List of the best outdoor dining in Northwestern Ohio


Ranging from pets to rooftops, this list is your guide to outdoor dining when you go to 419!

TOLEDO, Ohio – With the sun and the evenings getting warmer, outdoor dining is growing in popularity. From the most quaint and unique restaurants to the best and pet friendly, here are the best outdoor dining in the area 419.

If you don’t see your favorite, text us at 419-248-1100 and let us know the location, type of cuisine, and what makes alfresco dining great.

Top panoramic patios

West Bay – Kelleys Island, OH

Highlights: The pub grill has a sand volleyball net and huge lawn chairs (perfect for fun photos.) The best part is the incredible view of the sunset in the evening.

Hidden Beach Bar – Marblehead, OH

Strong points: From American fare and a variety of drinks, the Hidden Beach Bar sits along Lake Erie and has a place to moor for a quick bite.

Dock’s Beach House Bar & Grille – Port Clinton, OH

Strong points: This bar and grill has some of the classic Lake Erie favorites such as perch and walleye dinners. The outdoor patio sits just high enough from the beach to give the impression that the patio is on the waters of Lake Erie.

Gideon Owens – Port Clinton, OH

Strong points: From favorite seafood to artisan burgers, Gideon Owens will have the perfect dish for your wine. The outdoor lounge is spacious, full of flowery landscapes and offers shows from time to time.

Twin Oast – Port Clinton, OH

Strong points: Located on a spacious part of Catawba Island, Twin Oast offers craft beer and pub food. The landscaping includes a waterfall under the two oast structures.

The Keys – Put-In-Bay, OH

Strong points: With colorful patio seating and planted in Lake Erie, The Keys is a South Florida themed dining experience.

The Original Margaritaville – Sandusky, OH

Strong points: While not affiliated with the Jimmy Buffet brand, The Original Margaritaville offers a variety of food items ranging from salads and tacos to burgers and, of course, margaritas. The building is located next to a small waterfall which is visible from both the outdoor patio and the indoor dining area.

Bay Harbor Restaurants – Sandusky, OH

Strong points: Located near Cedar Point, the Bay Harbor offers fine dining with views of Lake Erie. There are also docks nearby for boaters.

Strong points: All of the restaurants along the Docks in downtown Toledo offer views of the Maumee River and the Glass City skyline. Each patio is decorated to complement the kitchen. Here are the options:

Old Bag of Nails – Toledo, OH

Strong points: With its mostly pub-style seafood menu, Old Bag of Nails offers unique indoor dining. The outdoor patio sits on the Maumee River and at night is lit by the string of lights above.

Patios with unique characteristics

Sweetwater Chop House – Defiance, OH

Strong points: In addition to the culinary exploration available on their menu, the outdoor dining experience at Sweetwater Chop House overlooks the Eagle Rock Golf Course.

The Gathering – Findlay, OH

Strong points: This patio is divided into a side aisle and decorated with a large wall mural, brightly colored chairs, and lights hanging above the outdoor seating area. It almost looks like an urban oasis.

Strong points: Located in downtown Findlay, Stix offers modern American cuisine with a chic yet relaxed outdoor experience.

Kelley’s Island Wine Co – Kelleys Island, OH

Strong points: In addition to growing their own produce for their main courses, Kelley’s Island Wine Co. is a “one stop shop”. On the property there is a tasting room, an indoor dining room, an outdoor dining room that spans the property, a children’s farm, an arcade, horseshoes and a cantina.

Reset / Spike’s Beach Bar / Cameo Pizza – Rossford, OH

Strong points: Serving up traditional pub favorites, Reset / Spike’s Beach Bar / Cameo Pizza not only has a full retro arcade inside the building, but also beach volleyball courts, full-size lawn games, and a bar with swings. .

Strong points: This cozy Italian restaurant offers an outdoor dining experience that is both romantic and relaxed. Ciao’s patio is decorated with floral hanging baskets along the perimeter, lights throughout the pergola, and heated poles for cooler nights.

Rosie’s Italian Grid – Toledo, OH

Strong points: Best known for its “Mommy’s Warm Bread,” the patio at Rosie’s Italian Grille is a getaway in the Tuscan garden. Full of greenery and flowers throughout the space.

Rooftop patios

City Tap and the Attic – Bowling Green, OH

Strong points: Located in downtown Bowling Green, City Tap and the Attic offers elevated views of the city scene.

La Vista d’Alexandrie Rooftop Tiki Bar – Findlay, OH

Strong points: Alexandria’s La Vista rooftop Tiki bar offers a hip and relaxing atmosphere while getting a new perspective of the location below.

Upper Deck – Put-In-Bay, OH

Strong points: The upper deck is part of the promenade. It offers stunning views of Lake Erie and the island while enjoying the famous lobster bisque.

The Heights – Toledo, OH

Strong points: Located on the top floor of the Renaissance Hotel in Toledo city center, The Heights offers panoramic views of the City of Glass. The scene inside is nice but the bird’s eye view from the outside is an unforgettable experience.

Pet-friendly patios

Discarded Stones – Bowling Green, OH

Strong points: In addition to the Irish-inspired menu, being able to bring your four-legged friend is a big plus.

Gillig Winery – Findlay, OH

Strong points: Serving more than wine, Gillig Winery has plenty of room to spread out and offers entrees and light snacks on their bistro menu.

Dale’s Bar and Grill – Maumee, OH

Strong points: Located in downtown Maumee, Dale’s Bar and Grill offers a variety of pub favorites and a relaxed atmosphere.

Steakhouse Cousino – Oregon, OH

Strong points: Offering steakhouse favorites, Cousino’s features a well-spaced and easy patio to keep your puppy comfortable while eating.

Basil Pizza and Wine Bar – Perrysburg, OH

Strong points: Located in the Levis Commons Shopping Center, the Basil offers a range of artisan pizzas and unique wines. Their patio is fenced, making it dog friendly.

Swig – Perrysburg, OH

Strong points: As well as being able to bring your furry baby, Swig has a variety of draft beers and pub favorites, including little sweet potatoes.

Ye Olde Durty Bird – Toledo, OH

Strong points: Located in downtown Toledo, the Ye Olde Durty Bird makes your four-legged friend feel welcomed by offering them a bowl of water upon arrival. The restaurant also offers live music throughout the week.

Top patios for gourmets

Charlie’s Taverna – Maumee, OH

Strong points: Charlie’s Taverna offers classic American cuisine with a touch of home style.

Levi & Lilac’s Whiskey Room – Maumee, OH

Strong points: Both a whiskey room and a pub cafe, Levi & Lilac’s Whiskey Room offers a wide range of whiskey and coffee choices as well as a unique menu, including a Hawaiian burger.

Social Gastropub – Perrysburg, OH

Strong points: With a large outdoor patio, the Social Gastropub identifies itself as a “culinary adventure in Ohio”.

Tea Tree Asian Bistro – Perrysburg, OH

Strong points: Located in the Levis Commons Shopping Center, Tea Tree Asian Bistro offers a range of Asian-inspired dishes.

The Chicken Patio – Put-In-Bay, OH h

Strong points: In the downtown district, next to the Roundhouse Bar, The Chicken Patio offers only chicken dinner. The chicken dinner includes half a grilled chicken, corn on the cob, a potato salad and a roll. Locals and visitors alike flock to this popular outdoor dining site for the popular chicken dinner.

Item 112 – Sylvania, OH

Strong points: Inspired by French bistros, Element 112’s main dishes are inspired by French cuisine. Their meat and fish products are also non-GMO.

The Blarney Irish Pub – Toledo, OH

Strong points: From beers to tunes, the Blarney Irish Pub menu is packed with traditional pub fare with an Irish twist.

Carlos’ Loco Poco, Toledo, OH

Strong points: Located on Adams Street, Carlos’ Loco Poco’s menu is Cuban-inspired food and drink.

Maumee Bay Brewing Company – Toledo, OH

Strong points: In addition to its craft beer, Maumee Bay Brewing Company has a variety of options from burgers to chunks and even wood-fired pizzas.

Souk Kitchen – Toledo, OH

Strong points: Near the Toledo Farmer’s Market in downtown Toledo, Souk Kitchen is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with a bit of an urban industrial vibe on the outdoor patio.


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