Besides the gorgeous scenery, amazing fishing, endless outdoor activities and fun in the sun, the Lake Anna area also offers plenty of dining establishments. Whether you are trying to decide what to pick up for dinner tonight or where to go to finish off your fabulous day on the lake, there is something for you at Lake Anna.

 You’ve probably heard the expression: “Eat where the locals eat.” It’s very good advice worth following! With that in mind here are some the Lake Anna locals’ favorites.

Asian Café

  Craving Sushi? Asian Cafe is located off the 208 bridge at the Lake Anna Plaza. Tie up at the new community floating docks and get some hibachi, sushi, sashimi, and chirashi! The menu features fresh selections with a variety of grilled and raw options, as well as vegetarian choices. At lunch or dinner, try the local Louisa Roll or the chef’s special fried jalapeno appetizer. Sit inside or out on the patio while enjoying the views of the Lake Anna Yacht Club and lake.  The Sushi Boat is a local challenge to eat! Located at 200 Lake Front Drive, Mineral, VA 23117 (540) 894-9899

Callie Opie’s Orchard

  Callie Opie’s Orchard sets the standard for upscale dining at Lake Anna. The menu features traditional American cuisine often with a Mediterranean flair. This country chic restaurant is housed in a timber-framed building with an adjacent well-equipped, modern barn that is a large event space for weddings, holiday parties, and entertainment. 

  The menu changes seasonally with locally sourced produce and meats that typically offers gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan selections. The half-priced burger night during the offseason is a local favorite. Live music if often available on weekends.

  Grab a seat on the patio or enjoy a finer dining experience in the dining room. Callie Opie’s also offers on-site catering services. Callie Opie’s Orchard is located near the intersection of Route 522 and Chopping Road just down the street from Dickenson’s Country Store at 4533 Zachary Taylor Hwy, Mineral, VA. (540) 894-4343.

Century Farm Market

  Just up Rt. 522 locals and visitors will find Century Farm Market. This family owned and operated farm to table business is housed in a beautiful wooden building and features not only produce but the locally famous Century Farms Tomahawk steaks, chorizo, brats and grillers, hand-dipped ice cream from Richlands Creamery, tasty Nightingale ice cream sandwiches and slushies!

 Other local favorites include Cowpuccino milk products (half and half, whole, 2% and chocolate), Kunzler bacon, Bumpass Honey Works honey. (540) 748-4050

Country Boys BBQ

  Make the short drive to the nearby Town of Louisa and discover lip-smackin’ good pork and chicken BBQ, brisket, ribs and more slow-smoked over a real wood open fire. 

    Meats are served as is due to the intense flavorings. Sides like mac and cheese, collard greens, green beans, cucumber salad, baked beans, tater tots, onion rings, regular or spicy slaw and more compliment your meal. Eat in or take it home! There’s even bulk pulled pork and chicken, ribs and brisket. If you think you can handle it, try the Just Smoke it Challenge of Buffalo tater tots, sweet fire hush puppies, hot mango wings, smoked pulled pork or chicken sandwich drenched in hot sauce and a foundtain drink! 121 West Main Street, Louisa, Virginia (540) 500-9778.

Coyote Hole 

  In addition to great cider, Coyote Hole has a chef and expanded menu for the 2023 season with their Kraft Kitchen serving hearty breaksfast sandwiches, (weekends), and area favorites like wings, various flatbreads, paninis, wraps, subs, giant prezels and an amazing charcuterie board. Pair any of these with a massive selection of ciders brewed on site.. Seasonal ciders are availabe as are Coyote Hole’s famous apple cider donuts!

  Also new to Coyotel Hole Craft Beverages this season is a line of locally produced beers and soon, wine.

   You can enjoy all this indoor or outdoor, often while listening to great, live music. 225 Oak Grove Rd., Mineral, VA.  (540) 894-1053.

Cream & Caffeine

   Lake Anna’s coffee shop located inside Lake Anna Taphouse offers all your favorites plus some you might like to try including lattes, macchiatos, cappuccinos, espressos, Americano, Cortado, frozen coffee as well as drip and cold brew coffee. Light pastry breakfast items are available here, for a tasty morning treat before you hit the water. The whole family will enjoy the real dairy soft serve ice cream also served here. Just step up to the order window and pick your flavor. This is a boat-in or drive-in carry-out window. 208 Lake Front Dr, Mineral, VA.

The Cove at LKA

  Another great place to boat to is The Cove at Lake Anna located at Hunter’s Landing on the upper Pamunkey Branch.

  Visitors will enjoy sitting outside on the upper deck or on the tiki bar patio – both venues are a great way to enjoy a cold drink and a good meal. 

   The Cove’s menu is extensive so anyone will find something, and we love their burgers and wings. The nachos are also a great snack to share or eat yourself. Try Blackbeard’s Platter with Cannonballs and Mermaid Juice!

  The bar offers all your favorites on tap as well as bottled beverages and hand-mixed cocktails.

  DC sports fan? Catch a game at the tiki bar. There is also a convenience store with quick grab-and-go options including subs, pizzas, soft-serve ice cream, and more. As well as gas for both boats and cars, including ethanol-free gas. This is a boat-in dining option and is located at 6320 Belmont Road, Mineral, VA. (540) 854-7000.

Dickinson’s Store

  Dickinson’s Store is located at the intersection of Rt. 522 and Rt. 208. and provides customers with breakfast, lunch and dinner items, groceries, fresh coffee, Lake Anna souvenirs, fishing supplies and much more. You can gas up your boat while the deli serves up one of their daily specials, Champs Chicken is also a favorite option at Dickinson’s and includes some of the tastiest fried chicken, tenders, and poppers you’ll ever put in your mouth. The coffee bar serves gourmet brews. On those hot summer days, take your time shopping for your favorite domestic, imported and microbrewery beers in the Lake Anna area’s only Beer Cave that is stocked daily and kept refreshingly cold. You’ll find an excellent selection of craft beer here as well. Dickinson’s Store is open daily from 6 am until 9 pm. 5072 Zachary Taylor Hwy, Mineral, VA 23117. (540) 894-5769

Elk Creek Country Store

 Another one of the lake’s oldest gathering places, Elk Creek Store on Kentucky Springs Road (Rt. 652) has new upgrades. Everyone loves the new Perfectly Southern fried chicken/food bar and the weekly specials. Elk Creek Breakfast sandwiches and biscuits have fueled many an early morning fishing trip. The Elk Creek Club is a classic that contains turkey, ham, lettuce, tomato, American and swiss cheese and makes a hearty lunch after a morning wake surfing on the “hot” side. The new pork roll sandwich has locals lining up each morniung.

  The deli is always open for your order and many folks will call ahead and grab their meal as they stop in for boat fuel. 5224 Kentucky Springs Rd, Bumpass, VA. (540) 872-3275.

El Gran Patron

  This is Lake Anna’s newest restaurant, opening in the fall of 2022 down lake next to the dam. 

  Visitors will enjoy the nicely done interior dining room and bar and a patio with one of the best views on Lake Anna.

   The margaritas are massive and come in a variety of flavors, there’s XX Ambar Especial on tap and a menu that features all your Mexican favorites plus some specialty dishes inlcuding the impressive Molecajete. The fried chimichanga is a local favorite as are the fajitas. 

  Choose to a Pick 2 or 3 for lunch and enjoy your choice of beef or chicken taco, enchilada, burrito, quesadilla or chili relleno.

  Be sure and say “hello” to Tomato and all the friendly staff when you visit!  349 Pleasants Landing Rd, Bumpass, VA. (540) 205-3005.

Everleigh Vineyard

   Everleigh Vineyards & Brewing Company is the newest addition to the trail. Lake visitors will want to put this one on their list and stop in for an afternoon of tasting wine, cider and beer at a truly amazing indoor and outdoor two-story venue overlooking the vineyard and stunning sunsets. 

  Everleigh wines are produced from 100% estate grown grapes and the talents of Michael Hen of Wineworks Extended. The Fwine slushee is another in-house specialty drink visitors to Everleigh will want to enjoy on hot afternoons.The family also brews a variety of beers on site. (804) 356-0059.

Farmer’s Family

    One local farm family has brought back fresh produce to the Lake Anna community.

  The Rigsby family is one of a handful of native locals that continue to farm generational lands around the lake. Mariann Rigsby is the owner/operator of The Farmer’s Family produce stand now open on 1019 Mansfield Road, just off Rt. 522 near Wares Crossroads. Rigsby opened the stand (then called The Farmer’s Daughter) originally five years ago but during Covid shut it down. This season will mark the return of the popular stand. (540) 967-7476.

Fifty-Third Winery

    53rd Winery and Vineyard of Virginia was licensed as the 53rd Virginia Farm Winery in July of 1999. The facility is nestled among rolling hills in a traditional farming community. 

  The winery now consists of 103 acres with 22 acres planted to different varietals. The goal of owners, David and Susan Drillock, is to create quality wines that express their varietal character including Albarino, Cabernet Franc, Chardonel, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, Vidal Blanc and Viognier. Future plantings will include Chamborcin and Vignoles. (540) 894-1536.

Hunter’s Landing at The Cove

  This on-the-water convenience store is the place to go in the Pamunkey Branch with deli sandwiches, ice cream and pizza. A massive bank of coolers house a dizzying array of cold drinks and adult beverages. You can pull into the numerous open slips, fuel up the boat and send the young ‘uns up the hill for ice cream! 6320 Belmont Rd, Mineral, VA 23117 (540) 854-7007.

Lake Anna Brewing Co.

   When you want to try some of the finest craft beers made at a lakeside location you’ll want to put Lake Anna Brewing Co. on your list of Lake Anna culinary must-do’s. Brewmaster Brian Gilbreth and his collaborators are crafting some truly special beers including porters, ales and stouts with a variety of complimentary flavors. 

 A full menu of pub grub can be paired with the beers like wings, pretzels, fries, burgers, tacos and more. 208 Lakefront Drive, Mineral, VA. (540) 634-7500.

Lake Anna Taphouse

   What’s a good beer without food, right? Lake Anna Taphouse’s menu features LKAer favorites like chicken wings, hand-twisted pretzels, the incredible potato tornado, jalepeno poppers, more fried bites than you’ll find at the state fair, funnel fries, loaded fries, chicken salad croissant, pork sliders, pork tacos, loaded nachos, a charcuterie board and more to go with over 35 beers. The totally new “Back Yard” is lakefront with turf, long views, giant chess, firepits, umbrellas and cornhole sets for your party. Drive-in or boat-in, there are plenty of free boat slips available. Located lakeside at 208 Lakefront Drive, Mineral, VA. (540) 634-7500.

The Mad Batter

  Lake Anna’s bakery is located in the nearby Town of Mineral. The Mad Batter offers freshly made cakes, cookies muffins, innovative cupcakes and custom cakes for weddings, anniversaries and other special occasions. Hours are M-F 10a-6p and Sat. 9a-7p. Located a short drive from the lake at 121 Mineral Ave., Suite B, Mineral, VA.

Mineral Brewing

   Coyote Hole Craft Beverages began its newest venture, Mineral Brewing last winter. This exciting development for the lake comes as part of Coyote Hole’s commitment to expanding its portfolio of exceptional craft beverages. The new brewery and tasting room is conveniently housed within Coyote Hole’s main production and tasting room,

  Mineral Brewing creates an innovative and diverse range of craft beers that tantalize the taste buds of beer enthusiasts and novices alike. With a dedication to sourcing only the finest ingredients and employing masterful brewing techniques, the brand seeks to craft beers that embody both quality and creativity.    

 The tasting room provides visitors with an immersive experience, allowing them to savor the unique flavors and aromas while enjoying the scenic beauty of the Lake Anna region.

  While you taste, enjoy yard games, picnic tables or kick around a ball in the field. Coyote Hole’s Kraft Kitchen also has a variety of menu options for weekend brunch, lunch and dinner. See their website for hours.

Moo Thru

  Inspired by the original located on Rt. 29 just outside of Warrenton, the Lake Anna Moo Thru features ice cream made from natural ingredients including milk from the original family farm. Since this ice cream shop is located at The Boardwalk on Lake Anna you can boat in with your crew of hungry folks and enjoy some seriously huge waffle cones and heaping scoops of homemade, fresh ice cream, milkshakes, sundaes and pints to go. The owners and their local staffers for this season are looking greatly forward to your visit. 200 Boardwalk Way, Mineral, VA. (540) 661-6401.

New Bridge Market & Deli

  Mr. Dave and his staff are up the earliest for breakfast at the lake. Stop in for traditional breakfast sandwiches early and then tasty fried chicken or deli sandwiches for lunch. There’s also fresh-brewed coffee and plenty of convenience store snacks. 2983 New Bridge Rd., Mineral, VA. (540) 894-0003.

Sabor A Mexico

   Sabor a Mexico is an adorable cantina in the shopping center at the stoplight in Mineral with authentic and flavorful Mexican food. Local favorites are the carnitas, tamales, and enchiladas because the portions are large at an affordable price. They don’t skimp on the chips and salsa, so be prepared with your favorite cerveza. 201 Mineral Ave, Mineral. (540) 894-5500.

Smokin’ Eddie’s BBQ

  When your mouth waters for BBQ look no further than Smokin’ Eddie’s in nearby Louisa. This long-time BBQ joint serves smoked baby back ribs, smoked chicken, brisket, hickory smoked pork BBQ by the meal or by the pound to go. The Family 4 Pack is a popular option with a pound of BBQ, two large sides and four buns. All sides are homemadet including hush puppies, mac & cheese, fries, baked beans and onion rings. 213 W. Main St. Louisa. (540) 967-1990.

Tasty Crab Seafood 

& Chinese Restaurant

  Tasty Crab Seafood & Chinese Restaurant, is an independent, locally-owned restaurant, specializing in the finest seafood, Chinese dishes and Ramen noodles. Featuring Vietnamese pho, seafood buckets, and stir-fried noodles. 

  Their Ramen dishes allow customers to experience authentic Japanese cuisine.They also offer many Chinese dishes considered the best at Lake Anna. Located at 200 Lake Front Drive, #101, Mineral, VA  23117 (540) 894-0007.

Tavern on the Rail

  Tavern on the Rail and Back 40 Event Barn is a unique and special dining establishment.  

  The 1837 building, a Nationally Registered Historic Landmark, was restored by owner Melody Bowers. The upstairs offers upscale yet relaxed dining.  The downstairs is welcoming and cozy for casual dining or a quick bite.  The restaurant is open Friday and Saturday 11:am – 2:30 pm for lunch and the gift shop and deli open until 5:30pm. Dinner is served Saturday 5p-9p. 

  Visitors will enjoy the beauty of a 170-year-old general store that has been restored to a rustic, yet elegant atmosphere. 

  The Back40 Event Barn at Tavern is back this year and the perfect place for a special event, dinner or wedding with one of the lake’s most unique settings.  

  Tavern On The Rail is located only minutes away from Lake Anna. 81 Tavern Rd Mineral, on Rt 618 in Fredericks Hall, 5.5 miles east of Mineral in Louisa County. (540) 872-7245

Tim’s at Lake Anna

  Tim’s at Lake Anna is the go-to local spot for seafood and fun mixed drinks! Their popular “Killa Driller” is a fan-favorite cocktail—named for that pesky hydrilla. Its recipe is top secret—they’ll never tell! 

  Have a “C.O.W.” with Tim’s cocktail of the week—delicious new concoctions available every week! 

  Kick off your meal with some “Lures and Nibbles” such as homemade crab dip or fried crab balls. Don’t miss out on their seafood platters or something from the steamer. For the land lubbers, their fried pickles and ½ lb. burgers are good eatin’. 

  Tim’s has a full steamer kitchen and offers Chesapeake Bay blue crabs in season by the dozen.

  Tim’s at Lake Anna’s inside dining room is the place to catch a sporting event on one of the many TVs or to try any of the “Top 44 at the Shore” specialty beverages at their indoor tiki bar. 

  The massive outdoor deck overlooking the lake is considered a Lake-Anna-must-do. 

 Located in the North Anna side of the up lake region, at the Lake Anna Boardwalk, Tim’s is great for both sea and land lubbers with boat and road access. 

  Check out Tim’s daily food specials on Facebook. 200 G Boardwalk Wy, Mineral, VA. (540) 894-5011.

Vito’s Italian Restaurant 

& Grill

  This family-owned eatery is located at Lake Anna Plaza on the Louisa side of the Rt. 208 bridge offering diners several seating options, both indoor and al fresco, two bars and a beautiful deck (The Lounge) that overlooks the lake.

   Rosie Taormina is at the restaurant daily making sure his extensive menu is prepped and ready for lunch and dinner service. Visitors can choose from pizza, pasta, burgers, stromboli, calzone, salads, and panini sandwiches (great to take in the boat). Pasta specialties are many and include lasagna, tortellinis, Gnocchi Al la Vito featuring penne pasta in olive oil with fresh tomatoes, feta cheese and topped with fresh basil, Linguini ala Leo featuring pasta in Alfredo sauce with spinach, tomato, crab meat and a hint of Old Bay seasoning. You are also encouraged to create your own, custom pasta dish!

   Head upstairs and enjoy one of the best views of Lake Anna of any restaurant. This is a second story patio bar with indoor and outdoor seating options that offers it’s own bar menu as well as the full menu from Vito’s. 

  The Lounge offers visitors high tops, regular tables, even outdoor couches for a relaxing dining atmosphere. They have a full bar with a number of hand-crafted specialty drinks and a selection of premium cigards. 

  Evenings on The Lounge deck are filled with specialty drinks, live music performances and an incredible view of the lake. 200 Lakefront Dr., Mineral, VA. (540) 894-4440.