We Mapped Out 10 Must-Visit Outdoor Patios for You

Outdoor dining season is here! These local restaurants will help you make the most of it.

1. Bavette

330 E. MENOMONEE ST. | 414-273-3375

This eatery/butcher shop has some of the best sandwiches in town, plus a relaxing view of Catalano Square in the Third Ward. Our dining critic, Ann Christenson, recommends the roasted cauliflower-grape salad, charcuterie plate and pork banh mi sandwich. Oh, and on Wednesday nights they grill burgers. 

2. Café at the Plaza

1007 N. CASS ST. | 414-276-2101

You’re going to want to order the bloody mary here while enjoying a morning in the sun. Breakfast is on the menu as well as a changing collection of seasonal pastries. The historic café is also known for its picturesque ivy-covered courtyard, so bring your cameras, too. 


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Photo courtesy of centro

3. centro

808 E. CENTER ST. | 414-455-3751

Descend stone steps to centro’s sunken patio and garden. Savor their curated Italian wine list, sumptuous salads, pasta and pizza; including many gluten-free and vegan options. This charming patio is perfect for a date night as well as for larger groups.


4. DanDan

360 E. ERIE ST. | 414-488-8036

If you love Asian fusion cuisine, then this patio is an absolute must. Dan Van Rite and Dan Jacobs are the minds behind the menu, which includes Dim Sum, dumplings, noodles and, of course, a mouth-watering list of house specials. The patio is spacious with lights strung from the shaded pergola. 

5. Eldr+Rime

2300 N. MAYFAIR RD., WAUWATOSA | 414-867-9200

Ann recently reviewed this “Scandinavian Delight.” The menu fills the Milwaukee-sized hole for Scandinavian cuisine, and the patio is a showstopper. Comfort is the name of the game at this massive patio. The seats are made of birch with deep cushions. Definitely order the Swedish meatball sliders.

6. Gingerbread House 

S63 W16147 COLLEGE AVE., MUSKEGO | 414-422-9601

If you’re into farmhouse-style food and decor, look no further than the patio at Muskego’s Gingerbread House. While you dine on the patio of the adorable red barn, you may notice some chickens and ducks roaming the property. 


Photo courtesy of Crossroads Collective

7. Crossroads Collective

2238 N. FARWELL AVE. | 414-763-9081

The best way to enjoy the colorful patio at Crossroads Collective is to order from multiple vendors. The large outdoor dining space supports nine local small businesses, so no matter what you’re craving, there is something for everyone. You can order from your table using QR codes or step inside and visit the vendor stalls. Plus, there’s wine, beer, cocktails and coffee available from the Pharmacy Bar. 


8. Honeypie Café

2569 S. KINNICKINNIC AVE. | 414-747-1007

Honeypie recently reopened at a new location on KK in Bay View. The patio has 16 tables and features a new walk-up order window. Like at the old location, the menu remains drool-worthy. You won’t want to miss out on their ground brisket burger with a sunnyside-up egg or Friday night fish fry. 

9. Milwaukee Public Market 

400 N. WATER ST. | 414-336-1111

The Milwaukee Public Market is a fan-favorite, and a must have on any patio guide. Sit outside and enjoy bustling Water Street after taking your pick from one of the food vendors inside. The market will be introducing a new vendor this summer. It’s Pat’s Rib Place, which was once listed as one of Oprah’s favorite things. 


Photo courtesy of Tofte’s Table

10. Tofte’s Table


You’ll find owners Jason and Cristina Tofte right out front at this local family restaurant. Comfort foods like short ribs, chicken drumsticks drizzled in maple and more make for a delicious menu. The patio is cozy and shaded for your comfort. This cozy dining spot is definitely worth the drive. 




Alli Watters is the digital and culture editor at Milwaukee Magazine. That means that in addition to running this website, she covers art, entertainment, style, home and more for the magazine. It also means she doesn't sleep much.