Sunday, May 03, 2009
Dining Out at Smith Mountain Lake
Smith Mountain Lake has plenty of great dining options
During the warmer months, half the fun of eating out at SML is going by boat.
“We have our own sightseeing trip that cruises by several spectacular houses and coves en route to dinner,” said Charlie Cromwell, a three-year lake resident. “And then we end up at The Landing for a terrific meal on the patio. It’s always a hit with our guests. We start out at about 4:30 for our leisurely ride, get to dinner at 6 or 6:30, and we’re headed home before it gets dark.”
During the week, when boat traffic is lighter, check out some of the plentiful lunchtime eateries such as the Marina Café at Mitchell’s Point, Mexico Viejo at Crazy Horse Marina, Portside Grill & Bar at Virginia Dare Marina, Bay Roc Marina as well as the numerous options at Bridgewater Plaza – Chopsticks, Moosie’s Restaurant, Mango’s Bar & Grill, Pizza Pub and The Mouse Trap.
SML resident Charlene Maresca said she enjoys the atmosphere at King’s Point Irish Pub, which is located on the south side of the lake.
“A bunch of us pile into our neighbor’s pontoon, and we have a great time getting there as well as at the restaurant,” she said. “There’s such a fun atmosphere on the pub’s deck; the waiters really want you to enjoy yourself. The food is good and reasonable, too.”
For a special treat, consider making reservations at one of the lake’s more upscale restaurants. All of the following are accessible by boat and are a great choice for a memorable meal:
Harrison’s at Sunset Cay, voted “Best New Restaurant” in 2008 by readers of the Smith Mountain Laker magazine, has a wide array of delectable menu items, and you may dine inside with a great view or outside under Tiki umbrellas on the deck. Sunday brunch is particularly popular. The restaurant also has plenty of docking with attendants to help you tie up.
The Landing, winner of numerous Laker “Best of” awards, produces culinary creations that are a delight to the eyes as well as the palate. Outdoor dining is comfortable, and the menu features everything from burgers to gourmet fare. Live entertainment in the bar is scheduled on weekends throughout the summer.
at The Pointe, located at Mariners Landing, provides a wide variety of culinary
selections that are sure to please, with an outstanding view of
The menu at The Boat House is sophisticated and international, but there are also bar selections and an outdoor deck menu designed just for people climbing off their boats who want to chill out and enjoy the lake view. The restaurant, one of SML’s most established, often features live music on weekends.
If you want to dine, see the lake and not have to worry about driving, consider booking a cruise on the Virginia Dare. The owners offer lunch, dinner and specialty cruises with group rates and private charters available. Hang out before or after at the Virginia Dare Marina’s Key West-themed Portside Grill and Bar, which features a covered Tiki hut overlooking the water.
Other lake-area favorites that are off-water include The Blackwater Café, The Westlake Golf & Country Club, Casa D’ Amici Italian Restaurant, Fallon’s Pub & Grill, Downtown Pizzeria, El Torito, Joe’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant, Lago Pizza, Michael’s Pizza & Pasta, Downtown Pizzeria, Mayberry Diner, Min’s China City, Mexico Viejo, Michael’s Pizza and Pasta, Smith Mountain Coffee & Café, New York Pizza, White House Restaurant and Reds, Wines & Blues.
Restaurants & Carry Out
|Anchors Family Restaurant||540-296-0888|
|Bay Roc Marina Café||540-890-2194|
|Benjamin's at The Pointe||540-296-1215|
|Bluebird Bakery & Grill||540-297-2323|
|Casa D'Amici Italian Restaurant||540-296-1329|
|Chopsticks Chinese Restaurant||540-721-8839|
|Crazy Horse Marina||540-721-1587|
|Dairy Queen - Penhook||540-576-1622|
|Dairy Queen - Westlake||540-721-7541|
|Diamond Hill General Store||540-297-9309|
|Dudley Mart Restaurant||540-721-1635|
|Duck In Market||540-721-4633|
|Edo Grill & Sushi||540-297-6888|
|El Torito Mexican Restaurant||540-721-3821|
|Fallon's Pub & Grill||540-297-4562|
|Finz Bar & Grill||540-297-6777|
|Freckles Ice Cream Parlor||540-297-2138|
|Hawk's Country Store & Deli||540-296-0975|
|Hot Shots Family Fun Center||540-719-1547|
|Ice Cream Cottage||540-721-1305|
|Joe's Pizza & Italian Restaurant||540-721-2422|
|King's Point Pub||540-297-7347|
|La Trattoria Italian Restaurant||540-576-3004|
|Magnum's The Boathouse||540-352-4071|
|Mango's Bar & Grill||540-721-1632|
|Mei's China City||540-721-2646|
|New York Pizza||540-721-4880|
|Nobologna Subs & Deli||540-721-1414|
|Old Oak Café||540-583-1792|
|Olde Liberty Station||540-587-9377|
|Penhook Boat Dock||540-576-2868|
|Rookies Sports Tavern||540-297-4161|
|Smith Mountain Dock & Lodge||434-927-5100|
|The Clubhouse Café||540-297-7888|
|The Landing Restaurant||540-721-3028|
|The Mouse Trap||540-721-4997|
|The Westlake Country Club Restaurant||540-721-4215|
|White House Restaurant||540-297-7104|