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
Located in The Bradley Hotel, the divine dishes are described as the "culinary heartbeat of the hotel." Try some Utopian Coffee or their Grown-Up Grilled Cheese during your stay in Fort Wayne. Located at: 204 W Main St.
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.
A comfortable and cute rooftop bar atop the Bradley Hotel for bites and cocktails! Great for those 21+. Located at: 204 W Main St.
Enjoy fresh takes on Midwestern cuisine with French cooking techniques! Find the perfect wine to pair with delicious small plates and entrees. Located at 620 S. Calhoun St.
For a late night bite, some thrilling local music, and a cold beer, look no further than The Brass Rail. This 21+ bar is great for getting rid of your hunger and listening to live music. Located at 1121 Broadway.
Known for its classic American cuisine, Burger Bar serves delicious hamburgers, fries, shakes, and more. Located at 223 W. Jefferson Blvd.
A classic, '50s diner serving 15 people at a time featuring breakfast served anytime. Located at 230 W. Berry St.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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. 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.
DeBrand Fine Chocolates
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.
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. Head upstairs for Takaoka of Japan 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.
A local favorite among Fort Wayne residents, GK features scrumptious baked goods and specialty beverages that change every month. Located at 202 W. Berry St.
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.
A local favorite serving exquisite martinis alongside tasty dishes. Located at 536 West Main St. 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.
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.
Enjoy handcrafted beer with some of their fresh and local creative dishes! Located at 1825 W. Main St.
Grab an acai bowl, muffin, and a blended drink at this downtown cafe. Located at 618 S. Harrison St.
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.
The menu at this chef-driven restaurant features creative takes on seafood, steaks, and delicious poutine options that are too good not to try! Located at 123 W. Columbia St.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 banana pancakes for breakfast, tortas for lunch, and a wonderful entree like Salmon Succotash for dinner! Located at 898 S Harrison St.
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.
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.
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.
For the group that can't decide what food they want, Union Street Market is perfect. Located inside Electric Works, this restaurant collective carries all varieties of food — from Italian to Middle Eastern, Korean to Mexican, and even an apple-themed restaurant. Located at 1620 Broadway, inside Electric Works.
Other dining options in downtown Fort Wayne:
- Caliente Cuban
- Chimney Cakes
- Conjure Coffee
- Davey's Delicious Bagels and Coffee
- Double Dragon
- Elijah's Restaurant and Bakery
- Fortezza Coffee
- King Gyros
- Lincoln Tower Soda Fountain
- O'Reilly's Irish Bar
- Penny Drip
- Sassie Cakes
- Sweets on Main
- Tall Rabbit Cafe and Community
- Ted's Snack + Bar
- Utopian Coffee and Kitchen
- Zinnia's Bakehouse
This post was updated in November 2023.