Written by: Steve Stover
Date: June 1, 2018

The patio at Basi Italia in Victorian Village is open nine months out of the year. Photo: Steve Stover

It seems that almost every restaurant has a patio, terrace, deck or place on the sidewalk to sit and enjoy the warm weather along with some good food. According to my count, there are more than 300 spots in Columbus.

I’m always on the lookout for pleasant outdoor settings and good food. Plus, Columbus will have at least a dozen rooftop bars by this summer.

Here are my top outdoor dining venues to enjoy.

The Classics

The patio/terrace of the German Village restaurant plus the ever-popular roof-level deck is still hot after all these years.

Basi Italia
Tucked away in Victorian Village, Basi has a nine-month patio with great Italian food, friendly servers and lovely flowers in the warmer months.

Another German Village spot with a wonderful fenced patio setting plus great Mediterranean food.

Hidden Treasures

Shokko at the Columbus Museum of Art
Head over the art museum and relax at one of the tables in the sculpture garden.

Moretti’s of Arlington
The first of two Upper Arlington hidden patios on our hidden treasures list offers a fountain and landscaping.

This pleasant garden patio provides an escape from a nearby busy Upper Arlington intersection with great food and an outstanding happy hour.

Great Views

Cafe Istanbul
Located on Riverside Drive, the Turkish eatery, provides gorgeous views of the Scioto River valley.

M at Miranova
This downtown spot provides great views of the city.

Milestone 229
Another downtown lookout with views of the Scioto River.

Check out the gourmet pizzera’s location on Riverside Drive in Upper Arlington for a covered patio overlooking the Scioto River.

Most Romantic

Seven Stars at the Worthington Inn
The historic inn features a covered patio with sparkling lights and excellent food.

Great Food And A Patio, Too

The Refectory
The upscale French restaurant has bistro menu for $29.95, “10 for $10” wine tastings and an excellent wine list.

G. Michael’s
Another German Village spot with a small, cozy patio and wonderful food.

Great Patios For People Watching

Located in Old Dublin, Tucci’s has with terrific food and value, a great wine list and music seven nights a week.

La Chatelaine
Great French fare and a patio at its three locations on High Street in Worthington, Lane Avenue in Upper Arlington and in old Dublin.

New And Notable

In the former Alana’s location, Trillium offers a large, pleasant patio right on High Street just north of Ohio State which provides space for some epic people watching.

Great Gastropub Patios With Good Food

The Crest
The Clintonille location has a lovely garden, indoor-outdoor seating and lively scene.

Flatiron Bar & Diner
A quiet oasis in downtown within walking distance of Nationwide Arena and the Greater Columbus Convension Center.

Rooftop Bars

This is the latest outdoor dining trend and there will be at least a dozen in Columbus by this summer

The new rooftop bar at the Dublin Bridge Park complex at Riverside Drive and state Route 161, has a Spanish/South American tapas-style menu and weekend brunch.

The rooftop event space and restaurant atop the Smith Brothers Hardware Building on North 4th Street has fabulous views of the city and a lively bar scene.

Lindey’s in German Village makes its second appearance on our lists with a roof level covered deck.

Grandview Cafe
The historic Grandview Heights restaurant returned in 2017 with is covered balcony.

Platform Brewing
The brewery out of Cleveland has a rooftop bar at its North 6th Street tap house.

Seventh Son Brewing
The brewery on North 4th Street just opened its rooftop bar this spring.

BrewDog DogTap
The brewer’s Franklinton taproom location features a rooftop patio.

Crest Gastropub
The Crest in Clintonville also features rooftop garden.

Little Rock Bar in Italian Village

Callahan’s near the North Market

Coming Soon

The Short North Food Hall will soon have a rooftop bar.

Cameron Mitchell enters the fray with a new, as yet unknown concept, high atop the new building at 711 N High Street in the Short North

What have we missed? Please feel free to add your thoughts by emailing allsides@wosu.org.