Readers’ Choice: Best Summer Patios 2016

You voted for your favorite restaurant patios in Milwaukee. Here are the results.

Back in March 2016, when we were merely dreaming about the summer months, we asked you — our readers — about your favorite restaurant patio in Milwaukee.

And now, the results are in, and patio season is here. Here are your picks for the best restaurant patios in town.

First place:

Harbor House
The view is “Amazing. I take out-of-town visitors there and they fall in love with Milwaukee,” says Brooke VandeBerg.

Second Place (tie):

Cafe Benelux
Amy Siegel likes the Third Ward rooftop deck’s “chill vibe,” ambiance and the drink selection, which includes many Belgian beers.

Wolf Peach
A.J. Bayatpour would like to “start every day” with a coffee or bloody mary and “those incredible potato latkes,” not to mention “that view!”

The Yard at the Iron Horse Hotel 
Says Katie Jones-Kowalski: “Between the cheese curds and the ‘hum of the Harleys,’ I can almost feel summer!”

Runners Up:

Third Place: Wine Maniacs (closed)
Fourth Place: Tess
Fifth Place (tie): Barnacle Bud’sBel-Air Cantina, The Knick, La Merenda



Dan Shafer was the digital editor at Milwaukee Magazine. Dan joined the magazine as assistant editor in 2014 and wrote the November 2014 cover story, "Downtown Horizons." He's worked as a reporter at BizTimes Milwaukee and an editor at ThirdCoast Digest. Contact him at He's on Twitter @danshaferMKE.