Best Restaurants

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Poconos dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Poconos Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

8 Alaska Pete's
Alaska Pete's has become one of the Pocono's most popular hangouts. This steakhouse boasts a lively atmosphere, an interior dotted with antiques, the thickest and juiciest steaks to be had and some of the best live music around. On Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 7:30pm, a house pianist / vocalist performs to rave reviews; touring groups perform here as well. Order the slow-roasted prime rib of beef or the hefty porterhouse, the house specialty. Plates come loaded, so bring your appetite. (570-223-8575)

7 Andrew Moore's Stone Bar Inn
The who's who among the Pocono set dine at this elegant restaurant near Snydersville. A sophisticated feel pervades the classy dining room that features American cuisine accompanied by a well-thought out wine list, microbrewed beers and outstanding cocktails. The likes of prime black Angus beef, North Atlantic seafood and native game dishes grace the menu. The choicest seats include the chef's table in the provincial kitchen or on the outdoor garden veranda. But, remember to call ahead and make a reservation as all seats get snapped up quickly. (570-992-6634)

6 French Manor
Tucked away on Huckleberry Mountain, this exclusive inn offers diners a meal served in fine style. Elegance and tranquility define the lovely setting for this French manor that includes well-kept lawns and beautiful gardens. The interior of the dining room is exquisite as well with a 40-foot vaulted ceiling and two large fireplaces. The award-winning French cuisine puts diners in a quandary as to what to select as all dishes vie for attention. For example, charbroiled rack of lamb encrusted with goat cheese and almonds and pan-roasted breast of pheasant with dried apricots are two such options. (570-676-3244, 877-720-6095)

5 Barley Creek Brewing Company
A local favorite, this brewpub serves up tasty eats. The structure that houses the brewery is a restored 1800's era farmhouse that sits just off Route 80 at the Tannersville exit. The post-and-beam timber frame building boasts a ten-barrel brewhouse, with brewkettle, mash tun, liquor back and grist mill all visible from the bar's Fermentation Lounge and game room. The menu sports a wealth of options, including appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, pub fare and main entree options. For your main course, try the filet mignon, angel hair pomadora, shrimp scampi or stuffed flounder. (570-629-9399)

4 Big A Grillehouse & Bar
The newest restaurant by the Brandli family is sure to be a Poconos favorite. A grill menu is featured along with Brandli's tender pasta dishes that have won awards and garnered plenty of local attention. Chicken, veal, steak and seafood dishes like Chicken Cacciatore, Veal Parmigiana and Shrimp Scampi round out the offerings. Beer, cocktail and wine options compliment the Italian eats. (570-223-1700)

3 Willowtree Inn
Nestled along the shores of McMichael's Creek, the dining room at Willowtree Inn affords guests lovely views of the river and the resident weeping willow tree. A large window wall brings the outdoors in, and a spacious outdoor deck is perfect for warm evenings. Vaulted ceilings and a casual country feel serve as the backdrop to expertly prepared American cuisine. Try the sirloin steak au bleu, the sole amandine, the jerk chicken or the Yellow Tail Imperial. A welcoming bar beckons guests to order pre-dinner drinks. (570-476-0211)

2 Jorgenson's at the Dimmick Inn
Located at the epicenter of Milford's historic downtown, the prestigious Dimmick Inn dates back to the early 1800s. The inn offers diners a steakhouse dining room as well as a bar area. For starters, order the shrimp cocktail or the vegetable brushchetta and then select a hearty steak or fresh seafood dish such as the classic prime rib or the stuffed shrimp. Outdoor veranda dining makes for perfect warm weather dining, and indoor fireplaces ward off winter chills. (570-296-4021)

1 Peppe's Ristorante
Only the finest Northern Italian and Continental Cuisine comes from the kitchen of this notable Poconos restaurant. Tables are graced with fresh roses, and vaulted ceilings add drama to the interior space. Fresh daily specials keep diners enticed, and the pastry chef tempts taste buds with spectacular creations. A well-rounded menu showcases appetizers, salads, seafood, steak, pasta and poultry options. Those in the know recommend the loin of veal Calabrese, the braised sea scallops and the penne alla vodka. Specialty martinis and a large wine list accompany the menu. (570-421-4460)

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Alaska Pete's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Family Friendly
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - ESP
COST: $$
Andrew Moore's Stone Bar Inn 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Chef's Table
COST: $$$
French Manor 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, French
Dining Options: Live Music
COST: $$$
Barley Creek Brewing Company 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - ESP
COST: $$
Big A Grillehouse & Bar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Italian
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - ESP
COST: $$
Willowtree Inn 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - ESP
COST: $$
Jorgenson's at the Dimmick Inn 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Catering, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
COST: $$
Peppe's Ristorante 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Pastry Chef
Cuisine: Continental, European, Italian
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - ESP
COST: $$