Where to Eat in Lake Placid

On a recent weekend visit to Lake Placid, we quickly found out that 48 hours was not nearly enough time to sample all of the area restaurants that we would have liked. However the ones we did try, we can recommend.


Start off with a hearty breakfast at the Golden Arrow’s Generations Tap & Grill. It is the perfect place to fuel up for the day if you plan to spend it exploring Lake Placid. We sampled their Belgium Waffles, Adirondack Buttermilk Flapjacks, Whiteface Oatmeal and a whole host of sides like home fries, bacon, and fruit. I’d suggest eating on their outdoor deck. The view of Mirror Lake and the Adirondack Mountains is fantastic. This terrace also overlooks their ‘green roof’ which produces fresh herbs for the restaurant.


Dinner choices are plentiful in Lake Placid. If you like BBQ, you will definitely want to try Smoke Signals. If possible ask for a table in the back. There are large floor to ceiling windows that open up right onto the lake. Families might appreciate sitting in the oversized booths where there is plenty of space to spread out. Although I am not usually a fan of wings, the server convinced me that I should try them “they are the best around”. He was right. These finger-lickin’, smoked chicken wings had the most tender meat, it practically fell off the bone. I loved their homemade BBQ and the Adirondack BBQ Tacos were flavorful as well.

A few years ago when we visited Lake Placid we sampled all three restaurants at the Mirror Lake Inn. We can also recommend The Cottage, The View, and Taste Bistro for lunch or dinner.


Ice Cream is good anytime right? You can have it after dinner, after lunch or for an afternoon snack. Our kids liked Emma’s Lake Placid Creamery so much we went twice! Emma’s claims they have the best milkshakes in town. We’d have to agree. Their soft serve ice cream is pretty tasty too. It is easy to get sidetracked when ordering here. There are specialty sundaes, tons of toppings, fantastic flavor choices that change weekly, snow cones and more. I’ll admit I wanted to try the frozen cheese cake on a stick but that would have required a 3rd visit.

On our way out of town, we drove through Keene, NY and immediately did a u-turn when we saw the sign for fresh donuts outside of the A.D.K. Market. These little fried morsels pretty much melt in your mouth. The display case is so tempting that in addition to taking a dozen donuts home, we bought an apple pie, apple dumplings, and brownies. A quick pitstop in here might cost you 5,000 calories but they are totally worth it.

More Restaurants in Lake Placid

These are a few other restaurants you might add to your list to try. We’d didn’t get to them, but have it on good authority that they are worthy of a stop.

  • Chair 6 – Eat here for breakfast and try the sweet potato pancakes.
  • Lisa G’s – Family Friendly dinning with the locals.
  • Liquids & Solids – A gastropub with an unique twist.
  • Big Mountain Deli & Creperie – Choose from 46 different sandwiches that have each been named after of the Adirondack’s High Peaks.

Disclosure: While I was invited to the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort and received a complimentary meal at Generations, my review reflects the honest opinion of my experience without outside influence.

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