34 Best Restaurants in the Catskills

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These are the best places to eat in The Catskills

I love Phoenicia Diner on Rte 28 for a glorious post-hike chow. So many great dishes, and their Bourbon Milkshake is such a fantastic adult treat. Dixon Roadhouse in Woodstock (run by the same people) is a little off the beaten path for hikers but definitely worth the extra few minutes in the car for a solid post-hike chow.

Circle W Market in Palenville is a superb place to pick up food before you hit the hills. Their sandwiches are hefty enough for two people to share for lunch, or for one person planning a long day on the trail. Their coffee game is strong, too.

The wood-fired pizza dough at Okaley’s in Arkville is almost naan-like in its texture and deliciousness.

I recently had the best falafel at The Pines in Mount Tremper.

Okay, hope you enjoy this list…


The Best Diners, Pizzerias, Smokehouses, Restaurants, Burger Joints, German and Mexican Restaurants, Cafés and Donut Shops in the Catskills

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Route 28: Boiceville, Mt Tremper, Phoenicia, Big Indian, Arkville

Great if you’re heading to Balsam Lake, Slide, Panther, Wittenberg, Peekamoose, Table, etc.

These locations are listed as they appear on Route 28 as you drive east to west.


East Catskills: Kingston, Woodstock, Saugerties

Great if you’re heading to Overlook or the Eastern Devil’s Path: Indian Head, Twin, Plateau, Sugarloaf, etc.


Tannersville: Devil’s Path

Great if you’re heading to Indian Head, Twin, Plateau, Sugarloaf, Hunter, West Kill. (Also good if you’re hitting the Eastern Devil’s Path when Platte Clove Rd is closed in Winter.)


Northern Catskills: Palenville, Hunter, West Kill, Windham

Great if you’re heading to West Kill, Windham, Blackhead, Black Dome, etc. (Also good if you’re hitting the Eastern Devil’s Path when Platte Clove Rd is closed in Winter.)


Western Catskills: Livingston Manor, Roscoe

Great if you’re heading to Balsam Lake Mountain, Willowemoc Wild Forest, Finger Lakes Trail, Trout Pond, etc. I don’t get out to this part of the Catskills much so thank you to Ralph Bressler of CatskillHiker.net for these solid recommendations.

BTW, here’s my list of Amazing Western Catskills Hikes.

  • The Smoke Joint in Livingston Manor Great brisket and ribs. Take out or dine outside. Quick service.
  • Upward Brewing Company in Livingston Manor A brewery with outstanding burgers. The beers are all brewed on site.
  • The Arnold House in Livingston Manor Pub downstairs is for casual dining and a brew. Upstairs dining room offers a great skirt steak.
  • The Kaatskeller in Livingston Manor
  • Catskill Brewery in Livingston Manor
  • Neon Croissant in Livingston Manor “The best croissants I’ve ever had” / Always busy on weekends.
  • The Walk In / Stumble Out in Livingston Manor Day: “Amazing southern biscuit sandwiches” / Evening: “Craft cocktails and beer, nice wines, and great post-hike fare.”
  • The Junction in Roscoe People rave about this place
  • Roscoe Diner in Roscoe A Sullivan County tradition with an enormous menu. Fabulous deserts.
  • Rockland House in Roscoe Sit down dining outside or get take out. Prime Rib is the star.
  • The Courtyard in Roscoe

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13 responses to “34 Best Restaurants in the Catskills

  1. J&J Smokehouse BBQ on Main St. in town of Catskill is really good too! The Piggy Pie was delicious.

  2. Brandenburg Bakery in Livingston Manor 🤤🤤🤤 everything I’ve tried there was soooo good.

  3. The Smoke Joint – Livingston Manor
    Great brisket and ribs. Take out or dine outside. Quick service. Great for after a long hike in the Willowemoc Wild Forest.

    Rockland House – Roscoe
    Sit down dining outside or get take out. All the food is good but the Prime Rib is the star along with the salad bar. Great place to relax after putting in some miles on the FLT.

    Roscoe Diner – Roscoe
    A Sullivan County tradition with an enormous menu including Greek items. Fabulous deserts. Great for after your hike at Trout and Mud Ponds.

    Spiro’s Countryside – Roscoe
    Bring your own alcohol but the food is great and inexpensive. Greek specialties mixed with American cuisine. Vist here after a trip to Huggins Lake or Split Rock.

    Upward Brewery – Livingston Manor
    A brewery with outstanding burgers. The beers are all brewed on site and are sure to please. Stop by after hiking to the fire tower on Balsam Lake Mountain

    The Arnold House – Livingston Manor
    The Pub is downstairs for casual dining and a brew. The upstairs dining room offers a great skirt steak. Realx after hiking at Big Pond and Little Pond.

    1. In Livingston Manor 3 new places opened within the last year or so: The Walk In has amazing southern biscuit sandwiches and the Neon Croissant bakery has the best croissants I’ve ever had! The Walk In turns into the Stumble Out bar at night and offers craft cocktails and beer, nice wines, and great post-hike fare.

  4. The Smoke Joint – Livingston Manor
    Rockland House – Roscoe
    Roscoe Diner – Roscoe
    Spiro’s Countryside – Roscoe
    Courtyard – Roscoe
    Upward Brewary – Livingston Manor
    The Arnold House – Livingston Manor
    The DeBruce – Livingston Manor

    Just to name a few

    1. This is so helpful. What do you like about each of these locations, for hikers especially? (The list is focused on hiker eats, and is not meant to be a comprehensive directory of every eatery in the Catskills, so a note about a few of those places would help me decide what should get included…)

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