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Hundreds Of Restaurants & Bars In the Indiana Dunes

Taste your way through our diverse culinary scene with each juicy bite, refreshing sip, and locally-inspired menu. Enjoy seasonal dishes in a contemporary atmosphere or grab a fully-dressed hot dog on your way to the beach. Drop into a neighborhood hangout and savor a little Americana with the perfect burger or discover new flavors from further afield in one of our Chinese, Italian, French, Mexican, Japanese, Greek, Spanish, or Indian restaurants. Whatever you’re craving, you’re bound to find mouth-watering options from community to coast.

Midwest Living Culinary Tour

Our adventures aren’t limited to the outdoors. Lead your taste buds on an epic-urian journey through our region’s leading restaurants as discovered by the editors of Midwest Living.

Cafés & Coffee

Blackbird Café

Blackbird Cafe and Eatery offers fine coffees, teas, fresh pastry, and a full breakfast and lunch menu and is served all day. Their bakery is known…

Casual Dining

Craft House

This family-friendly smoke-free bar/restaurant serves craft beers, signature cocktails, and healthy food options with desserts large enough to share.…

Cultural Dining

Don Quijote Restaurante and Imports

Owners Carlos Rivero and Elena Jambrina, natives of Spain, serve authentic tapas, paella, desserts, and Spanish wines at this can’t-miss eatery…

Casual Dining

Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille

Known for its burgers and steelworker-themed decor, the Industrial Revolution is a tribute to the American spirit. Be sure to look for the model…

Fine Dining

Kelsey’s Steakhouse

A butter knife cuts through the tender, char-grilled steaks, which are paired with favorites like twice-baked potatoes and seafood. Save room for the…

Fine Dining

Lucrezia Café

Northern Italy cuisine inspires Lucrezia’s award-winning, made-from-scratch menu. Savor creations like rigatoni with smoked chicken, braised lamb…

Casual Dining

Parea Restaurant & Lounge

This spot lives up to its name: “parea,” which means gatherings of friends and family to enjoy good meals. Enjoy steak, chicken, and seafood with…

Cultural Dining

Tao Chen’s

Save the airfare and get a taste of China and Thailand at Tao Chen’s, where the owner uses traditional recipes and fresh ingredients to create…

Cafés & Coffee

Third Coast Spice Cafe

With a menu inspired by the owner's travels around the globe, visitors can enjoy omelets made with cage-free Indiana eggs, Indiana-raised bison…

Pizza

Tomato Bar Pizza Bakery

Tomato Bar serves stone-baked pizza, sandwiches, calzones, and salads using only the freshest ingredients. The house-made dough is prepared daily for…

Casual Dining

Wagner’s Ribs

This friendly, no-nonsense restaurant is known for the most award-winning fall-off-the-bone ribs in Indiana! So, about the only reason you'll need a…

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Chesterton Brewery

A veteran-owned brewery giving back to veterans and local heroes with every pour of custom-crafted microbrews. A place where you can feel comfortable…

1050 Broadway, Ste. 36, Chesterton

Speakeasy at the Spa

Witness the historic rebirth of the 1920’s speakeasy. The Speakeasy at the Spa compliments their Spa Special Events Center located on the same…

333 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter

The Flour Shoppe Bakery

Locally owned and operated gluten-free bakery. They offer sweet and savory options, bubble tea, and gourmet coffee.

540 Indian Boundary Rd., Chesterton

(219) Taproom

They feature 16 taps shared with only a few carefully curated breweries Their beers are unique to NWI! Their menu is as creative and unique as their…

109 S. 3rd St., Chesterton

Aaron’s Mortgage Inn

This local bar serves Italian beef, cheeseburgers, and daily specials. They also serve JJ’s Pizza all day and night.

1400 Broadway, Chesterton

Aftermath Cidery & Winery

Enjoy a variety of locally-made ciders with small-plate food pairings. This hotspot often has live entertainment on the weekends.

15 N. Washington, Valparaiso

Anderson’s Winery and Vineyard

Anderson's Winery offers 24 different wines, dry to sweet, in red, rose, and white. Their kitchen serves a variety of lunches and snacks; paninis,…

430 E. US 6, Valparaiso

Bao’s Pastry

Winner of the 2020 Locals Love: Sweet Treat competition, this authentic French patisserie features delicious sweets and treats, inspired by the…

12 Jefferson St., Valparaiso

Beijing Chinese Restaurant

Fresh, delicious Chinese food just off of U.S. 6 in Portage. Carry out, cater, online available, or order delivery at this Indiana Dunes area…

6214 US Hwy 6, Portage

Blackbird Café

Blackbird Cafe and Eatery offers fine coffees, teas, fresh pastry, and a full breakfast and lunch menu and is served all day. Their bakery is known…

114 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso

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