Lakeview Drive In in Chelan (best restaurants)
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18 Best Restaurants in Chelan (Complete Guide!)

Last Updated on October 21, 2023 by Kelly

The city of Chelan is well-known for its pristine lake and many wineries, but it’s also home to some amazing restaurants. Whether you’re looking for homemade pasta or fresh blueberry pancakes, there is always something delicious to try in Chelan. I visit Chelan every year, and I always enjoy re-visiting many of the restaurants listed in this post. In this article, I’ll share my list of the best restaurants in Chelan.

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Shaved ice at a stand near Lakeside Park in Chelan
Shaved ice is the perfect treat on a hot summer day! We purchased this one at a stand right off of W Woodin Ave near Lakeside Park.

 

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Best Restaurants in Chelan

Here’s our list of places worth checking out. We made this map you can conveniently see where each is located:

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Breakfast in Chelan

Apple Cup Cafe

804 E Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA 98816

I’m starting with the Apple Cup Cafe because it’s the restaurant that I grew up visiting the most. It’s been open since 1957. I’ve been visiting the Apple Cup Cafe for over 30 years. Breakfast is served all day long, so no need to rush over if you’re a late riser. They have a full menu with options like pancakes, waffles, french toast, omelettes, and skillets. They are also open for lunch and dinner. Come hungry! 

Blueberry Hills Farm and Restaurant

1315 Washington St, Manson, WA 98831

Blueberry cinnamon roll at Blueberry Hills Farm in Chelan

This farm in Manson is home to Blueberry Hills Farm and Restaurant, which serves up an excellent breakfast and lunch menu. They are a real working-farm, and they offer u-pick blueberries when they are in season. As a result, you’ll find tons of blueberry-inspired dishes on their menu: the biggest blueberry muffins I’ve ever seen, blueberry pie, blueberry cobbler, blueberry parfaits, and more.

We highly recommend ordering the blueberry cinnamon roll at Blueberry Hills Farms. It was gigantic and we didn’t even finish it between the three of us. We liked that the server brought the cinnamon roll out right away, because it was about a 45-minute wait for our breakfast to be served. We ordered the Loco Moco and the Best Eggs Benedict Ever. Both were good, but we really thought the blueberry cinnamon roll was the star of the show.

Blueberry Hills Farm and Restaurant does not accept reservations and they have a serious wait during the busy summer months. During our most recent visit on a Sunday during the summer, we saw that they opened at 8am. We thought we would be in good shape by arriving at 8:15am. (Nope!) We waited in line for about 25 minutes to put in our order, and we waited almost an hour for our food. If you plan on dining here during the summer, we recommend arriving a bit before they open to avoid the crowd.

The Seattle Times rated this restaurant as one of the top four restaurants “worth the drive” in Washington State, so be sure to add it to your list!

Tip: The farm has a gift shop counter with tons of blueberry products to choose from. We recommend purchasing an item or two as a souvenir! 

Campbell’s Resort

104 W Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA 98816

Located downtown, Campbell’s Resort is one of the nicer restaurants in the area. Currently their breakfast menu has options like avocado toast, chilaquiles, brioche french toast, and a workout smoothie. 

Sorrento’s Ristorante

3875 Hwy 97A, Chelan, WA 98816

This restaurant at Tsillan Cellars is also open for brunch. The vineyard will be much more quiet in the morning, and their brunch menu is filled with delicious options like the Northwest Benedict and homemade Bacon and Cheddar Scones. 

Lake Chelan Artisan Bakery

246 West Manson Highway Suites 3 & 4, Chelan, WA 98816

Get your coffee and breakfast at Lake Chelan Artisan Bakery. All of their baked goods are made fresh daily. (Even the tortillas for their breakfast burritos!) You can order a breakfast sandwich, quiche, or try one of their pastries. (Some examples include bear claws, sticky buns, and coffee cake.) 

 

Be sure to see our list of 32 things to do in Chelan!

Lunch in Chelan

Lakeview Drive In

323 W Manson Hwy, Chelan, WA 98816

Best Restaurants in Lake Chelan: Lakeview Drive In

Our favorite place to go for lunch (or dinner!) in Chelan is the Lakeview Drive In. They serve burgers, french fries, onion rings, milkshakes, and more. Definitely order their french fries, the seasoning is amazing. They even sell their fry seasoning online! During our last visit, we grabbed a picnic table with a view of the lake. We ordered cheeseburgers, fries, onion rings, and an Oreo milkshake. We were in heaven.

This restaurant only offers outdoor seating. There’s plenty of shaded tables, and you can’t beat the view! The restaurant is within walking distance of Don Morse Memorial Park, so it’s the perfect place to grab a burger after a day at the lake.

Lakeview Drive In in Chelan (best restaurants)

Green Dot Sub Shop

110 E Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA 98816

They were named as one of Washington’s Best Sub Shops Ever, so they know what they’re doing. Grab a sub to-go and have a picnic by the lake. In addition to their classic subs, they also offer cheeseburger subs. There’s locations in both Manson and Chelan. 

Bear Foods Natural Market and Cafe Creperie

125 E Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA 98816

Located within this natural market is a creperie that’s the perfect spot to sit down for lunch. You will crepes filled with French classics like gruyere cheese and ham, but also unique options like their crepe that features Mexican ingredients. 

18 Brix 

1681 S Lakeshore Rd, Chelan, WA 98816

Located at Karma Vineyards, you can enjoy lunch at this stylish restaurant. They serve French meals inspired by local Pacific Northwest ingredients. (Plus you can expect to have an excellent wine pairing with your meal!) 

Vin du Lac Winery

105 WA-150, Chelan, WA 98816

Check out the Bistro at Vin du Lac Winery. They serve upscale items such as a charcuterie board, steamed mussels, and filet mignon. 

Siren Song Vineyard Estate and Winery

635 S Lakeshore Rd, Chelan, WA 98816

Their European-inspired menu currently features options like Prawns al Ajillo (a classic Spanish dish) and Heirloom Caprese on Crostini (a nod to Italy). They even offer a Parisian Picnic that is perfect to enjoy on their estate grounds. 

Campbell’s Resort

104 W Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA 98816

Campbell's Resort best restaurants in Chelan

Enjoy a craft cocktail while you fuel up for lunch. Their menu currently includes options like fish and chips, prime rib dips, and juicy pub burgers. During our last visit, we sat on their outdoor skybridge. We sipped on cocktails as we observed all the activity in downtown in Chelan. (If you have young children, though, we recommend eating indoors. The tables on the skybridge are a bit too high to use a high chair.)

Quick Wok

908 E Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA 98816

Customize your own stir fry! You choose to have noodles, rice, or veggies as a base, and then you get to choose what ingredients are included. 


Dinner in Chelan

Sorrento’s Ristorante

3875 Hwy 97A, Chelan, WA 98816

We strongly believe that one of the best restaurants in Chelan is at Sorrento’s Ristorante, the signature restaurant of Tsillan Cellars. The entire estate feels like an Italian villa with sweeping views of the lake. We had one of the best meals of our lives at this restaurant. (A gnocchi dish that’s no longer on the menu.) Currently they are offering dishes such as Linguine il Pescatore and Cioppino. 

Campbell’s Resort

104 W Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA 98816 

Best restaurants in Chelan: Campbell's Resort Restaurant
Shrimp and Coconut Cakes from the SharePlates menu

 

One of our favorite places to go for a nice sit-down meal in town is at Campbell’s Resort. During the summer, we like to make table reservations for their skybridge. There’s nothing better than dining al fresco and people-watching below you! We dined here during our babymoon in Chelan and had a delicious meal. We visited again this summer, and the whole family enjoyed a nice meal outside complete with cocktails, appetizers, and entrees.  

Fonda Oaxaqueña

127 E Johnson Ave, Chelan, WA 98816

Mole enchiladas at Fonda Oaxaqueña

I’m always in the mood for Mexican food, and Fonda Oaxaqueña doesn’t disappoint! There are several Mexican restaurants in Chelan, and we’ve noticed that a lot of the locals frequent this one. We recommend that you enjoy a margarita with the Enchiladas Oaxaqueñas. (These enchiladas are topped with the mole sauce signature of that region, and they were delicious!)

Andante Italian Style

113 S Emerson St, Chelan, WA 98816

Looking for a romantic spot? Andante’s is focused on fine Italian dining. Currently closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Enjoy penne primavera or a Tuscan seafood stew. 

Company Creek Pizza

502 W Manson Hwy, Chelan, WA 98816

This casual pizza joint is directly across from Don Morse Memorial Park. After a full day at the lake, walk in and enjoy a pizza. Play some arcade games while you wait. 

The Winemaker’s Grill 

200 S Quetilquasoon Rd, Manson, WA 98831

This restaurant at Wapato Point Cellars is another fine dining option in the area. They currently are offering dishes like steak gnocchi, center cut filet mignon, and chicken piccata. Enjoy a glass of their award-winning wines with dinner. 

Layla’s Bar and Kitchen

142-B E Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA 98816

This spot serves adults 21 years and older. The restaurant is located in downtown Chelan near the Riverwalk Park. Enjoy a flatbread or sandwich with one of their cocktails. 

Local Myth Pizza

122 S Emerson St, Chelan, WA 98816

For a fancy pizza spot, head to Local Myth Pizza. Their pizzas are beautiful and definitely Instagram-worthy! Definitely one of the best restaurants in Chelan. 


Dessert in Chelan

Froyo Earth

246 W Manson Hwy, Chelan, WA 98816

Froyo Earth in Chelan for dessert

Froyo Earth serves frozen yogurt where you can pick your soft-serve flavors and your toppings! It’s located within walking distance of Don Morse Memorial Park, Campbell’s Resort, and downtown Chelan. My family especially liked the cake batter froyo flavor. There were lots of toppings to choose from, including a variety of syrups, whipped cream, fresh fruit, and chopped candies. We enjoyed customizing our desserts, and it was the perfect treat to cool down on a hot Chelan day.

The Landing Ice Cream Parlor

104 E Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA 98816

With new owners established in 2021, this downtown staple now has an ice cream parlor. We visited during the summer, and the line was out the door every evening. It was clearly a popular place for ice cream!

Green Dot Sub Shop

110 E Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA 98816

Turns out the Green Dot Sub Shop has some pretty awesome ice cream! They currently have over 30 flavors of soft-serve. 

Lakeview Drive In

323 W Manson Hwy, Chelan, WA 98816

Their milkshakes are delicious. They serve hard ice cream too! 

Bear Foods Natural Market and Cafe Creperie

125 E Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA 98816

Try their sweet crepes! My favorite is banana with chocolate hazelnut spread topped with whipped cream. 

Lake Chelan Artisan Bakery

246 West Manson Highway Suites 3 & 4, Chelan, WA 98816

At the Lake Chelan Artisan Bakery, you can pick up some sweet pastries. They make danishes, scones, cinnamon rolls, sticky buns, and more. 

Deb’s Delights

304 E Wapato Ave, Chelan, WA 98816

Hosting an event? This bakery features cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, pies, brownies, dessert shooters, and more.  

Chelan Toys and Treats

121 E Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA 98816

Check out the over-the-top rice krispie treats! They also have an assortment of candies. 

 

 


Best Hotels in Chelan

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One of our favorite hotels in Chelan is Campbell’s Resort. The resort has its own private beach, two heated pools, and dining on-site. It’s within walking distance to all of the major downtown attractions, so it’s a very convenient place to stay as well. If you dine at Campbell’s Pub and Veranda, ask for a table on their skybridge. You’ll be able to people-watch as you enjoy your meal.

We have also really enjoyed staying at the Grandview on the Lake. The hotel is located within walking distance of downtown and the rooms have a beautiful up lake view. Many of the units are condos, so they are fully equipped with kitchens. (You can make a reservation by clicking on this link.)

If you’re looking for a private house rental, we really enjoyed staying at this property right on the lake. 

For a full list on lodging options in Chelan, click here.


What to Pack for a Trip to Chelan

When visiting Chelan, we recommend that you bring the following:

    • Flotation Lounger: The water is very cold, and it’s really nice to just sit and float for awhile!
    • Group Flotation Island: If you’re going with a group, you’ll definitely be glad you packed this one!
    • Beach Towels: Be sure to pack a few!
    • Sunscreen: During the summer it can get very hot, be sure to protect yourself.
    • Beach Toys: If you’re bringing children on your trip, this will keep them busy! We bought our daughter this set and she loved playing with it all weekend long!
    • Sun Glasses: Don’t forget sun glasses, you will need them! Bring a second pair just in case. 
    • Waterproof Pouch: If you plan on doing any water activities, protect your electronic devices.

 

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Summary: Best Restaurants in Chelan

We hope that this post was helpful in describing some of the best restaurants in Chelan! Our absolute favorite places are the Lakeview Drive-In, Sorrento’s Ristorante, the Apple Cup Cafe, and Blueberry Hills Farm and Restaurant. Enjoy!

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Hi, I’m Kelly!

After studying abroad in Spain, I became passionate about international travel. Since then, I’ve traveled to 6 continents and 36 states within the United States. When I’m not travel blogging, you can find me hiking, reading books in Spanish, or playing cribbage. I hope my blog inspires you to see the world!

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