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Best Places to Eat on Lake Cumberland

Written by: Danielle Wilson




The Lake Cumberland dining scene is more appetizing than ever — from “Flip Flop Friendly” to a dressier affair, we have a diverse set of authentic Kentucky eateries for the discerning Foodie Tourist and families both!  Enjoy delectable dockside dining at our beautiful Lake Cumberland Marinas and Lake Cumberland State Resort Park,  featuring some authentic Kentucky recipes, wonderful seafood dining, as well as trendy new gourmet recipes.

Photo of BBQ meat cooking at Lake Cumberland L.C. Tiki Bar and Restaurant at State Dock Marina

One of the newest restaurants on Lake Cumberland is the State Dock Tiki Bar and Grill (located inside the Lake Cumberland State Resort Park).  L.C. Tiki Bar and Restaurant is a “Tiki Themed” dining experience featuring delicious BBQ, Pizza, Hamburgers as well as specialty and gourmet menu items.  A wonderful array of adult beverages are on the drink menu as well as the L.C. Tiki Bar personal label beer !  The State Dock Tiki Bar Restaurant has a panoramic view of Lake Cumberland.  After dinner you can enjoy shopping at the wonderful Marina Ship Store.

Photo of a giant pretzel and cold beer at a Lake Cumberland restaurant


The Cumberland Tap at Jamestown Marina is located just across the Harbor from the L.C. Tiki Bar and Restaurant, and specializes in a fresh twist on American classics, local specialties and brews, plus unexpected new creations. With shareable portions and fresh, high-quality ingredients, we hope you find the food and drinks as enjoyable as the scenery.  All of the drinks at The Cumberland Tap are made with fresh juices, and great quality spirits. Our bartenders are skilled in making the perfect cocktail for any tastes. Not sure what to try? All of our house cocktails reflect the season and local herbs and flavors.​  The Cumberland Tap is open Monday – Saturday from 11 am – 11 pm cst and on Sunday’s from 11 am – 8 pm cst.


Photo of a beautiful buffet dinner at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park and a family holding plates of delicious foods

The Lake Cumberland State Resort Park  is one of the most popular State Parks in Kentucky and has a spectacular waterfront restaurant overlooking Lake Cumberland – complete with a panoramic view of the lake!  Lake Cumberland State Resort Park specializes in authentic Kentucky recipes like Kentucky fried catfish, old fashioned Kentucky banana pudding, and Kentucky originals like the Kentucky Hot Brown.  In addition to delectable dining, the Lake Cumberland State Resort Park offers diners a choice of Kentucky wines, beers and bourbon as well as specialty drinks.  The Buffet at the Park has a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy — and don’t forget about the homemade dessert bar.  Make it a weekend and be sure to stay in the newly remodeled Lodge or in one of the many newly remodeled cabins.  You can’t go wrong with the Lake Cumberland State Resort Park – #1 in Kentucky for a reason!

Photo of Wolf Creek Marina on Lake Cumberland at night with lots of underwater lighting


Fishtales at Wolf Creek Marina is one of the most popular dining experiences on Lake Cumberland.  The food is fresh and delightfully prepared. Fishtales is unlike any other restaurant on the lake. The artful decor, the beautiful sunsets and delicious food all make dining at Fishtales a unique experience.  Dine outside in the cool shade — Wolf Creek Marina’s new tiki hut outdoor dining area is a unique one-of-a-kind venue on Lake Cumberland.   Call (270) 866-3437 for hours. Relax under the tiki pavilion and watch the lake activity in the afternoon for lunch and the beautiful sunsets in the evening. There’s no other place on Lake Cumberland quite like Fishtales.  You may also dine in air-conditioned comfort or carry out.   Fishtales features a unique Key West style menu.   For hours or carryout orders call FISHTALES at (270) 866-3437.

For a full list of Lake Cumberland Dining options, Click Here.   Lake Cumberland Dining has never been better!