Summer means dining al fresco. Youcan eat outdoors at home, but hey, take a break and try out a few of the area’s restaurants that have patios.
If you are into waterfront dining, check out La Roes in Grand Rapids along the Maumee River; the Docks lineup of restaurants from Italian to seafood on the east side across from downtown Toledo; Webber’s Waterfront Restaurant and the River Cafe in Point Place along the Ottawa River; Bay Shore Supper Club in Oregon for a Lake Erie view, the Lighthouse on Broadway along the Maumee River; or call to check hours for public dining at Maumee River Yacht Club on the Maumee River and Toledo Yacht Club on Summit Street in Bay View Park.
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There are also many other outdoor patios, not on the water, but they provide a fun way to enjoy the outdoors. Herbie’s in Haskins has swinging seats at the bar outside. Chowders ‘N Moor in Waterville is popular for a quick bite. In Perrysburg on Lousiana Avenue there are a host of restaurants with outdoor patios including Casa Barron, Swig, Stella’s, and Zingo’s Mediterranean. Nearby, Fifth Street Pub has a screened porch.
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Levis Commons has Bar Louie with a two-story terrace, Tea Tree Asian Bistro, Belle Wine & Martini Lounge, or across the street, Social, a Gradkowski restaurant.
Cigar Affair’s Cigarden in Maumee is a hidden respite.
Maumee also has Degage Jazz Cafe and Mancy’s Bluewater Grille. Caper’s Restaurant and Bar on South Byrne Road has a good-sized patio.
In Sylvania is the Village Inn with a laidback deck and at Element 112 a patio. Still more outdoor dining options include Burger Bar 419, Bar 145, Treo, Shorty’s True American Roadhouse, Mancy’s Italian, Ciao! Ristorante, Loma Linda’s, and Ventura’s.
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Rosie’s Italian Grille has an enclosed patio with a fountain. El Camino Real at Douglas Road and Sylvania Avenue has a big enclosed patio with umbrella tables, so who would know one is on a busy street?
If you are in downtown Toledo, stop at Ye Olde Durty Bird, Bronze Boar, Cock N Bull, and Packo’s at the Park for outdoor patios or PizzaPapalis which has open-air dining. Also in the vicinity are Manos Greek Restaurant, which has a courtyard and an upstairs deck; Manhattan’s, and Wesley’s as well as San Marco’s. The Melt Shoppe in Bowling Green is nice, too.
Or take a drive to Mon Ami in Port Clinton where there is a large outdoor patio for dining while listening to live music. For country club casual dining outdoors, Chez Francois, a 5-star restaurant in Vermillion is popular. One can watch boats pass by on the Vermillion River headed into Lake Erie.
I am sure I didn’t get them all, so if there is a favorite place you like that was not mentioned, let me know.
Barbara Hendel is The Blade’s society editor | Contact her at: email@example.com or 419 - 724 - 6124