Where to Eat in Vermilion: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Frederic Celentano

Vermilion is a city in Erie and Lorain counties in the U.S. state of Ohio, on Lake Erie. The population was 10,594 at the 2010 census. The current mayor is Jim Forthofer. The Lorain County portion of Vermilion is part of the Cleveland–Elyria–Mentor Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Erie County portion is part of the Sandusky Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Things to do in Vermilion

1. Chez Francois Restaurant

555 Main St, Vermilion, OH 44089-4001 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +1 440-967-0630
Excellent
82%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 364 reviews

Chez Francois Restaurant

Reviewed By Maryellen C - Vermilion, Ohio

Chez Francois is exceptional in every way. The menu, wine selection, decor, and service are simply the best. We celebrated our anniversary by dining at CF, but we won't wait for a special occasion to visit again. Can't wait to return!

2. Granny Joe's Ice Creamatorium

5598 Liberty Ave, Vermilion, OH 44089-1310 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 440-967-3663
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 76 reviews

Granny Joe's Ice Creamatorium

Reviewed By alilodd80 - Silver Lake, OH

We stopped here for lunch, and we weren't disappointed. My husband LOVED the chicken paprikash. I tried one cabbage roll (they let me order a single one) and the sweet potato fries. Both were very good. The mac and cheese is homemade, and it was decent, but a bit bland. I would definitely recommend this place for lunch!

3. Main Street Soda Grill

5502 Liberty Ave, Vermilion, OH 44089-1310 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff American Lunch, Dinner +1 440-967-4002
Excellent
34%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 87 reviews

Main Street Soda Grill

Reviewed By Stitcher49 - Cleveland, Ohio

Lauren was our wait staff. Very helpful. Very good service. My friend had the special Vermont Cheddar Soup cause she was saving herself for a Hot Fudge Sundae later there. I had the Coney Burger without the cheese. And it came with fries. All excellent. We. Will. Be. Back.

4. The Wine Vault

5581 Liberty Ave, Vermilion, OH 44089-1309 Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol American, Wine Bar, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner +1 440-963-7443
Excellent
82%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 99 reviews

The Wine Vault

Reviewed By Bob D - Bay Village, Ohio

Met friends at this small but wonderful restaurant. Great wine list! Food was fabulous! Service could not have been better. Had a charcuterie appetizer, beet and goat cheese salad and an oxtail pot pie. Shared some wine. They also had some nice beers on tap but we did not try them. Highly recommend but get there early because it fills up fast.

5. The Pit B-B-Q

3909 Liberty Ave, Vermilion, OH 44089-2000 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 440-967-7919
Excellent
57%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 90 reviews

The Pit B-B-Q

Come on in for our delicious smoked meats, homemade sauces and desserts!

Reviewed By Randy H - Marysville, Michigan

Unbelievably good! The sweet potato hash is to die for. The habanero barbecue sauce is the best. The brisket and pulled pork are melt in your mouth delicious. Definitely worth stopping at.

6. Blind Perch

3700 Liberty Ave, Vermilion, OH 44089-2300 Television, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar American, Bar, Pub, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night SGD 7 - SGD 28 +1 440-963-7684
Excellent
45%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 112 reviews

Blind Perch

THE RESTAURANT: We are a Casual Gastro-Pub, grounded in fresh locally farm-grown meats, Lake Erie fish and Ohio produce. Blind Perch hires our close community friends and family to prepare fresh food and present it to you for your enjoyment. We hope to create a closer connection between the food you consume and the organic production of our Local Land and Great Lake Erie. While you enjoy Farm-to-Table food, Blind Perch also offers a unique Speakeasy-Era Atmosphere with Specialty Cocktails that are being "Aged" in our new oak barrels. THE NAME: The name "Blind Perch" is a spinoff of the Prohibition-era termed bar name "Blind Pig". During Prohibition, when alcohol was illegal, the only way to distribute a drink was to give it away - owners sold a "freak show" of a Blind Pig - "come and see my blind pig for 5 cents" and the visitor would get a free drink of moon shine or grain alcohol. We invented the term "Blind Perch" to put a Harbor Town twist on the Speakeasy name. PERFECT for a location at 3700 Liberty that has a very rich history "harboring" drinks and other activities - Bootlegging across Lake Erie was the 2nd largest bootlegging route in the United States. They would transfer the "Boot" from Canada and drop it close to the shore at night, and then the retrievers would pick them up about 100 feet off shore.

Reviewed By Yourluckyday - Vermilion, Ohio

I have been here before for lunch a while ago and didn't like it much. However, upon my return for dinner with family I am pleased to say it is tremendously improved. We had a great dinner, service was good and the portions were excellent. The restaurant is very nicely decorated with plenty of seating. It wasn't crowded when were there but It does get crowded at times.

Enjoy.

7. Rudy's Bar & Grill

5665 Liberty Ave, Vermilion, OH 44089-1125 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
44%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 65 reviews

Rudy's Bar & Grill

Nice little local bar, with a really good hamburger. Pool table in the back. Very friendly.

Reviewed By paul r - Vermilion, Ohio

Cool neighborhood bar in beautiful Vermilion Ohio. Above average eats and full bar. Rudy loves Jeger and always has a dedicated cooler full of it. Perfect place to hang out and talk to local fishermen about the days catch. Shoot some pool or throw some darts. There is frequently entertainment on the weekends. And the place gets packed for NFL games.

8. Woodstock

665 Main St, Vermilion, OH 44089-1311 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol American, Bar, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 440-967-7687
Excellent
41%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 94 reviews

Woodstock

Reviewed By Thedevelopingimage

We hadn't eaten here in a while. We are locals and thought it sounded good for a Friday night dinner. We got online and guess what they no longer have a web site or Facebook page... this should have been our first clue to go else where, but we preceded on. We used some menu photos off the web to call in and order a woodstocker sub and a small Margherita pizza. The girl said would be ready in 25 minutes, so the hubs went to get it. He brought it home and was disappointed to find the subs don't come with chips or the slaw. His sub was dry and tasteless and was thrown in the trash. My pizza was dry and pretty over-cooked. Also they don't use fresh mozzarella on the margherita pizza... don't call it a margherita if it isn't made right. There were very few teeny tiny pieces of tomato and shaved pieces of basil. This was the worst dining experience we have ever had at Woodstock. Did someone else take it over. It pretty much sucks now.

9. Touche

Main Street, Vermilion, OH 44089 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol French Dinner +1 440-967-0630
Excellent
73%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 33 reviews

Touche

Reviewed By Mike P - Monroe, Michigan

Celebrated our anniversary with drinks and dessert here. I had the Belgian Chocolate Mousse - it was outstanding! The bartender made evening very special by having "Happy Anniversary" in chocolate written on the side of the serving plate! We also had several of the Milk Chocolate Martinis between the two of us - they are great! Unfortunately, the TripAdvisor listing for the associated restaurants incorrectly list them as being closed on Sunday nights, so we had dinner elsewhere. Regardless, Tyler (the bartender) made our evening special!

10. Quaker Steak and Lube

Main Street, Vermilion, OH Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Excellent
20%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
9%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 120 reviews

Quaker Steak and Lube

Reviewed By Rocker_rep - too far from the wild west!

Come for the location and view, but don't expect much else. Return visit, hoping the perch was better, but again a very small portion with a higher price. Basically bar food with a few other options. Sat on the top level of the patio and had a male server who clearly doesn't seem to like his job. Service was slow for everyone around us, and noticed many others at the door waiting for a table. Smoking is permitted outside which was a huge turn off. Not sure we'll return.

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