15 Outstanding Watkins Glen Restaurants

Watkins Glen is a quaint village nestled in the gently rolling hills of the scenic Finger Lakes Region in upstate New York. It sits along the southern shore of stunning Seneca Lake, one of the eleven Finger Lakes.

The area, blessed with natural beauty, is known for fantastic wineries, breweries, and eateries. With so many Watkins Glen restaurants to choose from, you can enjoy a lovely meal in this gorgeous part of New York.

Watkins Glen Restaurants

Thai Elephants


If you are looking for traditional Thai food in a quiet, family-friendly setting, head to Thai Elephants. The restaurant boasts fresh ingredients with a modern interpretation of classic Thai dishes.

Kookalaroc’s Bar & Grill


Are you in the mood for seafood? Kookalaroc’s specializes in homemade seafood so fresh and delicious you may forget you are in upstate New York. The rustic eatery is spacious and includes a terrace with outdoor seating.

Graft Wine + Cider Bar


If you desire a fun evening with excellent food and drinks, look no further than Graft Wine + Cider Bar. Only open in the evenings, the establishment serves delicious local fare with New York state hand-crafted wines, ciders, and beer.

Jerlando’s Ristorante & Pizza Co.

Jerlando’s Ristorante & Pizza Co. offers Italian and American cuisine in a casual setting. The restaurant walls, painted with countryside murals, will whisk you away to an Italian piazza.


To experience peace, love, and BBQ, go to Nickel’s Pit BBQ. The eatery, located in the historic Watkins Glen fire station, serves authentic American BBQ with an upstate New York edge. They partner with local companies for many of their ingredients.

Nickel’s Pit BBQ