A Milwaukee Patio for Every Occasion

We rounded up 10 outdoor spaces for every al fresco dining scenario.


This story is part of our Summer Guide from the June Issue of Milwaukee Magazine. To read our full guide to summer fun, order your copy today!


1. Harbor House

550 N. HARBOR DR.

If New England seafood-inspired cuisine, plus a disarming, unparalleled view of Lake Michigan capture your Down East-loving heart… lock down a table on Harbor House’s spacious deck, the next-best thing to being on a sailboat.

Photo courtesy of Bartolotta Restaurants

2. Ca’Lucchenzo

6030 W. NORTH AVE., WAUWATOSA

If you and your mate plan to feed each other fusilli and whisper sweet nothings… bathe in privacy on the verdant, fenced-in yard at Tosa’s Ca’Lucchenzo.

Ca’Lucchenzo; Photo courtesy of Ca’Lucchenzo

 

 

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3. Camino

434 S. SECOND ST.

If soaking in the youthful pulse of Walker’s Point’s Restaurant Row is as obligatory as downing poutine and pierogi… settle into Camino’s narrow, almost secretive outdoor alcove.

4. La Merenda

125 E. NATIONAL AVE. 

If global small plates under the shadow of the Allen-Bradley clock tower is your objective… slip into La Merenda’s flora-drenched oasis complete with outdoor bar, pergola seating and loads of twinkling lights.

Photo courtesy of La Merenda

5. Centro Café

808 E. CENTER ST.

If Bolognese, chianti and a garden plucked (in spirit) from the Italian countryside are your holy trinity of summer night perfection… bask in the backyard at Riverwest’s Centro Café.

6. Zócalo 

636 S. SIXTH ST.

If your belly is begging for no-nonsense street food (bagels to burgers) in a buzzy, vibrant food truck park… the signs point to charming Zócalo. 

Zócalo; Photo courtesy of Zócalo

7. Café at the Plaza

1007 N. CASS ST.

If a cozy, leafy courtyard drawing mimosa-sipping urbanites makes your heart leap… thread through Café at the Plaza’s art deco dining room for its casual but refined outdoor escape – with a side of Plaza eggs Benedict.

8. Eldr+Rime

2300 N. MAYFAIR RD., WAUWATOSA

If you want to be mere steps from retail therapy (Mayfair Mall) but transported to an elegant, Nordic-modern gathering place… Eldr+Rime is your spot to sip aquavit neat.

Photo courtesy of Eldr+Rime

9. Ristorante Bartolotta dal 1993

7616 W. STATE ST., WAUWATOSA

If al fresco is synonymous with cushioned chairs, warm lighting, white tablecloths and words like arrosticini (grilled lamb)… Ristorante Bartolotta dal 1993’s La Terrazza is your Shangri-La – and culinary catapult to regional Italy.

La Terrazza at Ristorante Bartolotta dal 1993; Photo courtesy of Ristorante Bartolotta dal 1993

 

10. Sorella

2535 S. KINNICKINNIC AVE.

If people-watching serenaded by the steady flow of Bay View traffic is your speed… partake of the scene-stealing Duroc pork or a wood-roasted pizza at Sorella, whose patio frames the front of its Kinn Guesthouse location.


 

This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s June Summer Guide issue.

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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.