The Ten Best Deep Creek Restaurants for 2023

One of our monthly blog posts on what to see, do, or where to eat on Deep Creek Lake and Western Maryland.

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It’s all about fresh seafood, steak dinners, craft cocktails, and a lively atmosphere at our local Deep Creek restaurants. After all, as a year-round resort destination, people are here to relax, indulge, and dine out. Thankfully, there’s an abundance of beautiful produce, locally-made goods, and culinary talent creating menus that skew from traditional classics to innovative and modern.

The Deep Creek Lake area offers so many outdoor activities you’re sure to work up an appetite while touring our town. Whether you spend your day searching the antique shops, spending time on the lake, or cross-country skiing in fresh powder, there’s a wonderful selection of Deep Creek restaurants for any craving. When you’re ready for dinner, give one of these delicious Deep Creek Lake restaurants a try.

Before you start filling your itinerary with reservations at the local Deep Creek restaurants, you’ll want to secure your lodging, and our Deep Creek Lake Hotel is one of the best places to stay in Maryland. Our luxurious Arts and Crafts-style Inn on the lake is the perfect backdrop for your next getaway to Deep Creek—check out our upcoming availability and book your stay today! 

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The Best Deep Creek Restaurants for 2023

Nothing is better than a decadent meal after spending a day on the water or hiking in the woods. Whether you’re in the mood for fresh seafood, a hearty steak dinner, or classic Italian favorites, you’ll find it all here on the shores of Deep Creek Lake. One thing we’re known for in this area is also our welcoming hospitality, so we’re proud to say that service is top-notch at the local Deep Creek Restaurants.

Here are the best Deep Creek restaurants to refuel, relax, and enjoy a meal out on the town.

  1. Pine Lodge Steakhouse: The rustic log cabin space with warm fireplaces sets the tone for a romantic dinner of tender steaks and fresh seafood entrees. Right on the lake, this is one of the best Deep Creek restaurants with stunning water views.
  2. Moonshadow: Live music, craft cocktails, and organic comfort food with locally-sourced produce are all on the menu at this popular stop in McHenry, MD, just five minutes from our Deep Creek Lake Hotel.
  3. Ace’s Run Restaurant and Pub: You’ll find contemporary dining set with a stunning lake view as the backdrop at this lively hangout. Don’t miss their warm beet salad and juicy burgers with creative toppings.
  4. Brenda’s Pizzaria: It’s all about thin-crust New York-style pies made from scratch at this local pizza spot with a great lake view. One of the best Deep Creek restaurants for to-go to enjoy back in your suite at the Inn!
  5. Dutch’s at Silver Tree: Known as one of the best date night spots for a romantic dinner, be sure to share a plate of their fantastic handmade crab cakes. Head to this restaurant in Deep Creek if you’re craving seafood.
  6. Honi-Honi Bar: There’s much to experience at this lively tiki bar on Deep Creek Lake. Plan a leisurely visit with rounds of cornhole, live music, and fun fruity cocktails. They have great happy hour specials too!
  7. Mountain State Brewing: Head to this casual and welcoming taproom for locally brewed pale ales, wood-fired flatbread-style pizzas, and tasty appetizers.
  8. El Canelo: If you’re craving south-of-the-border cuisine, this is the best of the Deep Creek restaurants for a flavorful plate of handmade tacos, chimichangas, and Chile Relleno. Don’t miss the slushy margaritas!
  9. Englanders Antiques: What’s better than antiquing? Antiquing followed by a classic soda fountain treat and home-cooked lunch! This collectibles shop/cafe has operated in Oakland, MD, for over 75 years!
  10. Archie’s Barbecue: If you’re in the mood for BBQ, you’ll find smoked meats and savory sides at this family-owned, award-winning BBQ joint.

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Lake Pointe Inn: One of the Best Deep Creek Restaurants for Breakfast

An extra perk of being a guest at our Deep Creek Lake Hotel is that you’ll have one of the best Deep Creek restaurants (for overnight guests only) on-site for your morning meal and afternoon snacks. We fully believe that a decadent breakfast is the best way to start your day on vacation, which translates to choices for you. Whether you feel like starting the day off with gluten-free or vegan, light fare, or hearty, we have a delicious option.

Every breakfast begins with a homemade baked good, still warm from the oven, Followed by a creative fruit course and then your entree of choice. A few standout favorites include our sourdough waffles with seasonal toppings, daily frittata, and our homemade blend of granola and yogurt. There’s something for every palate at our Deep Creek Hotel, and you’ll have mugs of steaming hot coffee, tea, and fresh juice (maybe a mimosa or two?) to wash it all down.

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One of the Best Deep Creek Lake Hotels for a Getaway

As a guest at our Deep Creek Lake Hotel, you’ll be welcomed with open arms! Our ten guest rooms are all different, each with its own special details and unique layout. Some have seating areas with a fireplace, luxury jetted baths and steam showers, and private balconies with beautiful views. All have classic high-end amenities with lush linens, fluffy towels, plush robes, and comfortable beds. Be sure to book a relaxing massage at our on-site spa as well!

Our location directly on the shores of Deep Creek Lake is ideal for exploring the nearby beaches, state parks, and of course, the best Deep Creek restaurants. You’ll be rested and refreshed for the spectacular adventures you’ll experience during your time on the lake. Book your room for your next fantastic getaway in Maryland today!

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