Put-in-Bay Dining

Put in Bay KeysPut-in-Bay dining is much more than a menu selection from vinyl-covered card.  In fact, an appealing and delicious set of eclectic choices complements the wide range of standard American fare .  Five Editor’s-Choice spots include The Keys Waterfront, Pasquales, Reel Bar, The Boardwalk Upper Deck, and The Goat Soup & Whiskey.

At The Keys one immerses immediately into the best vacation concept: colorful and relaxing environment, superb harbor views, and satisfying seafood.

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Put in BayPasquales is hands-down the best spot for breakfast: scrambled egg quesadilla to lobster omelette to the hefty Hot Mess!

Reel Bar serves the best deep-fried pickle slices and sweet bourbon burger.

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Don’t miss the Upper Deck!

At Boardwalk Upper Deck you will enjoy the elevated view of Put-in-Bay while feasting on famous lobster bisque, Walleye & Perch Platter, or 10oz rib-eye steak with sauteed onions.

The Goat delights with Reuben Balls and Blue Mussels in the appetizer department, and then presents an impeccable blue cheese sirloin or classic shrimp scampi.

Clearly, there are more rewarding treats than described above; however, if your mouth isn’t watering yet, stop in soon and make your personal selection.  You will not be disapponted.  And don’t forget to tell them Put-in-Bay Daily™ sent you!

Boardwalk Lobster Mania Fresh from Maine


Lobster ManiaCranberry Isles, Maine — Jack Booker

The Boardwalk Restaurant celebrates Lobster Mania on Wednesday evenings during the summer months.  All the lobsters served, and those used in the famous Boardwalk Lobster Bisque, are flown in from Maine and Nova Scotia.  Every batch of bisque contains 35 lobsters, and during the season the Boardwalk processes 6500 pounds of lobster–the equivalent of 3.25 tons!

At Lobster Mania you will receive a 1 lb. lobster, a bowl of delicious lobster bisque, cole slaw, a roll, and a tasty cookie all for $31.

In early summer 2019, I enjoyed the opportunity to spend four hours with lobstermen who previously supplied The Boardwalk.  Captain David Thomas and his crew Paul live on a small island off the coast of Southwest Harbor, Maine, called Little Cranberry Island.  The two men are involved in a co-op with several other local fishermen for distribution purposes.  They go out around 7:30am and often do not return until 5pm.  Their mission–check between 100 and 200 lobster traps every couple hours.

The captain takes the boat to the nearest lobster trap buoy, hooks it, and then reels in the line.  As the boat continues toward the next pot, Captain Thomas and Paul pull up the trap, lift out the lobsters, change the bait, and then toss the pot back into the water.  Paul measures the lobsters, checks to see if any are pregnant (in which case they are thrown back), and then he places rubber bands on the claws.  Captain Thomas and Paul work six months of the year; some co-op members fish into December.  Overall, the co-op collects a few hundred tons of lobster each year.

The videos below reveal the lobsterman’s work in living color!

Put-in-Bay Dining with Style and Specials

Put-in-Bay diningBoardwalk Family of Restaurants presents Summer 2020 Put-in-Bay Dining with style and weekly specials.  Effective this week, Hooligans Irish Pub, The Keys, Rita’s Cantina, Boardwalk Main Deck, Dairy Isle, and Boardwalk Upper Deck will serve delightful menu items at weekly pricing specials!  This unique calendar of dining events is in place from 22 June through 16 August 2020.

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Click the CALENDAR for a PDF printable copy!

Put-in-Bay Boardwalk Family of Restaurants Announces Calendar of Events

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Lobster Bisque Capital !

Boardwalk Family of Restaurants will begin Lobster Mania WEDNESDAY JUNE 17 from 5-8pm (or while supplies last). Manager Julie New reports, “we are slated to begin our official calendar company-wide on Monday, June 22nd- August 16, 2020.”

Also, “We have decided to cancel our entire entertainment schedule at The Boardwalk Main Deck this summer.  Guests looking for live entertainment can join us at The Keys Starting the weekend of June 18th.Put in Bay Keys

Our calendar is up to date on the Keys website for all of our bands for the entire season!  It can be made into a printable format for our guests to print and check out.”



Boardwalk Restaurant Offers Carryout & Local Delivery

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Boardwalk Restaurant, Put-in-Bay, will have lobster bisque, shrimp rolls, wine, and margaritas available this weekend for carry-out and delivery.  Customers can call 419-285-2043 or place an order online.  The restaurant also features a Mother’s Day Boardwalk RestaurantDinner for 4 Family Style with seafood lasagna, house salad, breadsticks, and carrot cheesecake.  The cost is $50.  Call ahead to order from 10am-Noon.