pace-- make sure to stop by Mimi’s while you’re at Indian Lake.

5. Tilton Hilton

view of people eating at Tilton Hilton from the Lake
A fun, lakeside restaurant with karaoke on the weekends! Image courtesy of Tilton Hilton
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10861 Township Road
Lakeview, OH 43331

Mon-Sun 7am-2:30pm

The Tilton Hilton is an Indian Lake staple and one that’s been around since 1977. They’ve been offering residents and tourists alike a friendly place to unwind after a long day of work-- or play-- at the lake. Everyone seems to feel at home here, and it’s a great place to visit after a day on the lake.

Dock your boat and head on up to the restaurant for some delicious pub food and a great selection of beers. The outdoor picnic tables are always packed on the weekends-- especially if there’s an Ohio State football game. They even offer karaoke on the weekends, so be sure and stop by for that-- it’s always a good time.

6. El Azteca

Mexican food & margarita on table in El Azteca in Ohio
Try out some of their delicious Mexican dishes, sure to be something out of the ordinary! Image courtesy of Honorio Quezada
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110 E. Lake St.
Lakeview, OH 43331

937-842-2580

Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm
Fri 11am-10pm
Sat 12pm-10pm
Sun 12pm-9pm

If you’re in the mood for something a little different, be sure to stop by El Azteca while you’re out at Indian Lake. This is one of the few Mexican restaurants in the area, and it is quite popular. With good food and friendly service, it’s easy to see why.

People keep coming back for the chips and salsa, chicken fajitas, and tortilla soup. Plus their margaritas are a favorite of both locals and visitors. They even offer them in pitchers so you can share with friends for an extra fun evening!

7. Cranberry Resort Waterfront Bar & Restaurant

many people eating in Cranberry Resort Waterfront Bar & Restaurant at the lake
An Indian Lake institution, Cranberry Resort is a must see spot for everyone who visits the lake. Image courtesy of Cranberry Resort Waterfront Bar & Restaurant
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966 SR 368
Huntsville, OH 43324

937-842-4947

Wed 5pm-10pm
Thurs 5pm-11pm
Fri 5pm-1am
Sat 11am-1am
Sun 1am-9pm

Cranberry Resort Waterfront Bar & Restaurant is another restaurant that is a staple of Indian Lake. It’s been around-- in one form or another-- since 1947 and its name has since become synonymous with Indian Lake. It’s a great place to visit if you’re passing through, but-- as the locals have always known-- it’s an even better place to visit often.

They have a huge deck that can hold up to 100 people in addition to their extensive indoor seating. Feel free to drive your boat right up to their docks-- then come on in for some good food and friendly service. They are well known for their specialty cocktail menu, so come prepared to try more than a few Island Cocktails, Rum Runners, and Mermaid Waters.

8. Jac n’ Dos Pizza

exterior of Jac n’ Dos Pizza in Russell's Point Ohio
Whether you want pizza, breakfast, or ice cream-- this little restaurant has them all for you to try! Image courtesy of Jac n’ Do’s Pizza
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302 W. Main St.
Russell’s Point, OH 43348

937-843-2222

Mon-Tues 4pm-9pm
Wed-Thurs 11am-9pm
Fri-Sat 7am-11am
Sun 7am-10pm

Jac n’ Do’s Pizza is great place if you’re in the mood for some delicious pizza. They have all your favorite toppings, and you can mix and match to create your perfect pie.

On the weekends, Jac n’ Do’s has added breakfast pizza--as well as a few other breakfast items-- to their menu. What better way to start your busy day then with a homemade breakfast pizza? It’s sure to keep you full while you enjoy all the outdoor fun that Indian Lake has to offer.

Pizza not your thing? That’s ok too because they also serve up calzones, subs, and wings.

9. La Pizzeria

Pizza on table at La Pizzeria in Huntsville Ohio
If you’re in the mood for pizza-- or paninis-- be sure to check out this pizzeria. Image courtesy of Dan Blausey
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7439 State Route 366
Huntsville, OH 43324

937-843-3333

Wed-Thurs 11am-10pm
Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
Sun 11am-8pm

La Pizzeria is a must visit if you’re looking for specialty pizza while you enjoy Indian Lake. This is a great place to stop in if you’d like to pick up-- or stay and eat in their friendly dining room. They offer some great options like the Rajun Cajun, Ultimate Steak, and Chicken Alfredo just to name few.

If you’d rather try something else, they have an extensive list of panini sandwiches, subs, and pasta-- all sure to satisfy your cravings. If you’d rather stay in at your campsite or condo rental for the evening-- that’s not a problem either. La Pizzeria offers delivery and will come right to your door or tent!

10. China Fortune

Rice from China Fortune restaurant at Indian Lake
This is a great place to get some authentic Chinese cuisine at Indian Lake. Image courtesy of Yelp
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223 State Route 708
Russells Point, OH 43348

937-842-9999

Mon-Thurs 10:30am-9:30pm
Fri-Sat 10:30am-10:30pm
Sun 11:30am-9:30pm

If you’ve got a craving for some Asian food while at the lake, then be sure to order from China Fortune-- which serves authentic Szechuan and Cantonese food. They’ve got you covered with all your favorite dishes like Kung Po Chicken, Beef Szechuan, Chow Mei Fun, and Lo Mein. Sometimes you just want to try something a little different and out of the ordinary-- so why not grab some take out from China Fortune at Indian Lake? This family-run place is sure to have something new for you to try.

When you’re at Indian Lake, be sure to try any of these amazing restaurants. After a fun day outdoors, it’s nice to relax and just spend some time with friends and family. What’s your favorite Indian Lake restaurant? Let us know in the comments!

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