Mossbacks Island Bar & Grill

Mossbacks Island Bar & Grill

Mossbacks is a friendly, relaxed neighborhood bar with an extensive menu. Craft cocktails and a large selection of wine and beer are available.

There are plenty of things to do in Put-in-Bay while visiting Mossbacks because it is only a short walk from the Jet Express Ferry and it is right on the edge of Perry Park. Located in the middle of the downtown action, Mossbacks is a great choice for breakfast before hitting the water or taking a stroll in DeRivera Park. While in the downtown Put-in-Bay area you should make sure you visit the other stores and bars located nearby! It also happens to be located near a large selection of Put-in-Bay resort and lodging. Visit this great restaurant on Catawba Ave.

Mossbacks Breakfast

  • -Commodore’s Favorite (A buttermilk biscuit topped with a cheesy hash brown casserole, scrambled eggs, sausage gravy, and bacon)
  • -Steak and Eggs
  • -Breakfast Bagel
  • -Buttermilk Pancakes
  • -Sausage and Gravy over biscuits
  • -Breakfast Burrito

Setting itself apart from other Put-in-Bay restaurants, their special brunch cocktail is the Breakfast Bomb. A glass of orange juice is elevated with the addition of Jameson and butterscotch schnapps. Healthy but with a buzz. Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas are also on tap.

Lunch and dinner are just as impressive as breakfast. They serve up everything from juicy burgers to top-grade prime rib. They also offer soups and salads. You can even make a combo for a lighter lunch. Daily specials are also available.

Mossbacks Appetizer and Entree Highlights

  • -Lake Erie Walleye Nuggets
  • -Lake Erie Perch Basket
  • -Prime Rib
  • -Land and Lake Combo
  • -Pierogi Burger
  • -Cauliflower Tacos

The Fish Bowl is right next door. If you prefer to drink your booze out of an actual fishbowl, then it is the bar for you! Live music is always playing during the summer months and the whole place is lively and friendly. The large front windows open up right onto Bayview Avenue. Watch the summertime crowds pass by as you dine on great food.

Setting itself apart from other Put-in-Bay bars, Mossbacks includes a great list of craft beers including local favorites like Thirsty Dog Whippet Wheat, Great Lakes Commodore Perry, and Goose Island IPA. The bartenders are always happy to recommend a new brew. Come on by and enjoy summers at Mossbacks!

Mossbacks is a great eatery or place to grab a craft cocktail!  Catawba Ave is the perfect location to hop around and check out all of the cool bars in the downtown area. Great bars to check out after Mossbacks include:

  • The Boardwalk
  • The Reel Bar
  • Topsy Turvey
  • The Keys
  • Boathouse Bar
  • Frosty Bar
  • Hooligans Irish pub
  • Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grille
  • Joe’s Bar
  • The Round House Bar
  • Upper Deck
  • Put-in-Bay Brewery and Distillery

The Reel Bar is an awesome place to check out for live entertainment. They were awarded the best live entertainment venue in town! Most of these establishments have outdoor seating so you can enjoy the beautiful weather and breezes from the Put-in-Bay harbor during the summer months. Put-in-Bay comes alive during the late-night hours! South Bass Island is the place to be during the summer.

Dining on the Island

Put-in-Bay has everything you need on this small but mighty island including some of the best restaurants and freshest food. When you come to visit, some favorites include The Old Forge Cafe, The Goat Soup & Whiskey, Pasquales Cafe, Mama Maria’s Italian Restaurant, The Chicken Patio, Put-in-Bay Pizza like Swipe Right Pizza, Put-in-Bay Winery, Subway, Cameo Pizza, or Dairy Isle. Visitors can’t go wrong with these dining options! Put-in-Bay has restaurants that are casual and higher-end dining options. You can find the vibe that is perfect for your party!

It is recommended to book a room early at one of the Put-in-Bay Resorts so you can dance and party the night away. Lodging fills up fast! Most resorts are located within walking of the major areas like Bayview Ave, Delaware Ave, and Catawba Ave. Visitors love Put-in-Bay, Ohio because it is so easy to get around! Once you are all booked, check out the Put in Bay ferry options to see which one fits your needs! The Jet Express and Miller Ferry are great options for making the trip over to this great Lake Erie Island. Find out why this island is nicknamed the Key West of the North!


Linda O: “I had walleye bites with a side salad. Excellent! Bites is an understatement, they were more like walleye hunks. A light spicy breading and a sweet tartar sauce. The salad was fresh with a variety of veggies. Service was prompt and friendly.”

Mike M: “Visited Mossbacks at the suggestion of a local shop worker. Was not disappointed. Good food and the service was prompt and friendly. Nice views and central location. I definitely recommend stopping by when visiting the island.”

Nathan B: “I’ve noticed a trend while writing reviews for my recent trip to Put-in-Bay, Ohio. Every server we had was great. And the server here was no exception. We came in for a drink to get out of the rain and also had some tasty carrot cake (made from scratch).”

Sam G: “Came to Mossbacks while in town for a bachelor party with a large group of guys and they were able to accommodate our group. I picked Mossbacks because I don’t live in Ohio anymore and I really wanted to eat food from back home. I went with the perch and perogies and was very happy! Both were cooked perfectly and hit the spot for back home cooking! The service was very good, especially considering we had such a large group. I would recommend Mossbacks and would return the next time I am in Put In Bay.”


371 Catawba Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456, USA