Boating & Fishing, Dining, Paddling

Drive your boat to these lakeside restaurants

You’ve heard about curbside service, but how about lakeside service? Oneida County is home to tons of great restaurants that are right on the water, including several with parking for your boat. So hop on board and take a ride to check out these lakeside eateries.

Backwaters Bar & Grill, Rhinelander

This scenic spot on the Boom Lake chain north of Rhinelander is a popular spot for boaters, offering docks along the Wisconsin River and plenty of outdoor seating. If you’re following the Wisconsin River north from Boom Lake in downtown Rhinelander, you’ll find Backwaters a few miles north of town. Try their signature broasted chicken (a carry-out favorite and dine-in special on Wednesdays) as well as incredible ribs, great fish fry and awesome burgers. Online ordering is available.

The Thirsty Giraffe, Tomahawk

Pull up to one of the docks at this lakeside eatery on the north shore of Lake Nokomis for can’t-miss barbeque, broasted chicken, homemade pizzas and more. The restaurant’s outside patio offers a great view of Lake Nokomis, and the kitchen is open for dinner Monday through Friday and lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. Don’t miss their specials throughout the week, either, including brisket (Wednesday) and ribs (Thursday) that are smoked in-house and the Friday fish fry featuring haddock, walleye and lake perch.

Flyin’ Finn Pub & Resort, Rhinelander

Also located on the Rhinelander chain of lakes, Flyin’ Finn Pub & Resort invites boaters to pull up to the dock or park their boat on shore and soak up the good vibes and tasty grub served at this local favorite. Enjoy a seat on the outdoor patio, and be sure to try the restaurant’s famous “Taz” sandwich—shredded beef, melted mozzarella and giardiniera peppers (hot or mild), served on a hoagie bun. (There’s also a “Mini Taz” if you’re not as hungry.)

The Thirsty Whale, Minocqua

This Northwoods institution offers boat parking all around its outdoor deck, so customers can sit outside and take in the views of Lake Minocqua while enjoying a tasty meal. This family-friendly restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week during the summer season, and visitors have long enjoyed the restaurant’s wild rice clam chowder, Friday fish fry, cheese curds and burgers.

See more lakeside dining options and other Oneida County restaurants here.

See a searchable list of Oneida County restaurants here.

Reminder: Local and state safety regulations may lead to reduced hours or changes in operations at restaurants and other businesses. Please contact specific businesses for more information.

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