By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published May 06, 2021 at 3:16 PM

Sunny weather and longer days are coming. And with those things comes the return of al fresco dining.

Among the many restaurants preparing to offer patio dining are the Bartolotta Restaurants, which will be reopening patios at three of their restaurants beginning on Wednesday, May 12.

Whether you’re looking for seafood with unmatched lake views, cozy steak nights beside an outdoor fireplace or Italian fare in an environs that whisks you off to the climes of Italy, there’s a patio to match your desires. 

Harbor House
550 N. Harbor Dr., (414) 395-4900

Harbor House patioX

Harbor House’s well known lakefront patio, with gorgeous views of the skyline and art museum features a full bar,  Adirondack chairs and a New England inspired menu of fresh seafood headed up by Executive Chef John Korycki.

Mr. B's  - A Bartolotta Steakhouse
18380 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield, (262)  790-7005

Mr. B's Steakhouse patioX

Cozy vibes are also waiting at Mr. B’s – A Bartolotta Steakhouse, which sports a beautifully  redecorated patio space with updated linens, live greenery and a large outdoor fireplace for chilly summer evenings. The ambiance is paired with one of the most extensive steak selections in the area, as well as reimagined steakhouse classics from Executive Chef Amanda Langler.

Ristorante Bartolotta
7616 W. State St., Wauwatosa, (414) 771-7910

La Terrazza at Ristorante BartolottaX

The charm of the Wauwatosa Village meets Italy at La Terrazza, the well-appointed patio at Ristorante Bartolottas dal 1993, long known for its impeccable service and regional Italian menu, which features regional menus in their “Un Viaggio in Italia” (Tour of Italy) series, which offers something new to try every three weeks, including handmade pastas and rustic dishes from Executive Chef Juan Urbieta. Sidewalk patio seating is also available.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.