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Milwaukee Outdoor Dining: The Best Patio and Rooftop Dining in the Milwaukee Area
Any true Wisconsinite will tell you, we brave the bitter cold winters in this state because the summers are absolutely incredible. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a tasty cocktail, delicious dinner and good conversation with friends and family, while dining on a patio – especially one overlooking one of our many beautiful lakes!
Here in the Milwaukee-area we have a plethora of rooftop and patio dining options. So, get that babysitter lined up, grab yourself a reservation and enjoy some time outdoors. Or, bring the kiddos and make it a family affair! No matter what you’re craving, there’s a patio for you.
Ann’s Italian Restaurant
Ann’s offers not only yummy classic Italian food, but a patio with shade for the hot days and heaters for the cool ones.
5969 S. 108th Pl., Hales Corners, (414) 425-5040, annsitalian.com
Enjoy the beautiful outdoor courtyard just off of the bustle of Brady Street.
1716 N. Arlington Pl., (414) 755-0099 , balzacwinebar.com
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.
95 N Moorland Road, Brookfield, WI 53005, 262-505-6319, barlouie.com
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, barnaclebuds.com
Bel Air Cantina
Milwaukeeans have loved Bel Air for quite a while, but the newly remodeled 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, belaircantina.com
Ringed by a vintage-style fence and dotted with planters, this patio includes lounge furniture beside the fire pit.
606 N. Genesee St., Delafield, (262) 303-5066 belfrekitchen.com
Boone and Crocket
Located on the Milwaukee River, the patio overlooks the Hoan Bridge and is a great way to take in a Milwaukee night. Check out the Light the Horn light schedule and take in the show while you dine.
818 S Water St, Milwaukee, (414) 212-8115 boonemilwaukee.com
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 with a gorgeous view of Milwaukee.
346 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, (414) 501-2500, cafebenelux.com
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, cafecentraal.com
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. The Tosa location is perfect for littles who love to train watch. The Brookfield location has one of the best rooftop patio’s in Brookfield. And, the Downer location is filled with historical charm!
2608 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee, (414) 963-6366, cafehollander.com
7677 W. State St., Wauwatosa, (414) 475-6771, cafehollander.com
5900 W Mequon Rd., Mequon, WI 53092, (262) 236-0107, cafehollander.com
20150 Union St., Brookfield (262) 785-4490, cafehollander.com
One of Milwaukee’s newest rooftop patio, Central Standard has crafted a space that overlooks downtown with spectacular views. They even have a full mocktail menu – perfect for kiddos or pregnant mamas!
320 E Clybourn St, Milwaukee (414) 455-8870, thecentralstandard.com
Featuring a patio with a pergola strung with lights where you can enjoy your dim sum, noodles, or stir fry.
360 E. Erie St, Milwaukee (414) 488-8036, dandanmke.com
Fuel Café’s new 5th Street location offers a great outdoor space to grab a cup of joe or a yummy meal.
630 S 5th St, (414)-847-9580, fuelcafe.com
Good City Brewing
Who doesn’t want to drink fresh craft beer on the rooftop this summer? Check out their newest location at the Mayfair Collection in Wauwatosa – featuring lawn games and patio dining!
2108 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee, (414) 539-4343, goodcitybrewing.com
333 W. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee, (414) 539-4343, goodcitybrewing.com
11200 W Burleigh St, Wauwatosa, (414) 539-4343, goodcitybrewing.com
The Gingerbread House
A 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, gingerbreadfarmhouse.com
Jose’s Blue Sombrero
Known for their fresh guacamole made table-side, Jose’s patio seating is perfectly paired with a signature margarita.
7615 W State St., Wauwatosa, (414) 453-2300, josesbluesombrero.com
N Port Washington Rd, Fox Point, (414) 351-9280, josesbluesombrero.com
6430 Washington Ave, Mt. Pleasant (Racine), (262) 886-5600, josesbluesombrero.com
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.
9155 W. Bluemound Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 771-9900, ilovelafuente.com
Leff’s Lucky Town
What used to be a tiny gas station is now one of Tosa’s favorite summertime outdoor dining spots.
7208 W. State St., Wauwatosa (414) 258-9886, leffs.com
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, masonstreetgrill.com
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, mattysbar.com
Milwaukee Sail Loft
Not only is there a patio, but there is a patio on the water! Come by car or by boat to dine at this unique venue for brunch, lunch, or dinner.
649 E Erie St., Milwaukee, (414) 223-0100, milwaukeesailloft.com
Movida at Hotel Madrid
Travel to Spain without leaving Milwaukee. The expansive patio will transport you while completely satisfying your taste buds.
600 S 6th St., (414) 488-9146, Hotelmadridmke.com
O’Lydia’s Bar & Grill
This adorable Irish bar and grill was built in the 1800s and serves sandwiches and out of this world pub food.
338 S 1st St., Milwaukee, (414) 271-7546, olydias.com
An upscale cocktail spot on the 9th-floor rooftop of the Kimpton Journeyman Hotel in the Third Ward, The Outsider is a great stop for a sultry summer evening spent downtown when you are dressed to impress. Appetizers are available, but this spot is definitely better suited for an elevated social experience with craft cocktails.
810 East Chicago St, Milwaukee, (414) 291-3980, outsiderrooftop.com
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 on the farm!
2300 Pilgrim Square Dr., Brookfield, (262) 784-7275, parkside23.com
Placed in a landmark building in historic downtown Waukesha, People’s Park offers the best sandwiches and appetizers. I highly recommend the wasabi green beans! Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday. Rooftop dining open all summer long!
337 W. Main St., Waukesha, (262) 522-6868, peoplesparkwaukesha.com
The original Pizza Man burned down in a tragic fire in 2010. Rebuilt and better than ever, their East Side venue has an incredible rooftop dining! They also feature a vast collection of wine on tap.
2597 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee, (414) 272-1745, pizzamanwi.com
11500 W. Burleigh St., Wauwatosa, WI 53222, (414) 249-2000, pizzamanwi.com
7974 S. Main St., Oak Creek, WI 53154, (414) 856-1000, pizzamanwi.com
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! NOTE: Pizzeria Piccola is temporarily closed. Visit their website for an update on status.
7606 W. State St., Wauwatosa, (414) 443-0800, pizzeriapiccola.com
Red Lion Pub
This pub is inspired by all the best in 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, redlionpubmke.com
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
When you hit Rock Bottom, you’ll not only enjoy the handcrafted brews and their made-from-scratch food, but you’ll feel a connection to the locals and the location that just doesn’t happen at many other restaurants. Plus, how can you go wrong enjoying a beer on their beautiful patio, directly on the Milwaukee Riverwalk?
740 N Plankinton Ave, Milwaukee, (414) 276-3030, rockbottom.com/locations/milwaukee/
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, thebackyardmke.com
The Twisted Fisherman
Welcome the ocean to your table at this riverside seafood shack. The Twisted Fisherman offers fresh seafood, crab, ribs, and specialty drinks. Picnic tables and Adirondack chairs offer outdoor seating right along the river.
1200 W. Canal St., Milwaukee, (414) 273-8300, www.twistedfisherman.com
Third Space Brewing
Dog friendly and beer friendly, this beer garden is located adjacent to the tap room. Grab a beer and catch some rays. Outside and carry-in food is welcome (dogs only permitted outside).
1505 W St Paul Ave, Milwaukee, 414-909-BEER, thirdspacebrewing.com
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, vanguardbar.com
If you’re looking to celebrate Milwaukee’s German heritage, this one’s for you. Von Trier’s patio is tucked behind the building and offers an escape to enjoy your dining experience.
2235 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, (414) 272-1775, vontriers.com
The Wicked Hop
Boasting tons of outdoor seating under a huge metal awning, this is the perfect place for people watching.
345 N. Broadway St., (414) 223-0345, thewickedhop.com
With nearly 5,000 square feet of space featuring upholstered sectionals and a comfortable upscale vibe, you’ll feel like you’re in a whole different city.
500 W. Florida St., (414) 831-4615, theironhorsehotel.com
Obviously there are plenty of options to get out there and enjoy the weather while enjoying a fantastic dining experience. Where are your favorite stops for patio and rooftop dining in Milwaukee?