If you're looking for a place to enjoy the outdoors while you indulge in a quality meal, your search needn't extend beyond the Greater Cleveland area.
From taco joints on the water to a place where burgers and lakefront views go hand-in-hand, there's surely a spot for you to relish the warmer weather.
Check out our guide to 20 places to dine outdoors in the Greater Cleveland area.
The rooftop happy hour is an ideal setting for drinks as you overlook the river from the East Bank of the Flats. Stare at the sunset while you indulge in some top-notch seafood.
Where: 1056 Old River Road, Cleveland
The views don't get much better than this. Azure Rooftop Lounge at The Nine provides an Instagram-worthy view overlooking the heart of downtown Cleveland. Top it off with crab cakes and cocktails to create the perfect Cleveland experience.
Where: The 9 - Level 12, 2017 E. 9th St., Cleveland
Barrio's Tremont location is basically the go-to spot to smash some customized tacos and margaritas. Don't forget about the happy hour specials!
Where: 806 Literary Road, Tremont
Eat tacos on the water. Enjoy. Repeat.
Where: 1146 Old River Road, Cleveland
Collision Bend Brewing Co.
Collision Bend is brand new to Cleveland's East Bank. The result of a partnership between Luke Purcell and Zack Bruell, the brewery and restaurant has a spacious deck and outdoor bar overlooking the Cuyahoga River.
Where: 1250 Old River Road, Cleveland
E. 55th on the Lake
Run by the Metro Parks, E. 55th is the more casual sister to Merwin's Wharf. The patio sits near a sand volleyball court with views of the water. It's an ideal place to eat some bar food and kick back.
Where: 5555 N. Marginal Road, Cleveland
Edison's outdoor space is essentially like eating pizza in someone's backyard. You can hang out at a table and eat some of Cleveland's best pizza without feeling too fussy. Plus, you can bring your pup.
Where: 2373 Professor Ave., Tremont
Brunch time at The Harp is a must for any Clevelander. The menu mixes Irish-inspired eats with more contemporary cuisine, and the drink offerings are ideal for all tastes. Or, swing by in the evening and listen to some live bands while you overlook the Shoreway.
Where: 4408 Detroit Ave., Cleveland
Humble Wine Bar
No, we're not referring to the Kendrick Lamar song, though you will want to sit down here. Humble's got a wine list to accommodate both aficionados and amateurs, so sit outside and watch the people wandering through downtown Lakewood.
Where: 15400 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
Overlook the Chagrin Falls as you enjoy Jekyll's Kitchen's bar and cabana. You'll have an inimitable view of the falls and a diverse menu with options like sushi, pizza and burgers. Don't forget the cocktails.
Where: 17 River St., Chagrin Falls
Lockview's rooftop patio is one of Akron's best outdoor dining spots if you're in search of a low-key, secluded area. It's perfect for dinner and drinks beneath the stars.
Where: 207 S. Main St., Akron
Merry Arts' back patio is a gem if you're seeking a spot to carry some conversation as you watch some soccer. Taco Night on Mondays and Thursday is highly recommended.
Where: 15607 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
Merwin's Wharf is owned and operated by Cleveland Metroparks. It's got a stellar view of the Cuyahoga River, so you can watch the huge cargo ships roll by as you dine.
Where: 1785 Merwin Ave., Cleveland
Portage Lakes' On Tap puts you right on the water, so you can spend a summer evening watching people dock their boats before grabbing dinner and listening to some live music.
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Where: 562 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron
Porco's is a fun place to pretend you're at a friend's backyard party. The fenced-in patio is low-key with plastic flamingos and a tiny waterfall, making it the perfect hipster tiki party setting to try some of Porco's tropical cocktails.
Where: 2527 W. 25th St., Ohio City
Rocky River Wine Bar
Enjoy the evening air as you fill up on moscato and flatbreads. Wine Bar is a mellow, secluded joint, perfect for classier conversation.
Where: 1313 Linda St., Rocky River
The name of this place speaks for itself. Watch the sunset over Fairport Harbor while you dine on some fresh fish. Stop by on weekend evenings for live entertainment, and don't forget the Bloody Mary bar on Sundays.
Where: 625 Prospect St., Fairport Harbor
Eat local and watch the Indians game. Town Hall has outdoor seating out front and in back. Have some brunch before heading over to the West Side Market to do your grocery shopping.
Where: 1909 W. 25th St., Ohio City
Sit outside, drink beer and eat some pork belly nachos. 'Nuff said.
Where: 2572 Scranton Road, Tremont
Whiskey Island is the ideal spot for those who are family-friendly and no-frills. Packed with rows of picnic tables, the outdoor spot sits along the marina for stellar views. You can order some standard bar food, meaning it'll make perfect sense to wash it down with a Corona.
Where: 2800 Whiskey Island, Cleveland
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