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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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. $-$$
167 Pinnacle Ln, Mooresville
Lakeside dining supported by an extensive menu including heavy appetizers, sandwiches & wraps, pizzas, and salads & entrees that'll keep you coming back. Full bar includes craft brews. Open W 4p-2a; Th 4:30p-2a; F-Su 11:30a-2a. Casual. $-$$
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. $
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. $-$$
Midway Boathouse Grill
8693 Hwy 150 E, at Midway Marina, Terrell NC.
Family-style restaurant in a casual atmosphere. Fish, burgers, hot dogs, daily specials. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Come by boat, 32 slips, gas dock and ramp. (see 17 on the LKN map) Open M – Th 7am – 9pm; F 7am – 10pm; Sat – Sun 6am – 10pm. Casual. $
North Harbor Club
100-D North Harbor Dr, Davidson NC.
American fare ranging from sandwiches to full dinners. Indoor, outdoor dining. Live entertainment Sun, Tu, W, Th 7 – 10. Come by boat, 18 slips available. Open 7 days 11 – 11; Sun Brunch 11am – 2:30pm. Casual. $$-$$$
Try one or all of these waterfront or water-access restaurants next time you're, you know, hungry ...