Take a Culinary Tour

Through Indiana Dunes Country

It's always a culinary adventure here in Indiana Dunes Country, as the editors of Midwest Living recently discovered on a tour of our region's leading restaurants. Challenged with the "arduous" task of narrowing it down to a tasty top 10 (with some honorable mentions included), here are Midwest Living's favorite Indiana Dunes Country restaurants–guaranteed to dazzle your palates!

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Featuring comfort food with an Asian twist and updated American classics, dish’s excellent service and seasonal menus set this restaurant apart from the culinary competition. View Details


The ever-popular Popolano’s award-winning family-run restaurant serves the best in homemade Italian-American cuisine with hand-cut steaks, seafood and made-from-scratch pastas and pizza. View Details

Valley Kitchen & Bar

Showcasing a menu that changes seasonally based on what’s available locally, this farm-to-fork kitchen serves delicious meals in a warm atmosphere of exposed brick walls and salvaged wood. View Details

Restaurante Don Quijote

Serving 25 amazing tapas, mouth-watering entrees, homemade desserts and sangria—plus a hearty helping of hospitality—Don Quijote is one of Indiana’s only authentic Spanish restaurants. View Details

Wagner's Ribs

Renowned for fall-off-the-bone ribs and tasty sides like waffle fries, coleslaw, cornbread cakes and BBQ beans, Wagner’s Ribs is casual, friendly dining for the 21-and-older crowd. View Details

Bartlett's Gourmet Grill and Tavern

With a party room nestled in the woods out back, Bartlett’s retro-cool restaurant is like a classic roadhouse, and its upscale versions of old-school dishes elevate pub grub to gourmet status. View Details

Bistro 157

Bistro 157’s farm-to-table cuisine deliciously blends French, Asian and international flavors, while its seasonal, fresh and eclectic menu draws foodies from all over the country. View Details

Meditrina Market Cafe

This intimate, charming restaurant in downtown Valparaiso uses locally sourced ingredients to create mouth-watering Mediterranean and ethnic small and large plates, soups and salads. View Details

Strongbow Inn

Nationally renowned for its outstanding family-owned restaurant and banquet center, Strongbow’s has been dishing out traditional turkey dinners with all the fixings for over 70 years. View Details


Once a Victorian family home, Lucrezia features made-to-order, from scratch, Northern Italian cuisine, with an emphasis on homemade pastas, grilled meats and fresh seafood dishes. View Details

Blackbird Café

Enjoy freshly ground coffee, homemade soups and scones, and 60 different teas at Blackbird Café, one of the most eclectic coffee shops in all of Northwest Indiana. View Details

Fuji Japanese Restaurant

With over 13 menu pages of delectable dishes like sushi, sashimi, tempura, teriyaki and vegetarian options, Fuji Japanese Restaurant is a veritable Asian feast for the taste buds. View Details

Octave Grill

Using fresh, local ingredients, Octave Grill features gourmet burgers, tasty appetizers, salads and homemade desserts, and is located in the heart of downtown Chesterton. View Details


Set in a stylish atmosphere, Sage’s fusion of Italian and American cuisine incorporates local ingredients and seafood flown in daily to create homemade pastas, entrees and desserts. View Details

Tonya's Patisserie

Tonya’s Patisserie is cozily tucked inside a two-story home and has a weekly changing lunch menu filled with comfort foods, as well as freshly baked cakes, pastries and breads. View Details

Third Coast Spice Café

Featuring organic and locally grown ingredients—and healthy options for vegans, vegetarians and gluten-free diners—Third Coast Spice Café serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week. View Details

Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille

Industrial Revolution takes a gourmet spin on traditional American meals like pot roast and meatloaf, and offers a menu of comfort food, generous portions and down-home flavors. View Details

Hungry for more about Midwest Living's delicious take on dining in Indiana Dunes? Read the Indiana Dunes Country Culinary Tour article in its entirety!