The guide to eating in or dining out on the Piedmont lakes. The establishments listed here have water access on site or very nearby. Or we really, really like what they're sellin'!


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Lake Norman


Apps & Taps

At River City Marina

155 Pinnacle Ln, Mooresville NC 28117

Extensive menu with, well, plenty apps, salads, and heavier fare… including Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza. This replaces River City Bar & Grille and seems to be enjoying great review. Hours M-Sat 11a-2:30a; Sun N-2:30a. Slips available. Casual. $-$$


Big Daddy’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Hwy 150 West at Robinson Rd, Mooresville NC.


Roomy 500-seat restaurant with oyster bar and salad bar. Seafood at its best since 1974. Open Sun – Th 5pm – 9:30pm; F & Sat 5pm – 10pm. Casual. $$


Blue Parrot Grill

169 Pinnacle Ln, Mooresville


Full menu includes steaks and seafood as well as a full bar. The patio is complete with curtains, so you can enjoy being outside, even when it's raining. BPG is lakeside with slips, and there's also a gas dock, so you can fuel yourself and your boat (and the family dog, too!) in one stop. Open 7 days, 11a until. Casual. $-$$


Boss Hog BBQ

7564 Hwy 150 E, Sherrill’s Ford NC.


BBQ. Hickory-smoked pork barbecue, ribs and chicken cooked fresh daily. Served with homemade baked beans, slaw, Brunswick stew. Buffalo wings. Open M – Sat 6am – 7pm. Casual. $


Eddie's Seafood & Raw Bar

643 Williamson Road, Mooresville NC 28117


Local favorite with an extensive menu featuring seafood, burgers, Italian

specialties and Sunday brunch. On the water, but no slips. You can, however,

beach your boat on the sandy strip but you might get your feet wet!


Hello, Sailor

20210 Henderson Road, Cornelius NC 28031


At Holiday Marina. Sophisticated, retro-inspired restaurant with a waterfront deck and tiki bar. Slips available.



The Lake Norman Motel

and Landing Restaurant

4491 Slanting Bridge Rd, Sherrill’s Ford NC.

828-478-5944 or 828-478-5944.

Waterfront dining. Steaks, chicken, seafood & pasta. Appetizers, pizza, hot & cold subs, burgers, salads. Full bar. Open M – Th 11 – 10; F 11 – 11; Sat N – 11; Sun N – 10. Come by boat, there are 20 slips, dock, and a ramp. Busy days ferry in from your anchorage FREE. Casual. $-$$


North Harbor Club

100-D North Harbor Dr, Davidson NC.


American fare ranging from sandwiches to full dinners. Indoor, outdoor dining. Live entertainment Sun, Tu, W, Th 7 – 10. Come by boat, 18 slips available. Open 7 days 11 – 11; Sun Brunch 11am – 2:30pm. Casual. $$-$$$


Port City Club

18665 Harborside Drive, Cornelius NC 28031


Classy restaurant with dinner entrees in the $17 - $29 range featuring a climate controlled deck, outdoor patio and sandy lounge area on the water. Slips available.


Toucan’s Lakefront

At River City Marina

167 Pinnacle Ln, Mooresville NC

6,000-square-foot venue overlooking Lake Norman, from the same folks who brought you the Blue Parrot. Open for lunch & dinner, Toucan’s menu includes sandwiches, burgers, and wraps, thru seafood & steaks. Oyster Bar. There’s also a full-service bar. Like Blue Parrot, Toucan’s is family friendly. Also like BP, there are 16 slips, so come on in off the water. Open daily 11a-10p. Casual.



Waterside Bar & Grill

At Waterside Marina

7774 Hudson Chapel Rd, Catawba NC


Newly renovated! Great selection of lake food from burgers and dogs to salads. But try the cheesesteak. Kid’s menu. Gas dock. We're at the top of the lake! Open Sun 11a-9p; M 11a-11p; closed Tu; W-Th 11a-10p; F-Sat 11a-11p. Very casual. $



Try one or all of these waterfront or water-access restaurants next time you're, you know, hungry ...

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