About

Casual lakeside dining at its finest.

beautiful lake view from the patio at The Tavern on South Shore

The Tavern on South Shore is a tavern style restaurant that joins local decor with the story of John Jacob Astor, a wealthy fur trader in the early 1800s. The restaurant takes its name from the beautiful Lake Bemidji shoreline that stretches across one’s view over the patio. The Mississippi River and Lake Bemidji are home to a variety of trade routes that once ran through this area during John Jacob’s rise to fame.

Imagine yourself in the great American fur trade where voyageurs paddled across the lakes and rivers, returning to the east coast in canoes loaded with furs. This is our story, where America’s first multi-millionaire meets the frontier.

Today, the Tavern on South Shore continues the rich tradition of local enterprise as a New American Tavern serving classic menus from the Midwest and beyond. An inviting, airy space adorned with historic Bemidji artifacts, The Tavern on South Shore specializes in locally-inspired American cuisine served alongside carefully hand-crafted cocktails and a collection of Minnesota-made craft beers, wines, and spirits.

The Tavern on South Shore invites you to come experience the south shore, where our friendly wait staff are eager to provide an unforgettable dining experience that turns moments into memories. Enjoy the view of the lake and generous happy hours at Bemidji's largest bar and patio to discover new things about people you thought you knew, and those you're getting to know.