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A guide to docking and dining

Sometimes after work, Peter Stevens hops on his boat and heads to Smoke on the Water in Tonawanda, where he picks up ribs and brings dinner home to the family.

Stevens, a boater for 59 years and a member of the Buffalo Yacht club, is one of the many taking advantage of dock-and-dine season. The region has ample restaurants that encourage boaters to pull up, hop off and grab food or drinks before heading back to the water.

“It’s a great way to arrive, a great way to leave,” he said.

If you’re stretching your sea legs and looking to stop for summer grub, our boater-friendly guide is for you. Wheels are welcome, too.

Buffalo

Buffalo Riverworks

359 Ganson St. (342-2292)

Cuisine: Bar and concession.

Where to park: At the 400-foot dock by the General Mills plant and blue silos.

Fee: $10 to park, no time limit; can be used toward purchases of $50 or more.

Peak docking hours: Between 5 and 7 p.m.

Charlie’s Boat Yard

1111 Fuhrmann Blvd. (828-1600)

Cuisine: Classic American eats with a variety of seafood entrees and appetizers.

Where to park: At the restaurant’s 140-foot dock, located to the left of the building.

Fee: Free.

Peak docking hours: Fridays and Saturdays.

Dock help: Dockhands are available from 3 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

During a wait: You can sit in your boat – they’ll call when your table is ready.

Restaurants near Canalside

Info: 574-1537

Where to park: On the waterfront’s dock, which has about 1,000 feet of docking space.

Fee: Rates are for every four hours of docking. For large events and festivals, fees start at $15 for vessels under 29 feet to $20 for vessels 40 feet and longer; $65 for 24 hours.

Non-large-event days: $9 for vessels under 29 feet to $15 for vessels 40 feet and longer; $45 for 24 hours. Add $10 for electricity and water (based on availability).

Peak docking hours: During events.

Templeton Landing

2 Templeton Terrace (852-7337)

Cuisine: Fish-focused American fare.

Where to park: At the restaurant’s dock.

Fee: Free.

Peak docking hours: No peak, boats come and go.

Tonawanda

Isle View Bar and Grill

791 Niagara St., Tonawanda (693-6843)

Cuisine: American comfort.

Where to park: Across the street by Niawanda Park.

Fee: Free for stays up to two hours at the city-owned dock, then $5-$15 depending on size.

Peak docking hours: Weekend.

Mississippi Mudd’s

313 Niagara St., Tonawanda (694-0787)

Cuisine: Comfort favorites, from burgers to fries and ice cream.

Where to park: Across the street by Niawanda Park.

Fee: City owned – free for stays up to two hours, then $5-$15 depending on size.

Peak docking hours: Weekend.

Old Man River

375 Niagara St., Tonawanda (693-5558)

Cuisine: Seafood and barbecue.

Where to park: Across the street by Niawanda park.

Fee: City owned – free for stays up to two hours, then $5-$15 depending on size.

Peak docking hours: Weekend.

River Grill

70 Aqua Lane, Tonawanda (873-2553)

Cuisine: Classic American fare with extensive seafood options.

Where to park: At the restaurant’s dock, which can hold two boats over 30 feet, four boats under 30 feet.

Fee: Free

Peak docking hours: No specific time.

Smoke on the Water

77 Young St., Tonawanda (692-4227)

Cuisine: Barbecue.

Where to park: At the restaurant’s dock.

Price: Free.

Peak docking hours: Weekends between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., fits four to five boats.

Extra: Will run take-out orders to the boat.

Swiston’s

101 Young St., Tonawanda (692-9723)

Cuisine: Beef on weck, wings, chili, fries and beer.

Where to park: At the restaurant’s dock, which extends past the length of the building.

Fee: Free

Peak docking hours: Weekend.

Niagara County

North Tonawanda

Dockside Bar & Grill

153 Sweeney St., North Tonawanda (693-3600)

Cuisine: Casual American fare.

Where to park: Wall of the restaurant stretching out across Erie Canal.

Fee: City owned – free for stays up to two hours, then $5-$15 depending on size.

Peak docking hours: Weekend, holiday and events; can fit hundreds of boats.

LumberJacks Patio and Grill

1000 River Road, North Tonawanda (693-4349)

Cuisine: American comfort, with ice cream, burgers and hot dogs.

Where to park: On the restaurant’s dock next to the marina.

Fee: Free

Peak docking hours: Friday night, but typically does not fill up.

Remington Tavern

184 Sweeney St., North Tonawanda (362-2802)

Cuisine: Seafood and barbecue.

Where to park: Public docking at the canal across the street.

Fee: City owned – free for stays up to two hours, then $5-$15 depending on size.

Peak docking hours: Late afternoon, around 6 p.m.

The Shores

2 Detroit St., North Tonawanda (693-7971)

Cuisine: Fish-focused American menu.

Where to park: At the gasoline dock on the side of the restaurant.

Fee: Free, but first ask attendant to park.

Peak docking hours: Weekend afternoons.

Niagara Falls

Bella Vista, inside the Four Points by Sheraton

7001 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls (299-0344)

Cuisine: Classic Italian food.

Where to park: On the hotel’s dock, which is about as big as the hotel itself.

Fee: Free

Peak docking hours: Thursday to Sunday, mid-afternoon to night.

Lewiston

The Silo

115 North Water St., Lewiston (754-9680)

Cuisine: American-style favorites.

Where to park: The dock across from the restaurant.

Fee: Free for a few hours, then $1 a foot to leave overnight. Call the Village of Lewiston to reserve; 754-8271.

Water Street Landing

115 South Water St., Lewiston (754-9200)

Cuisine: Casual American fare.

Where to park: On the city-owned docks to the right of the restaurant, within walking distance. The other docks are privately owned.

Fee: Free for a few hours, then $1 a foot to leave overnight. Call the Village of Lewiston to reserve; 754-8271.

Peak docking hours: Varies throughout the day.

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