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The Al Fresco Experience
These top 15 patios offer views of the best of Milwaukee.


Photo by Adrea Bartley.

Barnacle Bud’s: An outdoor oyster bar, plus picnic benches aplenty, on the deck at this hideaway along the Kinnickinnic River. 1955 S. Hilbert St., 414-481-9974; barnacle-buds.com.

Roots Restaurant and Cellar: Two tiers of patios surrounded by greenery. An unsurpassed skyline view from Brewers Hill. 1818 N. Hubbard St., 414-374-8480; rootsmilwaukee.com.

Milwaukee Sail Loft: Eat lobster boil or sustainable surf and turf on the maritime Milwaukee with views of the harbor. 649 E. Erie St., 414-223-0100; milwaukeesailloft.com.

Rustico: The long, narrow restaurant leads to two levels of dining on the Third Ward end of the RiverWalk. 223 N. Water St., 414-220-9933; rusticopizzeria.com.

Café Benelux & Market: The only Milwaukee restaurant with a rooftop patio. Watch out for the birds! 346 N. Broadway, 414-501-2500; cafebenelux.com.

The Wicked Hop: Sidewalk tables set up under the awning across the street from Milwaukee Public Market. 345 N. Broadway, 414-233-0345; thewickedhop.com.

Brocach Irish Pub: Large second-floor terrace that hosts Monday Movie Night (free kettle corn). Check the website for movie schedule. 1850 N. Water St., (414) 431-9009; brocach.com/Milwaukee.

Water Buffalo: Stellar views of the Milwaukee skyline and the river from the two-story terrace. 249 N. Water St., 414-431-1133; waterbuffalomilwaukee.com.

Rock Bottom Brewery: Spacious patio, on the west side of the Milwaukee River, close to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Pabst Theater and other venues. 740 N. Plankinton Ave., 414-276-3030; rockbottom.com/Milwaukee.

Alterra at the Lake: Sunny location close to Lafayette Hill, the Oak Leaf Trail and Milwaukee Sailing Center. 1701 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., 414-223-4551; alterracoffee.com.

Café Hollander: Large Downer Avenue patio great for group dining, romantic evenings and people watching. 2608 N. Downer Ave., 414-963-6366; www.cafehollander.com/downeravenue.

Trocadero Gastrobar: The Euro-style furniture shares space on this indoor/outdoor heated patio with a fountain and various potted greenery. 1758 N. Water St., 414-272-0205; ztrocadero.com.

Crazy Water: Cozy covered, screened-in space at the back of the building. 839 S. Second St., 414-645-2606; crazywatermilwaukee.com.

Meritage: A cozy quiet patio in back of the building seats 40. 5921 W. Vliet St., 414-479-0620; milwaukeefood.com/meritage.

Juniper 61: The backyard terrace serves as a retreat from the bustle of North Avenue. 6030 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, 414-727-6161; juniper61.com.

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