Sitting on a high hill on the northwest side of Keuka Lake, Esperanza Mansion is surrounded by wineries and rolling hills. The mansion was constructed in 1838 and has recently been renovated to highlight Greek revival architecture. The Rose Restaurant and Bar offers outdoor as well as indoor seating. Entrees include eggplant parmesan, Angus flat iron steak, Atlantic salmon as well as a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts. You will find Esperanza Mansion at 3456 NY-54A in Keuka Park.
The Pleasant Valley Inn is just outside the Village of Hammondsport, a chef-owned country inn with a relaxed Victorian-style dining room. The Inn offers fresh seafood, delicious steaks, and pasta made in-house. There is a small pub serving a full line of beer, wine, and cocktails. You can find them at 7979 State Route 54.
When Walter S. Taylor’s grandfather opened the Taylor Wine Company, Bully Hill Vineyards was born. The winery survived prohibition and eventually became a leader in the New York wine industry. After Taylor joined the board, he began to realize that quality was beginning to slide and the family philosophy of the winery was quickly disappearing. He was particularly concerned about New York laws that allowed wineries to create wines in complete secrecy. Wineries began adding chemicals, concentrates, and other substances that diluted the quality of the wine without telling consumers. Taylor publicly chastised wineries in the region for their actions and was fired from the Taylor Wine Company. This led him to found Bully Hill Vineyards and, when Taylor Wine Company was purchased by a national company, Bully Hill was sued and forbidden from using the Taylor name or claiming that Bully Hill was at all connected to Taylor. In retaliation, Taylor created a new catchphrase "They have our name and heritage but didn’t get our goat", naming his first wine under the Bully Hill label "Goat White Wine". Today, the winery offers tastings in a free souvenir wine glass that includes snacks. There is a full brunch menu that includes eggs benedict, omelets, and $5 mimosas all day on Sunday. The lunch menu includes soups, dips, pulled pork, brisket, and Rueben sandwiches, pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and burgers. In addition to wine, they have wine cocktails, beer, and non-alcoholic options. Bully Hill is located at 8843 Greyton H. Taylor Memorial Drive.
The Switzerland Inn was established in 1894, a locally-owned and operated restaurant in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Visitors enjoy waterfront dining in a friendly casual atmosphere. There are two large decks, an indoor dining area, a game room for kids, and space to dock a boat for those who arrive on the lake. Daily specials include all-you-can-eat crab legs, wings, Friday fish fry, prime rib, and clam bakes. Their homemade macaroni and cheese is a local favorite. They also have a full bar and offer live music on the weekends. The Switzerland Inn is located at 14109 Keuka Village Road in Hammondsport.
Located at the head of Keuka Lake on the historic village square, Union Block Italian Bistro offers homestyle Italian food. Their Mediterranean-style menu includes scampi, lasagna, and more. Enjoy food in the dining room or head upstairs to the Grotto, a cozy bar with a speakeasy atmosphere. The restaurant offers homemade pizza and pasta as well as signature cocktails like the winter cosmo, aranciata cioccolato, or the perfecto due. They even offer an all-you-can-eat pasta option for just $5. You can find them at 138 Water Street in Penn Yan.
The Waterfront is just what its name implies, a waterfront restaurant overlooking the lake. The Waterfront offers a wide range of menu items, from simple summertime bites on the deck to an extravagant four-course meal. Live music plays on the dock every Sunday during the summer and the restaurant is famous for its steamed clams. It is located at 12664 W. Lake Road in Hammondsport.
The Lakeside Tavern began as a restaurant and amusement park that was established in 1936. It offers some of the most beautiful views of the lake with outdoor as well as indoor seating. There is a three-level outdoor deck and space to dock your boat. The restaurant also offers nightly campfires during the summer months. You can find Lakeside at 1378A West Lake Road in Hammondsport.
La Cocina, located in Penn Yan, features a wide array of Mexican dishes, all made from fresh and high-quality ingredients. The restaurant is located at 16 Maiden Lane and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The interior of the restaurant is beautiful with rough-hewn rafters adorned with antique chairs, a small bar, brick walls, and eclectic décor.
Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars was named one of the Top 100 Wineries in the Country for 2019. Dr. Frank knew that growing grapes in a cold climate would create some of the best wines available and, despite being met with skepticism at first, forged ahead to achieve that goal. Today, third and fourth-generation family members, Fred and Meaghan, continue the founder’s legacy. The winery sits on the southwestern shores of Keuka Lake at 9749 Middle Road. Tastings are served in Riedel glassware with beautiful views of the alike. The winery also offers a progressive tasting experience with five stations set up throughout the winery, each offering an educational theme about the history of the winery as well as a selection of tastings related to the theme. Recently, the winery created Eugenia’s Garden, a location where Eugenia Frank planted flowers and vegetables. Today it is available for a relaxing day with wines by the glass or bottle as well as signature ala carte seasonal cheeses. During the summer, the 1886 Food and Wine Experience offers a seated educational presentation with wine flights paired with creative small food.
Established in 1860, Pleasant Valley Wine Company is the oldest winery in the Finger Lakes area. It displays the U.S. Bonded Winery No. 1 designation in the United States and its eight remarkable stone buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. The winery has the ability to make 14 million gallons of wine in its 425,000 square foot facility and there are more than 500 acres of vineyards. Guests enjoy tastings in a beautiful tasting room and tours of the winery are also available. They are located at 8260 Pleasant Valley Road in Hammondsport.