The Best Places to Eat and Drink Outdoors in Northeast Ohio Right Now
For those of us who love eating and drinking outdoors, there has never been a better time to live in Cleveland. And after enduring two years of Covid, the demand to be outside has never been higher. From sun-soaked beer gardens and buzzy sidewalk patios to secluded garden getaways, these are some of the best places to eat and drink outside this summer.
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2270 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights
Anatolia’s bustling sidewalk patio seems to stretch an entire block. Fenced, partially covered and spruced up with greenery, the tasteful perch is the ideal setting on which to enjoy sunny Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods. Dishes like thin-sliced doner, mixed grilled kebabs and honey-soaked baklava taste better in the open air.
1056 Old River Rd., Cleveland
If it’s seafood with a view you’re after, Alley Cat’s double-decker riverside patio is the place to book. We’re absolute suckers for the selection of white wines by the glass, which pair so well with a few dozen oysters on the half. Toss in some peel-and-eat shrimp, smoked fish dip and a lobster roll and lean into summer with a smile.
2207 West 11th St., Cleveland
Everything is oversized at the South Side: the menu, the portions and the patio. This Tremont mainstay is great for large groups because the corner patio is huge, the menu has something for every appetite and the kitchen hits homeruns with every plate. This is also where you’ll find one of the busiest brunches in town.
1550 Chester Ave., Cleveland
Relish an authentic sliver of Munich on one of Ohio’s largest beer gardens. Newly improved with covered seating areas, this sprawling beer-soaked oasis is always at the ready for groups of any size. Outside also happens to offer a welcome escape from the occasionally rowdy shotski snorting hordes inside.
100 Lakeside Ave. East., Cleveland
The views from this cantilevered “rooftop” patio on the 32nd floor of the Hilton Cleveland hotel are nothing short of dramatic. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy craft cocktails and light bites 400 feet above the shoreline, head straight to the top of this shiny tower.
2179 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights
Brothers Josh and Jason Sweet have settled into a lovely groove at this Cleveland Heights watering hole. After converting the former Lemon Grass restaurant into a contemporary brewpub, they went to work on the exterior. Today, that spacious rear patio is one of Lee Road’s best alfresco bars.
1956 Carter Rd, Cleveland
We must tip our caps to this Scotland-based brewery for transforming a desolate patch on the Scranton Peninsula into one of the city’s most impressive riverside beer gardens. The surrounding city, bridge and water views are breathtaking, the beer selection pairs house cult faves with guest locals, and the food is surprisingly praise-worthy.
2135 Columbus Rd., Cleveland
Forest City doesn’t get the same level of attention as some of the bigger breweries in town, but this leafy beer garden is increasingly on people’s radar. Located in Duck Island, the shady, mulch-strewn hideout is a great place to chill with friends and pets while sampling brewmaster Matt Smedley’s small-batch brews.
4000 Tinkers Creek Rd., Walton Hills
There are a few picnic tables out front of this historic roadside tavern, but the trophy seats are out back. There, a patio is perched a stone’s toss from the rushing waters of the namesake creek, which feeds in the mighty Cuyahoga. Diners are immersed in a pastoral landscape while enjoying a casual American menu that includes top-notch barbecue.
34300 Chagrin Blvd., Moreland Hills
If you’ve dined at Cru, the elegant French American restaurant in Moreland Hills, then you know that no expense was spared in the construction. That same ethos continued when creating the outdoor dining spaces. We’re loathe even to label the space as a “patio” because the meticulous column-lined peristyle is – like everything here – in a league of its own.