29 Cleveland Restaurants Opening Their Patios This Weekend

If you're looking for somewhere to get a drink or a bite to eat this weekend, these patios are opening  and ready to go with all safety measures in place.

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 Best Brewery: Great Lakes Brewing Company
2516 Market Ave., Cleveland  
The competition for this particular award gets steeper every year with the absolute explosion of local breweries in Northeast Ohio. But Great Lakes, which opened in Ohio City in 1988, is still the archbishop of Cleveland's microbrewery diocese and it continues to innovate even as it pumps out its standbys. Whether you're trying something fresh and experimental at the pub or buying a six-pack from Dave's, Great Lakes is the city's beer — and that's not changing anytime soon.  
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Best Brewery: Great Lakes Brewing Company

2516 Market Ave., Cleveland

The competition for this particular award gets steeper every year with the absolute explosion of local breweries in Northeast Ohio. But Great Lakes, which opened in Ohio City in 1988, is still the archbishop of Cleveland's microbrewery diocese and it continues to innovate even as it pumps out its standbys. Whether you're trying something fresh and experimental at the pub or buying a six-pack from Dave's, Great Lakes is the city's beer — and that's not changing anytime soon.

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 Tartine Bistro
19110 Detroit Rd., Rocky River
Tartine Bistro boasts a masterful arrangement of setting, mood, food and drink to recreate the unfeigned quintessence of a charming french bistro. Plus, there's really good pizza! A small kitchen puts out not only small plates, but also sandwiches (tartines), right-sized entrées, and classic desserts.
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Tartine Bistro

19110 Detroit Rd., Rocky River

Tartine Bistro boasts a masterful arrangement of setting, mood, food and drink to recreate the unfeigned quintessence of a charming french bistro. Plus, there's really good pizza! A small kitchen puts out not only small plates, but also sandwiches (tartines), right-sized entrées, and classic desserts.

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La Dolce Vita

12112 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland

The regulars at this Little Italy joint swear by it. You won’t catch them at any other Italian restaurant. The kitchen serves up homestyle Italian food; the staff offers even homier hospitality, and a quirky sense of fun plants tongue firmly in cheek. On live opera nights, a tenor spices-up an eight-course dinner served between musical interludes.

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 The Woods
21919 Center Ridge Rd., Rocky River
These family style dinners for four include your choice of spaghetti and meatballs for $45, lasagna (meat or veggie) for $55 or chicken parmigana and fettuccine marinara for $65. All meals come with salad and bread and garlic butter.
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The Woods

21919 Center Ridge Rd., Rocky River

These family style dinners for four include your choice of spaghetti and meatballs for $45, lasagna (meat or veggie) for $55 or chicken parmigana and fettuccine marinara for $65. All meals come with salad and bread and garlic butter.

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 Barroco Grill
Multiple Locations
If you’ve never had an arepa before, you need to head to Barroco ASAP. Arepas, which hail from Colombia and Venezuela, are grilled white tortilla’s stuffed with a variety of ingredients. The ‘La Gringa’, stuffed with braised beef, feta cheese, avocado, chimichurri, greens and mozzarella, and the ‘Buffalo Chicken’ arepa are two of our absolute favorites. Barrocco also has fantastic live Latin music three nights a week. 
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Barroco Grill

Multiple Locations

If you’ve never had an arepa before, you need to head to Barroco ASAP. Arepas, which hail from Colombia and Venezuela, are grilled white tortilla’s stuffed with a variety of ingredients. The ‘La Gringa’, stuffed with braised beef, feta cheese, avocado, chimichurri, greens and mozzarella, and the ‘Buffalo Chicken’ arepa are two of our absolute favorites. Barrocco also has fantastic live Latin music three nights a week.

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 The South Side
2207 West 11th St., Cleveland
Casually hip and artfully unpretentious, this clubby Tremont tavern offers good food, cold beer, stylish surroundings and frequent appearances by local bands and DJs. And if all that isn't reason enough to visit, remember that during warm weather, the handsomely landscaped patio is one of the coolest destinations in town.
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The South Side

2207 West 11th St., Cleveland

Casually hip and artfully unpretentious, this clubby Tremont tavern offers good food, cold beer, stylish surroundings and frequent appearances by local bands and DJs. And if all that isn't reason enough to visit, remember that during warm weather, the handsomely landscaped patio is one of the coolest destinations in town.

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 Sainato’s at Rivergate
1852 Columbus Rd., Cleveland
Down in the Flats, on the West Bank, is this hidden gem. This is Cleveland-style pizza, round pies, sweet sauce and a buttery crust.
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Sainato’s at Rivergate

1852 Columbus Rd., Cleveland

Down in the Flats, on the West Bank, is this hidden gem. This is Cleveland-style pizza, round pies, sweet sauce and a buttery crust.

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 Strip Steakhouse
36840 Detroit Rd., Avon
Housed in a 160-year-old Pennsylvania Dutch barn, this steak house is anything but old-fashioned. Owner Ron Larson spiffed up the interior in ways that will pleasantly surprise diners expecting doilies and drapes. First-rate steaks and chops share the menu with less conventional steakhouse fare, like smoked chicken, pasta Bolognese and horseradish-crusted grouper.
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Strip Steakhouse

36840 Detroit Rd., Avon

Housed in a 160-year-old Pennsylvania Dutch barn, this steak house is anything but old-fashioned. Owner Ron Larson spiffed up the interior in ways that will pleasantly surprise diners expecting doilies and drapes. First-rate steaks and chops share the menu with less conventional steakhouse fare, like smoked chicken, pasta Bolognese and horseradish-crusted grouper.

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 The Fairmount
2448 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights
Located in the Cedar Hill neighborhood, the Fairmount takes pub food to the next level. With a warm and lively atmosphere and one of the best patios in town, you’re missing out if you haven’t been. 
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The Fairmount

2448 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights

Located in the Cedar Hill neighborhood, the Fairmount takes pub food to the next level. With a warm and lively atmosphere and one of the best patios in town, you’re missing out if you haven’t been.

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 Nora
2181 Murray Hill Rd., Cleveland 
Nora upends the Little Italy stereotype of the spag-and-ball joint by applying classic French technique to Italian ingredients to come up with dishes that are in sync with the season, if not the surrounding restaurants. While you won't be dabbing red sauce off your shirt, you will be awash in the Old World charm that attracts us to the Hill in the first place. Here, diners dig into creamy burrata, crunchy polenta fries, wild mushroom stuffed agnolotti, and fettuccine carbonara topped with crispy matchstick potatoes and a buttery poached egg.
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Nora

2181 Murray Hill Rd., Cleveland

Nora upends the Little Italy stereotype of the spag-and-ball joint by applying classic French technique to Italian ingredients to come up with dishes that are in sync with the season, if not the surrounding restaurants. While you won't be dabbing red sauce off your shirt, you will be awash in the Old World charm that attracts us to the Hill in the first place. Here, diners dig into creamy burrata, crunchy polenta fries, wild mushroom stuffed agnolotti, and fettuccine carbonara topped with crispy matchstick potatoes and a buttery poached egg.

Photo via Scene Archives