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12 Cleveland Patios You Have to Hit Up This Summer 

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Who doesn't love getting high in summer? Climb a few flights of stairs at Greenhouse Tavern and find yourself high above East Fourth, enjoying commanding views of diners and pedestrians below. This rooftop bar is home to some of the best pop-up events in town, so keep an eye on the restaurant's social media feeds for the next rooftop fête. Or, stake out a spot out front and enjoy an icy cocktail as you watch East 4th's passersby.

2038 E. Fourth St., 216-393-4302

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Just last year, Nano Brew in Ohio City — what that one guy at Eater.com called one of the "best new craft beer bars in the country" — dusted off the expansive back patio that for years was Garage Bar's signature feature. New beer hall-style picnic tables, lighting, landscaping, heating and, of course, a never-ending supply of over-hopped suds already is making this one of the busiest plots in town.

1859 West 25th St., 216-862-6631

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Felice Urban Café is best known for its Craftsman-style home setting. But it's the outdoor bar, built within a converted wooden carriage house, that attracts diners all summer long. A covered patio adjacent to the garage bar means never having to say "let's eat inside" come spring showers. Bonus: The patio boasts great views of the restaurant's huge kitchen garden.

12502 Larchmere Blvd., 216-791-0918

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Summer west of the Cuyahoga doesn't officially commence until John McDonnell swings open the wide French doors of his lovable Tartine Bistro. The compact brick-paved courtyard becomes the restaurant's front porch, uniting neighbors in food, wine and conversation. This truly is a hidden-gem hideaway.

19110 Old Detroit Rd., 440-331-0800

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We've been fans of Tremont Tap House from the moment it opened. It was TTH, after all, that first and fully introduced diners to the gastropub concept, merging ambitious fare with a stellar craft beer list. Going on about seven years, this place – this patio – should be near the top of every Cleveland diner's list of alfresco eats.

2572 Scranton Rd., 216-298-4451

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Going on two decades, Lopez Southwest Kitchen has been the place on Lee to sip margaritas beneath the open sky. Ever since chef Michael Herschman joined the team a few years back, we also can eat to our hearts' content beneath that open sky. While smaller than many current (read sprawling) patios, Lopez's is petite, elegant and just boisterous enough to be fun.

2196 Lee Rd., 216-932-9000

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That new-patio smell finally has faded from Momocho's freshly laid piazza, which was recently installed when owner Eric Williams ripped up his entire patio to start fresh. Now, in addition to an expanded footprint, the alfresco dining room features new landscaping, fencing, lighting, and umbrellas.

1835 Fulton Rd., 216-694-2122

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You won't find a better view of the Cleveland skyline than the one from the rooftop patio bar at Black Pig. Take the elevated route above West 25th Street and Ohio City to the sequestered and quaint perch above the Black Pig for one of the most relaxing spots in the bustling neighborhood.

1865 West 25th St., 216-862-7551

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Cropicana is gone, Sunset Grille is back, and Whiskey Island remains one of the only places in town with bona fide lakeside dining. Hugging the shores of Lake Erie, this hedonistic summer getaway has enough open-air lawn seating for every boat owner in town.

2800 Whiskey Island

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You can't mention the word "patio" in this town with some know-it-all chiming in with L'Albatros this and L'Albatros that. Okay, so we are those know-it-alls, who not only bring up this leafy urban retreat at ever opportunity, but also sit our butts down there as often as possible, too. This is outdoor dining at its finest, with sturdy tables, casual sofas, and a granite-topped bar.

11401 Bellflower Rd., 216-791-7880

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Spice Kitchen + Bar inherited a decent patio from its former tenant, but it's only gotten nicer, and not just because the food and drink are in another league. This hideaway in Gordon Square owns the farm-to-table niche, meaning alfresco diners can savor the season's best eats and drinks without having to brave the farmers market or the hot kitchen.

5800 Detroit Ave., 216-961-9637

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SOHO Kitchen and Bar's Southern-styled menu seems tailor made for the Dog Days of summer. If there's any kind of breeze, plant yourself on the roomy side patio, roll up your shirtsleeves, tuck a napkin under your chin, and dig into a platter of fried chicken. Sporting a great view of the hustle and bustle that is West 25th Street — but set back from the sidewalk — this perch is primed for people watching.

1899 West 25th St., 216-298-9090

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You won't find a better view of the Cleveland skyline than the one from the rooftop patio bar at Black Pig. Take the elevated route above West 25th Street and Ohio City to the sequestered and quaint perch above the Black Pig for one of the most relaxing spots in the bustling neighborhood.

1865 West 25th St., 216-862-7551

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