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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.

The Marketplace

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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]

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]

Garage Bar

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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]
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]

The Silver Dollar

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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]

The Grape Leaf

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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]

Varanese

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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]

El Mundo

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

O'Shea's Irish Pub

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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]

Holy Grale

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

Ramsi's Cafe On the World

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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]

El Camino

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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]

Seviche A Latin Restaurant

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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]

211 Clover Lane

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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]

Corbett's: An American Place

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

Village Anchor Pub & Roost

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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]

The Marketplace

Eater readers have described this "upscale patio" as having "a giant waterfall, nice lounge seating ... tucked away from the crazy of downtown." [Photo: Yelp]

Down One Bourbon Bar

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

Garage Bar

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]

Decca

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]

The Silver Dollar

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]

The Grape Leaf

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]

Varanese

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

El Mundo

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]

Volare

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

O'Shea's Irish Pub

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]

Holy Grale

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

Ramsi's Cafe On the World

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

El Camino

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]

Seviche A Latin Restaurant

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]

211 Clover Lane

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

Corbett's: An American Place

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