A small city with big personality, Duluth, MN is situated on the westernmost shore of Lake Superior. Its rugged shoreline and hilly forests offer a playground for those seeking adventure – and after a day of exploring, what could be better than satisfying your taste buds with some local flavor and fresh air? Here’s a look at Duluth’s wide variety of outdoor dining options.
Lake Superior Views
As the world’s largest freshwater lake by surface area, Lake Superior provides a vast horizon and refreshing breeze. Looking to dine with a view? The Boat Club Restaurant offers views of our iconic Aerial Lift Bridge. Watch as boat traffic comes and goes – they even have a pair of binoculars on each table! You’ll find some of the best Italian in the region at Va Bene Caffe. From-scratch Italian dishes will excite your taste buds as the sun sets over the harbor. Speaking of the harbor, get a front-row seat to a 1,000-foot ship entering port at Silos Restaurant, located at Pier B Resort next to Bayfront Festival Park.
In the Action
A visit to Duluth should always include a stop in Canal Park, the city’s waterfront district with lodging, dining, shopping options, and access to the Lakewalk, lighthouses, and Aerial Lift Bridge. At the historic Grandma’s Restaurant, you can dine right next to the Aerial Lift Bridge. Also next to the bridge, Vikre Distillerycrafts cocktails which resemble works of art. Enjoy a large wine list and Italian menu at Bellisio’s Restaurant or try the fajitas paired with a margarita of your dreams at Little Angie’s Cantina. Located in the Dewitt-Seitz Marketplace, Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar highlights inventive New American cuisine and an impressive cocktail list. With direct access to the beloved Lakewalk, Canal Park Brewing Company invites your furry friends to sit on the patio while you enjoy a pint of their solar-brewed beer.
Local Brews & Flavors
Are you a craft brew connoisseur? The Lincoln Park Craft District is the place to visit for a local pint. Bent Paddle Brewing hosts a beer garden, taking over part of their street while you taste their award-winning beer. Ursa Minor pairs their brew with wood-fired pizza that’s sure to tantalize your taste buds. Carnivores will need to head to OMC Smokehouse for their world-class BBQ and imaginative whiskey bar. If you’re a fan of ciders, Wild State Cider and Duluth Cider can both be savored outdoors. Outside the Craft District, but offering nearly all local brews and spirits in one spot, Sir Benedict’s Tavern on the Lake serves up hot sandwiches on their popular patio.
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On the Hill
Up from the lake, appreciate the local favorite At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Caféwhere a farm-to-table menu and quaint setting delights. Want to explore Duluth’s college town side? Tavern on the Hill is just across the street from University of Minnesota Duluth. This family-friendly restaurant offers a massive menu sure to excite your whole table with artisan pizzas and creative burgers.
Hungry for More?
Find more dining options and learn more at visitduluth.com/dining.