With warmer weather on the way, you’re probably itching to get outside, feel the sun on your skin and get some fresh air. Restaurant patio seating is a simple way to get outside and do just that. The following are 14 Ohio restaurants with the most amazing outdoor patios you’ll love to lounge on.
1. The Boat House Restaurant at Confluence Park (Columbus)
At the confluence of the Olentangy and Scioto rivers, The Boat House overlooks the downtown Columbus skyline—and it's (surprisingly) the only restaurant in Columbus with a waterfront view of the city. Dinner, coffee and drinks are available here, and the restaurant doesn't open until 5 p.m. each day. The Boat House at Confluence Park is located at 679 W Spring St., Columbus, OH 43215.
2. Dockers Waterfront Restaurant and Bar (Kelleys Island)
Enjoy views of Lake Erie, from Cedar Point to Mouse Island, at this popular seafood joint on Kelleys Island. Known for their homemade crab cakes and lobster bisque, this restaurant features the best of the best seafood. It is located at 114 W Lakeshore Dr,, Kelleys Island, OH 43438.
3. Nuevo Modern Mexican and Tequila Bar (Akron)
For a "contemporary take on Mexican flavors," exceptional cocktails and rooftop patio seating with an incredible view, check out this impressive Mexican restaurant and bar. (Pictured: Carne Asada.) Nuevo Modern Mexican and Tequila Bar is located at 54 E Mill St., Akron, OH 44308.
4. Pier W (Lakewood)
This landmark Cleveland area restaurant is suspended over Lake Erie to give customers a cruise-like dining experience. It also features patio seating overlooking the water during the warmer months. This unique waterfront restaurant serves up exceptional seafood and offers lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Pier W is located at 12700 Lake Avenue (Winton Place) Lakewood, OH 44107.
5. Orchard Restaurant & Bar (Port Clinton)
For the best fish tacos and freshest seafood, check out Orchard Restaurant & Bar, located at 3266 NE Catawba Rd. in Port Clinton.
6. Streetside 62 (Washington Courthouse)
This farm-to-table bistro features exceptional meals made with local produce in a casual atmosphere. Weather permitting, you can even enjoy a drink beside their outdoor fireplace. Streetside 62 is located at 2007 Columbus Ave., Washington Court House, OH 43160.
7. Milestone 229 (Columbus)
As soon as patio season hits, you'll definitely want to experience this upscale American cuisine eatery and its unique outdoor ambience by the fountains on the Scioto Mile. Milestone 229 is located at 229 Civic Center Dr, Columbus, OH 43215.
8. Moerlein Lager House Restaurant and Brewery (Cincinnati)
Along the Ohio River and right next to the Great American Ball Park sits "Cincinnati's premier brewpub." With a casual atmosphere and casual attire, this is the perfect way to spend your evening after a ball game or shopping spree. Moerlein Lager House is located at 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
9. Alley Cat Oyster Bar (Cleveland)
With delicious oysters, shrimp cocktails and a surf and turf burger, this place is well known for its wide variety of seafood options and waterfront view of the Cuyahoga River. Alley Cat Oyster Bar is located at 1056 Old River Rd., Cleveland, OH 44113.
10. Cabana on the River (Cincinnati)
This casual outdoor eatery along the Ohio River is a popular dinner and (sometimes) live entertainment spot. Cabana on the River is located at 7445 Forbes Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45233.
11. Flyboy’s Deli (Dayton)
Known for their delicious breakfast sandwiches and endless lunch options, this American restaurant, coffee shop and bar is popular among locals. Dine on their rooftop patio for an extra special experience. Flyboy's Deli is located at 2515 Far Hills Ave., Dayton, OH 45419.
12. Boathouse BBQ (Marietta)
This family style barbecue joint along the Ohio River has received more than 12 awards for their exceptional ribs, wings and chili. Boathouse BBQ is located at 218 Virginia St., Marietta, OH 45750.
13. The Crest Gastropub (Columbus)
This trendy spot to grab a drink or some grub features a rooftop garden guests can dine in. (The Bison Burger is a popular option here.) The Crest Gastropub is located at 2855 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43202.
14. Real Seafood Company Toledo (Toledo)
Experience fresh seafood from Boston, Florida and the Great Lakes at this local favorite in Toledo. Real Seafood Company Toledo is located at 22 Main St., Toledo, OH 43605.
Have you been to any of these restaurants before? What other restaurants in Ohio have amazing patio seating? Let us know!