Outdoor dining guide
Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Sept. 4, 2017 at 2:06 p.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.
Milwaukee Waterfront Deli
761 N. Water St., (414) 220-9300
One of Downtown's hottest lunch destinations, Waterfront Deli's home in an original 1868 building serves up a historical flair with a quick, quality lunch. Gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, breakfasts and even caviar make the patio dining overlooking Water Street a pure pleasure.
1307 E. Brady St., (414) 271-7337
Along with an extensive Italian wine list, Mimma's dishes up authentic cuisine from all different regions of Italy. You could order the insalata capricciosa or the capelli d'angelo ai gamberi pomodori e capperi, both of which are assured to be tasty, mouthwatering and satisfying. If you can't figure out what they are, you'll just have to go there and let your taste buds do the guessing work.
Mo's Irish Pub
10842 W. Bluemound Road, Wauwatosa, (414) 774-9782
142 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 272-0721
Both Mo's locations offer a quality pint and delicious pub fare, including a variety of Irish-inspired American dishes, including the reuben quesadillas and cheeseburger shalaylees. Both sites feature breezy, open patios.
O'Lydia's Irish Pub
338 S. 1st St., (414) 271-7546
O'Lydia's already legendary open air patio opens just as soon as spring makes an appearance. Grab a drink at the enclosed patio bar as you enjoy the specialty pub grub, or check out the dinner specials for more substantial fare.
The Outsider at The Kimpton Journeyman Hotel
310 E. Chicago St., (414) 291-3980
Enjoy a breathtaking view of the city from The Outsider's 9th floor rooftop patio. This Kimpton venue offers up a full range of drinks including Mediterranean inspired craft cocktails, along with pizza delivery and a small plates menu from Tre Rivali.
North Star American Bistro
4518 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 964-4663
The Shorewood bistro shares a courtyard with the Thief Wine Shop and Bar next door. Stop by for a meal, or head next door for North Star apps and a glass of wine.
Oscar's Pub & Grill
1712 W. Pierce St., (414) 810-1820
Oscar's offers more than a stellar burger selection and unique topping combos. The elevated patio also gives diners a great al fresco dining option not far from the bustling Marquette area.
2352 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 763-5881
Odd Duck's uses local ingredients within their menu that offers tasty small plates, sandwiches, cocktails. The restaurant is vegan and vegetarian friendly.
776 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 272-6896
Ouzo Café serves lunch, dinner and late night eats available either in-house or for carryout. The menu features classic, affordable Greek dishes, all of which are completely homemade down to the signature yogurt sauce.
2491 S. Superior St., (414) 747-1007
Palomino is an old-school tavern with modern style. Great music and a deep-fried menu (with plenty of vegan options) round out this home to the punk rock cowboy.
Panga Bar & Grill
34422 Delafield Rd., Oconomowoc, (262) 337-9550
This small bar and grill on the bank of Nemahbin Lake outside Oconomowoc in the village of Summit is worthy of your lake day.
7606 W. State St., (414) 443-0800
Located in downtown Tosa, this place is a marked departure from the Bartolotta group's signature fine dining eateries. This "little pizzeria" venture is a pocket-sized treasure that combines the positive aspects of a chain restaurant – fast, good and inexpensive – with a unique, atmosphere and wood-burning oven.
Port of Call Bistro & Beer Garden
106 W. Wells St., (414) 273-7678
Located on the Riverwalk, Port of Call offers a great patio and a solid lunch menu. It still feels like it's in the heart of Downtown, but isn't bothered with all of the Downtown madness.Ristorante Bartolotta
7616 W. State St., Wauwatosa, (414) 771-7910
Bartolotta's theme is "cucina rustica," which focuses on country recipes utilizing the freshest of ingredients. Menu items include wood-fired pizzas, pastas and panini sandwiches at lunch and veal, meat and seafood dishes at dinner.
Riverfront Pizzeria Bar & Grill
509 E. Erie St., (414) 277-1800
This Third Ward restaurant offers great dockside dining. It also has a series of boat slips to pull your vessel right up!
Rock Bottom Brewery
740 N. Plankinton Ave., (414) 276-3030
The Rock Bottom chain of brewpubs has more than made its mark in Milwaukee. Perched upon the Riverwalk along one of its most scenic strips, Rock Bottom is a perfect stop for lunch, dinner or a quick handcrafted brew. A good-time atmosphere fills the patio every night.
2613 E. Hampshire Ave., (414) 964-2611
It's like stepping into a little bit of Italy at Sala. The seafood, pasta creations, carpaccio and daily specials are always great. Delicious homemade desserts like cheesecake and tiramisu accompanied by an espresso or lemoncello are sure crowd-pleasers at this East Side ristorante and deli.
SandBar Sports Pub
W278 N2315 Prospect Ave., Pewaukee, (262) 696-4578
Overlooking scenic Pewaukee Lake, SandBar Sports Pub is the ideal spot for lunch with the family, a night out for the big game, a celebratory dinner with the team or just to stop by for a drink after work. With seating inside and out, nightly specials and four public boat slips, SandBar is a hit for both the daytime and evening crowds.
106 W. Seeboth St., (414) 763-1637
Get your sushi or Asian cuisine fix out in the fresh air on Screaming Tuna's scenic patio. Located directly on the river, the bistro makes open-air dining a breeze – you can park your boat on our docks and walk right up to our patio.
Stubby's Pub & Grub
2060 North Humboldt Ave., (414) 763-6324
Stubby's offers guests an experiential atmosphere that boasts an eclectic and affordable menu and an energetic bar environment featuring 53 craft beers on draft.
217 N. Broadway, (414) 431-7944
Swig features small plate dining as well as full specialty entrees, salads, desserts and a full bar. In the warm months, outdoor seating in the heart of the Third Ward is a one-of-a-kind experience.
5151 Timmer Bay Road, West Bend, (262) 338-7710
Savor this West Bend restaurant's seasonal fare while enjoying the up north-esque feel of its landscaped patio.
Trinity Three Irish Pubs
125 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 278-7033
A large patio, fountains and Irish fare await you at Trinity Three Irish Pubs. The open-air seating is ample and welcome – especially on weekend nights – when the bar really gets packed, but for casual daytime dining it offers a refreshing lunch or dinner option.
Silver Spring House
6655 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale, (414) 352-3920
There's nothing quite like the historic Silver Spring House. Nestled in the North Shore, it's been a meeting place since the 1800s. A true classic roadhouse, you'll love the oak bar, wood floors and rustic patio at the "Spring House."
209 W. Florida St., (414) 270-1040
Soup for you! Far from Seinfeld's Soup Nazi, Soup Bros. serves up soup with a smile in Walker's Point on Second and Florida Streets, just four blocks north of National. Soups change daily and are made with only the freshest ingredients. There's variety aplenty at Soup Bros., and all soup is served with freshly baked bread and a Dum-Dum sucker.
2499 N. Bartlett Ave., (414) 964-8377
A large backyard patio is a terrific place to dine in summer. The waitstaff is friendly and the food is interesting, attractively presented and delicious. There are fish, chicken, pasta and steak dishes, as well as salads, soups and a range of appetizers like crab cakes, baked Brie, seafood martinis and more.
5080 S. 108th St., Hales Corners, (414) 425-7150
Though it's just off Highway 100, you'd think you had stepped into an Italian courtyard at That's Amore. The patio features a picturesque, garden-like atmosphere.
249 N. Water St., (414) 431-1133
Water Buffalo's two-story terrace is one of the restaurant's biggest draws. Perched along the Riverwalk, the large patio offers great views of the city at night while providing the perfect sanctuary to enjoy your meal.
Water Street Brewery
2615 Washington St., Grafton, (262) 375-2222
The brew pub's other location adds open-air dining to its list of draws, which already include good beer, good food and a wide collection of brewing memorabilia.
Weissgerber's Seven Seas
1807 Nagawicka Road, Hartland, (262) 367-3903
The Seven Seas is lakeside dining at its best, with an outstanding reputation for fine seafood and continental selections. The restaurant offers fabulous views of Lake Nagawicka with incomparable sunsets. The outdoor terrace is a perfect location for garden parties and receptions. They are also known for an award-winning wine list.
The Wicked Hop
345 N. Broadway, (414) 223-0345
Perched on the corner of Broadway and St. Paul across from the Milwaukee Public Market, The Wicked Hop offers 11 beers on tap, a varied wine list and weekday "Hoppy Hour" specials. The menu highlights both pub and upscale food, including salads, soups, pasta, sandwiches and entrees. Stop in on Sunday for the Hop's popular brunch – and one heck of a wicked Bloody Mary.
1818 N. Hubbard St., (414) 374-8480
In addition to delicious small plates and wood-fired pizzas, Wolf Peach also dishes up one of the best views of the city, especially from its Brewers' Hill patio high above Commerce Street.
The Yard at the Iron Horse Hotel
500 W. Florida St., (888) 543-4766
One of the city's top patio spots, The Yard is complemented by native decor and the sight and sound of freight trains as they pass by. Serving seasonal outdoor fare and late-night drinks, this comfy lounge features sectional seating, a huge outdoor bar made from reclaimed original fire doors and colorful shade sails allowing for just the right amount of sun and shade.
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Another great place to dine outside is PrimeOne Steak and Seafood in Delafield. The outdoor patio has bistro lighting, and about 14 outdoor firepits. There are two for large groups and smaller ones for groups of 4-8. The upstairs balcony is a great place for an outdoor escape or romantic dinner for two. This is a new restaurant in downtown Delafield that features prime grade beef, a great wine list, seasonal craft cocktails, and weekly drink and dining specials. There is also live outdoor music all summer long. It is located at 515 Wells St., Delafield, WI 53018.
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