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The best places to wine and dine in Lake Chelan


While it’s a given that Lake Chelan’s natural beauty and breathtaking views are two of its top attractions, the local food and drink scene are also worth your while. As that old saying goes, “the key to a person’s heart is through their stomach.” The following are considered the best restaurants and wineries in Lake Chelan, WA. Good time and satisfied palates, guaranteed.

Lake Chelan Winery

Breathtaking views and specialty wines go hand-in-hand at Lake Chelan Winery, a locally owned and family-run enterprise. While there, you can join a complimentary winery tour (available Tuesdays through Thursdays) and learn more about the winemaking process step-by-step.

But of course, you’re here to drink the wine and eat their BBQ and cheese. Head to the tasting room to be guided through a personalized wine-tasting experience. Their seasonal BBQ in the vineyard is also a must-try; Lake Chelan Winery serves some of the best pulled pork, back ribs, and smoked chicken in town.

Don’t forget to take home the good stuff. Drop by Lake Chelan Cheese to get your fill of gourmet cheese from all over the world. And finally, purchase a bottle or two of your favorite Lake Chelan Winery red or white. Some of their bestsellers include their multi-Gold award wines— the 2018 Malbec and 2018 Meritage.

Vin Du Lac Winery

For an authentic farm-to-table experience, Vin Du Lac Winery has got you covered; their menu highlights seasonal and local produce, with some ingredients taken straight from their own garden. Some of the crowd favorites include their slow-roasted angus beef sandwich and curried Argentinian prawns. Meanwhile, their wines are handpicked from local vineyards, with the bottles produced in small batches. Take your meal and a fine glass of wine in the al fresco dining area with outdoor heated seating to enjoy it with the views of Lake Chelan.

Karma Vineyard

Fine dining and good bubblies are to be had at Karma Vineyard and their on-site restaurant, 18 Brix. There are 14 acres to explore, which includes their award-winning winery on Lake Chelan’s southern shores. Karma Vineyards is famous for their sparkling wine and varietals, such as Gewürztraminer, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier.

At 18 Brix, you can have your favorite bottles of wine with delectable charcuterie platters, cheese plates, and salads. For an intimate dining experience, we recommend reserving a table at their wine cave. Outdoor seating is also available.

Tsillan Cellars

Also located south of Lake Chelan is Tsillan Cellars, known for award-winning estate wines like the 2021 Dolce Donna and 2021 Sempre Amore. Wine-tasting sessions are available everyday in their Tuscan-inspired cellar, richly decorated with Italian marble hand-carved woodwork, and Italian porcelain.

Brunch, lunch and dinner are served at Sorrento Ristorante, located within Tsillan Cellars’ 135-acre estate. One of the top scenic restaurants in the country, we recommend their pan-fried oysters, prime filet steak, and duck risotto. Without a doubt, Tsillan Cellars’ meticulous winery production and luxurious dining experience will keep you coming back for more.

Instead of doing constant day trips to enjoy the best restaurants and wineries in Lake Chelan, set up a vacation residence you can enjoy for the rest of your life. Our team at Coldwell Banker Chelan would love to show you your options. Call 509.682.7777 or send us an email.