25 Stunning Cleveland Waterfront Patios You Should Have Experienced By Now

Cleveland may not have developed it's lakefront as well as other cities, but that doesn't mean we don't have some bars and restaurants with some great views of the water. With the Cuyahoga River, the Chagrin River and of course Lake Erie, there are plenty of bars and restaurants in the Cleveland area to visit where you can sit outside, enjoy a nice meal and look out at one of these bodies of water.

Cleveland may not have developed its lakefront as well as other cities, but that doesn't mean we don't have some bars and restaurants with some great views of the water. With the Cuyahoga River, the Chagrin River and of course Lake Erie, there are plenty of bars and restaurants in the Cleveland area to visit where you can sit outside, enjoy a nice meal and look out at one of these bodies of water.

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Shooters On The Water
1148 Main Ave., Cleveland
Shooters has historically been a focal point for the Flats. There’s an outdoor bar, plenty of patio seating, and endless Instagram-worthy picture spots. It’s right off an RTA stop, providing easy access and views of trains, bridges and ships at harbor. 
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Shooters On The Water

1148 Main Ave., Cleveland

Shooters has historically been a focal point for the Flats. There’s an outdoor bar, plenty of patio seating, and endless Instagram-worthy picture spots. It’s right off an RTA stop, providing easy access and views of trains, bridges and ships at harbor.

Photo via Shooter On The Water/Facebook
 Tinkers Creek Tavern
4000 Tinkers Creek Rd., Walton Hills
Set close against a rural, tree-lined road, and just at the border between Walton Hills and Valley View, Tinkers Creek Tavern is a casual watering hole and restaurant in a remarkable natural setting on the Cuyahoga River.
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Tinkers Creek Tavern

4000 Tinkers Creek Rd., Walton Hills

Set close against a rural, tree-lined road, and just at the border between Walton Hills and Valley View, Tinkers Creek Tavern is a casual watering hole and restaurant in a remarkable natural setting on the Cuyahoga River.

Photo via Tinkers Creek Tavern/Facebook
 The Harp
4408 Detroit Ave., Cleveland
An Irish bar on steroids, the Harp isn’t just your corner joint with a few shamrocks on the wall. It boasts a large Irish-influenced menu and a spacious patio with a view of the lake. The music is as likely to be rootsy rock as it is Irish.
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The Harp

4408 Detroit Ave., Cleveland

An Irish bar on steroids, the Harp isn’t just your corner joint with a few shamrocks on the wall. It boasts a large Irish-influenced menu and a spacious patio with a view of the lake. The music is as likely to be rootsy rock as it is Irish.

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 Collision Bend Brewery 
1250 Old River Rd., Cleveland
Zack Bruell’s brewpub in the East Bank of the Flats was recently named the best brewpub in the country, according to USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards. The combination of the exquisite views, the locally-sourced menu and home brewed beers all contributed to that lofty ranking.
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Collision Bend Brewery

1250 Old River Rd., Cleveland

Zack Bruell’s brewpub in the East Bank of the Flats was recently named the best brewpub in the country, according to USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards. The combination of the exquisite views, the locally-sourced menu and home brewed beers all contributed to that lofty ranking.

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 White Oaks
777 Cahoon Rd., Westlake
Founded during Prohibition, White Oaks has been serving up booze and a mostly meat and seafood menu to Clevelanders since 1928 and the view has been great the whole time.
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White Oaks

777 Cahoon Rd., Westlake

Founded during Prohibition, White Oaks has been serving up booze and a mostly meat and seafood menu to Clevelanders since 1928 and the view has been great the whole time.

Photo via White Oaks Restaurant/Facebook
 The Rusty Anchor at Music Box
148 Main Ave #200, Cleveland
Sitting perfectly amidst the water and the city’s skyline, you feel like you’re in the heart of Cleveland. If the food and the views aren’t enough, they have outdoor music to soundtrack your experience. Although it is open only as a bar Monday and Tuesday, there’s full restaurant service Wednesday through Sunday. If you haven’t been yet this season, what’re you waiting for? 
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The Rusty Anchor at Music Box

148 Main Ave #200, Cleveland

Sitting perfectly amidst the water and the city’s skyline, you feel like you’re in the heart of Cleveland. If the food and the views aren’t enough, they have outdoor music to soundtrack your experience. Although it is open only as a bar Monday and Tuesday, there’s full restaurant service Wednesday through Sunday. If you haven’t been yet this season, what’re you waiting for?

Photo via @MusicBoxCle/Instagram
 Nuevo Modern Mexican
1000 E 9th St., Cleveland
Right on Lake Erie, Nuevo is the spot to hit up before visiting the Rock Hall. They originally opened in Akron and expanded to the banks of Lake Erie in 2016 and have been serving up tacos and tequila there since.
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Nuevo Modern Mexican

1000 E 9th St., Cleveland

Right on Lake Erie, Nuevo is the spot to hit up before visiting the Rock Hall. They originally opened in Akron and expanded to the banks of Lake Erie in 2016 and have been serving up tacos and tequila there since.

Photo by Doug Trattner
 Luca
2100 Superior Viaduct., Cleveland
One of the best Italian restaurants in town also contains one of the best views of the city. The sacchetti, which contains white truffles over ricotta stuffed pasta shells, may sound heavy for the summer but you have to get it while sitting on the patio at this Superior Viaduct-located spot.  
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Luca

2100 Superior Viaduct., Cleveland

One of the best Italian restaurants in town also contains one of the best views of the city. The sacchetti, which contains white truffles over ricotta stuffed pasta shells, may sound heavy for the summer but you have to get it while sitting on the patio at this Superior Viaduct-located spot.

Photo via Luca Italian Cuisine/Facebook
 Lakehouse Restaurant
11850 Edgewater Dr., Lakewood
Good food in a casual atmosphere with a beautiful view of Lake Erie is the name of the game at this Lakewood spot. It’s a smaller, family-friendly restaurant and one of the only places with a great view that’s also open for breakfast.
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Lakehouse Restaurant

11850 Edgewater Dr., Lakewood

Good food in a casual atmosphere with a beautiful view of Lake Erie is the name of the game at this Lakewood spot. It’s a smaller, family-friendly restaurant and one of the only places with a great view that’s also open for breakfast.

Photo via Lake House Restaurant/Facebook
 E55 On The Lake
5555 North Marginal Rd., Cleveland
The Metroparks has totally revived this beautiful lookout point of Lake Erie by adding a bar, restaurant and bait shop to this spot. There’s also live music on Saturdays and some of the best views in town.
Photo via @WonderWoman415/Instagram

E55 On The Lake

5555 North Marginal Rd., Cleveland

The Metroparks has totally revived this beautiful lookout point of Lake Erie by adding a bar, restaurant and bait shop to this spot. There’s also live music on Saturdays and some of the best views in town.

Photo via @WonderWoman415/Instagram