Best Game Day Restaurants for Fan-Favorite Eats: 16 Top Game Day Restaurants for Food & Sports by 30Seconds Mom

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Best Game Day Restaurants for Fan-Favorite Eats: 16 Top Game Day Restaurants for Food & Sports

Whether you’re pulling up to the tailgate or catching your team on the TV, having your favorite foods is an essential part of a win-filled game day. Wings, burgers, beer and brats are just a few game day staples today’s sports fanatics have come to know and love. 

So what makes the perfect game day restaurant for ordering in or grabbing some delicious bites on the go? We’ve compiled a list of top-rated restaurants and bars so you can keep your belly full and never miss a minute of the latest match.

1. Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux

Cajun cuisine comes to life at Walk-On’s Louisiana-inspired sports bistreaux. Combining the ideal sports watching experience with fine dining, Walk-On’s is every sports fan’s dream when it comes to catching the big game and chowing down on delicious, darn good cookin’. Each location has 70 TVs, more than 40 beers on tap and servers who love to celebrate the wins with you.

You’ll find Southern staples with a twist like Boom Boom Shrimp, Cajun Quesaux dip, Bayou Pasta, fried catfish and, yes, even alligator. Of course, you can also choose from a wide selection of poboys, hand pattied burgers and mouthwatering tacos. Dine-in or order online to get a taste of authentic Louisiana cooking.

2. Buffalo Wild Wings

The addition of Buffalo Wild Wings to this list may come as no surprise, given that it's one of the most popular chain restaurants in the U.S. Tasty chicken wings and football is a timeless match made in game day heaven, so it’s no wonder that Buffalo Wild Wings is a popular spot.

If you believe that wings should be it’s very own food group, then this is the place to go. Every location has a big-screen TV for those wanting to watch the game, plus many delectable food items to choose from. Try any of their 12 signature sauces, tasty tacos, awesome appetizers, delicious desserts and more.

3. Boston’s Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar

Believe it or not, Boston’s Pizza Restaurant and Sports Bar was founded in Edmonton, Canada – not in Boston, as the name would have you think. But this game day spot still serves up delicious, American-style eats like burgers and wings, as well as Italian classics like pizza and pasta.

What’s great about Boston’s is that every seat is guaranteed a view of the big screen for every fan’s viewing pleasure. Hunker down for some good food, great beer and friendly company. This is a game day spot that can’t be beat. Just look for one of their over 400 locations across the globe.

4. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Family Sports Pub

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s is an Irish-style pub without the outpouring of liquor and wild crowds, making it a family-friendly spot for all sports fans. The menu features your standard American fare – burgers, wings, seafood and the like – so you can find all of your favorites every day of the week.

Sports fans love Beef ‘O’ Brady’s for the fun atmosphere. Sports memorabilia adorns the walls, fans of all ages are welcome and you’ll find plenty of television screens for watching the game. You’ll find over 100 locations around the U.S., with the option to dine-in or order online.

5. Brass Tap Beer Bar

As the name suggests, Brass Tap is primarily a craft beer bar but has expanded to offer a full menu and plenty of HD TVs for those looking to catch the game. You’ll still find their variety of craft beers and original snack menu, but can also indulge in any of their chef-created dishes.

While Brass Tap only has a few locations across the country, it’s worth doing a search to see if one exists near you so you get a chance to visit this ideal game day joint.

6. Native Grill and Wings

Native Grill and Wings is all about the sports, catering to large groups of fans, friends and families. You’ll find a full menu of appetizers, burgers, wings, sandwiches, seafood and desserts to keep your taste buds happy.

As far as atmosphere, it’s pretty much your standard sports bar. But, the food and prices can’t be beat, so this is a great option if you are looking for a great game day restaurant in your area.

7. Rock & Brews

Rock and Brews is another, lesser-known chain restaurant and sports bar that deserves a spot on this list. Boasting great brews (they have a great selection of local beers to choose from) and fantastic food, you won’t be disappointed if you choose to stop in for a game day meal.

What’s better, Rock and Brews hosts a unique rock-n-roll theme, with music-inspired décor and the classics playing in the background. In fact, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the band KISS are two of the founders of this joint, so you know the tunes have got to be good.

8. Joe’s Crab Shack

We’d be remiss if we forgot to add a seafood spot on this list for those looking for something a little different beyond your usual burgers and wings. With over 100 locations, Joe’s Crab Shack is the place to dive into some delicious seafood and catch the bowl games on a big screen.

There’ll be no mistake that you’re in a seafood shack either, with all the seafaring memorabilia to set the mood. Giant sharks, fish, nets and fishing gear adorn the walls, making Joe’s stand out from the other sports-inspired restaurants on this list. Cheer on your favorite team with a cold beer in one hand and a crab leg in the other.

9. Chili’s

While mainstream, Chili’s is a popular game day restaurant for sports fans for good reason. For one, Chili’s has over 1400 locations, making it one of the easiest places to find if you’re trying to catch the game. Plus, their prices are hard to beat – being a large franchise, they can afford to keep their prices low while still offering great quality food.

It’s important to note that most of the TV screens are in the bar area, as not to disturb patrons in the dining room. So, if you are here to watch sports, you’ll likely need to pull up a bar stool to grab a good spot. Or you can choose to order any of their tasty apps, burgers, desserts or drinks to-go so you can chow down on Chili’s in the comfort of your own home.

10. Dave and Buster’s

D&B’s is known not only for it’s famous food and cocktails, but especially for their full-on arcade. While this is certainly the place to be on game day, patrons flock to D&B’s to play games, grab a drink and have a ball. It’s a large space, making it perfect for groups and private events.

This is one place where you can take your family or your sports buddies any day of the week. Try one of their many signature cocktails, hearty beers or mouthwatering food items. The only downside is that there’s just not enough D&B’s to go around; with only 60 locations, you just need to hope that D&B’s has a location near you.

11. Outback Steakhouse

It’s time to go down under with one of America’s favorite Australia-inspired restaurants. While not often thought of a go-to sports-viewing destination, Outback actually offers a cozy (and tasty) environment for sports fans of all varieties.

Come here for juicy steaks, fried onions and ginormous beers to satisfy your appetite and watch sports on one of their many screens. Outback has over 1200 locations, so this is another game day restaurant you should be able to find in your area. You’ll feel like a true Aussie, even as you’re watching American football, burger in-hand.

12. Bar Louie

Bar Louie is for those looking for more of a club atmosphere, with great music and even better conversation. But don’t worry about having to yell across the bar to get a drink – Bar Louie definitely caters to sports fans, offering large plasma screen TVS, tasty brews and amazing eats.

Keep it classy with one of their signature cocktails or get your hands dirty with a big, everything-on-it sandwich. Bar Louie is one part college sports bar, one part hip dive bar and one part chic nightclub. You’re likely to find that “The Original Gastrobar,” as it’s also called, offers something for just about everyone.

13. The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille

Founded in 1976, The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille has truly proven itself to be the “community hangout for all ages.” Not only do they serve fantastic food and drinks, but they boast a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere for sports fans of all walks of life.

The Greene Turtle was first started by sports fans and best buds Steve Pappas and Tommy Dickerson in Ocean City, Maryland. Since then, their franchise has expanded across the U.S., bringing delicious eats and a unique experience to sports lovers everywhere. Dive into their tasty burgers, bowls, tacos, piled-high sandwiches and more.

14. Smokey Bones

What’s game day without some finger lickin’ good BBQ? If you’re in the mood for ribs, wings, burgers and “gourmet mac and cheese,” Smokey Bones is the place to be. This laid-back restaurant chain has over 60 locations across the U.S., most of which are spread across the eastern states.

If you consider yourself to be a bowl-bound fanatic, then you’ll love Smokey Bones for their great food and sports-oriented atmosphere. You’ll find no shortage of TV screens and audio boxes so you don’t miss a second of the big game. You’re also likely to find some amazing specials, like their famous “Ribfeast” and all-day-every-day drink discounts.

15. Champps

If you’re looking for an all-American dining experience, Champps is it. Not only will you be able to chow down on your favorite game day classics, but you’ll have the nostalgic décor to remind you what America – and football – is all about.

Champps has many locations across the U.S., making them an obvious spot for local sports enthusiasts. Whether you want to pull up a stool at the bar or grab a booth with your buds, you’ll always have a view of the screen. When you can’t catch the game in-person, high-definition is the way to go!

16. TGI Friday’s

Thank Goodness It’s Friday, indeed! Whether you are catching the Friday night game – or any other day of the week – TGI Friday’s is a casual, family-friendly spot that can satisfy all your sports-watching needs. It doesn’t hurt that they have great food and budget-friendly prices as well.

TGI Friday’s is on par with Chili’s and the like in that they provide the “trifecta” that all game day watchers want: good food, great atmosphere and prices that won’t break the bank. TGI Friday’s is also great if you are coming with a large group, as you’re likely to find lots of room and the freedom to cheer a little louder, compared to some of the higher-end game day restaurants.

When it comes to game day, you need a restaurant to satisfy all taste buds or at least keep the drinks flowing until the final whistle blows. The best game day restaurant is one that caters to excited sports fans, hosts a friendly atmosphere, offers great brews and has a delicious menu of game day classics as well as unique dishes.

In this guide, we’ve outlined some of our top favorites for when it’s time to grab your next game day meal. Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux offers an experience that ticks all the boxes for fans of all flavors. Stop in to catch the game at one of our many locations or order online to bring the Louisiana cookin’ to you.

This article is sponsored by Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux.

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Elisa Schmitz
Game day restaurants like these make sports even more fun. Thank you for compiling this great list. So good to know they're providing take-out, too. Yum!
Donna John
There's nothing more fun than going to a sports restaurant/bar and watching the game. I had no idea we had Walk-On's in the area! Two of them, both about 30 minutes away (College Station, TX and Spring, TX). Who knew??? On my list to check out!
I’m a huge fan of so many of these restaurants. I hope they all survive the pandemic. Ordering takeout food to support them!
Gwen Johnson
Nachos!! Love watching the games at a sports-themed restaurant and eating a big plate of them. Good times.
Sports are not the same without game day food! 👍
I can't wait to get back to these restaurants. I miss dining out so much.

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