Lakeside Dining: 5 of Smith Mountain Lake’s Best Restaurants

For those who are new or unfamiliar to the Smith Mountain Lake area, or for lake veterans in search of the best, this dining guide shows off five of the regions best restaurants and their cuisine.  Smith Mountain Homes put the post together and graciously offered to share it with all of us. The list includes menu details, various atmospheres, dietary flexibility (like gluten-free) and other details to help visitors know what restaurants they would enjoy.  At the end is a map showing the locations of the restaurants.  Enjoy!


The Landing

Providing cuisine with French influence and American sensibility, The Landing is a Smith Mountain Lake hot spot that never disappoints.  The Landing also has gorgeous outdoor, waterfront dining options, including a smoke free patio and outdoor bar. Owner Bruno Silva is dedicated to working with the freshest, most local ingredients possible to create the dishes on his menu.

the_landing_smith_mountain_lakePhoto by The Landing

“My goal is to do everything local, not with big distributors,” Silva says, “I’d rather do business with locals, even if it means paying more. Because, at the end of the day, the quality products that our local growers have make amazing dishes!”

The Landing also operates its own food truck, Bruno’s Gastro Truck, which can be found roaming Roanoke, Salem, and other surrounding areas. For more information about The Landing, visit their website.

The Blackwater Café

The Blackwater Café has long been a fine dining fixture in Smith Mountain Lake. Joining French and Italian cuisine, The Blackwater Café serves a variety of steak, seafood, and pasta dishes. And for those with gluten sensitivity, there are ample gluten-free options.

wine_corkPhoto by Robert Donovan

The café’s monthly wine themed dinners are a major local attraction. Fine wines, paired with a five-course menu, are served on the second Tuesday of each month. Be sure to book your spot early, because they go fast! More information about The Blackwater Café and their monthly wine dinners can be found here.

Casa D’Amici

Smith Mountain Lake’s own authentic Italian eatery, Casa D’Amici serves up beloved classics, such as Chicken Parmesan, Manicotti, and Veal Sorrentino. And with its fine ambiance, Casa D’Amici is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner or dessert.

parmesan_cheesePhoto by Artizone

For a full listing of Casa D’Amici’s menu, visit their website at this link: Casa D’Amici.

Downtown Pizzeria

For those times when only a pizza will satisfy, Downtown Pizzeria is by far Smith Mountain Lake’s best spot for pizza.  There’s no shortage of toppings either; from pineapple to pepperoni, Downtown has you covered.

pizzaPhoto by Dennis Wilkinson

Aside from pizza, Downtown also serves several subs, pasta dinners, and salads to accommodate any taste or craving. To see all available toppings and dishes, check out Downtown Pizzeria’s full menu here: Downtown Pizzeria.

Edo Grill and Sushi

Finding quality sushi can be a challenge, especially when supermarket California rolls and subpar sushi are so common. For authentic, fresh, and premium sushi in the Smith Mountain Lake area, Edo Grill is the place to go. With a diverse selection of Maki, Nigiri, and Sahimi, Edo Grill can satisfy even the most discerning sushi fan.

sushi_rainbow_rollPhoto by Linh Nguyen

For the less adventurous, cooked entrees featuring chicken, seafood, and steak are also available. Edo Grill’s menu can be seen here: Edo Grill and Sushi.


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26th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival


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We Have a Winner!

winnerWe have a winner in our Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival give-away.  The winner is Tabitha Graham. Tabitha, you have won 2 tickets to the 26th annual festival on Sept. 27th or 28th.  You have 48 hours to message us on facebook or send us an email to to claim your tickets.

The response to our contest was overwhelming.  We appreciate all of you that took the time to comment and share our post.  We hope to see all of you at The Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival.

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Win Two Tickets to Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival

SML_Wine_Festival_Logo_no_date***NEW CONTEST*** Share to win TWO tickets to the 26th annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival. This festival is one of the biggest events at Smith Mountain Lake and it is only a month away.

Share this post with your friends for your chance to win 2 FREE tickets to the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival on Sept. 27th and 28th at Lakewatch Plantation. Each share gives you one entry into the drawing that will be held on Sept. 2nd. Winner will be announced on Facebook that day.

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Results of ‘Name Your Favorite Restaurant at Smith Mountain Lake’

283417_227801127255354_1697978_nLast week we shared a post from entitled “ Ten Best Smith Mountain Lake Restaurants“.  The list was outdated as several of these restaurants were closed.  Readers asked us to compile a new list.  We posted your request and here are the results. We have lots of readers who are vacationers at the lake and they are always asking where to go for lunch or dinner.  You told us the best places to go are:

  1. Portside Grill & Bar
  2. The Blackwater Cafe
  3. Smokehouse Restaurant
  4. Jake’s Place
  5. The Landing Restaurant 
  6. Waller’s Waterfront
  7. Moosies
  8. Casa D’ Amici Italian Restaurant and Steakhouse 
  9. Old Oak Cafe
  10. Mangos Bar & Grill

So what do you think?  Are these your favorite places to go? If you have a favorite place to eat just comment here, post on our Facebook page, or email us at With your help we will try to keep our list current.

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Name Your Favorite Restaurant at Smith Mountain Lake

421557_468323349861470_943310316_nLast week we shared a post from entitled The Ten Best Restaurants at Smith Mountain Lake.  The list was obviously outdated as several of the restaurants are no longer open.  Readers commented with their favorite places to eat along with comments about getting the list updated.  In an effort to put out a current “Ten Best” list, I need your help.  Let us know where you like to eat at Smith Mountain Lake and what you think are the “BEST” restaurants at Smith Mountain Lake.  We will compile the date and then put out a new “Ten Best” list.  You can comment here, on The Smith Mountain Lake Show Facebook
10527782_684807988239715_4259221785568424037_n page, or you can send an email to  Each comment or post will count as one vote for that restaurant.

Thanks for your support and we look forward to your choices.  Feel free to share this post with your friends and your favorite restaurants.  The more comments we get the better list we can put together.  ENJOY your day at the lake!

Here are the restaurants that readers have told us are their favorites so far:

  • Anchors Family Restaurant
  • Waller’s Waterfront
  • Blackwater Cafe
  • Bernard’s Landing
  • Old Oak Cafe
  • Mariner’s Landing At The Pointe
  • Lago Pizza
  • Smokehouse
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