There is nothing like sitting on a patio with a refreshing beverage during a hot summer day in Cleveland. And with bars, restaurants, and cafes opening (or re-opening) their patios for the summer this month, there’s no shortage of places to go for that summer drink.
Whether you are hoping to meet up with friends or cool off on a warm day, here are some of the best patios in Cleveland!
Note: There are a LOT of patios in Cleveland these days! This list covers some of our favorites across different Cleveland neighborhoods, but know that this isn’t an exhaustive list! It’s also not in any particular order, but rather is grouped roughly by neighborhood.
30 Great Cleveland Patio Restaurants and Bars
Ready to explore the best patios in Cleveland for dinner or drinks? Look no further. I tried to keep these by location, but they are in no particular order.
1. Hofbrauhaus Cleveland
1550 Chester Ave., Cleveland (Downtown)
Prost! While this may sound like a strange first suggestion, Hofbrauhaus is one of the best downtown Cleveland spots with a patio. Only don’t call it a patio… it’s a biergarten!
Full of all of the spirit of the original Hofbrauhaus in Munich, you’ll love the traditional Bavarian fare like bratwurst, potato pancakes, and, of course, beer that follows the Bavarian Beer Purity Law of 1516. This law mandates that only water, hops, barley, and yeast (later added) can be used in beer.
Grab your liter of Dunkel or Hefe Weizen and enjoy the biergarten.
2. Alley Cat Oyster Bar
1056 Old River Rd., Cleveland (The Flats)
Located in the flats (and much less rowdy than Hofbrauhaus) is Alley Cat Oyster Bar. It sits right on the Cuyahoga River leading into Lake Erie, meaning you’ll get beautiful views of kayakers floating down the river, boats passing by, and some fantastic views of both the water and city skyline.
Aside from the obvious oysters you’ve got to order here, don’t forget to try some walleye, scallops, or even a lobster roll as you enjoy a craft beer or a few cocktails including the Cat’s Pajamas (homemade lemonade with Tito’s vodka and choice of no flavoring, blueberry-basil, or strawberry-jalapeno) or Elderflower Fizz (elderflower liqueur, Absolut vodka, lemon, lime, prosecco).
It is the perfect end to a summer day in Cleveland.
3. Lindey’s Lake House
1146 Old River Rd, Cleveland (The Flats)
This place was inspired by the owner’s time each summer at their family lakehouse in Michigan. Today, they bring that spirit (and farm-to-table ingredients) to three amazing locations throughout Cleveland.
However, their best patio has to be the one right on the water in the Flats. Located just under the blue bridge in the Flats, this place has patio living perfected from the adirondack chairs to the astroturf that’ll have you feeling that maybe you are in their little Michigan lake house, too.
When it comes to what to order here, it definitely has to be a cocktail or two to pair with any seafood dish.
4. Collision Bend Brewing Company
1250 Old River Rd, Cleveland (The Flats)
Located on the waterfront down on the east bank of the Flats, this brewery is one of a kind! Not only are they serving up some fantastic beer like the Lake Erie Sunset wheat beer or the Putzfrau Schwarzbier, but they have incredible food to boot!
From watermelon gazpacho on their sharable small plates menu to the hot honey chicken sandwich, this is a great spot for dinner or to get together with friends. Collision Bend has a fantastic patio, too, with views out over the Cuyahoga River.
5. Thirsty Dog East Bank
1085 Old River Rd, Cleveland (The Flats)
Located next door to Lindey’s Lake House, Alley Cat Oyster Bar, and Collision Bend Brewing Company, is another great brewery with a view. Enjoy the water view as you snack on pub food and delicious beer at Thirsty Dog.
Some favorite beers here include the BloodHound Orange IPA, Old Leghumper porter, and, if you happen to be here during the holiday season, the 12 Dogs of Christmas ale.
Perhaps this is a great area for a patio crawl?
6. Rising Star Coffee in Hingetown
1455 W. 29th St., Cleveland (Ohio City)
When we’re talking about Cleveland’s best patios, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention this gem in Ohio City. Rising Star has 5 locations for great coffee around the Cleveland area, but this place in Hingetown is my favorite.
The Hingetown location is their original cafe and is in an old firehouse. They have a beautiful garage door that they open during the warmer months of the year, and have ample seating outside that they share with Larder Delicatessen and Bakery.
While I recommend many of their fantastic pour over coffees, I also love their lattes! Plus, each coffee they serve comes with a little glass of sparkling water – perfect for sitting outside.
This is a great spot for reading or doing some work in the morning before exploring other great Cleveland patios later in the day!
1404 W. 29th St., Cleveland (Ohio City)
Across the street from Rising Star is one of my favorite haunts in Cleveland: Jukebox. It’s been mentioned for its tasty pierogies before, but this bar also has a fantastic patio!
They serve several local beers on tap and have plenty of cocktails and wines to choose from. Plus, when Cleveland sports teams are playing, they have a large projector out on the patio to watch the games!
8. The Harp
4408 Detroit Ave., Cleveland (Ohio City)
This Irish pub and restaurant with a patio is perfect for summer evenings. Their patio is located at the back of the restaurant, and you can order a drink or maybe some fish and chips or shepherd’s pie and enjoy the views over Lake Erie as you watch boats go by. We love hanging out here in the evenings for a beautiful Lake Erie sunset.
Don’t forget to try some great Irish beers like Guinness, Harp, or Smithwicks, or even mix it up with their mixed draughts like Black and Tan (Bass Ale and Guinness), Black and Gold (Great Lakes Brewing Company Dortmunder Gold and Guinness), or Black Velvet (Strongbow Cider and Guinness).
9. Platform Brewing Co
4125 Lorain Ave., Cleveland (Ohio City)
Platform has six locations across Ohio and now Pennsylvania, but their original location that was opened in 2014 is still the best. With over 20 beers on tap and a beautiful outdoor patio, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy some sunshine and a flight of their latest summer beer innovations.
Claim a spot at a picnic table, and try the Twisted Amalgamation, a newly released barrel aged wheat stout, or the Haze Jude hazy IPA. Or you can also always enjoy a refreshing Speed Merchant IPA or Rosellini peach rose apple ale any time of year.
10. Great Lakes Brewing Company
2516 Market Ave., Cleveland (Ohio City)
Great Lakes Brewing Company is a fantastic Cleveland bar with a patio! Great Lakes opened in 1986 in their Ohio City location, and has been brewing up European-style beers ever since.
Located on Market Avenue with views of the West Side Market, this charming street is perfect for people-watching. With ample seating and plenty of shady spots, you can enjoy a crisp summer beer after a long day.
Some classics to try include the Dortmunder Gold lager, Holy Moses white ale, and Burning River IPA. I also recommend some summer brews like the Siren Shores Passion Fruit saison or the Mexican Lager with lime.
11. Market Ave Wine Bar
2521 Market Ave., Cleveland (Ohio City)
If beer isn’t your thing, then cross the street on Market Avenue for this charming wine bar instead. This place also has a lovely patio that looks out towards the West Side Market and Market Square.
Perfect for a date night or relaxing evening drinking with friends, this place serves small plates and has a large wine selection ranging from French Bordeaux to California Pinot Noir.
They also have tasty cocktails and a rotating beer selection. Basically, this place has all of the wonderful drinks to pair with their equally stunning patio.
12. Le Petit Triangle Cafe
1881 Fulton Rd., Cleveland (Ohio City)
Whenever I want to feel like I’ve stepped out of Cleveland and onto an exquisite French sidewalk cafe, I go to this little French bistro in Ohio City.
Specializing in French classics like escargot, crepes, cassoulet, and more, you can enjoy one of Cleveland’s best restaurants along with its cute patio out front of the restaurant. Pair your meal with a glass of French wine, and you have all the ingredients for a great al fresco meal
13. Johnny’s Bar on Fulton
3164 Fulton Rd., Cleveland (Clark-Fulton)
This place dates back to 1920 when it was known as Louise’s Garden, a lovely restaurant with a charming atmosphere. Then, it became Johnny’s Bar in 1952. The garden remains one of Cleveland’s best patios to this day, with ivy crawling up the stone wall and a bubbling fountain surrounded by flowers at the center.
Johnny’s Bar is all about northern Italian cuisine, with dishes like pasta putanaise, veal parmesan, and salt crusted lamb rack. Even if you choose to just go for drinks, they have an award-winning wine menu including wines from Italy, France, and California.
History, a wonderful outdoor space, and delightful food and drink options? It’s the perfect Cleveland restaurant with a patio!
1930 Columbus Rd., Cleveland
Hoopples is a sports bar with beautiful views overlooking the windy Cuyahoga River, and offers one of the best views of downtown Cleveland. It is also next to the Columbus road lift bridge, where you can often spot ships passing through.
Come for a beer and to watch a Cleveland Indians game, or head out onto the beautiful patio with lights strung up, giving it the perfect chill vibe on a summer evening.
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15. Barrio Tremont
806 Literary Rd., Cleveland (Tremont)
Margaritas, salsa, and make-your-own tacos. It’s a simple concept, but it has blown up in the Cleveland area. Barrio now boasts 9 locations in the Greater Cleveland area, East Lansing, Michigan, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. But today, we’re talking all about their flagship location in Tremont.
This place not only has a fabulous mural over their restaurant, but it is the perfect patio for sipping margaritas and chowing down on tacos! Oh… and don’t forget that Stoner Queso! Come for happy hour and stay for a delicious and filling dinner out on their patio in the heart of Tremont.
16. Edison’s Pub
2373 Professor Ave., Cleveland (Tremont)
Some days all you need is a greasy slice of pizza, a cold beer, and a hidden garden patio to enjoy both in. That’s where Edison’s Pub comes in!
Order up pizza by the slice inside and a craft beer at their wooden bar filled with beer memorabilia. Then, enter into the sunshine on their patio, complete with a fountain and ivy growing everywhere.
17. The South Side
2207 W 11th St., Cleveland (Tremont)
This place has it all: brunch, whiskey, and a great happy hour. Aside from that, it also has a wonderful patio that is large and perfect for late night snacking or a sunny brunch with a bloody Mary or other bubbly cocktail.
The South Side made our list of great places to eat pierogi in Cleveland, but it also deserves a shout-out for outdoor dining.
18. The Treehouse
820 College Ave., Cleveland (Tremont)
This spot is pretty unique in that there is a giant fake tree sprouting out from the interior of the restaurant. So while I recommend checking that out, you should also go check out the sprawling patio out back.
Sit under a bright red umbrella as you enjoy the giant Guinness mural on the back wall. Perhaps also order a pint of Guinness and some loaded tots and fries – this is an Irish pub, after all!
19. Terrestrial Brewing
7524 Father Frascati, Cleveland (Edgewater Hill)
If you can’t tell, Cleveland has a lot of fantastic breweries with patios. Terrestrial Brewing is no exception. Only this place, located between downtown and Lakewood and within walking distance of Edgewater Beach, has beautiful views of the lake from their patio.
There are just some places that you go to seasonally for a certain reason. Terrestrial Brewing is a place I love to visit in the summer after a long day of work. I order one of their craft beers like the Chit’s Good New England IPA or Paloma grapefruit and lime sour beer and sit out at a picnic table on their patio.
They are dog friendly, meaning you’ll probably make a friend or two (with or without fur) while sipping a beer and listening to the sounds of the lake.
20. Pier W
12700 Lake Ave., Lakewood
Looking for a Cleveland restaurant with a patio that is a bit more upscale? Look no further than Pier W. Not only does the restaurant have sweeping views over Lake Erie, but the patio is perfect for summer sunsets and calm sounds of the waves.
Designed to look like the hull of a ship, this restaurant dates back to 1965, and aside from their famed views of the city and lake, they are also well-known for happy hour and Sunday brunch.
Grab a delicious seafood dinner here including Maine lobster or Lake Erie walleye, as well as a glass of wine from their extensive wine list.
Note: Patio seating is first-come, first-served, and dinner reservations are usually recommended.
12906 Madison Ave, Lakewood
A Colombian arepa bar AND a fantastic patio? Sold. This place in Lakewood on the west side of Cleveland is always serving up the best arepas as well as other Latin American classics like ceviche, empanadas, pupusas, and crispy plantains.
And while you enjoy the laid back patio atmosphere with twinkle lights, and the tasty food, I also recommend trying out some of their cocktails like a caipirinha, pina colada, or a paloma!
They also have two other great spots in Crocker Park and Larchmere.
22. Toast Cleveland
1365 W. 65th St., Cleveland (Detroit-Shoreway)
Who doesn’t love a dreamy patio complete with string lights and cozy seating? Toast Cleveland is the spot for small plates, cocktails, and, of course, wine.
While I certainly think it’s perfect during the Rose Smackdown event where it competes with Banter for the best old and new world wine each May, it truly is the perfect spot to hang out for drinks anytime.
So come here for the vibrant wine selection like M Cellars Pinot Noir or Portuguese Vinho Verde, and stay for the delicious carrot risotto and curry poached wolffish.
23. Batuqui Brazilian Restaurant
12706 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland (Buckeye-Shaker)
Feel right at home on the patio at this Brazilian restaurant. Created by two Brazilian chefs who wanted to bring authentic Brazilian food and drinks to Cleveland, this place has all of the meaty and delicious Brazilian dishes you’ll love to try right alongside some excellent cocktails (don’t leave without trying a Caipirinha!).
On top of the good food, the back patio is really charming with plants everywhere, making it feel like you’re really in someone’s backyard for a delicious feast!
They often have live music on the patio on weekends.
24. Academy Tavern
12800 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland (Buckeye-Shaker)
This rustic tavern has been serving food here in Cleveland since 1939! This place may not look like there is much going on inside from the front of it, but out back there is a huge patio complete with live music on select evenings.
So for dinner, drinks, and fantastic jams, opt for Academy Tavern for a great Cleveland patio.
25. Felice Urban Cafe
12502 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland (Buckeye-Shaker)
Located just down the street from Larchmere Tavern, this gem on the eastside of Cleveland wants you to feel at home. It is even located in a turn-of-the-century home!
This restaurant has it all: first floor dining room, bar on the second floor, one of the best patios in Cleveland in the back, and locally grown food (some from their own garden)!
Here they serve both small, large, and even family-style plates ranging from crispy goat cheese, pork belly banh-mi, and the always comforting mac n cheese.
For American fusion comfort food and a delightful patio, this is the perfect combination for a Cleveland restaurant.
26. East 55th On the Lake
5555 N Marginal Rd, Cleveland
Located right on Lake Erie on the East 55th Street Marina east of downtown, this spot is perfect for watching people cruise past on their boats, or perhaps enjoying a sunset on this large patio restaurant in Cleveland.
Enjoy their seafood meals and a cold beer as you relax and get on Lake Erie time.
27. Guarino’s Restaurant
12309 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland (Little Italy)
Opened in the early 1900s by Italian immigrant Vincenzo Guarino, what started out as a tavern slowly evolved into a restaurant. It was Vincenzo’s son Sam who had the garden out back built for formal dining, and the patio even has a trumpet vine that was planted by Vincenzo still standing today.
While you’ll enjoy the Victorian-style decor inside this establishment in Little Italy, this place is also well-known as having one of the best patios in Cleveland!
Definitely grab a classic cocktail like a Negroni or Manhattan before tasting their Italian American classics like lasagna (a 50-year old recipe!) or veal marsala.
28. The Fairmont
2448 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights
Serving up seasonal ingredients and herbs from their own garden, The Fairmont has a delicious variety of food including flatbreads, poke, burgers, and vegan cuisine.
But more importantly, they are a fantastic Cleveland bar with a patio! This huge patio surrounded by lush green plants and a cocktail bar is perfect for sipping on beer, wine, or one of their many cocktails, including a long list of martinis.
If you are searching for Cleveland patios on the East Side, this is the place to go!
29. Boss Dog Brewing Co.
2179 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights
I love a place with a huge garage door that can be lifted so everyone in the restaurant can enjoy the breeze on a beautiful day. That is what Boss Dog Brewing Co. offers. The door also extends out onto a huge patio with ample lights and even heat lamps for chillier autumn evenings.
Check out their Belgian Blonde ale, Hazelnut Latte Milk Stout, or snag a flight of beer and head out onto the patio for a perfect end to a Cleveland day.
30. Anatolia Cafe
2270 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights
This little Turkish cafe has a delightful patio right along the sidewalk on Lee Road, making it perfect for people-watching. It’s also perfect for enjoying tasty Turkish and Mediterranean dishes like kebabs, falafel, hummus, and of course baklava for dessert!
This laid back Cleveland restaurant with a patio is great for a casual date night in Cleveland Heights.
Honorable mention: East 4th St.
Also, we can’t talk about patios without talking about E. 4th St. downtown. The whole street off Euclid is basically one big patio; all of the restaurants here offer outdoor seating.
Some favorite spots here include Mabel’s BBQ, Zocalo Tequileria, Butcher and the Brewer, and Flannery’s Pub.
What is your favorite patio in Cleveland?
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Kat is a Cleveland transplant and has lived here for over 4 years. She loves to eat, drink, and explore the gems across the city, and has made it her personal mission to find the best breweries and pizza in Northeast Ohio. She also runs a couples travel blog and podcast called World Wide Honeymoon.