As we only get a few precious months of warm weather each year, Wisconsinites seem to especially revel in being outdoors while we can. That’s why we love outdoor dining so much. There’s nothing better than combining drinks with friends or dinner with the family with great views and an amazing atmosphere.
In no particular order, here are 19 places that offer up some of the best patios in Wisconsin:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Casablanca - Milwaukee
One of the more underrated patios in Milwaukee, Casablanca's balcony is comfortable, chill and right in the middle of the action. Located at 728 E Brady St.,
Milwaukee, WI 53202.
2. Top Deck at Gordon Lodge - Bailey's Harbor
This restaurant offers gorgeous views inside and out, but there's just something so relaxing about their outdoor space. Located at 1420 Pine Drive, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202.
3. Fox Harbor Pub and Grill - Green Bay
Can't you just see a relaxing evening sipping drinks and hanging out with friends here? Such a great atmosphere. Located at 348 S Washington St., Green Bay, WI 54301.
4. San Pedro Cafe - Hudson
Hanging out here feels like chilling in your best friend's backyard. Casual and comfortable, you'll never want to leave. Located at 426 2nd St.,
Hudson, WI 54016.
5. Barnacle Bud's - Milwaukee
Honestly, the patio to end all patios. A huge, diverse group of folks having run right on the water, tucked away so that you have to know about it to be able to get there. It's summertime perfection. Located at 1955 S Hilbert St., Milwaukee, WI 53207
6. Fresco - Madison
With limited space, Madison has moved the party to the rooftop in order to get outdoors. Perched atop the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Fresco is sleek and offers amazing downtown views. Located at 227 State St.,
Madison, Wisconsin, WI 53703.
7. The Lakely at Oxbow Hotel - Eau Claire
Folks who haven't been to Eau Claire since college might surprised by this sleek, modern space. They managed to make backyard chilling upscale and casual. Located at 516 Galloway St., Eau Claire, WI 54703.
8. The Yard at Iron Horse Hotel - Milwaukee
The polar opposite of Barnacle Buds in terms of style, this place is equally as legendary and amazing. It's the perfect mix of contemporary bar and relaxing Milwaukee patio. Located at Edit
500 W Florida St.,
Milwaukee, WI 53204.
9. Sardine - Madison
Lake Monona views and a cool, industrial former warehouse location make Sardine the kind of awesome, urban patio you'd expect in Madison. Located at 617 Williamson St., Madison, WI 53703.
10. Loopy's - Chippewa Falls
This huge complex has something for everyone. Sure, it's a party spot and the place to start your tubing on the river, but these spots right along the railing are about as relaxing and wonderful as it gets. Located at 10691 Bus Hwy 29 / Hwy X., Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.
11. FreeHands Farm - Ashland
Farm-fresh, seasonal food in a totally amazing venue? Sign me up. FreeHands is cozy and intimate, comfortable and relaxing. Come for dinner, stay for drinks and realize you'll never want to leave. Located at 60445 Summit Rd., Ashland, WI 54806
12. The Cookery - Fish Creek
How inviting is this picture? This Door County restaurant just makes you feel like you're with friends. Located at 4135 State Highway 42, Fish Creek, WI 54212.
13. Third Coast Woodfired Pizza - Racine
Right on the harbor, Third Coast offers stunning views and a casual atmosphere. Located at 207 Gas Light Circle, Racine, WI 53403.
14. Mariner's Inn - Madison
Situated right where the Yahara River meets Lake Mendota, this place is a little off the beaten path. You'll love the chill atmosphere and amazing food, plus being a bit removed from the hustle of downtown. Located at 5339 Lighthouse Bay Dr.,
Madison, WI 53704.
15. PJs Sentry World - Stevens Point
I pretty much want to move in to this patio. It's everything welcoming and comfortable you could ever want. Settle in for a night of food, drinks and laughter. Located at 601 Michigan Ave N., Stevens Point, WI 54481.
16. Wisconsin Memorial Union Terrace - Madison
This one might be cheating a bit, but the Union Terrace is the quintessential patio by which I judge all other patios. Brilliant views, an amazing atmosphere and live music help, but there's a feeling of chill you get relaxing here that is what makes it the perfect patio. Located at 800 Langdon St., Madison, WI 53706.
17. The Waterfront Restaurant - LaCrosse
The Waterfront manages to combine the calm vibe of patio dining with it's upscale food and decor and find the perfect balance. Located at 328 Front St S., La Crosse, WI 54601.
18. Harbor House - Milwaukee
Harbor House would make the list for the view alone - they take advantage of their location by giving a huge patio to enjoy their spot on the Milwaukee lakefront. But it turns out the food is stellar and there are always great specials. A must-visit. Located at 550 N Harbor Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53202.
19. Lake Vista Cafe - Madison
A Frank Lloyd Wright designed building and panoramic views of Lake Monona are what makes this place crucial patio dining. Located at One John Nolen Dr., Madison, WI 53703.