Where to eat and drink in the Adirondacks
Covering over six million acres and comprising 46 mountains (known as the High Peaks), over 3,000 lakes and ponds, and dozens of towns and hamlets, the Adirondacks are the world’s largest protected public space. contiguous United States and the largest National Historic Landmark in the country, larger than Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Glacier, and Great Smokies combined.
With Lake Placid at its heart (site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics), outdoor sports and recreation dominate Adirondack activities, and all this movement whets an appetite. Most small towns have at least one restaurant, but most of the area’s must-see restaurants are concentrated around the Lake Placid and Saranac Lake area. The cuisine of the region might be called “Adirdondack-American” – a locally inspired mix of New and Old World dishes with a French-Canadian undertone (poutine lovers rejoice). French cafes, breakfasts open all day, restaurants located in historic inns, there is something for all appetites in the North of the country.
Note: restaurants listed in geographic order, from west to east.
The CDC’s latest guidelines for diners vaccinated during the COVID-19 outbreak are here; eating out always poses risks for guests and unvaccinated workers. Please be aware of changing local rules and check each restaurant’s websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.
To note: The restaurants on this map are listed geographically.