Eating in downtown Fort Wayne is a treat and there are plenty of options if you know where to find them. Tucked on side streets are small cafés, pizzerias, pub-style restaurants and fine dining. Here are Fort Wayne’s best downtown dining options.
The Best Downtown Dining in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Please Note: Restaurant hours were accurate at the time of publishing, but are always subject to change. We recommend calling or checking hours online before visiting a restaurant.
Discover delicious hand-pressed, wood-fired pizza on The Landing downtown! Pro Tip: If you have a sweet tooth, the S'mores Pizza is a MUST for dessert. Located at 111 W. Columbia St. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 AM-9:00 PM.
True New York-style pizza awaits! Order by the slice or get the full pie to share. A side of garlic knots pairs perfectly. Located at: 120 W. Wayne St. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 AM-9:00 PM, and Sunday 12:00 PM-8:00 PM.
A classic, '50s diner serving 15 people at a time featuring breakfast served anytime. Located at 230 West Berry St. Hours: Monday-Saturday 6:00 AM-2:00 PM.
Club Soda, which is celebrating 15 years in Fort Wayne, is a fabulous downtown location for steaks, jazz, and cocktails. With outdoor or indoor seating, it's a wonderful fine dining experience. Located at 235 E. Superior St. Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00 AM-2:00 PM and 4:00 PM-10:00 PM.
Located at 131 W. Main Street, Coney Island is one of Fort Wayne’s classic restaurants, serving up their famous coney dogs since 1914 in this historic gem. Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM-9:00 PM; Friday & Saturday 8:00 AM-10:00 PM; Sunday 9:00 AM-9:00 PM.
With menu items like Chicken and Waffles and the Philly Cheese Steak, you can get great food for a great price! After a TinCaps Baseball game or an Embassy Theatre performance, head to Conner's for a bite to eat! Located at 1150 S. Harrison St. Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 4:00 PM-10:00 PM and Friday & Saturday 4:00 PM-11:00 PM.
As Fort Wayne's first rooftop bar, Conner's Rooftop is a favorite for those 21+. The drinks are incredible and pair well with small plates and snacks on the menu. Adding to the experience, the rooftop bar overlooks Parkview Field, home to the TinCaps, Fort Wayne's Minor League Baseball team! Enjoy whimsical lighting, outdoor fire pits, and unbeatable views of downtown. Conner's Rooftop is located at the top of the Hampton Inn & Suites downtown, at 223 W Jefferson Blvd. Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 5:00 PM-11:00 PM and Friday & Saturday 5:00 PM-12:00 AM.
Check out Copper Spoon's nationally recognized bar program for a seasonal cocktail or something else from their nearly 70-page drink list. Stay for dinner, as James Beard-nominated chef Aaron Butts prepares a fresh take on locally sourced American food. From the #1 ranked steak in Fort Wayne to the giant Baron burger there is something on the menu for everyone. Located beside Parkview Field at 301 W Jefferson Blvd. Hours: Monday-Saturday 5:00 PM-10:00 PM. Friday & Saturday, the bar is open until 1:00 AM with late-night food until 12:00 AM. Must be 21 to enter.
The Dash-In features excellent house-made soups and sandwiches along with over 50 craft brews and locally-roasted coffee in an eclectic environment. Located at 814 South Calhoun St. Hours: Daily 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. Must be 21 to enter.
Enjoy a sweet treat after dinner or a midday coffee at DeBrand Fine Chocolates' location in downtown Fort Wayne. From their signature chocolates, and delicious ice cream and gelato, it's a great spot to celebrate or enjoy your company! Located at 878 Harrison St. Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 12:00 PM-8:00 PM and Friday & Saturday 12:00 PM-10:00 PM.
Outdoor dining at its finest! Opened in spring, summer and fall, The Deck is one of Fort Wayne's most popular riverside dining spots with a full menu and bar. Located at 305 E. Superior St. Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:00 AM-9:00 PM and Friday & Saturday 11:00 AM-10:00 PM.
Don Hall's Gas House & Takaoka of Japan
Located at 305 E. Superior Street, Hall's Gas House and Takaoka of Japan are two separate dining establishments in one location.
Takaoka of Japan hours are Sunday-Thursday 4:00-9:00 PM and Friday & Saturday 4:00-10:00 PM. Head upstairs for Takaoka and enjoy the personalized experience of having your meal prepared on a hibachi grill.
Or, grab a table at Don Hall's Gas House and enjoy their classic cuisine like the prime rib, seafood, or their Cajun specialties. Don Hall's Gas House hours are Monday-Saturday 11:00 AM-11:00 PM and Sunday 11:00 AM-9:00 PM.
A local favorite serving exquisite martinis alongside tasty dishes. Located at 536 West Main St. Hours: Daily 4:00 PM-3:00 AM. Must be 21 to enter.
Be sure to stop at the Hoppy Gnome for a glass of local drafts alongside gourmet tacos. Located at 203 E. Berry St. Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00 AM-10:00 PM, Friday & Saturday 10:00 AM-11:00 PM, and Sunday 10:00 AM-9:00 PM.
An Irish Pub in the heart of Fort Wayne serving traditional Irish fare as well as brews. The main pub area is 21+, while Belleek Hall seating is all ages. Located at 121 W Wayne St. Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11:00 AM-11:00 PM and Friday & Saturday 11:00 AM-12:00 AM.
Enjoy handcrafted beer with some of their fresh and local creative dishes! Located at 1825 W. Main St. Hours: Monday & Tuesday 4:30 PM-10:00 PM, Wednesday-Friday 11:00 AM-4:00 PM (lunch) and 4:30 PM-10:00 PM (dinner), and Saturday & Sunday 10:00 AM-4:00 PM (brunch) and 4:30 PM-10:00 PM (dinner).
Raise a glass to local brews and delicious BBQ plates. The Landing Beer Co. is family-friendly, full of flavor, and always committed to bringing people together. Located at 118 Columbia St. Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00 AM-9:00 PM, and Friday & Saturday 11:00 AM-10:00 PM (bar open later).
With national award-winning beers, craft cocktails, and live music enjoy a family-friendly meal at Mad Anthony's. Be sure to try out their great pizza or any of their delicious menu items. Located at 2002 Broadway. Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:00 AM-10:00 PM (CLOSED Tuesday), and Friday & Saturday 11:00 AM-11:00 PM.
Your downtown destination for Cali-Mex cuisine in a cool, eclectic atmosphere! Enjoy a taste of the west coast with everything from Queso Fundido and Elote Oysters to delicious, fun takes on tacos and burritos. Check out Mercado's bar program, which focuses on Agave spirits that take you on a journey through Mexico. Be sure to try the tasting flights! Discover Mercado on The Landing at 111 W. Columbia St. Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00AM-10:00 PM, Friday 11:00 AM-11:00 PM, and Saturday 10:00 PM-11:00 PM.
Enjoy fine dining and Asian fusion cuisine at Nawa, located on Fort Wayne’s historic Landing. Take a seat for lunch, dinner, or drinks at this restaurant offering a 'new and diverse fusion of tastes and beverages with far Eastern influences." Located at 126 W. Columbia Street. Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30 AM-2:30 PM and 5:00 PM-9:00 PM, Friday & Saturday 11:30 AM-2:30 PM and 5:00 PM-10:00 PM, and Sunday 11:30 AM-3:00 PM and 4:00 PM-8:00 PM.
Ever since it opened in 1888, the Oyster Bar has always been a tavern and serving Fort Wayne's legendary fine dining cuisine. A short walk from downtown, expect great seafood and steaks! Located at 1830 S. Calhoun St. Hours: Monday & Saturday 4:00 PM-10:00 PM, and Tuesday-Friday 11:00 AM-3:00 PM and 4:00 PM-10:00 PM.
Enjoy lobster, oyster on the half shell, fresh-cut steak, chowder, and more! Enjoy the great food on Paula's menu and then shop their seafood market to try your take at home. Located at 1732 W. Main St. Hours: Monday-Saturday 5:00 PM-9:00 PM. (Seafood Market open Monday-Saturday 12:00 PM-9:00 PM.)
If you're hungry for pizza, 816 Pint and Slice offers excellent pizzas in the heart of downtown. Pint and Slice is located at 816 Calhoun Street. Hours: Sunday & Monday: 11:00 AM-8:16 PM, and Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 AM-10:00 PM.
Grab a stool, and enjoy slider-style hamburgers and old-fashioned bites like some of their chili and great shakes! Located at 1402 S. Harrison St. Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 5:00 AM-8:00 PM and Thursday & Friday 5:00 AM-10:00 PM, and Saturday 6:00 AM-10:00 PM.
For a taste of Latin-themed food, make a visit to Proximo. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner Proximo is the perfect downtown restaurant during any time of day. Enjoy Maple Pancakes for breakfast, tortas for lunch, and a wonderful entree like Salmon Succotash for dinner! Located at 898 S Harrison St. Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:00 AM-10:00 PM, Friday 7:00 AM-11:00 PM, Saturday 8:00 AM-11:00 PM, and Sunday 8:00 AM-9:00 PM.
For a fine dining experience in downtown Fort Wayne, book a reservation at Ruth's Chris. Serving lunch on Fridays and dinner every night, celebrate your special occasion with some of the best steak and seafood options including ribeyes, Lobster tail, and much more! Enjoy dinner, happy hour, or a sip of their signature cocktails. Located at 224 W Wayne St. Hours: Sunday & Monday 4:00 PM-9:00 PM, Tuesday-Thursday 4:00 PM-10:00 PM, Friday 11:00 AM-4:00 PM (lunch) and 4:00 PM-11:00 PM (dinner), and Saturday 4:00 PM-11:00 PM.
If you're on the hunt for some great barbeque in Fort Wayne, you need to check out Shigs in Pit! From St. Louis style ribs to flavorful chopped chicken, Shigs in Pit serves just about everything barbeque-related — all served with their own competition-quality barbeque sauce. And, don't forget about their homemade side dishes! Located at 2008 Fairfield Avenue. Summer Hours (Memorial Day-Labor Day): Sunday-Thursday 11:00 AM-9:00 PM and Friday & Saturday 11:00 AM-10:00 PM. Winter Hours (Labor Day-Memorial Day) close 1 hour earlier.
As Fort Wayne's first farm-to-fork restaurant, you can expect to experience the best seasonal local ingredients. Located at 614 S. Harrison St. Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 4:00 PM-8:00 PM, Friday & Saturday 4:00 PM-9:00 PM, and Sunday 10:00 AM-2:00 PM.
Others to consider: O'Reilly's Irish Bar and Restaurant and Pembroke Bakery & Cafe.
This post was updated in June 2021.