Hocking Hills is full of excellent restaurants and dining options, with cuisines for every preference and diet. Explore the variety of local restaurants, breweries, coffee shops, and taverns to get a taste for Appalachian home cooking or your favorite franchise staples.


Dining in Hocking Hills

Going out to eat is a rite of passage when visitors come to Hocking Hills. So many options exist it can be hard to choose where to dine. From world famous pizza to diners and fine restaurants, there is a place for every person to choose what type of cuisine they like and enjoy what the area has to offer. After a day of adventure and fun in Hocking Hills, be sure to check out some of the best options for everyone from kids on up to adults. 

Tour of Italy

Visitors to Hocking Hills may not come thinking they are getting a tour of Italian cuisine, but look no further than Pizza Crossing. This award winning pizzeria offers up some of the best pies in Ohio. Their wings, subs, pasta dishes, and BBQ chicken are also fan favorites. Capn’ Rons and Little Italy all serve up excellent pizza and pasta sure to satisfy those carb cravings. Stop by for lunch or a quick bite on the fly. A great place to dine for families with a casual atmosphere including a large dining room, beer on tap and a party room for gatherings. 

Cuisines Du Jour

Even though Hocking Hills is a hilly area with lots of farms, open space to rock climb, hike, and fish, there are varied cuisines to choose from. Visitors may come for tourism activities and be surprised by the myriad options available. When talking about great cuisine, Hocking Hills has some of the finest BBQ around. Millstone has smoked meats, steaks and wings which have won even food critics over with its freshness and crisp flavor. Bob’s Backyard BBQ is just one of many other places to grab some smoked meats with all kinds of sauces and sides. Get a southern feel in the Midwest by grabbing some of the best meat, perfect for lunch or dinner. 


A visit to Hocking Hills would not be complete without a visit to some funky and fun diners. Kids love to eat at old school diners and young-at-heart adults love to reminisce about the times they’ve spent in diners as kids. Stop in to see these casual dining spots in the heart of Hocking Hills:

  • M&M Family Diner: small-town hospitality with a big heart. Choose from homegrown favorites like biscuits and gravy or a nice home cooked skillet. Located in historic downtown Logan, perfect for a bite to eat before or after some shopping and sightseeing
  • Hocking Hills Diner: a full-service restaurant featuring carry-out and dine in from sun up to sun down. Serving coffee drinks, dinner specials, and plenty of parking for trailers and RVs who travel through. Home cooked food to warm the soul with a cozy atmosphere

Many other diners dot the landscape so be sure to check out a few of them when visiting the region. 

Fine Dining

It wouldn’t be a trip to Hocking Hills without mentioning the beautiful, fine dining options for romantic getaways and cozy places to eat some elegant, elevated cuisine. Lake Hope Lodge offers everything from hickory-smoked BBQ to pizza, steaks, and fresh ground hamburgers. They offer waterfront views and a great place to dine for families and couples if they want a nice restaurant with a view. A can’t-miss buffet happens every Sunday so be sure to check that out. Rhapsody Restaurant offers reservations in historic downtown Nelsonville. Appalachian Farm to Table is their focus offering elegant foods with a twist. Salaam features fine world cuisine in an exotic atmosphere in Athens, Ohio. Menu features Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine for those who love to try new foods or just want to feel like they’re in another world. Kindred Spirits offers casual fine-dining experiences in an original 1840s log cabin with on-site Inn and Spa for a great one-stop shop for all a visitor needs to make a great stay in Hocking Hills ever better.

Never mind the many Irish, Scottish, and American style pubs in the region for those who want a place to grab a beer, glass of wine, or catch a game on the fly. There are many reasons to check out dining options in Hocking Hills. Stop for the food but stay for the adventure.