Tall Ships 2022 Erie Visitors Have New, Improved Restaurants

In 2019, the last year Tall Ships visited Erie, the waterfront had four restaurants, not including the Bicentennial Tower snack bar: Smuggler’s Wharf, Rum Runners, Shoreline Bar & Grille (part of Courtyard by Marriott Erie Bayfront) and the Sloppy Duck.

Visitors to the 2022 Tall Ships Festival will find much more on the menu, with the addition of four new restaurants overlooking the water. Meanwhile, existing restaurateurs have been refreshing and adding more outdoor seating in response to the demands of the COVID pandemic.

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Whether you want a fine dining experience, like at Oliver’s Rooftop in the Hampton Inn & Suites, a casual evening of beer and food at Rum Runners, or anything in between, you’ve got you covered. One thing is certain: book now, as there will be throngs of people hoping to catch a glimpse of the ships as they eat during the festival, August 25-28.

Here is your foodie guide to the Tall Ships Festival 2022:

Oliver’s Beer Garden

Open: July 2021

Contact: oliversrooftop.com/beer-garden, facebook.com/oliverseriepa, 130 E. Front St., 814-920-9666

Price: Appetizers, $15-$20

July 2021:Oliver’s Beer Garden is coming to the Erie waterfront soon, bringing beer, food, a stage, and more.

Oliver’s roof

Oliver's Rooftop opened atop the Hampton Inn & Suites on the waterfront in December 2020.

Open: 1 dec. 2020

Contact: On the eighth floor of the Hampton Inn & Suites, 130 E. Front St., OliversRooftop.com, 814-920-9666.

Price: Appetizers, $28 to $58

Pier 6 rooftop bar and restaurant

The Pier 6 Rooftop Bar & Restaurant offers diners a view of the bay of Près Isle.

Open: June 29, 2021

Contact: bayhousepier6.com, 814-413-7437

Price: Sandwiches and burgers $12-$20

Bay House Oyster Bar and Restaurant

From the balcony, the bar at Bay House Oyster Bar & Restaurant, 6 Sassafras Pier on the Erie waterfront, is seen on December 10, 2021, which was the restaurant's opening night.

Open: December 10, 2021

Contact: upick6.com/bay-house, 814-413-7440

Price: Appetizers, $21 to $52

Smugglers’ Wharf

Smugglers Wharf Restaurant, located at 3 State St., offers views of the bay and the Bicentennial Tower on the Erie waterfront.

Contact: facebook.com/smugglerswharf, 814-459-4273

Price: Appetizers $17-$20

Rum Runners Bar and Grill

Millcreek Township businessman Tim Sedney is the owner of Rum Runners Bar and Grill and a member of a partnership that recently purchased the establishment's property and the two plots to the west on East Dobbins Landing on the Erie waterfront.  Sedney is featured at the restaurant on January 9, 2015.

Contact: 133 E. Dobbins Landing, 814-455-4292, rumrunnerserie.com

Price: Sandwiches, appetizers and burgers $10 to $16

Sloppy duck saloon

Sloppy Duck Saloon owner Dave Litz Jr. holds a sign as he works at an outdoor bar, May 29, 2020, on the Erie waterfront as he prepares for the bar's opening for the season June 5, 2022. Restaurant owners are making changes to outdoor seating due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Contact: sloppyducksaloon.com, 814-452-6699

Price: Appetizers $18-$25

Shoreline Bar & Grille

The Courtyard by Marriott, 2 Sassafras Pier, offers stunning views of the peninsula's bay.

Contact: Courtyard by Marriott Erie Bayfront, 2 Sassafras Pier. bit.ly/3S46ZaB, 814-636-1005

Price: Sandwiches $12 to $15; Appetizers, $19 to $32

Contact Jennie Geisler at [email protected] or on Twitter at @ETNGeisler.

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