Windermere boasts the largest lake in England and has been a magnet for visitors since Victorian times. However one of our favourite aspects about this scenic Lakeland destination is the wealth of very good restaurants in Windermere!

Whether you want to grab a quick bite after exploring the rugged scenery and majestic trails here, or fancy a posh dinner with your family, Windermere never disappoints.

With many Windermere restaurants to choose from, including some lakeside restaurants boasting scenic views of England’s largest lake, it can be overwhelming deciding which ones to choose.

However that’s where we can help! We know this area well, and so below we share with you what we believe are the most lively, quirky and best restaurants in Windermere. (Related: Camping in Lake Windermere).

The best Windermere restaurants you have to try

1. Hyltons Restaurant

Located on a quaint cobbled street, Hyltons Restaurant is a great dining option if you are looking for a relaxed and charming atmosphere with traditional English cuisine.

The friendly, attentive and quick service, hearty food and good portion size make this restaurant a popular haunt for locals and visitors alike.

We love Hyltons great wine list, as well as their gin and cocktail menu which compliments the dishes they serve perfectly. And it’s all at an affordable price.

Their menu consists of dishes such as steak, pizza, pasta, burgers and seafood. What we recommend trying is their delicious ribs, coleslaw and dough balls. If you are in a group and fancy sharing, then the Camembert as a starter and then the 1kg Tomahawk Steak as a main is a great option.

Address: Ash Street, Bowness-on-Windermere

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2. Boardwalk Bar and Grill

This popular American style barbecue and burger joint is not only a famous spot because of the gourmet burgers and truffles fries, but also for its sweeping views of Lake Windermere.

Boasting a modern interior design, this dog friendly restaurant serves dishes prepared with fresh ingredients. They have excellent service, and are happy to accommodate any dietary requirements

We recommend their burger called ‘Return of the Mac’ – a juicy burger with a beef patty, BBQ pulled pork and mac ‘n’ cheese. A fantastic lakeside Windermere restaurant.

Address: Gilly’s Landing, Glebe Road, Bowness-on-Windermere

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3. Vinegar Jones

Situated just a 2 minute walk from the World of Beatrix Potter, Vinegar Jones is the ideal choice for a quick fish and chips fix.

Despite being destroyed by a fire, this place has bounced back in style, and now has an attractive interior and the best fish and chips in the area.

They have gluten free options, large portions, and some of the best chunky chips we’ve ever tasted. We recommend trying their lightly battered fish and chips with a carton of curry sauce, vegetable gravy and mushy peas.

Address: Royal Square, Bowness-on-Windermere

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4. The Albert

Situated just a stone’s throw away from Lake Windermere, this gastropub boasts a very cosy and beautiful outside seating area and offers a great choice of wine, ales and beer, including beers by some of our favourite brewers – Robinsons!

Famous for their scrumptious Sunday roast, it isn’t hard to see why people are willing to wait – their roast silverside of beef, accompanied with veggies, mashed potatoes or crispy roasted potatoes, as well as the obligatory Yorkshire pudding never disappoints. (Related: The Best Pubs in Windermere).

Address: Queens Square, Bowness-on-Windermere

5. Villa Positano

Known as one of the longest established restaurants in town, Villa Positano serves fantastic Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.

We loved the chilled and relaxed Mediterranean dining atmosphere, as well as the excellent and prompt service from the friendly staff.

The generous portions and great wine list add to the list of reasons of why we like this place.

If you love lobster like us, we recommend trying their decadent Agnolotti Al Aragosta pasta – filled with lobster and crab meat and served with a lovely creamy tomato and prawn sauce.

Address: Ash Street, Bowness-on-Windermere

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6. Sail N Dine

If you are looking for a unique Windermere restaurant experience, Sail N Dine offers you just that as you will be dining on a yacht!

Whether you fancy a romantic evening with your loved one at sunset, or a fun and unforgettable experience with the kids who can get hands on with the yacht, this quirky way of fine dining is a great option.

The choice of fine wines and first class food prepared on board and catered to your requirements is excellent. As is the service and unbeatable views as you cruise pretty Lake Windermere.

Address: Glebe Rd, Windermere

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7. Jackson’s Bistro

Jackson’s Bistro serve British and European inspired meals with friendly and quick service. This bistro serves a great variety of dishes to suit all tastes – pasta, chicken, steak, seafood, amazing french onion soup, as well as lobster rolls.

If you are looking for the perfect blend of cozy atmosphere, lovely food, attentive staff and decent prices, this bistro is a great option.

Try out the Seabass Fillet, but honestly, any of their fish and meat dishes are very good.

Address: West End, Bowness-on-Windermere

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8. Porto Restaurant

Situated on Ash Street, this restaurant gives you a great fine dining experience with a modern British menu.

Their menu, prepared with locally sourced ingredients from Lake District and Lancashire, has been made with great love and the dishes definitely suit all tastes!

It’s firm favourite Windermere restaurant with many locals and you will need to book in advance. The food is worth the wait though – we recommend their Pandora Monkfish and fries, and the outstanding Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Address: Ash Street, Bowness-on-Windermere

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9. Blue Smoke on the Bay

This unique fine dining experience offers exquisite meals prepared on an open fire using British hardwoods – and all with great views of the lake.

We recommend their Crispy Duck Pancake, lobster and their Bricklayer Steak; which is Blue Smoke on the Bay’s signature dish. When it comes to dessert, you will not be disappointed by their Pecan Brownie and amazing cheesecake.

The best wood-fired dining experience in Windermere, and one of the best lakeside restaurants in Windermere too.

They also do an amazing savoury afternoon tea!

Address: Ambleside Road, Windermere

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10. San Pietro Windermere

This award winning restaurant has been been voted the “Best restaurant in Cumbria” in the past, and lives up to that expectation.

The generous portions, affordable price, excellent service, quality food and amazing wine list are guaranteed to give you an unforgettable dining experience. However, this restaurant, which serves Italian and International cuisine, does not cater for vegan dietary requirements.

We recommend their Arancini, Calamari, Scallop & King Prawn Ravioli or Venison Ragu with Penne Pasta. And of course, why not compliment it all with a bottle of wine?

Address: Birch Street, Bowness-on-Windermere

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11. Golden Mountain

If you want an inexpensive place to eat, then Golden Mountain can accommodate you with very good Chinese food and prompt service. The cheerful staff, alongside a large variety of Chinese food will suit all Chinese food lovers.

We recommend their delicious Crispy Duck Pancakes, Special Fried Rice, lemon chicken and beef in black bean sauce – a great choice after a full day of Windermere adventures.

Address: Victoria Street

12. Beresford’s Restaurant & Pub

If you love your drinks accompanied with amazing seafood, then Beresford’s Restaurant & Pub could be ideal as they have the best mussels in the area!

There’s also a great variety of wines, cocktails, fizzy champagnes and draught beers that won’t disappoint.

To top it all off, they hold a 1am drinks license, so this Windermere pub is perfect for a late night catch up with mates as well as evening sports on TV.

The dishes aren’t stagnant either, and the menu changes depending on the season and the inventions of the kitchen staff.

Address: Beresford Road, Windermere

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