There are many places to eat on and around the Lake with a great variation in food, atmosphere and prices.
Some restaurants get a little crowded in the summer, but that is changing with new restaurants opening and old ones expanding. We have tried to note which restaurants close during the winter months, if you are not familiar with the restaurant, it might be wise to call ahead.
We have heard some rather heated arguments over who has the best breakfast and/or the best hamburgers on the Lake!
We decided to put this list in alphabetical order so you can form your own opinions about each one.
Anchors Family Restaurant - Now Open in The former White House Restaurant space at the corner of 608 and 626. (540) 296-0888
Benny Adelina's Westlake Towne Center Home of the huge slice!
Blackwater Cafe Scruggs Road (540) 721-4333
Bojangles-Lake Watch (540)719-2248.
Cancun- Fairway Village in Westlake (540) 719-2884
Casa D'Amici - Mayberry/Celebration Square. (540) 596-1329
Chopsticks Chinese Restaurant - Full service restaurant, bar and take out at Bridgewater Plaza. R-28 by water Sushi bar and hibatchi grill.(540) 721-8839
CJ's Coffee and Sandwich Shop at The General Store on Scruggs Road in Westlake (540)488-4223.
Dairy Queen on 616 in Westlake (540) 721-7541. Fast food and ice cream.Private Meeting/Party Room Available
Diamond Hill General Store on 655 in Moneta (540) 297-9309. Deli foods & ice cream.
Downtown Pizzeria - Celebration Square (540) 297-1269.
East Lake Restaurant - Sunset Cay Opening Spring, 2015 American fare. (540) 297-9100.
Edo Grill and SushiCelebration Square. Owned and operated by the owners of Chopsticks. (540) 297-6888.
El Toreno - (Formerly known as El Torito) Recently moved to beside the Hardy contract Post Office just south of CVS on 122 in Westlake. Mexican fare. (540) 721-3821 Second location in Celebration Square (540)296-0800
Freckles-Ice cream Parlor - Celebration Square (540) 297-2138
Hawk's General Store and Deli - Celebration Square (540) 296-0975
Heath's Waterfront Grill now open at Mariner's Landing (540) 632-0163
Homestead Creamery - Burnt Chimney Soups, sandwiches and ice cream!(540) 721-2045
Hot Shots Now serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Eat In/Take Out (540) 719-1547
Jake's Place-now open at the old Camper's Paradise - now Halesford Harbor
Joe's Pizza-Downstairs at the Lake Plaza Full menu or buffet for lunch or dinner.Sunday Brunch(540) 721-2422
Jonathan's - LakeWatch Luncheon Buffet, Sunday Brunch, Tuesday Night is Half Price Burger Night!(540)721-1212
King's Point Irish Pub-Smith Mountain Lake Parkway Reopens second weekend in May(540) 297-7347
Lago Pizza - Moneta Commons Business Center (540) 297-5353
The Landing at Bernard's Landing off 616 Upscale dining for lunch & dinner. Call ahead for reservations & hours. (540) 721-3028.
Mango's-downstairs in Bridgewater Plaza R-28 by water. Full Service Dining (540) 721-1632
Mayberry Diner and Drive-In White House Road (540) 296-1480. Drive in open through November.
Mexico Viejo-Crazy Horse Marina off 616-B10/B11 by water Great food and great views! (540)719-1000
Michael's Burgers Just opened on the Bedford side just up from the bridge (540) 297-0000
Min's China City Scruggs Road in the shopping center next to Dairy Queen. (540) 721-2646. Chinese Take Out. Dine in. Lunch and Dinner buffet.
Mitchell's at Mitchell's Point Marina-under new management. (540) 297-4829.
Mongolian BBQ - opening soon in LakeWatch.
Moosie's Restaurant at Bridgewater Plaza (Hales Ford Bridge R-28 by water) (540) 721-5255. Sandwiches and much more!
New York Pizza at Lake Center in Westlake (Food Lion Shopping Center) (540) 721-4880.
Nobologna On 122 just north of Capp's in the blue building - Take out subs and deli (540) 721-1414.
Oar Knot Bridgewater Plaza Great Sandwiches! Boat In!(540)719-0102
O'Kelly's now open at Westlake Towne Center Light fare.
Old Oak Cafe- Scruggs Road in Westlake Breakfast and Lunch (540)719-3388
Ole School Sports Pub and Grill...in the old Dudley School on 670. Open for lunch and dinner. (540) 721-1635
Peking Restaurant - new Food Lion shopping center on the Bedford side of the lake (540) 296-0741
The Pizza Pub at Bridgewater Plaza R-28 by water (540) 721-1234. Pizza and casual food.
Portside Bar and Grill - at the Virginia Dare off Airport Road - Be sure to call ahead - this restaurant has been going through some changes lately (540)297-7100
Smith Mountain Dock and Lodge Waterfront Grille Between R-6 & B-1 by water This property is under new management. Call ahead. (434)927-5100
The Smokehouse-recently opened in the old Bluebird Cafe space in Celebration Square (540)297-4646
Subway-Moneta Commons Business Center(540)297-8889
Subway at Lake Center Sandwiches and wraps. (540) 721-7827.
Sugar and Slice Cupcakes and scones; breakfast and lunch. Westlake Towne Center.
Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt-Westlake Towne Center (540)524-9191
Teriyaki House Now open at Westlake Towne Center (540) 346-2110
Tuscan Tavern -north of Hales Ford Bridge near the Drift In. (the old Michael's Italian Restaurant space).
Virginia Dare Airport Road in Huddleston R-20 by water (540) 297-7100. Dine while you are sightseeing!
Waller's Restaurant at Crystal Shores Marina (540) 297-0055.
Wendy's -Kroger shopping center.
Westlake Grille at the Westlake Country Club off 616 North (540) 721-4215. open to the public, you need not be a member to eat here.
Several of the marinas also have informal places to grab a bite. Check out our Fishing and Boating page for more information.
Also, we now have a microbrewery at the lake with a tasting room. Sunken City Brewing Company in Westlake featuring SML's own Dam Lager. (540)420-0476.
We are often asked what grocery stores are in the area. There is a full service Kroger in Westlake. There is a Food Lion on the Bedford side at the corner of 122 and 655 in the Moneta Commons Business Center. There is also an ABC Store in Westlake.
Lastly, if you dare...the Health Department now has all its restaurant inspections online:
For Franklin County:
For Bedford County: