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Scrumptious delights for every taste bud

Start your day sipping a perfect latte by the beach or digging into a hearty full breakfast. Enjoy a locally grown, seasonal menu in a contemporary atmosphere or grab a hot dog fully dressed with mouthwatering toppings. Treat your sweet tooth with a trip to one of our bakeries, dessert bars, cake shops or ice cream parlors. Drop in to a neighborhood hangout and savor a perfect burger, a juicy steak or a delectable seafood creation. Or discover flavors from further afield in one of our Chinese, Italian, French, Mexican, Japanese, Greek, Spanish or Indian restaurants.

AJ's Pizza

AJ's Pizza Co. is known for original taste. All ingredients are prepared daily including their signature homemade sauce and their freshly-made dough.

T: 219-464-8282  | E: info@ajspizzaco.com | W: View Website

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar-Valparaiso

Applebee's is the largest casual dining chain in the world, with locations throughout the U.S. and many countries worldwide. They take pride in having a friendly, welcoming, neighborhood environment for both their staff and guests that makes everyone enjoy their Applebee's experience. Applebee’... More

T: 219-477-3868 | W: View Website

Aurelio's Pizza-Valparaiso

What sets Aurelio's apart from other Chicago pizza? They are different because they use only quality ingredients, serve a variety of generous sizes, and specialize in customizing orders to suit each individual taste. Since 1959, the Aurelio family has been devoted to offering the finest pizza, ... More

T: 219-462-9700 | W: View Website

Bistro 157

Bistro 157

At Bistro 157, master chef Nicole Bissonnette serves up eclectic, internationally influenced cuisine in a comfortable neighborhood-hangout atmosphere. The lunch and dinner menus change with the seasons, so be sure to listen to the suggestions from your server—the staff is there to educate and ... More

T: 219-462-0992 | W: View Website

Blackbird Cafe

Blackbird Cafe

Join them at one of the most eclectic coffee shops in Northwest Indiana. The people you will meet there are diverse, the food comes from their family traditions, and the cafe is intimate and friendly. The best cup of coffee, a freshly baked scone or a cup of soup made by their hands, and a ... More

T: 219-548-2811 | W: View Website

Bob Evans Restaurant-Valparaiso

What better way to start off your day then at Bob Evan’s Restaurant in Valparaiso. They have yummy breakfast classics with a little country twist. They also have a great lunch and dinner menu that would satisfy anyone’s hunger. When you're looking for quality food but don't want to spend ... More

T: 219-464-9201 | W: View Website

Bon Femme

Bon Femme

"Elegance in a casual setting" is the motto that drives the succulent cuisine at Bon Femme Café. One of Chicago-land's most gifted industry leaders, Executive Chef Eddie Luick, has prepared an exquisite menu blending American and Continental European with a French accent. Treat yourself to a ... More

T: 219-531-0612 | W: View Website

Broadway Cafe and Ice Cream Parlor

This place has something for everyone, with a wide variety of entrees, sandwiches and more. Just be sure to save room for dessert.

T: 219-464-0112  | E: broadwaycafevalpo@gmail.com | W: View Website

Buffalo Wild Wings-Valparaiso

Buffalo wings, sandwiches, sports bar. Wi-Fi. Outdoor dining available.

T: 219-548-9464 | W: View Website


Welcome to Burgerhaus, home of the most creatively-delicious burgers in Northwest Indiana. We’ve taken a great American tradition and made it international. Our succulent beef patties are a custom blend of the finest meat cuts and infused with special seasonings from around the world. Each ... More

T: 219-286-3296  | E: bugerhausvalpo@gmail.com | W: View Website

Campbell Street Cafe

This cafe offers homemade meals in a friendly setting.

T: 219-531-1800 | W: View Website

Casa Del Mar

Enjoy traditional Mexican favorites, as well as live music Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to close.

T: 219-850-1414 

Chili's Bar & Grill

American and Southwest favorites like fajitas, ribs, burgers, seafood and more can be enjoyed here.

T: 219-465-7344 | W: View Website

China House

China House

A downtown Valparaiso fixture, China House has been serving Chinese favorites for years.

T: 219-462-5788 | W: View Website

Colada's Pizzeria

Enjoy pizza and grinders in this island-themed restaurant. The restaurant is located at Zao Island, which features miniature golf, a game room and other attractions.

T: 219-464-0075 | W: View Website

Designer Desserts

Designer Desserts

Designer Desserts invites patrons to live life one cupcake at a time in this fun-filled store! You will need a fork---and possibly a friend--to share in the decadent cupcakes that are available in over 80 flavors! It's hard to pick a favorite with flavors such as key lime pie, dark chocolate ... More

T: 219-465-0008  | E: designerdessertsbakery@gmail.com | W: View Website

dish Restaurant

dish Restaurant

For more than 10 years, dish has been serving modern American cuisine in a perfect fusion of casual and fine dining. You’ll always find plenty of signature dishes like sesame chicken, penne pasta, the Gorgonzola chips appetizer, to-die-for macaroni and cheese and homemade pies and shortcakes. ... More

T: 219-465-9221  | E: dishrestaurant@frontier.com | W: View Website

Don Quijote Restaurant and Imports

Don Quijote Restaurant and Imports

Don Quijote brings the heart of Spain to the heart of Valparaiso. They offer an elaborate menu featuring 25 amazing Tapas (Spanish appetizers) including Calamaris (Squid), stewed mussels and Empanada (Galician stuffed pastry). Entrees include a wide variety of fish and shellfish as well as ... More

T: 219-462-7976  | E: info@donquijoterestaurantandimports.com | W: View Website

Dragon Express

Delicious Chinese take-out can be had at this restaurant.

T: 219-531-5821 

Duffy's Place

A bar and grill with entertainment, located just west of Valparaiso University.

T: 219-462-1057 

Dynasty Buffet

Enjoy this popular buffet featuring one of the biggest, best selections of Chinese food and other choices. Or feel free to order off the menu.

T: 219-548-8817 

El Amigo Mexican Restaurant-Valparaiso

Excellent Mexican food served fast.

T: 219-531-5606 

El Salto-Valparaiso

Authentic Mexican food, daily specials and a full service bar.

T: 219-462-0100 | W: View Website

Figure Eight Brewing

Figure Eight Brewing

Figure Eight Brewing is a small craft brewery that offers several varieties of beer as well as root beer for the kids. They've got a menu which features bread they make themselves as well as locally-made ice cream and bratwurst. The menu of sandwiches, soups and salads has something for ... More

T: 219-477-2000 | W: View Website

Four Fathers Brewing

Producing beers that nod at traditional beginnings but, like the revolutionary ideas that founded this country, follow a slightly different path to new territory. Opening on April 19, 2014.

T: 219-464-9712 | W: View Website

Four Fathers Brewing

Producing beers that nod at traditional beginnings but, like the revolutionary ideas that founded this country, follow a slightly different path to new territory.

T: 219-464-9712 | W: View Website

Franklin House

Franklin House

Porter County's oldest pub (1858) is a favorite even now.

T: 219-707-5468 | W: View Website


American, Mexican and Italian cuisine.  When the weather's good, enjoy outdoor dining on their spacious patio.

T: 219-477-2490 | W: View Website

Gaucho's Brazilian Steakhouse

Gaucho's isn't just a restaurant, it's an experience. Gaucho's offers Northwest Indiana's finest Brazilian steakhouse experience.

T: 219-759-1100 | W: View Website

Gelsosomo's Pizzeria-Valparaiso

Award-winning pizza made with the freshest ingredients, pasta, sandwiches and more.

T: 219-477-4255 | W: View Website

Good to Go by Lucrezia

Good to Go by Lucrezia features a deli, wine shop, boxed lunches and gift ideas. Among the products they offer are cheeses, olive oils and balsamic vinegars.

T: 219-286-7668  | E: heylucy@lucreziacafe.com | W: View Website

Greek's Pizzeria

Just off the courthouse square in Valparaiso, Greek's has been a popular place for pizza and more since 1969.

T: 219-464-7102 | W: View Website

Greenwich Terrace Cafe

Open April-December. Eclectic, homemade food, outdoor dining.

T: 219-465-0100 | W: View Website

Henze's Bakery

Bakery and coffee shop. Special orders welcomed.

T: 219-464-1511 

Hungry, INC

Check Hungry, INC's website to find out where this food truck will be, then enjoy sandwiches, soups, salads and potatoes.

T: 773-398-0613 | W: View Website

Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille

Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille

We know you've put in a long day's work so let Industrial Revolution treat you to some great food with your friends and family. They're proud to offer traditional American meals that you've grown up on, but with a gourmet twist. With dishes like their Mom's Double Shift Pot Roast to their Red, ... More

T: 219-465-1801 | W: View Website

Ironwood Brewing Co

A craft brewery for people looking for good beers!

T: 219-405-4644 | W: View Website

J&J's Pizza Shack-Valparaiso

Home of the Kitchen Sink Pizza, J&J's also offers a variety of salads, sandwiches, dinners and more.

T: 219-476-1616 | W: View Website

Jade Garden-Valparaiso

Excellent Chinese food and efficient service await you at Jade Garden.

T: 219-464-9860 | W: View Website

Jimmy's Cafe

This small downtown cafe offers the personal service and breakfast and lunch selections that the locals love.

T: 219-462-9167 

Johnny Boys

A quick, inexpensive restaurant where people can get hot dogs, gyros and more.

T: 219-548-8400 | W: View Website

Kelsey's Steak House-Valparaiso

Kelsey's Steak House-Valparaiso

A local favorite, serving prime rib, hand-cut steaks, seafood and more. While you're there, don't forget to check out the famous giant cow statue out front.

T: 219-465-4022 | W: View Website

Kernels and Kones

This small shop next to Valparaiso's Central Park serves homemade popcorn and Flavor Burst ice cream. Also find Kim's Specialty Chocolates here!

T: 219-299-2940  | E: white929@comcast.net | W: View Website

King Gyros

Huge gyros and sandwiches, and other filling and inexpensive food.

T: 219-464-2010 

La Cabana

Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine with great ambiance both inside and on the outdoor patio. The bar was hand crafted by the owners.

T: 219-510-5587 

La Patrona Authentic Mexican Cuisine

Authentic Mexican favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Outdoor dining is available.

T: 219-707-5597 

Le Peep

Le Peep

Le Peep puts a wholesome, proven perspective on your neighborhood breakfast and lunch. Fresh. Simple. Elegant. Inviting. A kaleidoscope of cooking creativity. They put the emphasis on people, both patrons and staff. They focus on enabling their staff to provide each of their guests the fresh ... More

T: 219-242-8968 | W: View Website

Main + Lincoln

This charming downtown Valparaiso restaurant features traditional and new cuisine from all of America’s cultures.

T: 219-477-1000  | E: mainandlincoln@gmail.com | W: View Website

Malden Oasis

This bar in tiny Malden serves burgers and other tasty food for lunch and dinner, plus breakfast on weekends.

T: 219-462-2337 

Margarita's Bar and Grill

Warm hospitality, mouthwatering cuisine and tasty margaritas.

T: 219-242-8160 | W: View Website


Martini's Restaurant & Culinary Cocktail Lounge is a family owned and operated establishment offering an outstanding variety of mouthwatering cuisine inspired from the diverse regions of the Mediterranean - Greece, Spain, France and Italy to highlight just a few.

T: 219-464-0801 | W: View Website

Meditrina Market Cafe

Meditrina Market Cafe

Serving fresh Mediterranean and ethnic cuisine. Offering options for those with special diets (vegan, gluten free), and using locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy dining in a charming downtown setting or grab a convenient and healthy meal to go.

T: 219-707-5271  | E: meditrinamarketcafe@gmail.com | W: View Website

Mike's Premier Grill/Pizza King

Mike's features Greek dishes, fish specials, Hannon's root beer and Pizza King pizza.

T: 219-476-1800 | W: View Website

New Dragon

Stop in for some quick, hot and good Chinese food.

T: 219-476-9222 

Noodles & Company

The best dishes from Asia, the Mediterranean and America – prepared to your liking, the Noodles way. Japanese Pan Noodles, Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, something healthy or something indulgent – a world of great food is just inside their doors.

T: 219-548-0921  | E: valparaiso@noodles.com | W: View Website

Northside Tap Bar & Grill

A popular neighborhood bar and grill.

T: 219-465-0885  | E: nstap@northsidetap.com | W: View Website

Old Style Inn

Old Style Inn

Steak, seafood, pasta and ribs are served in this charming downtown restaurant.

T: 219-462-5600 | W: View Website

Parea Restaurant & Lounge

Parea Restaurant & Lounge

Parea specialized in steaks and seafood. Enjoy the elegant dining area or eat outside in the patio that features a view of the courthouse and other historic buildings.

T: 219-510-5428 | W: View Website

Pat's Ice Cream Parlor

Grab an ice cream cone of just about any flavor at this small shop on Valparaiso's main drag, then walk down the road to the downtown Central Park or enjoy great shopping.

T: 219-462-5613 

Pepe's Mexican Restaurant-South Haven

Tasty Mexican food with all its authentic flavors.

T: 219-762-7666 | W: View Website

Pepe's Mexican Restaurant-Valparaiso

Tasty Mexican food with all its authentic flavors.

T: 219-465-0205 | W: View Website

Pesto's Italian Restaurant & Catering

Authentic Italian entrees and desserts, full bar, great pizzas, meeting room.

T: 219-462-0993 | W: View Website

Petey's Gyros

Gyros, sandwiches, chili and more.

T: 219-548-2233 | W: View Website

Phil-B's Cafe

A popular place to enjoy breakfast or stop in for a tasty meal later in the day.

T: 219-548-3100 

Pikk's Tavern

Pikk's Tavern

This one-of-a-kind restaurant, built to resemble a 1940s Chicago-style steakhouse, blends old and new in an eclectic atmosphere. All their meat is dry aged in-house for 14-21 days, which creates a succulent, unique taste. Pikk’s also offers organic, gluten-free and vegetarian/vegan items, as ... More

T: 219-476-7455 | W: View Website

Pizza Hut Valparaiso

Pizza, pasta, wings & desserts.

T: 219-465-6500 | W: View Website

Red Robin

Serving gourmet burgers since 1969.

T: 219-531-7337 | W: View Website

Roadhouse Bar & Grill

A hoppin' bar that's been a fixture for years.

T: 219-462-9381 

Roots Organic Juice Cafe

Roots Organic Juice Cafe

Using locally-grown produce when available, Roots Organic Juice Cafe serves fresh, organic, juices, smoothies, Acai Bowls & organic fair trade coffee & teas. Healthy choices for a healthier YOU!

T: 219-707-5655 | W: View Website

Rosewood Family Restaurant-South Haven

This family restaurants serves a wide variety of Greek and American favorites.

T: 219-763-2282 | W: View Website

Round The Clock Restaurant-Valparaiso

This popular restaurant offers a wide variety of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

T: 219-462-6339  | E: roundtheclockrestaurant@gmail.com | W: View Website

Schoop's Hamburgers-Valparaiso

In 1948, Allen Schoop created a formula for transforming fresh, made-to-order ground beef into what one newspaper calls the "finest hamburger this side of the moon." It’s the same formula that Schoop’s restaurants use today. They are also known for their great breakfast choices.

T: 219-464-2996 | W: View Website

Semento's Napoli Cafe

Semento's Napoli Café has been a family owned tavern and grill for the last 75 years. They run a clean and friendly business. They offer a full menu and an outdoor deck in the summer. Catering available. Must be 21 to enter. They also have a non-smoking dining room.

T: 219-548-9046 | W: View Website

Shoe's Pizzeria

Shoe's Pizzeria is happy to say they now serve pizza by the slice for their daily lunch specials. So if you are hungry and in a hurry, stop by and "get your Shoe's on!"

T: 219-476-7463 | W: View Website

Silver Spoon, The

Silver Spoon, The

Intimate, upscale brunch and dinner restaurant and bar. Fresh and delicious.

T: 219-242-8035 | W: View Website

South Bend Chocolate Company Chocolate Cafe

South Bend Chocolate Company Chocolate Cafe

Premium chocolates, hot chocolate, fresh coffee, soups, salads, sandwiches, cheesecake and ice cream.

T: 219-477-4418 | W: View Website

Sportsman's Lounge

Known for fresh, brick-baked pizza, entertainment.

T: 219-762-4099 | W: View Website

Stacks Bar and Grill

Great food, craft beers, wine and outdoor dining.

T: 219-462-0553 

Steak 'n Shake-Valparaiso

This chain restaurant serves steak burgers, chili, milkshakes and more.

T: 219-465-4014 | W: View Website

Strongbow Inn

Strongbow Inn

Strongbow Inn enjoys a national reputation as an outstanding restaurant and banquet center. With professionally trained chefs commanding the kitchen and an experienced staff, Strongbow offers an extensive menu, on-site bakery and a choice of banquet rooms. Stop in and enjoy the roasted turkey, ... More

T: 219-462-5121  | E: thebow331@hotmail.com | W: View Website

Surefire Sandwich Shop

Fresh ingredients make the difference. We smoke our meats in our Southern Pride Smoker. We slow roast our beef and pork, and all our sauces are made from scratch. We take enormous pride in the fine cuts of meat we offer. For instance, we believe our top round of beef is the best you'll find ... More

T: 219-841-9698 | W: View Website

Suzie's Cafe & Catering

Once you taste the homemade bread and cinnamon rolls, you'll wonder why you ever ate anywhere else. The daily soup and specials are delightful, too. Outdoor dining available.

T: 219-462-5500 

T.G.I. Friday's

Enjoiy ribs, shrimp, steaks, burgers, pasta and more in this fun, casual restaurant.

T: 219-462-0302 | W: View Website

Tomato Bar Pizza Bakery

Stone-baked pizza, calzones, salads, hoagies and craft beer.

T: 219-462-7499 | W: View Website

Tommy B’s Steakhouse

Modern fine-dining with a casual maritime infusion. Their menu has everything from steaks to sushi to pasta. There's something that everyone will fall in love with from first taste. They offer an extensive wine menu, martini list, and beer selection.

T: 219-242-8093 

Tony's Place

Family owned since 1955, Tony's Place serves Italian cuisine and pizza that satisfies the locals and people from all around.

T: 219-464-1018 | W: View Website

Uptown Cafe

Uptown Cafe

Located near Valparaiso University, this hangout offers specialty coffees, tea and more.

T: 219-246-2526 | W: View Website

Valley Kitchen & Bar

Valley Kitchen & Bar

This farm to fork kitchen and bar uses natural, locally grown food to make fresh, delicious meals.

T: 219-531-8888 | W: View Website

Valparaiso University dining options

Valparaiso University dining options

Students and campus visitors can enjoy a variety of dining options in the Harre Union. Founders’ Table is located on the east side of the Harre Union and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday thru Friday as well as for brunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. Founders’ features a ... More

Valpo Velvet Ice Cream

Valpo Velvet Ice Cream

For more than 60 years, Valpo Velvet ice cream has been the stuff sweet-lovers’ dreams are made of. Join the tradition at their colorful and funky shop (you can’t miss it—it’s the building painted with the multicolored cows), which serves not only ice cream, but made-on-site sandwiches, ... More

T: 219-464-4141 | W: View Website

Valpo Viennas

The finest hot dogs, Polish, brats, Italian beef, grilled sandwiches and homemade potato chips.

T: 219-299-2592 | W: View Website

Verona Pizza-Valparaiso

Specializing in great pizza and the best beef sandwiches.

T: 219-465-3737 | W: View Website

Viking Chili Bowl

This traditional diner draws a faithful crowd with its consistently great food.

T: 219-462-0800 

Wings Etc. Restaurant & Pub

Wings Etc. is a family-friendly restaurant and pub, with a diverse menu featuring their award-winning jumbo wings, ribs, drinks, great atmosphere, and that good-old-fashioned vibe that makes you want to come in and just hang out. As a sports-themed pub, they offer multiple flat-screen TVs and ... More

T: 219-464-7250 | W: View Website

Yats Cajun Criole Restaurant

New Orleans inspired sauces, chilis etc. over rice. Simple, expertly seasoned dishes. Home, comfort, soul satisfying food. Cheap and quick... eclectic neighborhood joint. We’re Yats. We’re a local New Orleans style joint. Born on 54th and College, also at Fishers, Greenwood, Mass Ave, ... More

T: 219-286-3263  | E: yatsvalparaiso@gmail.com | W: View Website

YoAmazing Yogurt Shoppe

This self-serve frozen yogurt shop offers 12 flavors each day, plus more than 50 toppings.

T: 219-462-9696 | W: View Website

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