Plates and Places: A day-trip to Orchard on Catawba Island

by — Jennifer Alexander Ruple

Fall is here in all its glory. The beauty of the season presents us with great opportunities to hop in our cars and head out for day-trip adventures. 

Catawba Island is an especially gorgeous spot to visit this time of the year. There is something about the afternoon light that sparkles on Lake Erie’s waves as they roll into the shore, providing stunning views around every corner of the road. 

A visit to Orchard Bar and Table and the adjacent Orchard Farm Stand, located at 3266 NE Catawba Rd., provides multiple dining options, a fabulous shopping opportunity, and a lovely spot to relax and enjoy the crisp autumn air while strolling through the property’s vineyards and orchard.

Orchard Bar and Table offers European-inspired American cuisine including an array of seafood dishes, a signature Wagyu Burger, and craft-made cocktails. The restaurant affords a spacious outdoor patio with soothing water features, views of the apple orchard, and live music. Dinner is available Monday through Sunday. Lunch and brunch options are offered on weekends.

At Orchard Farm Stand, which is situated just across the parking lot from the restaurant, visitors will find a unique selection of local produce, honey, jams and jellies, coffee, wine, baked goods, kitchen items, gifts, home décor and more. 

A recent addition to the farm stand is a pizza and sandwich kitchen which features a variety of applewood-fired pizzas, handcrafted sandwiches, wine, ice cream and to-go charcuterie boxes. The farmstand is open seven days a week. 

For hours of operation for Orchard Bar and Table and Orchard Farm Stand, visit their pages on Facebook. 

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