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Things to do in Seneca Lake

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Cafe
“This place is awesome! It’s 45 min dive on the other side of the lake but so worth it! Make a reservation, you can sit inside or out! Food is amazing! ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Fun place. Beer is good. Only serves roast beef sandwiches but they are delicious. All freshly made. Has picnic tables out on deck with beautiful view of Seneca Lake. Music Sunday afternoons”
  • 47 locals recommend
Eastern European Restaurant
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“Though modeled on a centuries-old Viennese tradition, there's never been anything quite like Dano's Heuriger on Seneca, America's first heuriger (pronounced Hoy-rig-er). Dano's on Seneca combines the traditional Viennese Winery Restaurant concept with the region's award winning wines and the superb Viennese-inspired cooking of Dano's chef/co-owner Dano Hutnik and pastry chef/co-owner Karen Gilman. (from their website) This restaurant was featured on HGTV when they were building it. Served family style.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Cafe
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“This restaurant is just 3 miles down the road and is fantastic. Our favorite local "foodie" spot and they take reservations!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Food
“We enjoy riding down the east side of Seneca Lake to this place. They make great beer and serve local wines as well. Pumpkin Ale with the sugar rim is one of my favorites. They have a bbq menu with pulled pork and Mac n cheese and some soups and chili’s along with other favorites. They have indoor and outdoor seating with views of the lake. Can play cornhole outside and janga. Music on weekends as well as Thursday nights. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Office
“About an hour and a half away but gorgeous scenery and great wines from multiple wineries. My favorite is Wagner Winery- they offer tours of there facility.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
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“Cody and the crew really know how to make a great meal! And the view of the lake is gorgeous too! ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Spa
“A nice local winery, restaurant, hotel, and spa. Stop in for a drink, brunch, lunch, or dinner and enjoy the view!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Vineyard
“Excellent dry wines In July and August Thursday nights are a must with singing by the Bollicelli Brothers and the Shuck Yeah food truck”
  • 15 locals recommend
Food
“Fun place to sample all the varieties that make the Finger Lakes wines famous. Oh, and there’s a brewing company, too. Oh, and there’s a gift shop, and a cafe, and a great location to host pre-wedding parties! ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Largest of the Finger Lakes, and home to the Waterfront Festival every June featuring the cardboard boat regatta, trout derby, Kayaking, great fishing.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Brewery
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“The locals rave about their beer. Sweet, small brewery with outdoor seating, frequent food trucks. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Vineyard
“The best sparkling and the best tawny port wines. Has restaurant on site and gift shop. Has a great garlic festival 1st weekend in Aug. every year. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Vineyard
“One of my favorites. Bands on Friday during the summer. Great Beer, Great Wine”
  • 13 locals recommend
Hot Dog Joint
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“"F.L.X. Wienery is a casual wine-country hang out for locals and visitors alike, in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Trail. Featuring an array of hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages and french fries, F.L.X. Wienery makes a perfect spot for a relaxed lunch or dinner. ABOUT US Christopher & Isabel opened F.L.X. Wienery in May of 2014 after many years in fine-dining including nearly a decade of managing Relais & Chateaux/Grande Chef properties and Forbes Five-Stars including the Hotel Fauchere and The Inn at Dos Brisas."”
  • 13 locals recommend
Cafe
“Wonderful Italian style winery, cafe and banquet hall, with a great balcony overlooking the vineyards and Seneca Lake. A premier destination for weddings and banquets. Phenomenal food and wine! ”
  • 9 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Cafe
“This place is awesome! It’s 45 min dive on the other side of the lake but so worth it! Make a reservation, you can sit inside or out! Food is amazing! ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Eastern European Restaurant
“Though modeled on a centuries-old Viennese tradition, there's never been anything quite like Dano's Heuriger on Seneca, America's first heuriger (pronounced Hoy-rig-er). Dano's on Seneca combines the traditional Viennese Winery Restaurant concept with the region's award winning wines and the superb Viennese-inspired cooking of Dano's chef/co-owner Dano Hutnik and pastry chef/co-owner Karen Gilman. (from their website) This restaurant was featured on HGTV when they were building it. Served family style.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Cafe
“This restaurant is just 3 miles down the road and is fantastic. Our favorite local "foodie" spot and they take reservations!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
“Cody and the crew really know how to make a great meal! And the view of the lake is gorgeous too! ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Spa
“A nice local winery, restaurant, hotel, and spa. Stop in for a drink, brunch, lunch, or dinner and enjoy the view!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Vineyard
“One of my favorites. Bands on Friday during the summer. Great Beer, Great Wine”
  • 13 locals recommend
Hot Dog Joint
“"F.L.X. Wienery is a casual wine-country hang out for locals and visitors alike, in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Trail. Featuring an array of hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages and french fries, F.L.X. Wienery makes a perfect spot for a relaxed lunch or dinner. ABOUT US Christopher & Isabel opened F.L.X. Wienery in May of 2014 after many years in fine-dining including nearly a decade of managing Relais & Chateaux/Grande Chef properties and Forbes Five-Stars including the Hotel Fauchere and The Inn at Dos Brisas."”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Very good pizza and the best cannolis around! Their craft beer is also very good. Mix the peanut butter & chocolate stouts if you can decide which one to order. Also good IPA & atmosphere. Very dog friendly. Just drive around to the East side of the lake.”
  • 7 locals recommend

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