Lakeside Restaurants On Lake Hartwell (Dine On The Water)

Restaurants on Lake Hartwell offer plenty of eating options. Whether you’re looking for fine dining or a beer and a burger, there are some great places to eat on the lake.

Whether you’ve rented a boat or brought your own, sometimes you need a break from the sun, the wind, and the water. Spending a few minutes to have a drink and a meal on dry land can be the perfect complement to a fun day on the lake.

If you’re looking for restaurants on Lake Hartwell by boat, all of these restaurants are on the water offering stunning views and easy access. Many are located at marinas where you can gas up and park your boat while you’re eating.

5 Lake Hartwell restaurants on the water

Let’s take a look at some of the restaurants on Lake Hartwell with a place for you park your boat (or car) and get your grub on.

The Galley

(Temporarily Closed Due To Covid-19)

Dining at Galley Restaurant on Portman Marina is both laid-back and sophisticated. You’ll feel like you’re dining in a southern country club with mahogany stained wainscotting and waiters wearing aprons and ties.

Open for dinner only, you’ll find an array of traditional and southern American food many of which are cooked in their hearth oven. From their patio, the views are ideal for a sunset dinner on date night.

Pan Seared Halibut served over Three Cheese Ravioli with a Roasted Tomato Cream Sauce and Asparagus

Seared Halibut dinner at The Galley Restaurant

The Galley offers fine American cuisine with fresh seafood and steak cooked in their hearth room oven. This upscale casual restaurant has outdoor seating with water views and two private dining rooms for special events.

There’s usually a pretty big crowd at The Galley, especially on weekends, so reservations are recommended.  If you do end up having to wait, there’s plenty of space to have a drink at the bar until your table is ready.

Nami Asian Bistro

(Temporarily Closed Due To Covid-19)

Located next door to Galley Restaurant, Nami Asian Bistro is a favorite of locals for its extensive dinner menu and fabulous sushi. Led by master chef Tsutomu Fukuhara, the menu at Nami is top notch.

tray of fresh sashimi and sushi at Nami Asian Bistro

Sashimi art by Chef Fukuhara at Nami Asian Bistro

The sushi is fresh and masterfully done with both innovative and familiar flavors. The setting and service at Nami are usually impeccable, and they are able to accommodate larger groups.

Enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine including handcrafted sushi specials by their master chef Tsutomu Fukuhara who is trained in classical French and Japanese cooking.

Both indoor and outdoor dining space fill up quickly at this upscale casual restaurant, but same-day reservations are sometimes available.

The Grill at Clemson Marina

If you’re looking for a place to dock the boat and grab a burger, head to The Grill at Clemson Marina. A local favorite, The Grill is an open-air restaurant right on the lake offering fast casual food like Po Boys and wings. The Grill is open Friday through Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm.

double stacked juicy cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato

Grab a cold beer and a juicy burger at The Grill.

Tilly’s Tiki Bar at Harbor Light Marina

Fun casual dining and tasty American cuisine can be found at this restaurant on Lake Hartwell. Tilly’s is open for dinner on Thursdays and lunch and dinner Friday through Sunday.

With a lively atmosphere and plenty of games to play, you’re sure to have fun. Join them for great food, cold beverages, and live music on the patio!

giant jenga game at Tilly's Tiki Bar

Play some games while you cool off at Tilly’s Tiki Bar

The Boathouse Grill at Hartwell Marina

Now open year round, Boathouse Grill offers patty melts and milkshakes in a very casual outdoor environment. They’ve undergone several renovations and expansions in the last couple of years and now offer enclosed seating, shaded lakeside picnic tables, lawn games, and live music.

the Boathouse Grill bar with bartender

Enjoy a cool drink and warm food at The Boathouse Grill bar.

  • Facebook: @BoathouseHartwell
  • Phone: (706) 376-5150
  • Hours: Thursday 11-9, Friday/Saturday 11-10, Sunday 11-9

Racks Lakeside Bar and Grill (closed 12/19)

Open Thursday – Sunday, Racks Lakeside Bar and Grill opened its doors in May 2019 and sadly closed later the same year. It’s in the same building that used to be Swamp Guinea, but the interior has been completely remodeled.

The newly updated restaurant served a robust bar menu with a ton of variety. Boaters are welcome as there’s space to dock your boat while you eat.

One thing I loved about this new lakeside restaurant in Hartwell is the lawn area where they encouraged you to stay awhile with yard games and outdoor seating.

Since closing this newly updated lakefront restaurant property is now for sale.

strawberry salad at Racks Lakeside Bar and Grill

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Have you visited these Lake Hartwell restaurants?

Whether you’re looking to wine and dine someone special, a bite to eat in your swimsuit, or somewhere with live music and beer, you’re sure to have a fun and scenic dining experience at these Lake Hartwell restaurants accessible by boat.

Off the water, make sure you check out these other Lake Hartwell restaurants.

Do you have a favorite? Leave a comment and let us know!

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