12 Wine Restaurants with Lovely Lakeside Views

Scenic waters serve as backdrops for these Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners

12 Wine Restaurants with Lovely Lakeside Views
Experience a value-driven wine list and tranquil views of North Carolina's Lake Toxaway at the Restaurant at the Greystone. (The Restaurant at the Greystone)

Restaurants can create some seriously stunning interiors, but few things enhance a dining experience like a waterfront view. From natural lakes in calming settings to a manmade one that doubles as an entertainment piece, there’s something beautiful to gaze out at as you enjoy exceptional wine programs at these 12 spots around the U.S.

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Lakeside

Wynn Resort, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas, Nev.
Telephone (888) 320-7110
Website www.wynnlasvegas.com/dining/finedining/lakeside
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Lakeside’s Maine lobster bake
Barbara Kraft
Lakeside’s Maine lobster bake is served with king crab, shrimp and saffron toast.

Las Vegas’ Wynn Resort houses an impressive total of seven Best of Award of Excellence winners, including Lakeside. The aptly named restaurant sits right next to the hotel’s enclosed Lake of Dreams. In true Vegas fashion, it’s no ordinary lake, with a 40-foot waterfall and nightly light shows. But the real spectacle for wine lovers is Lakeside’s 400-label list. Managed by wine director Mark Thomas, it’s filled with benchmark names like Krug, Opus One, G. Roumier and many more. The bottlings hail from all over the globe but the wine program excels in California and France (especially Burgundy). They’re specially selected to complement chef David Walzog’s seafood-focused American menu, featuring snapper, mahi mahi and swordfish caught near Hawaii.


The Narrows Steakhouse

Shore Lodge, 501 W. Lake St., McCall, Idaho
Telephone (208) 630-0203
Website www.shorelodge.com/dining/the-narrows-steakhouse
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

The Narrows Steakhouse’s dining room
The Narrows Steakhouse
Peer out at the pristine landscape as you dine at the Narrows Steakhouse.

On the edge of Idaho’s Payette Lake you’ll find Shore Lodge, a 77-room resort that’s been in business since 1948. The property offers an abundance of outdoor activities like hiking and water sports, as well as indoor ones like relaxing at the spa and dining at the Best of Award of Excellence–winning Narrows Steakhouse. Sommelier Taylor Nissen runs the wine program, and in 2018, he doubled the number of selections to its current size of 450 labels. California, Washington and France stand out on the list, which represents a broad range of regions and even features a page of local Idaho wines from producers like Cinder and Huston. Pair your selection with chef Matthew Gilbert’s collection of classic steaks and chops, preceded by savory small plates like crispy risotto fritters and foie gras torchon.


The View

Mirror Lake Inn, 77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid, N.Y.
Telephone (518) 523-2544
Website www.mirrorlakeinn.com
Open Dinner, Wednesday to Sunday
Best of Award of Excellence

The View’s dining room
The View
Mirror Lake enhances the aesthetic at the View.

Mirror Lake Inn’s fine-dining option, the View, is a longtime Restaurant Award winner that lives up to its name. Both the adjacent Mirror Lake and the Adirondack High Peaks are visible from every seat in the dining room, where guests can choose from a wine list of 475 picks that’s been honored by Wine Spectator since 2000. Wine director Justin Peregoy showcases all of the world’s major wine regions with an emphasis on California, France and Italy to enjoy with chef Jarrad Lang’s dishes. For the seafood-focused American cuisine, Lang sources from nearby farmers as well as the property’s on-site garden. Local labels from the Finger Lakes, North Fork of Long Island and more are also highlighted, and there are several three-wine flights in addition to 14 wines by the glass.


1833 Kitchen & Bar

Inns of Aurora, 391 Main St., Aurora, N.Y.
Telephone (315) 364-8866
Website www.1833kitchen.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Award of Excellence

1833 Kitchen & Bar’s exterior
1833 Kitchen & Bar
The charming 1833 Kitchen & Bar sits on New York’s Cayuga Lake.

1833 Kitchen & Bar at the Inns of Aurora does all it can to leverage its Finger Lakes location. With a seasonal menu by chef Eric Lamphere, the kitchen shows off local ingredients, as well as local wines. The list celebrates the region’s terroir through a “Neighbor Spotlight” section consisting entirely of Finger Lakes picks. Wine director Erin McElhinney makes sure the offerings expand beyond New York, with standouts from California and France.


Aerie

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, 100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd., Acme, Mich.
Telephone (231) 534-6800
Website www.grandtraverseresort.com/dining/aerie-restaurant-lounge
Open Dinner, daily
Award of Excellence

Sunset at Aerie
Aerie
Sunsets are stunning from Aerie’s expansive windows.

Just off Lake Michigan, Aerie honors the surrounding region through its impressive interior and its Award of Excellence–winning wine list. The dining room’s position on the 16th floor of the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, paired with floor-to-ceiling windows, makes for eye-popping views of the nearby waters, forests, orchards and vineyards, some of which are highlighted among the 155 wine selections. In fact, Michigan is the second-strongest section on wine director Alex Truck’s list behind California, where names like Chateau Montelena and Chalk Hill are offered at affordable prices. In the kitchen, chef Bryan Petrick serves up a regional American menu of familiar favorites such as scallops with succotash, house-made tagliatelle with Bolognese and filet mignon with truffle mashed potatoes.


Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro

3133 E. Newberry Blvd., Milwaukee, Wis.
Telephone (414) 962-6300
Website www.lakeparkbistro.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Award of Excellence

Mussels and white wine at Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro
Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro
Find wine-friendly French cuisine at Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro.

Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro boasts a renowned chef, Adam Siegel, and an exceptional wine list to match. Overseen by wine director Mariana Popescu, the program is exclusively French, reflecting the French menu. The list has a rock-solid Champagne section, and Burgundy is well-represented, both in whites and reds, with Côte de Beaune and Nuits making strong appearances. Bordeaux and the Rhône certainly aren't forgotten, either, including plenty of benchmark names. There are also more than 30 wines by the glass.


The Chophouse

4 Lakeview Drive S., Gibbsboro, N.J.
Telephone (856) 566-7300
Website www.thechophouse.us
Open Dinner, daily
Award of Excellence

A spread of food and beverages at the Chophouse
The Chophouse
The Chophouse serves steak-house cuisine with a side of lake views.

A steak-house wine list should be bold, just like the food—and the Chophouse doesn't disappoint. With California Cabernet leading the charge, the 250 selections, under the eye of general manager Anthony DePaul, make for the perfect complement to the restaurant's dry-aged steaks. While the selection of other reds is more than respectable, especially the Pinot Noirs, come for the Cabs, and drink them alongside chef Javier Alonso's steak-house staples.


The Overlook at Great Waters

Reynolds Lake Oconee, 110 Great Waters Drive, Eatonton, Ga.
Telephone (706) 467-1111
Website www.reynoldslakeoconee.com/life/culinary
Open Dinner, Thursday to Saturday
Award of Excellence

An octopus dish at the Overlook at Great Waters
Reynolds Lake Oconee
California wines meet inventive American plates at the Overlook at Great Waters.

One of 10 restaurants at Reynolds Lake Oconee resort, the Overlook provides scenic views of Lake Oconee and a California-focused wine list, managed by wine director Tommy Stalnaker. Running the gamut of the Golden State, the program highlights Rhône-style blends and Cabernet. Peppered throughout are lesser-known selections and international wines from regions such as Australia’s Barossa Valley and Argentina’s Mendoza. Chef Derin Moore accompanies the program with a menu of whimsical items like jumbo chicken tenders, a reimagined ham-and-cheese sandwich and dessert “shooters.” The resort is also home to Award of Excellence winner the National Tavern.


Pier W

12700 Lake Ave., Lakewood, Ohio
Telephone (216) 228-2250
Website www.pierw.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Award of Excellence

Pier W’s dining room
Pier W
A seafood menu fits the waterfront atmosphere at Pier W.

Pier W is a contemporary seafood restaurant that takes full advantage of its location overlooking Lake Erie with picturesque panoramic views of the water and downtown Cleveland. The by-the-glass list is broad and accessible, featuring 50 picks in 3-ounce or 6-ounce pours. There’s a main list of bottles that are mostly priced under $100, and a reserve list with heavy hitters for special occasions, like labels from Château Mouton-Rothschild and Moët & Chandon. Wine director Kliment Stevoff’s picks are paired with chef Regan Reik’s fresh seafood offerings.


The Restaurant at the Greystone

The Greystone, 220 Greystone Lane, Lake Toxaway, N.C.
Telephone (828) 966-4700
Website www.greystoneinn.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Award of Excellence

Cheese and charcuterie board at the Restaurant at Greystone
The Restaurant at the Greystone
Kick off a meal at Greystone with a cheese and charcuterie board.

Wine director Jay Turney oversees the wine list at the Restaurant at the Greystone, curating a diverse and broad collection of bottlings that are particularly strong when it comes to California. The program is inexpensive overall, and 29 of the 110 selections are available by the glass. On the other end of the spectrum are a handful of high-tier prestige wines from producers such as Château Margaux, Château Haut-Brion and Opus One. Chef Sean Ruddy makes an effort to source local ingredients, placing its modern American menu firmly in the Carolinian setting.


The Strand Waterfront Dining Room

Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior, 5700 W. Highway 61, Lutsen, Minn.
Telephone (218) 663-7212
Website www.lutsenresort.com/dining
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Award of Excellence

The Strand Waterfront Dining Room
The Strand Waterfront Dining Room
The recently renovated Strand Waterfront Dining Room now boasts a large display cellar.

An Award of Excellence winner for more than a decade, the Strand Waterfront Dining Room is an elegant restaurant with a classically focused wine list, managed by food-and-beverage director Mark Lindsey. The list excels in France and also highlights domestic wines, with California making a particularly strong showing. California reds, from Cabernet to Rhône-style blends to Zinfandel, are well-represented. In addition, the selection of large-format bottles is well-chosen, with highlights such as a 3-liter bottle of Goldeneye Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2016. The Waterfront Dining Room was head-to-toe renovated in the fall of 2018, providing an updated-but-familiar setting for chef Chris Homyak's Scandinavian-American menu to shine. To top things off, it’s all served with sweeping views of Lake Superior.


Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge

Sunnyside Resort, 1850 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, Calif.
Telephone (530) 583-7200
Website www.sunnysidelodge.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Award of Excellence

A dish at Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge
Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge
Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge serves a regional American menu and a concise yet strong wine list.

Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge is an excellent lakeside spot to take in some of California's best views, and its best wines. The 100-label selection, overseen by managing partner and wine director Jeff Oxandaboure, is strongly focused on California. There's something here for every wine drinker, from a wide selection of the state's Chardonnays to Rhône-style blends to, of course, a robust selection of Cabernet. Most of the wine is priced in the $50-to-$100 range, and there are 15 by-the-glass options. The program complements the locally focused menu, which brings refined American fare to the table with ingredients sourced from nearby farms.


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