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Where to Eat Outdoors Around Louisville

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When the weather is warm (and even sometimes when it isn't) Louisvillians love to dine where they can get some breeze and a bit of sunshine. Eater collected reader input and consulted a few other sources to come up with a list of great places to enjoy both food and the great outdoors around our city. Any additions, suggestions or sour grapes are, as always, welcome in our comments section.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Marketplace

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651 S 4th St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 625-3001
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Eater readers have described this "upscale patio" as having "a giant waterfall, nice lounge seating ... tucked away from the crazy of downtown." [Photo: Yelp]

2. Down One Bourbon Bar

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What Eater readers have called "[f]or sure the best patio in downtown" is a nice place to sample over 100 bourbons. [Photo: Facebook]

3. Garage Bar

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700 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 749-7100
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This former gas station's wood-fired pizzas and craft beers are popular year round, but as one Yelper says: "the outdoor seating and ping pong tables are the real reason to go." [Photo: Facebook]

4. Decca

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812 East Market Street
Louisville, KY 40206
Eater readers have described this NuLu spot as "great in the evenings, even better when they have live music going" and "easily the most gorgeous al fresco in town ... maybe the nicest I've ever come across." [Photo: Facebook]

5. The Silver Dollar

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1761 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206
Enjoy this Clifton honky-tonk's whiskies and what one Yelper calls the "best Chicken & Waffles in Louisville" on a 70-seat covered patio. [Photo: Facebook]

6. The Grape Leaf

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2217 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 897-1774
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This venerable Mediterranean restaurant's outdoor seating has been described as "wonderful," with one Yelper claiming: "I've never actually eaten inside and I don't think I'd care to as the outdoor area is really what makes this place so special to me." [Photo: Facebook]

7. Varanese

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2106 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 899-9904
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Chef John Varanese's restaurant has outdoor seating plus a four-season patio area with its own island of indoor/outdoor ambience. [Photo: Facebook]

8. El Mundo

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2345 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206
Hidden behind this this Frankfort Avenue restaurant with its "made-from-scratch take on Mexican and Mexican-American classics" is "one of the city’s liveliest outdoor patios." [Photo: Yelp]

9. Volare

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2300 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 894-4446
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Old school elegance and Italian classics can be enjoyed on this Frankfort Avenue flagship's outdoor patio. [Photo: Facebook]

10. O'Shea's Irish Pub

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956 Baxter Ave
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 589-7373
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Beer, beer cheese and Irish-ish food that goes well with beer are all available at this pub with a patio described as a place worth "drinking all afternoon." [Photo: Facebook]

11. Holy Grale

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1034 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204
Eater readers have described the outdoor setting of this beer-centric, repurposed church as "the backyard you've always wanted." [Photo: Facebook]

12. Ramsi's Cafe On the World

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1293 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 451-0700
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This eclectic Bardstown Road outpost has a patio that reminds one Yelper of "a New Orleans place, with the fountains and decor." [Photo: Facebook]

13. El Camino

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1314 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 454-5417
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What is arguably the city's best Mexican restaurant also has what is arguably the city's best patio, complete with fire pits so it's available year-round. [Photo: Facebook]

14. Seviche A Latin Restaurant

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1538 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40205
Anthony Lamas' award-winning, Latin-inspired cuisine offers tableside-made guacamole, pisco sours and more at several outdoor tables at a corner on Bardstown Road. [Photo: Facebook]

15. 211 Clover Lane

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211 Clover Ln
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 896-9570
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Tucked away in a quiet St. Matthews cul-de-sac, this pleasant little restaurant possesses a quite lovely outdoor dining space. [Photo: Facebook]

16. Corbett's: An American Place

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5050 Norton Healthcare Blvd
Louisville, KY 40241
The restored Van Allmen dairy mansion has a lovely, pillared front porch. Thankfully, it faces away from the Costco next door. [Photo: Facebook]

17. Village Anchor Pub & Roost

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11507 Park Rd
Anchorage, KY 40223
(502) 708-1850
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Kevin Grangier has said he designed his opulent Anchorage restaurant "to look like a French bordello," though this feeling is fainter out on the wrought-iron lanai. There are also two additional outdoor seating areas. [Photo: Facebook]

1. The Marketplace

651 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202
Eater readers have described this "upscale patio" as having "a giant waterfall, nice lounge seating ... tucked away from the crazy of downtown." [Photo: Yelp]
651 S 4th St
Louisville, KY 40202

2. Down One Bourbon Bar

321 Main Street Louisville, KY 40202
What Eater readers have called "[f]or sure the best patio in downtown" is a nice place to sample over 100 bourbons. [Photo: Facebook]

3. Garage Bar

700 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202
This former gas station's wood-fired pizzas and craft beers are popular year round, but as one Yelper says: "the outdoor seating and ping pong tables are the real reason to go." [Photo: Facebook]
700 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40202

4. Decca

812 East Market Street, Louisville, KY 40206
Eater readers have described this NuLu spot as "great in the evenings, even better when they have live music going" and "easily the most gorgeous al fresco in town ... maybe the nicest I've ever come across." [Photo: Facebook]
812 East Market Street
Louisville, KY 40206

5. The Silver Dollar

1761 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206
Enjoy this Clifton honky-tonk's whiskies and what one Yelper calls the "best Chicken & Waffles in Louisville" on a 70-seat covered patio. [Photo: Facebook]
1761 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206

6. The Grape Leaf

2217 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206
This venerable Mediterranean restaurant's outdoor seating has been described as "wonderful," with one Yelper claiming: "I've never actually eaten inside and I don't think I'd care to as the outdoor area is really what makes this place so special to me." [Photo: Facebook]
2217 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206

7. Varanese

2106 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206
Chef John Varanese's restaurant has outdoor seating plus a four-season patio area with its own island of indoor/outdoor ambience. [Photo: Facebook]
2106 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206

8. El Mundo

2345 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206
Hidden behind this this Frankfort Avenue restaurant with its "made-from-scratch take on Mexican and Mexican-American classics" is "one of the city’s liveliest outdoor patios." [Photo: Yelp]
2345 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206

9. Volare

2300 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206
Old school elegance and Italian classics can be enjoyed on this Frankfort Avenue flagship's outdoor patio. [Photo: Facebook]
2300 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206

10. O'Shea's Irish Pub

956 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40204
Beer, beer cheese and Irish-ish food that goes well with beer are all available at this pub with a patio described as a place worth "drinking all afternoon." [Photo: Facebook]
956 Baxter Ave
Louisville, KY 40204

11. Holy Grale

1034 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204
Eater readers have described the outdoor setting of this beer-centric, repurposed church as "the backyard you've always wanted." [Photo: Facebook]
1034 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204

12. Ramsi's Cafe On the World

1293 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204
This eclectic Bardstown Road outpost has a patio that reminds one Yelper of "a New Orleans place, with the fountains and decor." [Photo: Facebook]
1293 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40204

13. El Camino

1314 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204
What is arguably the city's best Mexican restaurant also has what is arguably the city's best patio, complete with fire pits so it's available year-round. [Photo: Facebook]
1314 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204

14. Seviche A Latin Restaurant

1538 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40205
Anthony Lamas' award-winning, Latin-inspired cuisine offers tableside-made guacamole, pisco sours and more at several outdoor tables at a corner on Bardstown Road. [Photo: Facebook]
1538 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40205

15. 211 Clover Lane

211 Clover Ln, Louisville, KY 40207
Tucked away in a quiet St. Matthews cul-de-sac, this pleasant little restaurant possesses a quite lovely outdoor dining space. [Photo: Facebook]
211 Clover Ln
Louisville, KY 40207

16. Corbett's: An American Place

5050 Norton Healthcare Blvd, Louisville, KY 40241
The restored Van Allmen dairy mansion has a lovely, pillared front porch. Thankfully, it faces away from the Costco next door. [Photo: Facebook]
5050 Norton Healthcare Blvd
Louisville, KY 40241

17. Village Anchor Pub & Roost

11507 Park Rd, Anchorage, KY 40223
Kevin Grangier has said he designed his opulent Anchorage restaurant "to look like a French bordello," though this feeling is fainter out on the wrought-iron lanai. There are also two additional outdoor seating areas. [Photo: Facebook]
11507 Park Rd
Anchorage, KY 40223