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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 six years, this place – this patio – should be near the top of every Cleveland diner's list of alfresco eats.
Eat: Salmon BLT
Drink: Columbus Brewing IPA
2572 Scranton Rd., 216-298-4451
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 W. 25th Street—but set back from the sidewalk—this perch is primed for people-watching.
Eat: Southern fried chicken
Drink: Gentleman's Breakfast
1899 W. 25th St., 216-298-9090
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 fete.
Drink: OYO Stone Fruit Negroski
2038 E. Fourth St., 216-393-4302
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.
Eat: Tempura-fried Ohio asparagus
Drink: Peach Tarragon Sipper
5800 Detroit Ave., 216-961-9637
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.
Eat: Beef brisket tartine
Drink: Vin rouge
19110 Old Detroit Rd., 440-331-0800,