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9 of the Best Restaurants in South Bend

Food is an essential part of every successful vacation. Whether you need a pick-me-up meal to refuel in the middle of the day or want to cap off your evening with an elegant meal in an upscale setting, you’ll find an array of delicious offerings at the best restaurants in South Bend, Indiana. Discover Cajun cuisine to Japanese fusion and everything in between in our burgeoning culinary scene. 

9 Restaurants in South Bend

LaSalle Grill

The LaSalle Grill provides one of the best high-end dining experiences in all of South Bend. This upscale establishment serves up fresh, local seafood, steaks, and many other delicious dinner options on a nightly basis. Try the lobster risotto or the New York Strip Au Poivre for an incredible date night with your special someone. We even offer a dinner package special for this incredible South Bend restaurant.

Café Navarre

Café Navarre is another excellent upscale restaurant in South Bend that is worthy of a night out during your stay at The Oliver Inn. Their ever-changing menu features a mouth-watering array of American classics. Pair one of the seafood or steak dishes with your favorite wine from their extensive beer and wine menus. 

Fiddler’s Hearth Public House

If you’re searching for a local Irish pub, then you need to head over to the Fiddler’s Hearth Public House. This downtown South Bend restaurant has plenty of Notre Dame memorabilia gracing its walls in addition to a menu full of classic bar food in addition to some unique Gaelic eats. The wine, beer, and spirits list is obviously a highlight here. Check their entertainment calendar for live music and festivities!

Tippecanoe Place

Casual dining in an elegant setting is the name of the game at Tippecanoe Place. A lavish 19th-century mansion houses this fantastic restaurant that features traditional American fare with a few twists. You can savor everything from roasted Indiana duck to a pretzel chicken sandwich here. It’s also only a stone’s throw away from The Oliver Inn! 

Chicory Cafe

Cajun cuisine is the staple at Chicory Cafe, where Po Boys, beignets, and other New Orleans favorites highlight the menu. The casual atmosphere makes this a great place to stop in for a lunch break in between exploring all that downtown South Bend has to offer.

Render Kitchen & Bar

This trendy modern restaurant in South Bend is one of the top new additions to the area’s culinary scene. Render Kitchen & Bar offers contemporary eats like beef tenderloin tartare, hamachi crudo, baby octopus, and beef cheek among a delicious array of other menu items. They also have a vegan menu and an extensive drink list. This is one of the most unique dining experiences in our city!


Charcuterie, tapas, wine, and cheese are the staples at this upscale-casual restaurant near the banks of the St. Joseph River. Tapastrie is a great place to grab a drink and some light fare in the early evening before catching a show at the Morris Performing Arts Center next door. 

Carmela’s Restaurant

Carmela’s Restaurant in South Bend offers authentic Italian cuisine inspired by the hills of Tuscany. Homemade pasta is the highlight of the menu, with gnocchi, ravioli, and lasagna being just a few of the tasty classics you’ll find here. 

Woochi Japanese Fusion Bar

If you’re craving sushi, you’ll want to stop by Woochi Japanese Fusion Bar. Savor an array of Japanese favorites at this unique restaurant along North Michigan Street in downtown South Bend. 

Book Your Stay at The Oliver Inn

The Oliver Inn offers the ultimate stay in South Bend. Our rooms feature comfortable beds, beautiful furnishings, and an array of amenities. You can take a stroll and relax on our well-kept grounds and savor the flavors of our fantastic complimentary breakfast before heading out to explore the best that South Bend has to offer. Most of the top attractions in town are within walking distance, so you can see our area favorites without having to drive! Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t get out and explore all of the parks and outdoor attractions around South Bend! Check out our things to do page for a more comprehensive look at what you need to experience during your trip here.

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Book your stay with us today and start planning your trip to our city. We look forward to welcoming you to The Oliver Inn!