Patio and Rooftop Dining in Milwaukee


Is it just me or is the beer colder and the food tastier outside? Dining isn’t just about the food, it becomes an experience – it’s about the fresh air and atmosphere. Milwaukee does not disappoint in the patio/rooftop dining category. To share the outdoor dining love with you, we’ve done the research and gathered all of our favorite places to dine al fresco in the Brew City.

Enjoy the food and fresh air!


patio dining milwaukee

Bar Louie

Bar Louie serves lunch, dinner, late night dining and is at the heart of Milwaukee nightlife. The patio is lit with string lights and a bonfire offers warmth on those cool WI summer nights.

1114 N. Water St., Milwaukee, (414) 847-1330,
5750 Bayshore Dr., Glendale, (414) 831-2700,

Barnacle Bud’s

Home of Milwaukee’s only outdoor Oyster Bar and the largest in Wisconsin! What used to be a hidden gem and is now an iconic Milwaukee restaurant, Barnacle Bud’s has mostly patio seating and serves dumpster punch in mason jars.

1955 S. Hilbert St., Milwaukee, (414) 481-9974,

Bel Air Cantina

Milwaukeeans have loved Bel Air for quite a while, but the new location in Brookfield at The Corners of Brookfield has taken the #PoweredbyTacos experience to a new level with plenty of outdoor seating that overlooks the Market Square of The Corners and wraps around the side of the building. Is there anything better than a margarita and a taco al fresco? Nope. I think not. 

250 High Street, Brookfield, WI 53045, (262) 784-4938,

2625 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211, (414) 964-1190,

1935 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, (414) 226-2245,

6817 W North Ave, Wauwatosa, WI 53213, (414) 988-8533,

410, W Town Square Way, Oak Creek, WI 53154, (414) 215-7995,

Cafe Benelux

Inspired by the grand cafes of Lowland Europe, this restaurant is great for any meal of the day or even a cup of coffee with your girlfriends. Enjoy their rooftop dining down in the Third Ward.

346 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, (414) 501-2500,

Cafe Centraal

Cafe Centraal

You’ll be impressed with their bier books and one of Milwaukee’s longest bars. The bier list is long and the food is mouthwatering.

2306 S Kinnickinnic Ave., Bay View, (414) 755-0378,

Cafe Hollander

This is one of my all time favorite places for brunch. Its casual atmosphere is a mixture of your favorite elements of the Benelux region’s rich culture. 

2608 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee, (414) 963-6366,
7677 W. State St., Wauwatosa, (414) 475-6771,

***New for 2017 – Cafe Hollander in Brookfield at The Corners of Brookfield featuring a HUGE rooftop dining area!! 

20150 Union St., Brookfield, WI 53045,(262) 785-4490,

Ginger Tapas

Their private back patio is a great urban setting to enjoy any of their nightly drink specials or delicious appetizers.

235 South 2nd St., Milwaukee, (414) 220-9420,

Good City Brewing

Who doesn’t want to drink fresh beer on the rooftop this summer? Good City Brewing is opening their patio dining on July 1, 2017.

2108 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee, (414) 539-4173,

The Gingerbread House

The Gingerbread House
The Gingerbread House

Cozy cafe in a historic farmhouse serving ice cream & baked & light bites including soup. Sip a cold beverage from mason jars, savor their homemade soups and sandwiches and browse their wide assortment of wines, beers, and cocktails. Find adorable home decor, jewelry and more in their upstairs boutique.

S63 W16147 College Ave., Muskego, (414) 422-9601,

Good Harvest Market

Located in Good Harvest, the Harvest Cafe is home to the only organic salad bar and hot bar in Southeastern Wisconsin! There are three separate outdoor eating areas, including rooftop dining. A couple times a month, you can also find free live music or trivia events.

2205 Silvernail Rd., Waukesha, (262) 544-9380,

Jose’s Blue Sombrero

Known for their fresh guacamole made table-side, Jose’s patio seating is perfectly paired with a signature margarita.

20371 W Bluemound Rd, Brookfield, (262) 432-6667,

8617 N Port Washington Rd, Fox Point, (414) 351-9280

6430 Washington Ave, Mt. Pleasant (Racine), (262) 886-5600

La Fuente

Known for their authentic Mexican menu and margaritas, La Fuente (translated to The Fountain) has a great open patio for dining. Kids menus are available.

625 S. 5th St., Milwaukee, (414) 271-8595,
9155 W. Bluemound Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 771-9900,
2423 Kossow Rd., Waukesha, (262) 717 9400,

La Fuente
La Fuente

La Perla

Grab a bite off of La Perla’s authentic Mexican menu seven days a week. Locally owned and known for their homemade dishes and signature margaritas. This outdoor space is perfect with a patio and open rooftop, fire-pit and unique cabanas.

734 S. 5th St., Milwaukee, (414) 645-9888,

La Perla
La Perla

Mason Street Grill

Floor to ceiling windows open from the lounge to the outdoor patio sharing the live music experience. Enjoy the wall of perennials while sipping on your favorite beverage and ordering from the grill.

425 East Mason St., Milwaukee, (414) 298-3131,

Matty’s Bar & Grille

Voted #1 on WISN A List for the best sports bar, Bloody Mary and burger, Matty’s has three beautiful patios, complete with HDTV’s to catch a Brewer’s game. Their outdoor seating is the perfect spot to sink your teeth into one of their award winning build your own burgers. Or come on a Saturday or Sunday morning for a gourmet breakfast.

14460 W College Ave., New Berlin, (414) 427-3838,

Milwaukee Sail Loft

Not only is there a patio, but there is a patio on the water! Drive by car or by boat to dine at this unique venue for brunch, lunch or dinner.

649 E Erie St., Milwaukee, (414) 223-0100,

O’Lydia’s Bar & Grill

This adorable Irish bar and grill was built in the 1800’s and serves sandwiches and out of this world pub food. 

338 S 1st St., Milwaukee, (414) 271-7546,

Patio Dining Milwaukee
Parkside 23

Parkside 23

PS23 is causal dining and features tasty seasonal menus right from the farm. Live music on Tuesday nights and 1/2 price bottles of wine all day Wednesday. 

PRO TIP :: Call ahead to make a reservation to make sure you get a table, but be aware that YOU CANNOT RESERVE THE PATIO. The patio is first come, first-served. So get there early!

**Be sure to ask about their annual farm suppers where you get to enjoy a 5-course meal under a tent right out in the farm!

2300 Pilgrim Square Dr., Brookfield, (262) 784-7275,

People’s Park

Placed in a landmark building in historic downtown Waukesha, People’s Park offers the best sandwiches and appetizers. I highly recommend the mozzarella sticks! Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday. Rooftop seating open all summer long!

337 W. Main St., Waukesha, (262) 522-6868,

Pier 106 Seafood Tavern

You can enjoy a family meal right on the Milwaukee River on a huge 1,300 square-foot patio! It’s also the docking home to boat cruises including the Edelweiss.

106 W Wells St., Milwaukee, (414)

Pizza Man

The original Pizza Man burned down in a tragic fire in 2010. Rebuilt and better than ever, this venue has an incredible rooftop dining! They also feature a vast collection of wine on tap.

2597 N Downer Ave., Milwaukee, (414) 272-1745,

11500 W Burleigh St, Wauwatosa, WI 53222, (414) 249-2000,

Pizzeria Piccola

Pizzeria Piccola 4
Pizzeria Piccola

Owned by Bartolotta’s and located in the village of Wauwatosa, Pizzeria Piccola serves amazing pizzas out of its wood-burning ovens. Make sure to support a local non-profit or cause on their Society Sundays. They also feature gluten and dairy free pasta and pizza dough!

7606 W. State St., Wauwatosa, (414) 443-0800,


Red Dot

This friendly neighborhood bar offers food and daily drink specials, weekend brunch and for those Canadian lovers, poutine!

2498 N. Bartlett  Ave., Milwaukee, (414) 964-5720,
6715 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 607-1045,

Red Lions Pub

This pub is inspired by all the best of the UK from its decor to its food and drink. Dine on the patio for a great view of the Milwaukee River.

1850 N. Water St., Milwaukee, (414) 431-9009,

The Backyard

You feel just like you’re in your own backyard! Dogs are welcome (with a leash and clean up). Bring your lawn games and chairs. You can even bring some brats to throw on the grill. The menu serves pizza and appetizers. Check out their website for a list of planned events.

2155 S Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee, (414) 751-4087,

The Twisted Fishermen

Welcome the ocean to your table at this riverside seafood shack. The Twisted Fisherman offers fresh seafood, crab, ribs and specialty drinks. Picnic tables offer outdoor seating right along the river.

1200 West Canal Street, Milwaukee, (414) 273-8300,


The view from this Third Ward restaurant is anything but ugly. They describe themselves as “a place of casual sophistication.”

1125 N. Old World 3rd St., Milwaukee, (414) 763-3853,


Best known for its vast sausage menu, Vanguard’s back patio is complete with string lights, picnic tables, and shade.

2659 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Bay View, (414) 539-3593,

Water Buffalo

A casual menu offers a great atmosphere for outdoor riverfront seating.

249 N Water St., Milwaukee, (414) 431-1133,

Wolf Peach

The Wolf Peach is as much about the food as it is about the company. Dishes are designed to encourage sharing and gives it an “eating at the family dinner table” kind of feel. Powered by a wood-fired oven, they use ingredients from local farms to create editable works of art.

1818 N Hubbard St., Milwaukee, (414) 374-8480,

Zen on 7

Zen on 7
Zen on 7

Dine on the seventh-floor observation deck of Hotel Metro, overlooking Milwaukee St. Rooftop space is open to the public from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning in June and when it is not already booked for a private event.

411 E. Mason St., Milwaukee, (414) 272-1937,



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