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6 of the Best Restaurants You Can Boat To

By Boatline
June 27, 2022
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After a day spent cruising on the water, it’s time to tie up your boat, find a bite to eat, and relax. There are several great waterfront restaurants around the country that let you dock, dine out with delicious food, and take in a nice view. Boatline is breaking down six of the best restaurants that you can get to by boat.

1. Cannery Seafood on the Pacific – Newport Beach, California

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It’s hard to beat Southern California boating when you combine plenty of sunshine, breezes floating along the water, and wildlife-watching with the excellent dining found at Cannery Seafood on the Pacific. Casual yet elegant, this Newport Beach favorite has a welcoming atmosphere and focuses on dock-to-table seafood with finely plated calamari, shrimp, and tuna. They also offer dock space and slips you can reserve for your boat when you’re ready to dine out.

2. LuLu’s Gulf Shores – Gulf Shore, Alabama

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Wildly popular with a local crowd of boaters on the Gulf Coast, LuLu’s Gulf Shores is an Intracoastal Waterway dining destination and a hangout for family and friends. Eat outdoors along the water from menu items like Po’ boys, crab claws, and burgers, and have fun on the sand with their rope climbing and volleyball setups. LuLu’s is conveniently situated next to a marina and docks, which gives you easy access by the water.

3. Belle’s Cafe – Newport, Rhode Island

Bell's Cafe
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A fitting place to pull up your yacht and dine out, Belle’s Cafe at Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard is a breakfast and lunch spot alongside the water. Bright, open, and airy inside and with outdoor lounging alongside a lightship, they offer everything from Benedicts to New England clam chowder and lobster rolls. You’ll have plenty of room for your boat next to the restaurant, with over 3,000 feet of dock length that accommodates boats up to 350 feet long.

4. Schooner Wharf – Key West, Florida

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Located along the historic harbor, Schooner Wharf is one more reason why Key West is an epic bucket list marina. Tropical and lively, Schooner Wharf serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and is big on oysters, conch, and—for dessert—Key lime pie. Be sure to check out their docks and boat slips with daily and monthly availability so you can grab a spot for your boat.

5. Shorty Pants Lounge – Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

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You can put Shorty Pants Lounge on the shortlist as a great dock and dining venue that’s all part of the boating experience in the Ozarks. This Cajun-inspired restaurant has indoor and outdoor dining with a tiki bar with Po’ boys, seafood, steaks, ribs, and more. It’s also easy to get to by boat, with gas docks so you can fill up, covered slips, and more marina amenities for longer stays along the lake.

6. Tides Tavern – Gig Harbor, Washington

Tides Tavern
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Puget Sound fishing and exploring makes Washington among the best coastal areas in the U.S., and Tides Tavern at Gig Harbor is one more stop you should make during a boating adventure. Tides Tavern has been a mainstay for boaters since they first opened their doors nearly 50 years ago next to the waterside docks. With a laid back setting, they serve large plates with an expansive menu of seafood, sandwiches, pizza, and burgers.


Docking and dining out is one more benefit of owning a boat, and a great activity for family and friends. These six venues pair excellent food with views, which adds more to the experience when you’re out on the water. And if you’re looking for your next new or used boat, be sure to check out all the listings nationwide on Boatline.com.

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