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Lake Mead National Recreation Area
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Where to Eat Near Lake Mead National Recreation Area

17 waterfront dining and Boulder City classics await at the National Recreation Area

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When desert dwelling Las Vegans find themselves craving water, the natural instinct is to hop on the highway and make the four-hour drive — well four hours on a good day — to the Pacific Ocean. So many locals and visitors forget that Las Vegas is just moments from the sprawling Lake Mead National Recreation Area where opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, and even scuba diving abound.

The 1.5 million-acre Lake Mead National Recreation Area is situated on the border of Nevada and Arizona and is comprised of both Lake Mead and Lake Mohave (a reservoir along the Colorado River). The bright blue body of water can make for the perfect day trip from the Strip or a weeklong voyage on a houseboat.

Here’s where to eat while exploring this oft-overlooked desert oasis.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fountain Site Lounge

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Nestled in a palm tree studded cove, the Fountain Sight Lounge at Callville Bay Resort and Marina gets its name from a since-removed fountain that once appeared in the marina when water levels were higher. The casual restaurant serves affordable, no-frills fare including fish and chips, burgers, and salads. Beer and wine are also available.

2. Temple Bar Marina

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Lake-goers on the Arizona side of Lake Mead will be rewarded for the extra time on the road with beaches, solitude, and seemingly endless coves. For dining, there’s the restaurant at Temple Bar Marina. The restaurant serves burgers, fish and chips, sandwiches, housemade potato chips, and an unforgettable view of Lake Mead.

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3. Harbor House Cafe & Lounge

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490 Horsepower Cove
Boulder City, NV 89005
(702) 293-3081
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For those who believe that dining and drinking are best with waterfront views, Harbor House Cafe & Lounge is a floating restaurant that offers dockside dining with an emphasis on fried seafood plus beer, wine, and cocktails. The casual, family-owned restaurant is located at Las Vegas Boat Harbor, just down the shoreline from popular Boulder Beach. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served.

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Harbor House Cafe & Lounge
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4. Lake Mead Cruises

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490 Horsepower Cove
Boulder City, NV 89005
(702) 293-6180
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If dining near the water isn’t sufficient, Lake Mead visitors can dine on the water with Lake Mead Cruises. Diners can eat dinner or brunch aboard a Mississippi-style paddle wheeler cruise ship. Dinner features beef, chicken, seafood, and pasta options, and brunch is all about eggs, bacon, and lots and lots of Champagne.

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5. The Boat House

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490 Horsepower Cove
Boulder City, NV 89005
702-293-3484

A hot day out on the water calls for a cold beer on a covered patio. This waterfront dining option at Las Vegas Boat Harbor is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Casual and upscale menu items include salads and sandwiches for lunch and steak and seafood for dinner.

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6. Boulder Dam Brewing Co.

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453 Nevada Hwy
Boulder City, NV 89005
(702) 243-2739
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Diners looking to kick back with a few beers while listening to live music will love the patio at Boulder Dam Brewing Co. Located in the heart of downtown Boulder City, this brewpub serves wings, Bavarian pretzels, burgers, and more plus hand-crafted beers. The restaurant and beer garden are decorated with equipment used to construct the nearby Hoover Dam, adding a fun historic element to this popular establishment.

7. The Restaurant at Boulder Dam Hotel

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1305 Arizona St
Boulder City, NV 89005
(702) 293-3510
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This Boulder City restaurant serves breakfast and lunch inside a historic hotel that was built in 1933 while the nearby Hoover Dam was still under construction. The menu includes fittingly classic American items such as omelets, chicken pot pie, and club sandwiches. After enjoying a meal, diners can check out the free, interactive Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum inside the hotel.

8. Boulder City Co. Store

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525 Avenue B
Boulder City, NV 89005
(725) 735-4475
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Located on a tree-lined street in the historic downtown area of Boulder City, this coffee shop/store is an inviting community space that serves nitro-brewed coffee, specialty lattes, pastries, bagels, and other light cafe menu items.

9. Momo Sushi

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561 Hotel Plaza
Boulder City, NV 89005
(702) 776-8599
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Just like Lake Mead itself, the sashimi and specialty rolls at Momo sushi are the antidote to a hot summer day. The Boulder City restaurant specializes in classic, tempura, and baked sushi rolls along with sake flights, frozen sake cocktails, and mochi for dessert. Daytime visitors can expect lunch specials, including bento boxes and chicken katsu plates.

10. The Tap

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704 Nevada Way
Boulder City, NV 89005
(702) 293-0532
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The hip, upscale but approachable vibes of The Tap make for an inviting dining experience any time of day. Pub fare here is familiar, but creative. Think miso truffle fries, fancy hot dogs (such as a Reuben-style hot dog topped with corned beef and sauerkraut), buffalo poutine, and pork belly tacos. There’s always a rotating selection of craft beer on draft.

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11. Little City Grille

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825 Nevada Hwy
Boulder City, NV 89005
(702) 293-0872
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The 1930’s-themed Little City Grille in Boulder City features garden patio dining and American classic dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast features egg burritos, omelets, and pancakes while lunch is all about burgers, kielbasa, and sandwiches. For dinner, there’s seafood, pork chops, pasta, and steak. There is also a vegan menu that includes fried pickles, Impossible burgers, and vegetable wraps.

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12. Toto’s Mexican Restaurant

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806 Buchanan Blvd #110
Boulder City, NV 89005
(702) 293-1744
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This family-owned restaurant in Boulder City serves Mexican cuisine including pollo sarandeado (chicken in spicy cream sauce with tortillas) and bone marrow tacos with queso fresco. An impressive roster of margarita options, including unexpected flavors such as coconut and tutti fruiti, are definitely worth a try.

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13. Fox Smokehouse BBQ

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1007 Elm St
Boulder City, NV 89005
(702) 489-2211
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There are few better summertime combinations than a trip to the lake and a plate of barbecue. Fox Smokehouse BBQ, located in Boulder City, is the best way to fulfill half of that dream. The barbecue spot serves ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and even barbecue inspired tacos. The mac and cheese is unmissable here.

14. Chilly Jilly’z

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1680 Nevada Hwy
Boulder City, NV 89005
(702) 293-2373
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Travelers headed back to Las Vegas after a day at Lake Mead would be remiss if they didn’t stop by Chilly Jilly’z. The locally owned Boulder City restaurant offers self-serve frozen yogurt, Dole Whip, milkshakes, and malts. On the heartier side of the menu, there’s “broaster” chicken (crispy roasted chicken), sandwiches, and salads served with housemade bread.

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15. Black Canyon Grill

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25804 Willow Beach Rd
Willow Beach, AZ 86445
(928) 767-4747
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Willow Beach Marina is a hidden gem along the Colorado River where adventurous travelers can rent kayaks and journey to caves, hot springs, and even the base of the Hoover Dam. After a day of paddling, the Black Canyon Grill satisfies with burgers, hot dogs, wraps, and fried cod fillets. The casual restaurant is also open for breakfast until 10:30 a.m.

16. Cottonwood Cove Cafe

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10000 Cottonwood Cove Rd
Searchlight, NV 89046
(702) 297-1464
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Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Cottonwood Cove Cafe is located on the shores of Lake Mohave. The water in this reservoir is cooler than then bathwater temperatures of Lake Mead, making this an ideal swimming spot for scorching summer days. After taking a dip, diners can eat a relaxed meal in the waterfront cafe along with a cold beer.

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17. Katherine’s Cafe

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(928) 754-3245
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The Mid-Century modern-style dining room at Katherine Landing harkens back to the days of classic American road trips complete with roadside diners. The restaurant is currently open on the weekends and offers a small menu including sandwiches and ice cream.

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1. Fountain Site Lounge

Callville Bay, Nevada 89005

Nestled in a palm tree studded cove, the Fountain Sight Lounge at Callville Bay Resort and Marina gets its name from a since-removed fountain that once appeared in the marina when water levels were higher. The casual restaurant serves affordable, no-frills fare including fish and chips, burgers, and salads. Beer and wine are also available.

2. Temple Bar Marina

Temple Bar Marina, AZ 86443
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Lake-goers on the Arizona side of Lake Mead will be rewarded for the extra time on the road with beaches, solitude, and seemingly endless coves. For dining, there’s the restaurant at Temple Bar Marina. The restaurant serves burgers, fish and chips, sandwiches, housemade potato chips, and an unforgettable view of Lake Mead.

3. Harbor House Cafe & Lounge

490 Horsepower Cove, Boulder City, NV 89005
Harbor House Cafe & Lounge
Harbor House Cafe & Lounge
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For those who believe that dining and drinking are best with waterfront views, Harbor House Cafe & Lounge is a floating restaurant that offers dockside dining with an emphasis on fried seafood plus beer, wine, and cocktails. The casual, family-owned restaurant is located at Las Vegas Boat Harbor, just down the shoreline from popular Boulder Beach. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served.

490 Horsepower Cove
Boulder City, NV 89005

4. Lake Mead Cruises

490 Horsepower Cove, Boulder City, NV 89005
Lake Mead Cruises
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If dining near the water isn’t sufficient, Lake Mead visitors can dine on the water with Lake Mead Cruises. Diners can eat dinner or brunch aboard a Mississippi-style paddle wheeler cruise ship. Dinner features beef, chicken, seafood, and pasta options, and brunch is all about eggs, bacon, and lots and lots of Champagne.

490 Horsepower Cove
Boulder City, NV 89005

5. The Boat House

490 Horsepower Cove, Boulder City, NV 89005
The Boat House
Yelp/E J.

A hot day out on the water calls for a cold beer on a covered patio. This waterfront dining option at Las Vegas Boat Harbor is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Casual and upscale menu items include salads and sandwiches for lunch and steak and seafood for dinner.

490 Horsepower Cove
Boulder City, NV 89005

6. Boulder Dam Brewing Co.

453 Nevada Hwy, Boulder City, NV 89005

Diners looking to kick back with a few beers while listening to live music will love the patio at Boulder Dam Brewing Co. Located in the heart of downtown Boulder City, this brewpub serves wings, Bavarian pretzels, burgers, and more plus hand-crafted beers. The restaurant and beer garden are decorated with equipment used to construct the nearby Hoover Dam, adding a fun historic element to this popular establishment.

453 Nevada Hwy
Boulder City, NV 89005

7. The Restaurant at Boulder Dam Hotel

1305 Arizona St, Boulder City, NV 89005

This Boulder City restaurant serves breakfast and lunch inside a historic hotel that was built in 1933 while the nearby Hoover Dam was still under construction. The menu includes fittingly classic American items such as omelets, chicken pot pie, and club sandwiches. After enjoying a meal, diners can check out the free, interactive Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum inside the hotel.

1305 Arizona St
Boulder City, NV 89005

8. Boulder City Co. Store

525 Avenue B, Boulder City, NV 89005

Located on a tree-lined street in the historic downtown area of Boulder City, this coffee shop/store is an inviting community space that serves nitro-brewed coffee, specialty lattes, pastries, bagels, and other light cafe menu items.

525 Avenue B
Boulder City, NV 89005

9. Momo Sushi

561 Hotel Plaza, Boulder City, NV 89005

Just like Lake Mead itself, the sashimi and specialty rolls at Momo sushi are the antidote to a hot summer day. The Boulder City restaurant specializes in classic, tempura, and baked sushi rolls along with sake flights, frozen sake cocktails, and mochi for dessert. Daytime visitors can expect lunch specials, including bento boxes and chicken katsu plates.

561 Hotel Plaza
Boulder City, NV 89005

10. The Tap

704 Nevada Way, Boulder City, NV 89005
The Tap
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The hip, upscale but approachable vibes of The Tap make for an inviting dining experience any time of day. Pub fare here is familiar, but creative. Think miso truffle fries, fancy hot dogs (such as a Reuben-style hot dog topped with corned beef and sauerkraut), buffalo poutine, and pork belly tacos. There’s always a rotating selection of craft beer on draft.

704 Nevada Way
Boulder City, NV 89005

11. Little City Grille

825 Nevada Hwy, Boulder City, NV 89005
Little City Grille
Facebook

The 1930’s-themed Little City Grille in Boulder City features garden patio dining and American classic dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast features egg burritos, omelets, and pancakes while lunch is all about burgers, kielbasa, and sandwiches. For dinner, there’s seafood, pork chops, pasta, and steak. There is also a vegan menu that includes fried pickles, Impossible burgers, and vegetable wraps.

825 Nevada Hwy
Boulder City, NV 89005

12. Toto’s Mexican Restaurant

806 Buchanan Blvd #110, Boulder City, NV 89005
Toto’s Mexican Restaurant
Facebook

This family-owned restaurant in Boulder City serves Mexican cuisine including pollo sarandeado (chicken in spicy cream sauce with tortillas) and bone marrow tacos with queso fresco. An impressive roster of margarita options, including unexpected flavors such as coconut and tutti fruiti, are definitely worth a try.

806 Buchanan Blvd #110
Boulder City, NV 89005

13. Fox Smokehouse BBQ

1007 Elm St, Boulder City, NV 89005

There are few better summertime combinations than a trip to the lake and a plate of barbecue. Fox Smokehouse BBQ, located in Boulder City, is the best way to fulfill half of that dream. The barbecue spot serves ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and even barbecue inspired tacos. The mac and cheese is unmissable here.

1007 Elm St
Boulder City, NV 89005

14. Chilly Jilly’z

1680 Nevada Hwy, Boulder City, NV 89005
Chilly Jilly’z
Yelp/Lauren C.

Travelers headed back to Las Vegas after a day at Lake Mead would be remiss if they didn’t stop by Chilly Jilly’z. The locally owned Boulder City restaurant offers self-serve frozen yogurt, Dole Whip, milkshakes, and malts. On the heartier side of the menu, there’s “broaster” chicken (crispy roasted chicken), sandwiches, and salads served with housemade bread.

1680 Nevada Hwy
Boulder City, NV 89005

15. Black Canyon Grill

25804 Willow Beach Rd, Willow Beach, AZ 86445

Willow Beach Marina is a hidden gem along the Colorado River where adventurous travelers can rent kayaks and journey to caves, hot springs, and even the base of the Hoover Dam. After a day of paddling, the Black Canyon Grill satisfies with burgers, hot dogs, wraps, and fried cod fillets. The casual restaurant is also open for breakfast until 10:30 a.m.

25804 Willow Beach Rd
Willow Beach, AZ 86445

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16. Cottonwood Cove Cafe

10000 Cottonwood Cove Rd, Searchlight, NV 89046
Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina
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Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Cottonwood Cove Cafe is located on the shores of Lake Mohave. The water in this reservoir is cooler than then bathwater temperatures of Lake Mead, making this an ideal swimming spot for scorching summer days. After taking a dip, diners can eat a relaxed meal in the waterfront cafe along with a cold beer.

10000 Cottonwood Cove Rd
Searchlight, NV 89046

17. Katherine’s Cafe

Katherine Landing, Arizona 86429
Katherine Landing
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The Mid-Century modern-style dining room at Katherine Landing harkens back to the days of classic American road trips complete with roadside diners. The restaurant is currently open on the weekends and offers a small menu including sandwiches and ice cream.

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