Sarnia, Ontario is defined by its location along the picturesque St. Clair river. A mecca for water sports, people watching, or simply enjoying the view, a visit to the waterfront is a must in the summer time, or any time. What better way to enjoy the views than to visit Sarnia restaurants on the water.
If you’re looking to impress your date with a romantic restaurant and gorgeous views, or simply looking to enjoy a pint on a patio overlooking the St. Clair river there is no shortage of Sarnia restaurants on the water. In fact, the majority of Sarnia's Best Restaurants are close to the waterfront.
The Rundown: Restaurants on the Water in Sarnia, ON
Stokes Bay Grill & Bar is a pillar of the Sarnia community; located on Sarnia Bay at 485 Harbour Rd, Stokes offers great traditional pub fair and is an excellent place to partake in a drink on the patio while enjoying a view of the bay. Often featuring live entertainment Stokes is a go-to spot any night of the week.
Alternate Grounds Dockside allows guests to enjoy dishes like lobster mac n’ cheese or chicken and waffles while sitting right on the water’s edge of Sarnia Bay. Located at 97 Seaway Rd, Dockside’s bay-side location allows diners to feel as though they’ve been transported to the coast of Maine. With the sunshine high, the breeze light and seagulls dancing in the sky, the blue water of the bay highlights all the beauty Sarnia has to offer while the menu offers hearty options reminiscent of Grandma’s home-cooking with a seaside twist. Also home to live music and events, Dockside makes for an excellent dinning experience or a great spot for cocktail hour with friends. See here for a full list of Sarnia bars.
Paddy Flaherty's has a Great Patio
At 130 Seaway Rd, Paddy Flaherty’s is another Sarnia restaurant on the water. Featuring pub food and plenty of pints Paddy Flaherty’s is an excellent place to relax with friends and enjoy a view of the bay. Featuring live music every Friday and Saturday at 9:30pm, Paddy Flaherty’s is the perfect summer weekend hot spot. What better way to unwind from a long work week then to enjoy a few brews and live tunes by the water. If you’re in search of summer entertainment, see here for a full list of Sarnia events.
Purdy’s Fish Market is Sarnia’s best kept secret.
Purdy's Fish Market offers Fresh Catch
It’s a prime example of a Sarnia restaurant on the water and, as locals know, Purdy’s is the place to be if you’re in search of great fish and chips. What makes it so delicious? Its strongly believed that the riverfront view adds to the flavour. Knowing your fish was freshly caught from the depths of the blue waters below makes this fish market an unparalleled outdoor dining experience. You haven’t experienced Sarnia until you’ve had fish and chips at Purdy’s. Tucked away at 1 River Front St. in Point Edward, this place is a must for any diner.
The Casino Pairs Entertainment and Dining
Currently in the throws of a major overall, Gateway Casino promises to offer a new dining experience that capitalizes on its prime Sarnia waterfront location. The new restaurant is said to boast views of the water from inside the eatery and will also have an outdoor patio option for patrons. The current Gateway restaurant has views of the water from certain tables that allow the occasional diner to enjoy the site of passing ships. That is soon to change, allowing all patrons a prime view of Sarnia’s pride and joy, the St. Clair river.
No matter which of these locations you choose to grab a bite and a pint at this summer, the tranquil views of Sarnia Bay or the blue waters of the St. Clair river are guaranteed show-stoppers.