From pet friendly to rooftop, this list is your outdoor dining guide when you go 419!
TOLEDO, Ohio – As the sun shines and the evenings get warmer, outdoor dining is becoming increasingly popular. This is where you’ll find the best al fresco dining in the 419 region, from the most scenic and unique to the best and most pet friendly.
If you don’t see your favorite, drop us a line at 419-248-1100 and let us know the location, type of cuisine, and the specifics of alfresco dining.
Top picturesque terraces
West Bay – Kelleys Island, OH
To marks:: The pub and grill have a sand volleyball net and huge garden chairs (perfect for fun photos). The best part is the incredible sunset views in the evening.
Hidden Beach Bar – Marblehead, OH
Highlights: American dishes and a selection of drinks. The Hidden Beach Bar is located on Lake Erie and offers space for a quick bite.
Dock’s Beach House Bar & Grill – Port Clinton, OH
Highlights: This bar and grill has some of Lake Erie’s classic favorites like perch and pikeperch nights. The outside deck is just high enough from the beach that it feels like the deck is on the waters of Lake Erie.
Gideon Owens – Port Clinton, OH
Highlights: From seafood to artisanal burgers, Gideon Owens has the perfect starter for your wine. The outdoor seating is spacious, full of flower landscapes, and has live entertainment from time to time.
Twin Toast – Port Clinton, OH
Highlights: Located on a spacious part of Catawba Island, the Twin Oast offers craft beer and pub grub. The landscaping includes a waterfall under the two east structures.
The Keys – Put-In-Bay, OH
Highlights: With colorful seating on the terrace and in Lake Erie, The Keys is a dining experience in southern Florida.
The Original Margaritaville – Sandusky, OH
Highlights: While not affiliated with the Jimmy Buffet brand, The Original Margaritaville offers a wide variety of foods from salads and tacos to burgers and margaritas. The building sits next to a small waterfall that is visible from both the outdoor terrace and the indoor dining room.
Bay Harbor Dining – Sandusky, OH
Highlights: Located near Cedar Point, Bay Harbor offers fine dining with views of Lake Erie. There are also docks nearby for boaters.
Highlights: All of the restaurants along the docks in downtown Toledo have views of the Maumee River and the Glass City skyline. Each terrace is decorated to complement the kitchen. Below are the options:
Old bag of nails – Toledo, OH
Highlights: The Old Bag of Nails is mostly pub-style seafood and offers unique indoor dining. The outdoor terrace is located on the Maumee River and is illuminated with fairy lights in the evening.
Patios with unique features
Sweetwater Chop House – Defiance, OH
Highlights: In addition to the culinary explorations offered on the menu, the outdoor Sweetwater Chop House overlooks the Eagle Rock Golf Course.
The Congregation – Findlay, OH
Highlights: This terrace is divided into a side alley and is decorated with a large mural, colorful chairs and lights above the outdoor seating area. Almost feels like an urban oasis.
Highlights: Located in downtown Findlay, the Stix offers modern American cuisine with an outdoor experience that is both chic and casual.
Kelley’s Island Wine Co – Kelleys Island, OH
Highlights: In addition to growing its own main course products, Kelley’s Island Wine Co. is also a one-stop shop. On the property there is a tasting room, indoor and outdoor areas, a petting zoo, an arcade, horseshoes and a cantina.
Reset / Spike’s Beach Bar / Cameo Pizza – Rossford, OH
Highlights: The Reset / Spike’s Beach Bar / Cameo Pizza serves traditional pub favorites and not only has a complete retro arcade in the building, but also has beach volleyball courts, life-size lawn games and a bar with swings.
Highlights: This cozy Italian restaurant offers a romantic and casual al fresco dining experience. Ciao’s terrace is decorated with flower baskets along the perimeter, illuminates the entire pergola and has heating posts for cooler nights.
Rosie’s Italian grille – Toledo, OH
Highlights: The terrace of Rosie’s Italian Grille is best known for its “Hot Mama’s Bread” and a Tuscan garden escape. Full of greenery and flowers all over the room.
City Tap and the Loft – Bowling Green, OH
Highlights: City Tap and the Loft are located in downtown Bowling Green and have elevated views of the city scene.
Alexandria’s La Vista Rooftop Tiki Bar – Findlay, OH
Highlights: The La Vista Rooftop Tiki Bar in Alexandria offers a trendy and relaxed atmosphere while offering a new perspective on the location below.
Upper Deck – Put-In-Bay, OH
Highlights: The upper deck is part of the boardwalk. It offers elevated views of Lake Erie and the island while you enjoy the popular lobster bisque cream.
The Heights – Toledo, OH
Highlights: The Heights is located on the top floor of the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Toledo and offers panoramic views of the Glass City. The scene inside is nice, but the bird’s eye view from outside is an unforgettable experience.
Throwing Rocks Away – Bowling Green, OH
Highlights: In addition to the Irish-inspired menu, being able to bring your four-legged friend is a big plus.
Gillig Winery – Findlay, OH
Highlights: The Gillig winery serves more than just wine. It offers plenty of space to spread out and offers starters and light bites on the bistro menu.
Dale’s Bar and Grill – Maumee, OH
Highlights: Dale’s Bar and Grill in downtown Maumee offers a variety of pub favorites and a casual atmosphere.
Cousino’s Steakhouse – Oregon, OH
Highlights: Cousino’s offers steakhouse favorites and has a spacious terrace where your puppy will be comfortable while eating.
Basil Pizza and Wine Bar – Perrysburg, OH
Highlights: Located in the Levis Commons Shopping Center, the Basil offers a selection of artisanal pizzas and unique wines. Your terrace is fenced and therefore dog-friendly.
Swig – Perrysburg, OH
Highlights: In addition to the ability to bring your fur baby, Swig has a variety of draft beers and pub favorites, including sweet potatoes.
Ye Olde Durty Bird – Toledo, OH
Highlights: Located in downtown Toledo, Ye Olde Durty Bird will make your furry friend feel welcome with a bowl of water upon arrival. The restaurant has live music all week.
Top patios for gourmets
Charlie’s Tavern – Maumee, OH
Highlights: Charlie’s Taverna offers classic American cuisine with a homestyle flair.
Levi & Lilacs Whiskey Room – Maumee, OH
Highlights: Levi & Lilac’s Whiskey Room is both a whiskey room and coffee bar, offering a wide variety of whiskey and coffee and a unique menu including a Hawaiian burger.
Social Gastropub – Perrysburg, OH
Highlights: With a large outdoor terrace, the Social Gastropub identifies itself as a “culinary adventure in Ohio”.
Asian Tea Tree Bistro – Perrysburg, OH
Highlights: The Tea Tree Asian Bistro is located in the Levis Commons Shopping Center and offers a selection of Asian-inspired dishes.
The Chicken Patio – Put-In-Bay, OH h
Highlights: In the city center next to the Roundhouse Bar, The Chicken Patio only offers a chicken dinner. The chicken dinner consists of a grilled half chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad and rolls. Locals and visitors alike flock to this popular outdoor spot for the popular chicken dinner.
Element 112 – Sylvania, OH
Highlights: Element 112’s appetizers are inspired by French bistros and inspired by French cuisine. Their meat and fish products are also not genetically modified.
The Blarney Irish Pub – Toledo, OH
Highlights: The Blarney Irish Pub menu is full of traditional pub favorites with an Irish flair.
Carlos’ Lok Poco, Toledo, OH
Highlights: Carlos’ Loco Poco is on Adams Street and offers Cuban-inspired cuisine and drinks.
Maumee Bay Brewing Company – Toledo, OH
Highlights: In addition to their craft beer, the Maumee Bay Brewing Company has a variety of options, from burgers to chunks to wood-fired pizza.
Souk Kitchen – Toledo, OH
Highlights: Located near the Toledo Farmer’s Market in downtown Toledo, Souk Kitchen is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with an urban industrial vibe on the outdoor terrace.