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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High Rock Lake

 

After Deck at Tamarac Marina

9120 Bringle Ferry Rd, Salisbury.

704-636-1918.

Full service restaurant. Tackle & grocery store, other amenities. Located at the bridge on Bringle Ferry Rd; 15-min access off I-85. Marina hours: Sun – Th 5am – 10:30pm; F – Sat 5am – 11:30pm. Restaurant hours: Sun – Th 6am – 9pm; F – Sat 6am – 10pm. Come by boat, there are slips, gas dock & ramp.  Very casual. $

 

High Rock Marina & Campground

1013 Wafford Circle, Lexington.

800-382-3239.

www.HighRockCampground.com

Fresh, made-to-order snacks and dinners. Eat on the deck, or get a to-go order to spend more time on the water. 20 Slips. Open Sun – Th 9am – 8pm; F – Sat 7:30am – 9pm. Casual to shorts & flip-flops. $

 

Lakeview Family Restaurant

9185 Bringle Ferry Rd, Salisbury.

704-637-3699.

Seafood & family dining. At the public access ramp, and across Bringle Ferry from Tamarac Marina (see 51 on High Rock Lake map), so you can come by boat. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Very casual. $

 

TJ’s High Rock Lake Restaurant & Lounge

2675 Providence Church Rd, Salisbury NC.

704-633-0251.

www.HighRockLakeRestaurant.com

Cruise in by boat or drive in by car. Located on the water’s edge on the Rowan County side of beautiful High Rock Lake. Large menu, live entertainment. Full bar. Open Th – Sat 4p-til. Casual. $-$$

 

 

Badin Lake

 

Badin Lake Family Restaurant

2507 Blaine Rd, Badin Lake.

336-461-2660.

Great jumping off point for that Badin fishing trip. Above Fish Tales, Uwharrie Point Marinas and Badin Shores Resort. Southern breakfast and lunch menu items. Seafood & steaks available on weekends. Open Sun 5am – 11am; M 5am – 2:30pm; Tu – Sat 5am – 9:00pm. Very casual. $

 

Fish Tales Marina Grille

700 Lake Forest Dr, Badin Lake.

336-461-2565.

www.fishtalesmarina.com

Casual lake-view dining inside or on patio. Sandwiches, salads, orange-ades, ice cream cones, sundaes and shakes. Full breakfast Sat & Sun 8am – 10:30am. Seasonal hours: Sat & Sun 8am – 5pm til Memorial Day. Memorial Day thru mid-Aug: Fri 11am – 7pm; Sat & Sun: 8am – 7pm. Come by water or road – plenty of parking plus slips, gas dock & boat ramp. Very casual. Swimsuits & flip-flops welcome! $

 

Jay's Seafood Restaurant

40439 Stony Gap Rd, Albemarle NC

704-982-5814

Family-owned & operated since 1967. High-quality seafood served in a relaxed, family atmosphere. Enjoy the buffet or made-to-order kitchen items that include steak, chicken, seafood, and more. This hidden gem isn't on the water, but is convenient to both Lake Tillery and Badin Lake, off Hwy 24/27. Hours: 4-9p Th; 4-9:30 F-Sat; 11a-8:30p Sun. Casual. $$

 

Old North State Club Marina

201 Old North State Ln, New London.

336-461-4456.

www.OldNorthStateClub.com

The menu caters to a wide variety of tastes, from comfort classics to the latest creations. Very casual.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Tillery

 

Lefler's Place Cafe

6423 NC Hwy 73 W, Mt Gilead NC

910-439-5451

www.leflersplace.com

Operating continuously since 1922, Lefler's does barbeque smoked the right way, over an open pit using only hickory wood. Hand-patted burgers. Home made chili and slaw. Definitely not fast food! New owners in 2013 have re-instated all of the old traditional Lefler's recipes. Stop in for an ice cold Coke (in a glass bottle) and one or two of their famous hot dogs! This place is complete with a country store, so get your local produce to go. It's not on the water, but it's close. And well worth the trip! Hours: 7a-2p M-W; 7a-8p Th-F; 7a-3p Sat. Closed Sun. Casual. $

 

Jay's Seafood Restaurant

40439 Stony Gap Rd, Albemarle NC

704-982-5814

Family-owned & operated since 1967. High-quality seafood served in a relaxed, family atmosphere. Enjoy the buffet or made-to-order kitchen items that include steak, chicken, seafood, and more. This hidden gem isn't on the water, but is convenient to both Lake Tillery and Badin Lake, off Hwy 24/27. Hours: 4-9p Th; 4-9:30 F-Sat; 11a-8:30p Sun. Casual. $$

 

River Wild

1185 Lilly's Bridge Rd, Mt Gilead NC

910-439-2022

www.RiverWildNC.com

Fresh, innovative flavors are at the heart of this menu. "Wild" twists include the 100% pure, perfectly-seasoned bison burger. Fresh, hand-crafted burgers on toasted brioche buns. Creative Roast Beef melt featuring premium metro deli beef, caramelized onions and secret river sauce on thick sliced sourdough bread. Yum! Dockage available at Lilly's Bridge Marina (See #51 on the Lake Tillery Map). Deck seating overlooking the marina. Carpet golf! Plenty of parking (You know, if  you come by car.) Full bar, live music.  Hours: 4-10p M-Th; 11a-11p F-Sat; 11a-9p Sun. Casual. $$

 

Twin Harbors Cafe

197 Twin Harbor Drive, Mount Gilead, NC.

910-439-1710.

At the Twin Harbor Camping Resort on Lake Tillery. Great sandwiches, cheeseburgers, dogs & fries. Dinner buffet, salad bar, and desserts on Sat. Breakfast buffet Sat & Sun mornings. Hours: Sun–Th 7am–2pm, F & Sat 7am–10pm. No alcohol.

 

 

 

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

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