Elizabeth Fantozzi: Marketing & Public Relations Manager

This summer, the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room will offer more than just delicious meals, but a unique dining experience for the entire family.

Announced back in December 2019, the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room is now under the management of Chef Stacy Maple, former Director of United Way Ottawa County and Executive Director of Bistro 163 in Port Clinton.

In her new role as Lakeside’s new Director of Culinary Services & Wellness Program, Maple has made several enhancements to the dining room, including a more polished overall layout, new uniforms for staff, a brand new menu, Friday and Saturday Afternoon Teas and updated technology.

The Hotel Lakeside Dining Room now offers only dine-in service on the weekends. Check the hours of operation at lakesideohio.com/diningroom.

The Hotel Lakeside dining experience is upscale but still family-friendly for Lakesiders. It offers a classic flare with a modern edge while providing cuisine inspired by the lake and the fresh, colorful flavors of summer.

“The Hotel Lakeside Dining Room is dedicated to providing an exceptional culinary and dining experience inspired by history, waterfront views and the bounty of summer,” said Maple

Maple, a classically trained Le Cordon Bleu chef, has created an outstanding menu that will please just about anyone’s palette. A few favorite items include, Chilled Strawberry Soup, classic Seafood Boils, hand-breaded Lake Erie Perch and Peach Barbeque Pulled Pork.

It wouldn’t be a Lakeside summer without a cold treat! Drink options include bottled sodas and a Lakeside Lemon Cooler, a refreshing drink that consists of handcrafted lemonade, soda water, a dash of cream, a sugared rim, lemon wedge and whipped cream for extra sweetness.

The Popsicle Spritzer is an incredibly fun drink for kids to enjoy. This light, fruity drink is made with sweetened lime seltzer and a frozen strawberry fruit bar tipped upside down into the glass, complete with strawberry slices and lime wedge.

Afternoon Teas have beed added back into the dining room’s offerings, a tradition that took place many years ago. Tea sessions have a specific menu that includes loose leaf hot tea and a mix of sweet and savory bites served on a proper three-tiered tray. Enjoy nine items from the tray along with your favorite tea flavor. Afternoon Tea will take place at 2 or 3:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; reservations are required, call (419) 798-4461, ext. 257. Cost is $22/adult tea and $10/petite tea.

In addition, the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room staff will feature fun throwback uniforms, featuring newsy-inspired flat caps, bowties and suspenders.

“The Lakeside Dining Room staff uniforms will honor Hotel Lakeside’s 145th anniversary and serve as a throwback to the height of the Chautauqua Movement,” said Maple.

This summer, a new Point of Sale system “POS” will be put into place, offering table side ordering. The new software will allow the ability for staff to take orders and collect payments directly at the table.

The Lakeside Dining Room staff is looking forward to providing a unique throwback experience for guests this summer.

“Thank you for being a part of our 145th season and a part of the rich legacy that is the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room. We appreciate the chance to serve you and sincerely value your support,” said Maple.

For more details, visit lakesideohio.com/diningroom.