Named by Food and Wine Magazine as one of the six “best little food towns,” Cooperstown has a lot to offer with its culinary scene. When visiting Cooperstown, you will find there is no shortage of good places to eat. Whether you are looking for a casual spot to dine with the entire family or a romantic dinner for two, there are plenty of restaurants in Cooperstown to choose from. So, pull up a seat and discover some of our favorite restaurants below.
Nicoletta’s Italian Café
Located along Cooperstown’s quaint Main Street and walking distance from The Inn at Cooperstown, Nicoletta’s Italian Café is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike. With a family-style dining atmosphere with a hand-picked menu of authentic Italian cuisine that features fine cuts of meat, seafood, and pastas, plus an extensive wine list.
This family-run Italian restaurant helped to put Cooperstown on the map in the food world with its unique takes on your favorite Italian foods. Indulge in pastas, paninis, and pizza from their woodfired oven.
Mel’s at 22
Serving up classic American cuisine in an intimate and stylish setting, Mel’s at 22 is one of the best restaurants in Cooperstown. Enjoy eats like tequila scallops, steaks, seafood, and more from their dinner menu. On the lighter side, try their lunch menu, featuring soups, salads, burgers, plus sandwiches and wraps. But don’t forget about their signature cocktail menu that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Council Rock Brewing
A local brewery with a food problem. Not only does Council Rock Brewing serve up tasty brews, but they also dish out one of the best food menus around. With an elevated take on bar food classics like their signature garlic-pesto fries, salads, brie burger, and signature bratwurst, all of which pair nicely with one of their brews.
For a casual setting and good food, check out the classic Doubleday Café. Serving up American-style cuisine, pub grub, and beer, both the food and atmosphere are casual and comfortable. Down the street from the Baseball Hall of Fame, the café offers burgers, sandwiches, soups, Mexican easts, plus a nice selection of drinks, wine, and beer.
Alex & Ika
For a bit more of an upscale dining experience, check out Alex and Ika. This cozy bistro focuses on international dishes with food items ranging from Hong Kong pork belly steamed buns and Thai curry to Mexican tacos and a Moroccan tagine. So, grab your passport and enjoy a taste around the world at Alex and Ika.
If you plan to visit the Fenimore Art Museum, then you should also plan on a light lunch at the Fenimore Café. Choose from a selection of homestyle soups, sandwiches, and wraps, which all pair nicely with a glass of wine or local brew. But what makes dining here even better, is the café’s location on the beautiful garden terrace.
Stay at The Inn at Cooperstown
Dine at these delicious restaurants in Cooperstown and start your day off right with a complimentary breakfast when you stay at The Inn at Cooperstown. Choose from a custom-blended, locally roasted coffee selection, a variety of cereals and granola, plus fresh fruit and more. Enjoy breakfast in one of our two beautifully decorated dining rooms and soak up the charm of our inn as you set out on your adventures for the day.