Sitting outside in the evening as the sun sets, sipping a glass of wine, or eating a delicious meal is a great way to experience Union County’s beautiful outdoors. Patio dining creates an atmosphere of relaxation as you enjoy a meal or drink with friends or family. There are many different types of outdoor dining settings in Union County, from patios and decks to sidewalk cafes. Some restaurants offer covered outdoor seating, which can be an excellent option for dining in the rain or heat. Pick your venue style from our list of the best outdoor patios in central Ohio.
Best Patios for Live Music
Benny’s Pizza Pub and Patio is one of the premier outdoor patios in central Ohio; come for the pizza and stay for the atmosphere. Sit back and savor one of the succulent appetizers and listen to the band before your pizza arrives.
Ramsey's Patio offers a vibrant atmosphere with a stage for live music, a well-stocked bar, and comfortable tables and chairs. Alongside its lively ambiance, they serve excellent pizza.
Known for its barbecue and live music, The Grainery in Plain City, Ohio, kicks off the weekends with some of the best live entertainment around. Find a table on the spacious outdoor patio for delicious food, cold drinks, and an evening of singing along with the band.
Tip: Order the candied bacon; it will blow your mind.
Best Patios for Pets
Bring Fido with you on your cruise through Union County’s backroads to Dalton Union Winery and Brewery. Their dog-friendly patio welcomes your whole family for an evening on one of their patios, enclosed or outside. Sought-after food trucks are available every weekend, so pair your drink with something from the truck.
Walking Distance Brewing Co. is a brewery specializing in small-batch beer and seltzer. Located in a historic building in Uptown Marysville, the brewery features a lovely patio where visitors can relax and enjoy their drinks. One unique feature of the patio is that it is dog-friendly, allowing pet owners to bring their furry friends along.
Tip: Dalton Union has a dog water bowl available on the porch.
Patios for People Watching
If you're looking for a place to kick back and relax with friends on a sunny afternoon, then look no further than Old Bag of Nails. This uptown Marysville eatery is known for its fish and chips, served with a mountain of light and crispy fish, and a heaping dose of chips (fries) is the best around.
Tip: Pick a table with an umbrella facing the street; you can’t beat people-watching from this outdoor dining space.
In warm weather, Leon’s Garage rolls up the front doors and spreads out the restaurant to the outside, creating a duplicitous dining experience. One of the unique features is the self-serve beer on tap; grab a card at the start of the evening and scan to serve yourself up from the wide range of brews.
Homestead Taproom and Kitchen is a culinary haven that offers a delightful gastronomic experience. Additionally, their spacious and inviting patio provides a perfect setting to enjoy a meal with friends while savoring Ohio-made beer.
Beer Barrel Pizza offers a pleasant outdoor dining experience. With their expansive menu and inviting atmosphere, patrons can enjoy delicious pizza while relaxing in the refreshing outdoor setting.
Best Patio to Grab Breakfast
Ask anyone where to grab breakfast in the morning sun, and everyone will point you to The Red Hen. If the weather is just right, they lift up the windows and doors and spill out into the sunshine. Breakfast choices are over the top, serving flaky crusted quiche and the famous Nest, a cast iron skillet filled to the brim with all the wake-me-up goodness.
For fabulous donuts and homemade treats, another "must try" for a fabulous breakfast is JF Baking Company, located on the popular Jacquemin Farms. Their beautiful patio is sure to invite you to linger and savor.
Tip: Arrive early to grab your spot because both of these places are hopping in the mornings.
Sip a Cocktail on the Outside Patio
Plan a night of sipping hand-crafted cocktails at House of Spirits, sitting on the expansive covered porch. Place an order off the light appetizer menu to pair with whatever you choose to drink.
Tip: Check their hours before going; they are not open every day.
Patios with the Best View
Rhetoric Brewing Company is a locally owned and operated brewery, winery, and meadery in rural Union County, Ohio, specializing in small-batch handcrafted beer, wine, hard cider, and mead. Find a spot on their patio located on their multigenerational family farm; to sit back, relax and enjoy a cold drink with friends and family.
Tip: Food trucks and live music come in on the weekends.
One of the best views from an outdoor patio in Union County can be found at Bokes Creek Winery. Pick a spot overlooking the vineyard where you can enjoy everything the setting sun has to display on a quiet countryside evening.
The Ridge Golf and Gardens patio is a relaxing space known for regularly hosting live music. With its breathtaking view and remarkable construction using unique timber materials, it offers an unforgettable experience for visitors.
Tip: Bring your own food to pair with your wine, makings of a charcuterie board can be purchased from Amish Heritage.
Eat Sweets in Outdoor Spaces
Located at Five Points, Eda’s Italian Ice has converted a parking lot into a sprawling mecca of covered tables. Park your car and place an order to get the best Italian ice around. Flavors change daily, but the local favorites are usually always ready for purchase.
Tip: Add a scoop of Gelato to the Italian Ice for the win!
Don’t leave town without trying a scoop of Whits Frozen Custard. Choose the flavor of the week or try one of their kitschy mix of flavors. Pick a table outside the back of the shop and discover what everyone is raving about.
Tip: Pair your custard with a cupcake from The Ribbon Box, located next door. You won’t regret it.
Unique Patio to Eat in the Country
If you are in Union County on a Saturday morning, visit The Flower Barn Bakery. Picturesquely situated on a rural road on a family farm, you will find this family-run bakery. Smells of baked goods will meet you in the parking lot! Take a seat on the porch to savor the bites of deliciousness in the morning sun.
Tip: They are only open on Saturdays for a limited time> Pre-order your baked goods; they sell out fast.
Best Places to Grab Picnic
While restaurants have created some of the best patios around, Union County Parks are filled with picnic tables covered by canopies of trees for a picnic in the park. Grab something to go from a local restaurant to take with you and play the day away in one of the parks throughout Union County.
Tip: Pre-order your takeout so you don’t have to wait.
Experience a Bit of Bavaria in an Outdoor Biergarten
Take an evening with friends to experience a bit of Bavaria in Central Ohio. 1487 Brewery is a Bavarian-style craft brewery with a scratch kitchen and a menu filled with German-inspired dishes. The Biergarten's casual atmosphere creates a relaxed outdoor space where you can sip a pint of their award-winning brews!
Tip: Don't forget to bring your sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat if you're dining outdoors during the day. And if you're dining in the evening, be sure to bring a jacket or sweater in case it gets cool.
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