In the early 1800s, The Landing was the hub for business in Fort Wayne, Indiana, due to its proximity to the three rivers and the railroad. The first Fort Wayne post office opened here, along with the newspaper, theater, and eventual railway station.
Now, this historic spot is becoming an epicenter of revival in downtown Fort Wayne, with incredible dining options you won't want to miss. Whether you are looking for something sweet or savory, The Landing is the perfect spot to relax and refuel during your stay!
A Foodie Guide to Dining on The Landing in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Restaurants on The Landing
Find inventive combinations of flavors with whole pies and pizza by the slice. Papi's decor is a throwback to 90s culture and great for families.
111 W Columbia St.
Traditional Mexican fare meets the west coast for a flavor explosion at Mercado! You'll love the bright and energetic atmosphere, Agave Spirits, and seasonal garage door that opens into the heart of the Landing! Guests rave about the Pachola Burger, Lobster Mac, and Cali AF Tacos. Bring friends for a late-night cocktail or a Saturday Morning brunch, either way, it's a fiesta!
111 W Columbia St. Suite 103 | (260) 387-6160
Pictured: Pad Thai Me Up from Nawa
Nestled under the Bison mural is Nawa, "inspired Asian Cuisine." Eclectic in both style and flavors, Nawa combines many cultures and traditions to create distinct dishes and "custom-crafted" cocktails. Find funky twists on your favorites such as Hawaiian Fried Rice, Basil Stir Fry, or Ramen Noodle Soup, or try something new like the Curry Flight, Kung Pao Cauliflower, or Thai Duck Panang.
Nawa means "New Beginnings" in Thai and is the perfect introduction to dining on the Landing!
126 W Columbia St. | (260) 399-7501
Pictured: Scallops from Tolon
This industrial-chic spot serving farm-to-table fare feels both familiar but oh, so fancy. Using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, you'll be delighted by these unique culinary creations. Start the day with weekend Brunch at Tolon and try the "Nashville Hot" chicken and waffle or blackened shrimp and grits. At night, dine inside or on the patio and devour the Duck Fat Frites, Butternut Squash Risotto, or the Wood Farm Ribeye. Finish the evening with a slice of caramel apple cheesecake or a house Old Fashioned.
614 S Harrison St. | (260) 399-5128
Newly opened is Marquee on the Landing, an upscale urban bar and restaurant. Marquee is part of the Cunningham Restaurant Group family of establishments around the state. This luxurious, scratch-kitchen features a wide variety of dishes using locally sourced ingredients and exceptional service. Dinner guests can expect mouthwatering dishes like Lamb Shank, Kimchi Meatloaf, and Sous Vide Tomahawk Pork Chops. The Poutine is a must-try for people who are french-fry fanatics!
123 W Columbia St. | (260) 222-7174
Coffee and Light Bites:
Pictured: Dirty Chai Latte and Vanilla Latte in background
Utopian is a coffee lover's dream. This globally-conscious coffee company has been roasting for over 10 years, but has just recently brought its talents and passion to the Landing. Visitors love the urban-bohemian feel with large sun-streamed windows, cozy chairs, and collaborative spaces. Grab a coffee to go, or linger inside with a latte and avocado toast. Whether you bring a friend or a laptop, once you settle in, you won't want to leave.
118 W Columbia St. | (888) 558-8674
Kanela is on a mission to bring made-to-order healthy food and drink options to the downtown area. Whether you come for an on-the-go breakfast, an afternoon study spot, or a quick lunch with friends, you are sure to find something to satisfy! This cozy corner shop specializes in blended smoothies, juices, and coffee, but also offers salads, wraps, and sandwiches. Personal favorites include the Pumpkin Patch Blended Drink, Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie, or the Healthy Hummus Sandwich.
618 S Harrison St. | (260) 755-1838
Restaurants Near The Landing
Pictured: Birdie's Restaurant and Rooftop Bar at The Bradley
Located on the ground floor of The Bradley Hotel, just steps from The Landing, Arbor is a familiar but modern take on breakfast favorites. Bold prints and pops of color energize guests well before their first cup of Joe. Glancing at the menu, you'll notice comfort foods you know and love with a gourmet spin. For those who wake up with a sweet tooth, you'll devour the Cinnamon French Toast and bakery pastries. Otherwise, sink your teeth into the Egg Sandwich topped with tomato jam, white cheddar, and arugula. For those who prefer to sleep in, Arbor is also open for lunch, serving up Grown-Up Grilled Cheese and the Salmon Club. Stay tuned for dinner at Arbor coming soon!
In the evening, sip a cocktail and relax above the city at Birdie's Restaurant and Rooftop Bar. Though the menu is limited, the flavor adventure is endless! Start off the evening with a crowd favorite, the Mac n' Cini — balls of crunchy mac and cheese served with a spicy tomato sauce. Then, move to the main course and try the Fried Chicken Sandwich or Steak Salad. Round out your experience with an affectionately named cocktail, the "Three Rivers," a nod to the adventure and excitement booming nearby!
204 W Main St. | Arbor: (260) 800-8685 | Birdie's: (260) 800-8686
Pictured: Bistro Ragout courtesy of Cam Kaminski
Bistro Nota has taken our familiar Midwestern favorites and added a delicious, French-inspired twist. Their frequently changing menu is made from scratch and uses only the best local ingredients to create small plates, entrée’s, and desserts. Start your intimate dinner experience with the Bistro Ragout – braised lamb served with vegetables and in-house Parisienne Gnocchi. Then, move to the main course and delight your taste buds in the Beef Teres Major – a shoulder tenderloin served with potato velouté, sofrito, and house made Focaccia. Be sure to save room for the Bistro Blondie! The bistro is currently open Wednesday-Saturday, and reservation is recommended.
620 S Calhoun St. | (260) 488-6682
Pictured: Fudge and Desserts at Kilwins Fort Wayne
Stop inside Kilwins to watch sweet treats made right before your eyes! Gather the family and experience nostalgia with some Mackinac Island Fudge, "The Perfect" Caramel Apple, or hand-crafted chocolates and truffles. In the mood for some ice cream? Try one of Kilwins' 24 Original Recipe flavors in a fresh-made waffle cone. They say you can't buy happiness, but you can buy Kilwins and that's basically the same thing.
626 S Harrison St. | (260) 444-3569
Pictured: Entrance to Coney Island
The oldest coney stand in America has called Fort Wayne home for over 100 years. When you glance through the window you'll notice not much has changed since their opening in 1914. Their Coney Island Hotdogs are still grilled to perfection, slathered in chili sauce and hand-cut onions, and nestled in a steamed bun. Not a fan of coney dogs? Try a hamburger or a slice of homemade pie. Either way, grab a seat at the bar, pop the top off an original Coca-Cola glass bottle, and be taken back to simpler times.
131 W Main St. | (260) 424-2997
Sweets on Main
Open year-round, Sweets on Main is dishing out delicious hand-scooped ice cream cones, sundaes, flights and floats. With 15 unique and rotating flavors — including dairy-free options — I can guarantee you’re going to want an extra scoop. Elevate your ice cream experience with a warm Ghirardelli brownie, or a glass of Root Beer for the perfect float.
Don't forget to take your cool creations outdoors to enjoy the colorful patio and mural painted by Lyndy Bazille, a part of Fort Wayne’s Art This Way project. Find the mural on the Fort Wayne Public Art Trail!
123 W Main St. | (260) 424-0244
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This post was originally published 2021. Most recent revision February 2024.