Lorain, Ohio, is a lovely place, filled with sights, sounds, and of course, tastes. After a day of sightseeing and fun activities out on the town, wouldn’t you like to sit down, relax, and enjoy a great meal with your friends and family? Especially one with a beautiful, waterfront view.
Here are our top recommendations for the best places and restaurants to eat in while you’re here in the lakeside city of Lorain, all within a short distance of Port Lorain Marina.
Top Restaurants to Eat in While Visiting Lorain
The Gilmore Restaurant
The Gilmore Restaurant on Broadway is located in the heart of downtown Lorain and boasts a unique fine dining experience like no other. Their menu features fine dining staples like prime steaks, dry-aged beef, premium Japanese wagyu, and more, all made from the freshest, highest-quality ingredients. They also serve craft cocktails and an extensive wine list at their on-site bar.
You’ll be immediately captivated by the refined atmosphere of The Gilmore, a truly high-class restaurant with a modern, chic aesthetic and top-class service that never disappoints. Looking for the perfect place for a romantic dinner, or a night out on the town? The Gilmore is the best spot for it!
For a more casual yet exciting atmosphere, The Shipyards features a considerable array of food and drink offerings. Housed in an old, historic shipyard right by Lorain’s waterfront on the Black River, The Shipyards is a premier entertainment and dining venue that has everything you need for whatever you’re in the mood for.
Other than public and private events, The Shipyards hosts The Boiler Room, which serves classic handheld favorites with a wide selection of craft beers and drinks, The Shipwreck, a waterfront dining patio and bar, Monkey Island Coffee, where you can grab a bite of breakfast and a piping hot espresso, and Superior City, a cocktail lounge featuring handmade craft cocktails and classic, old school drinks.
The Shipyards is the ideal place to chill and hang out.
Union Town Provisions
Union Town Provisions is a local favorite that serves delicious local fare and home-cooked comfort food. Featuring a substantial menu with all kinds of offerings, this local gem is a must-visit for anyone looking to get an authentic Lorain dining experience.
The restaurant is known for its warm, welcoming atmosphere and delightful small-town vibe. You’ll feel just like a regular ordering their go-to meal here.
For more of that cozy, down-home feel, Chris’ Restaurant is a tried and true family-owned diner that has been operating in Lorain since 1964. They serve traditional American and European fare, including their famous Lake Erie perch dinner, all at great, reasonable prices that keep their customers coming back for more.
A constant of the Lorain dining scene, Chris’ Restaurant is a staple among locals and tourists alike. The owners, the titular Chris Monofski and family attribute their success to their great food and even better prices. They continue to handmake and cook their own food and run the business as a family restaurant through the generations.
And speaking of Lorain staples, you can’t think about the top places to eat in Lorain without mentioning Broadway Mary’s! Best known for its scrumptious burgers and paninis, homemade baked goods, warm coffee, and tea, and overwhelming sense of community and closeness, Broadway Mary’s has done plenty to establish itself as a Lorain favorite. It’s enough to make your mouth water just looking at the pictures of their food on their social media.
And this place is more than just its good meals and cozy, inviting atmosphere. Broadway Mary’s regularly hosts special events and live music for their customers’ enjoyment and entertainment. You’ll definitely feel like you’re a part of this tight-knit community when you dine at this beloved restaurant.
Lorain, OH, offers an outstanding variety of food choices if you know where to look! Experience all the amazing tastes and smells of Lorain’s cuisine when you book a slip with us here at Port Lorain today.