Best Eats When Visiting Watkins Glen

While you’re enjoying your time in Watkins Glen, you’ll want to savor some of the locally-owned and operated restaurants. Here is a list of the best eats when visiting Watkins Glen!

Jerlandos

Jerlandos boasts both a restaurant AND a pizza place! Depending on your mood, Jerlandos offers the best of both worlds: Take out, or dine-in. 

Visiting Watkins Glen NYOriginally located in Montour Falls, New York, Salvatore, and Maria Purpura began the Jerlando’s Pizza Corporation. Having immigrated from San Guiseppe Jato, Italy, Sal, Maria, and their family were swept away with the beauty of the area and the beautiful natural surroundings, reminiscent of their country  Italy. 

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The restaurant menu has a variety of appetizers and main course meals. The pizza place has limited seating, as it’s mostly geared for to-go orders. They’re famous for their hand-tossed pizzas and garlic knots. The original pizza place in Montour Falls is still operated by the Purpura family. 

Seneca Harbor Station

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Located north of town as you enter the village, Seneca Harbor Station provides you with a beautiful view of the lake. It is located at the southern point of Seneca Lake. They have a covered deck for outdoor dining, a luxurious dining room, and a bar, to enjoy a cocktail, a glass of wine or an ice-cold beer before you sit down to eat. Click here to view their food choices.

El Rancho Mexican Restaurant & Grill

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Located in the heart of Watkins Glen, El Rancho Mexican Restaurant & Grill provides a great atmosphere and delicious Mexican cuisine. This is one place you should check out! To find out more about them, you can check out their Facebook page.

 House of Hong Chinese Restaurant

House of Hong gives you the option of eating in or take out. They have consistently provided the local community with excellent service and delicious cuisine for over twenty years. They have an online menu, should you wish to order out.

Bleachers Sports Bar and Grill

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Bleachers have been around for eighteen years. They’re a very popular location during the summer months, with their outdoor section and dine inside while watching a game on the big screen t.v. They have a full menu on their Facebook page under photos and their burgers are so delicious!

Rooster Fish Pub

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This pub is favored by locals and tourists alike. They offer perfect pairings of their dishes and on-site crafted brews. Their brews are derived from local sources. 

Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream

Want to have some dessert after you’ve eaten a delicious meal? Then Ben and Jerry’s is just the right place! Their about us page details their storied past. Check out their flavors page, as there are so many options to choose from!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed a virtual tour of some of the best places to eat in Watkins Glen, NY! Below are a few more places of interest.

Atlas Brick Oven Pizza

Nickel’s Pit BBQ

When you visit places, whether in your home town or on vacation, what types of meals do you prefer?

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50 thoughts on “Best Eats When Visiting Watkins Glen

  • April 17, 2020 at 5:45 pm
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    Ben and Jerry’s was fabulous but so was Jerlando’s! Now I need to come back for a visit to try the rest of them!

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    • April 21, 2020 at 8:23 am
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      Okay wow! I’ll note this for my next visit. We were there one year ago! Wish I’d had this post then. The ice cream place I definitely agree with!!! I ate at several other spots but none were outstanding or noted here.

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      • April 21, 2020 at 10:16 am
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        I hope that you’ll return as soon as this ordeal is over! We’d love to have you!

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  • April 20, 2020 at 9:33 am
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    I’ve never heard of this are before, but it sounds like a great place to visit and eat!

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    • April 20, 2020 at 9:38 am
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      When Becky and I started dating, I had never heard of Watkins Glen before either! I think you would enjoy our little town and all it has to offer!

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  • April 20, 2020 at 10:49 am
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    These sound like great places to eat in that area. I always like to find tasty places to dine when I travel. I know I do love Ben & Jerry’s!

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    • April 22, 2020 at 2:39 pm
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      Watkins Glen would be perfect for you and your family!

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  • April 20, 2020 at 11:11 am
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    Sounds like a lot of good variety. When it’s just my husband and I, we usually opt for some kind of Mexican or Asian cuisine!

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    • April 22, 2020 at 2:40 pm
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      My wife and I usually get Chinese food in Watkins, and every once in a while will get Mexican food.

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    • April 20, 2020 at 10:35 pm
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      One of the many things I love about living here

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  • April 20, 2020 at 1:37 pm
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    Looking forward to checking out these restaurants. Thanks for sharing!

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    • April 20, 2020 at 10:35 pm
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      You’re welcome! I think you’ll be impressed!

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  • April 20, 2020 at 5:37 pm
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    I love a good pizza place! Will definitely try these places when we visit.

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    • April 22, 2020 at 2:41 pm
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      Enjoy! I know our business owners would love to see ya!

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  • April 20, 2020 at 7:02 pm
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    What a perfecto selection to dine…Babushka wants to try them all! Gracias for the intro to the areas dining. BB2U

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    • April 22, 2020 at 2:41 pm
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      You’re welcome! Thank you for reading my post!

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  • April 20, 2020 at 7:45 pm
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    When my family and I visit new places, we always check out new pizza and Asian restaurants. I can’t wait to travel again. I am hoping to visit NY and Europe soon!

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    • April 22, 2020 at 2:42 pm
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      I hope that you can too and that you’ll visit Watkins Glen!

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  • April 20, 2020 at 10:33 pm
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    I’ve never visited this neighborhood before, I’m definitely going to check these places out if I do!

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    • April 20, 2020 at 10:34 pm
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      I think you’ll be impressed!

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  • April 21, 2020 at 12:49 am
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    I am thinking of visiting Watkins Glen soon. These restaurants you mentioned sound sooooo good to visit. I’m sure the food are all delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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    • April 21, 2020 at 10:19 am
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      As a food aficionado, I’m sure you will find some foods that suit your taste!

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  • April 21, 2020 at 8:14 am
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    I love food and we love checking out the most popular restaurants when we’re visiting a new town. Thank you for the list!

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  • April 21, 2020 at 9:27 am
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    Okay, I want to try Rooster’s Fish Pub. It just sounds delicious! That’s the one thing I think I miss the most about all of this. Being able to sit and enjoy eating out.

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    • April 21, 2020 at 10:15 am
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      Their food is quite delicious! I do hope that this all ends soon, so our local economies can get back up on their feet!

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  • April 21, 2020 at 11:08 am
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    I can’t wait for this craziness to be over so I can start traveling again! Adding Watkins Glen to my list for sure!

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    • April 21, 2020 at 11:46 am
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      I hope to see you enjoy our little village!

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  • April 21, 2020 at 11:13 am
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    Looks like some great places to go for food. If I’m ever in the area, I’ll know where to go. That pizza place would probably be my first choice.

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    • April 22, 2020 at 2:43 pm
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      You’ll love our pizza places!

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  • April 21, 2020 at 2:11 pm
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    That is such a beautiful town. I would love to take a trip to upstate NY.

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    • April 21, 2020 at 2:59 pm
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      Yes, it is! We would love to have ya!

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  • April 21, 2020 at 5:52 pm
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    Ice cream is the first thing I try when I visit a new place!

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    • April 21, 2020 at 6:05 pm
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      You can’t go wrong with ice cream! There are a couple of more places, but, for the sake of space in my post to list them

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  • April 21, 2020 at 8:10 pm
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    I had to google Watkins Glen to see where it is. There are 15 states I haven’t been to and they’re all in the North East. This is a spot I’d like to visit when I finally get to the area.

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    • April 21, 2020 at 9:14 pm
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      I feel you’ll be happy that you visited!

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  • April 22, 2020 at 1:10 am
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    We been to Watkins Glen but didn’t stopped at these restaurants. Next time will make sure to visit there.

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    • April 22, 2020 at 2:43 pm
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      Please do! You’ll be glad you did!

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  • April 22, 2020 at 2:24 am
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    I love checking out new places to eat when I travel. These sound like some good ones.

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    • April 22, 2020 at 12:00 pm
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      We do have quite a variety!

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  • April 22, 2020 at 2:38 am
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    Jerlandos pizza place sounds great! I will definitely visit here if ever I get the chance.

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    • April 22, 2020 at 2:44 pm
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      They’re definitely one of our more popular places!

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  • April 22, 2020 at 4:06 am
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    Wow! It looks like so many incredible places to eat when visiting Watkins Glen. I’d love to explore all of them, especially Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream for some local desserts!

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    • April 22, 2020 at 11:59 am
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      Can’t go wrong with some Ben & Jerry’s!

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  • April 22, 2020 at 10:24 am
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    Watkins Glen is a great place to visit – the State Park is amazing, and a must-see! We didn’t have time to stop to eat in town, as it is so busy there in the summer. These sound like great spots to check out next time we go.

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    • April 22, 2020 at 2:44 pm
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      I do hope that y’all come back!

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