Are you hungry? You better be, because there is a lot to taste in the Finger Lakes. We take food seriously here and we want you to remember your Finger Lakes culinary experience when you go home. Foodies - we recognize that the “eating experience” can be one of the most memorable parts of any vacation.
"Yum" is the word. And, of course, don't forget the Finger Lakes wine with your meal. Here are just some of the great food adventures we have to offer:
From historic buildings to cruise boats, the Finger Lakes can be a pretty unique place to dine. Enjoy a great meal and cruise Canandaigua Lake aboard the Canandaigua Lady. If staying on land is for you, enjoy your meal in a real castle at one of the various dining options at Belhurst Castle.
Cooking your own food alongside world-renown chefs happens at the New York Wine & Culinary Center. In the winter, you can eat mountainside at Bristol Mountain’s waffle hut, Morning Star Cafe, but you can only get to it by ski or snowboard!
The Finger Lakes Region is famous for a variety of homemade and homegrown foods such as fresh lake trout, apples, cabbage, mustards, gourmet dressings, grapes and grape products like jams, jellies, pies and, of course, wine. You'll find many of these products used by our local restaurants in preparing scrumptious dishes for you to enjoy.
Here are some must-try foods in the Finger Lakes!
- Fresh strawberries, sweet corn, blueberries, grapes and more from local farmers
Come and find out what YOUR favorite Finger Lakes foods are!
The Finger Lakes offers an array of restaurants that feature innovative menus, exceptional service and a serene ambiance. Experience the tastes of regional and statewide cuisine using locally grown and homemade products at the New York Wine & Culinary Center.
Literally dine in a castle at Edgar’s Restaurant in Belhurst or try some elegant fare with European and Oriental influences at Warfield’s Restaurant & Bakery in Clifton Springs. Nolan’s on Canandaigua Lake offers lakeside dining and one of the best steaks around. Some of the most elegant dining can be found at Geneva On The Lake, which features local ingredients and an expansive Finger Lakes wine list.
Simply Crepes offers a fun and casual environment with a unique twist: almost everything they serve comes in a crepe! Crepes aren’t the only international food in the Finger Lakes. Rheinblick has authentic German, and right down the street is Rio Tomatlan, offering the best in authentic Mexican cuisine with one of the largest tequila selections in the area.
Some restaurants put an undeniable emphasis on sourcing locally and bringing out the best in Finger Lakes cuisine. Brown Hound Bistro in Naples and Red Dove Tavern in Geneva use the freshest ingredients available from local farmers and food producers to create truly innovative and seasonal Finger Lakes cuisine.
You are sure to be treated like royalty wherever you go and your palate will be tempted as you sip your favorite Finger Lakes wine. Relax as you enjoy a picturesque setting and dine on a meal that exemplifies the best of the Finger Lakes.
Looking for something quick and easy while you are traveling around the Finger Lakes? Ontario County has some great coffee shops, ice cream stands and pizza places that are both fast and easy. Stop by Papa Jack’s Ice Cream if you want to cool off and get some great ice cream. Make a quick visit to Cam’s New York Pizzeria for a quick slice or some hot, crispy wings. Or, a quick cup of coffee is readily available at the Dalai Java where the coffee is freshly brewed right here in the Finger Lakes, in a yurt of all places!
Almost every community in the Finger Lakes has farm markets with fresh products from local and regional vendors. Enjoy the best of what the Finger Lakes Region is known for - homegrown grape products at places like Joseph’s Wayside Market. Everywhere you look there are roadside vendors offering everything from cabbage to strawberries to corn. There are also many places like Jerome’s U-Pick where you can head out with your family to pick your own fresh fruits and vegetables! Red Jacket Orchards is famous for their apples and award-winning juices which are sold at the New York City Green Markets and at Whole Foods stores across the north east.