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Located at the gateway of Presque Isle State Park, Sara’s is the must-stop hot spot for great Erie food and a great time. Visitors and locals agree–whether you’re setting out for an afternoon of sun and sand or heading home after a day at the beach, you’ve gotta eat at Sara’s.

Nothing says summer fun like Sara’s Restaurant… we were even selected as the “Fun Food Place to Eat” by WQDE!

Our Story

It was a beautiful spring day, and one of the first days my new ice cream stand, Sara’s, was open.  What could possibly go wrong?  Suddenly, I saw black smoke pouring out of one of the soft serve machines. I began opening the machine to see the problem.  The ice cream was frozen and the belts were stuck!  I reached in to change the bad belts, and then, to my horror, my second and final machine began smoking.  I was finished before my career began!  Devastated and teary eyed, I reached for the phone to call my brother for advice.  Before I could get a word out—crash! —one of my only customers that day crashed into my flagpole causing it to slam into a plate glass window, sending shards of glass everywhere!  I frantically explained to my brother what just happened.  His response: welcome to the business world.  I laughed with tears streaming down my face.  It was year one—1980.  My only employee was Kerry Hughes.  This was how the journey started.

 Why Sara’s?

I had just finished college, and I didn’t know what to do with my life.  My mother, Sara Coyne, then asked me a question that would change my life. What do you think about opening an ice cream stand? Being young and impulsive and without much direction, I naïvely said, “sounds good”. I decided to name my ice cream stand Sara’s after my mother and best friend.  Located at the entrance of Presque Isle State Park, home to beautiful beaches, thick forests, historical lagoons, and magnificent wild life, I couldn’t wait to begin my journey.  It all started slowly, but every year after our first, Sara’s became better and better thanks to the support of our customers and hard-working staff throughout our 35 plus years of business.

Our philosophy and culture

Our goal is to offer the best quality products we can find, while always trying to improve our menu offerings.  We have developed traditional menu items at Sara’s such as our homemade onion rings, homemade zucchini, chargrilled hot dogs, our wide ranging condiment selection, milkshakes with real fruit– not syrups–, and our famous orange sherbet /vanilla soft serve. We try to be unique in our menu and customer experiences while also being as fast and efficient in our service allowing you to spend more time with your friends and family and less time standing in line.

The staff at Sara’s believes, “Food tastes better with a smile.” We want you to laugh, smile, and even shake your head in disbelief. Our goal is to make every customer’s day a little better. Welcome to Sara’s and thanks for spending your precious time with us!!!

Thank you for your support its greatly appreciated.


Sean Candela and staff


WQED Pittsburgh as a “fun food place”

Roads Magazine Link

Backroad Planet Link


2017 Erie’s Choice Awards Best Lunch

2017 Erie’s Choice Awards Best Outdoor Seating

2015 Erie’s Choice Awards Best Ice Cream

Lake Erie Living Magazine 2014 Best of Lake Erie Award

Lake Erie Living Magazine 2015 Best of Lake Erie Award

Lake Erie Living Magazine 2017 Best of Lake Erie Award

Trip Advisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence

Trip Advisor 2015 Certificate of Excellence

Trip Advisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence

Trip Advisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence