With warmer weather, we’re all spending more time outside, and outdoor dining patios open up for the season. What better place to enjoy a meal outside than with a waterfront view? These restaurants on the water in Central New York are the perfect spot for a night out.
916 County Route 37, Central Square
This fine dining restaurant is home to an event space and a summer tiki bar. In the spot that was once local favorite Castaways, 916 Riverside has definitely made a name for itself! From quesadillas and tacos to coconut shrimp, burgers, and crab sandwiches, there is something for everyone to enjoy on the menu.
Barado’s on the Water
57 Bradbury Road, Central Square
Located on the western shore of Oneida Lake, Barado’s is a popular summer dining spot. From March through November, the restaurant features many of the most popular seafood dishes. Choose from crab cakes, lobster rolls, beer battered shrimp, fried haddock, and more. Customers can dock their boats right in front of Barado’s and enjoy their meals out on the patio.
Blue Water Grill
11 West Genesee Street, Skaneateles
Blue Water Grill is in the heart of Skaneateles, overlooking the lake. The fine dining establishment features sushi, hearty salads, burgers, and other entrees. Everything on the menu is both delicious and beautifully presented. Treat yourself to a nice meal while enjoy the scenic views of Skaneateles Lake.
8891 McDonnell’s Parkway, Cicero
On the southeastern shore of Oneida Lake, Borio’s is one of the most popular outdoor dining spots in Central New York. The family-owned restaurant has an indoor restaurant open year-round, an outdoor patio and bar during the summer, and event spaces available for rent. Their menu features their popular salad bar alongside dishes from land and sea. The seafood options include Australian lobster tail, Canadian salmon, or - my personal favorite - the baked Cape Cod haddock. On the weekends, be sure to check out their prime rib on Saturdays or brunch on Sundays.
The Brewster Inn
6 Ledyard Avenue, Cazenovia
Perhaps the most beautiful waterfront dining area near Syracuse, The BrewsterInn is housed inside an old mansion. What once served as the summer home of Benjamin Brewster is now an inn and restaurant, popular for weddings and other events. The gilded age building is incredible to admire, and the lake views from the dining room are even better. Treat yourself to a signature cocktail and some focaccia with basil pesto to start off your meal. Then enjoy one of their delicious upscale dinners.
7 Syracuse Street, Baldwinsville
Brick-N-Barrel is one of the Syracuse area’s newest restaurants. Located along the Seneca River in Baldwinsville, the menu is constantly changing with creative and inspired dishes from the chef. Wednesday nights feature special menus focusing on different varieties of one dish, like mac and cheese or smoked ribs. Plus, the cocktail menu is impressive!
The Lake House at Sylvan Beach
301 Park Avenue, Sylvan Beach
The newest restaurant to hit the beach is The Lake House. Owned by Turning Stone Casino, the nautical-themed eatery has both a restaurant and a gambling floor with slot machines. The menu features an assortment of seafood appetizers including crab cakes, oysters, steamed clams, calamari, and more. For lunch you’ll find creatively-flavored burgers, salads, sandwiches, and tacos. But after 4pm, there are more elaborate dinner entrees to enjoy.
Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-In
78 County Route 89, Oswego
You know it’s summer in New York when it’s time to go to Rudy’s! Family owned and operated since it opened in 1946, the restaurant is a CNY favorite. So popular that they cook over 200 pounds of fish each week! The beef and produce is proudly sourced locally, and many of their recipes are secrets that have passed down through generations. The restaurant is self-serve; once receiving their orders, customers can eat at the picnic tables dispersed through the park.