Top Places to Eat in Lake Placid

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ― Virginia Woolf

Here at the Golden Arrow our front desk staff gets the “what’s a good place to eat” question all the time. While there’s plenty of places to eat around Lake Placid, we have our favorites that we tend to recommend over and over, because well, they’re the best! This list contains Lake Placid restaurants with a variety of cuisines and atmospheres, so even the pickiest of eaters should be able to settle on someplace to eat! Bonus: most are within walking distance of the hotel!

COVID UPDATES: Please note that most restaurants are sitting at lower capacity than normal. Hours and menus may vary and we suggest checking social media pages & websites for the most up-to-date information. Many restaurants also require guests to wear masks when not sitting at a table. 

If you’re looking for locally sourced food…

Currently offering indoor & outdoor seating

2543 Main St

Camp Reuben Sandwich

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Generations is a family-friendly restaurant connected to the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort. In keeping with the sustainable philosophy of Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, the menus feature many foods that are grown and raised locally. Generation’s goal is to keep it as local and fresh as possible, showcasing the many wonderful farms and products that are grown, raised, and cultivated in New York’s Adirondack region.

Generations Restaurant is also a great spot to host your business meeting, family reunion, or wedding reception. With multiple spaces available, there is an option for you, no matter how large or small your group is.

When you should go:

Breakfast 7:30AM – 11AM
Lunch 12PM – 2PM
Bar with Limited Menu 2PM – 5:30PM
Dinner 5:30PM – 9PM

Happy Hour Daily 3PM – 7PM

If you want a really good sandwich, go to…

currently offering outdoor seating & online ordering to go.

BM: 2475 Main St | 518-523-3222
SG: 1983 Saranac Ave | 518-523-3111

smores crepe from big mountain deli

With the same owners, and similar menus, either option is a great choice for a delicious lunch time staple.

Big Mountain Deli & Creperie is located on Main Street and convenient if you’re waking around town. Big Mountain is a colorful daytime counter-serve restaurant known for their 46 sandwich varieties – all named after the 46 High Peaks of the Adirondacks. They also offer a variety of breakfast options, salads, sweet and savory crepes, plus smoothies and beer. They use fresh ingredients, including Boar’s Heads Meats and homemade bread.

Don’t let the long line and chalkboard wall intimidate you. The line moves quickly and you can’t go wrong with any menu choice!

Simply Gourmet is just a short drive up Saranac Ave (only 1 mile from the Golden Arrow) and offers the same sandwich menu, plus a soup bar and selection of prepared foods and baked goods. You can also order online from Simply Gourmet, which is a great option if you’re in a hurry!

What you should get:

#3 Haystack: roast turkey, smoked cheddar, roasted red peppers & maple mayo

#19 Table Top: applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato & maple mayo

When you should go:

Big Mountain is open 8am – 3pm daily

Simply Gourmet is open 8am – 6pm Monday through Friday 
& 8am – 4pm Saturday & Sunday

If you’re looking for a good burger, go to…

Currently offering outdoor seating & online ordering to go

2099 Saranac Ave 

Dack Shack Burger

The ‘Dack Shack is the sister business to Big Mountain Deli and Simply Gourmet. They specialize in classic lunch fare including hot soups, fresh sandwiches and salads, as well as a more unique nightly fare with Gastro-Pub, Asian, Caribbean, and American influences! 

What you should get:

‘Dack Burger: smoked bacon, sauteed onions, field greens, tomato & secret shack sauce
Add a side of fries with maple mayo!

Open 12PM – 8PM daily
CLOSED Mondays

If you want some really good wings, go to…

Currently offering indoor & outdoor seating | make a reservation online!

6125 Sentinel Rd

close up of wings from lisa g's

Lisa G’s features comfort foods with a modern twist. They have a great selection of wing flavors + a variety of dips to go with them. If you’re having a hard time choosing what to get, stop by on Monday night for Wing Night. If you sit on the bar side you can choose how many of each flavor you want for a discounted price. Plus, they have a special flavor of the night!

What you should get:

Grilled Mahi-Mahi Tacos: grilled, lime marinated mahi-mahi, cucumber & carrot slaw, sriracha aioli

The Brazilian: a brazilian dish of mahi mahi, shrimp, mussels & calamari in a light’n’spicy coconut milk broth, cilantro-lime rice, chili oil


When you should go:

Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 4pm – 10pm
Sunday: 4pm – 9pm

Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays

If you’re looking for a good beer and a great atmosphere, go to…

Currently offering outdoor seating + the second floor bar is open | Join the waitlist online!

813 Mirror Lake Dr

beer sampler

A favorite hot spot for Lake Placid locals and visitors alike, the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, has been brewing award-winning ales and lagers for more than 21 years. Over those 20 plus years, The Pub has brewed almost 150 different styles of beer. Their Flagship beer, Ubu Ale, can be found in multiple states and is even a favorite of former President Bill Clinton!

The Pub is currently undergoing renovations and we can’t wait to see what they’ve done! 

What you should get:

The Shulzy Burger: their signature burger. A sesame seed roll with a half pound steak burger topped with thick cut bacon, American & Vermont cheddar cheese, mayo, ketchup, lettuce & tomato – served with fries

Hawaiian Chicken Sandwich: Grilled chicken breast topped with thick cut bacon, Vermont cheddar, grilled pineapple & Luau sauce – served with fries

The Pub’s menu has been changing weekly, but if these are on the menu, they are worth a try! 

When you should go:

Open daily 12PM – 10PM 
Closed Wednesdays

You should also check out the pub’s sister restaurant…

Currently offering indoor & outdoor seating | Join the waitlist online!

5686 Cascade Rd

Pretzel Nuggets

Open since June 2016, Big Slide has a more modern, industrial feel and features 10 house brewed beers and a farm-to-table menu. Sit inside at the bar or table seating and watch the game, or sit outside on the patio and take in the views. The patio is also dog friendly and features lawn games for the kids and kids at heart!

Stop by Sunday for brunch!

What you should get:

A Respectable Attempt at a Good Chicken Sandwich: a nice roll, marinated chicken breast, melted cheddar cheese, applewood smoked bacon, potatoe chips, lettuce, tomato, sriracha mayo

Pretzel Nuggets: everything spice, maple mustard

The Hangover Helper: (Sunday Brunch) locally made everything spice bagel, fried eggs, thick bacon, American Cheese, harissa mayo, spicy tot has

When you should go:

Tuesday – Saturday 12PM – 9PM
Sunday 10AM – 3PM
Closed Mondays

If you want some good BBQ, go to…

Currently offering indoor & outdoor seating

2489 Main St

Centrally located on Main Street in Lake Placid, you can smell the BBQ before you step foot inside Smoke Signals. A popular location for locals and tourists alike, Smoke Signals offers great BBQ flavors with amazing views.

Looking for someplace to host your event? Whether you’re looking for a small intimate space or want to rent out the whole restaurant, Smoke Signals has an option for you!

What to get:

The Southwest Salad: Choice of grilled chicken, pulled pork or smoked tofu; romaine, corn black beans, onions, cherry tomatoes, jack cheese, tortilla strips, ranch and BBQ

Cheddar Bacon Mac n’ Cheese

When to go:

Open daily 4PM – 9PM
Take Out Only Lunch Saturday & Sunday 12PM-4PM

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hotel view from the lake
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