Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Restaurants with Outdoor Dining in Bloomington
Categories: Wine & Culinary
With the return of spring comes the return of patio dining — one of our favorite things to do in B-Town. Something about enjoying dinner & drinks outside in the spring warmth feels oh-so right after a long winter spent inside. Tons of eateries in town offer outdoor dining, and we've rounded them all up so you don't have to. Regardless of the season, see how many you can cross off this list each time you visit!
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Bakeries, Cafes & Sweet Treats
Bloomington Bagel Company
Enjoy a scratch-made bagel or bagel sandwich creation on any of Bloomington Bagel Company's four patios. Their Dunn Street location offers the largest amount of outdoor seating, while their other locations only offer a table or two.
The Chocolate Moose
The Chocolate Moose is Bloomington's most beloved ice cream parlor, serving the community since 1933. Enjoy a scoop or two of homemade ice cream on their patio — be sure to use their mural as a backdrop for a picture-perfect shot of your sweet treat before digging in.
Cup & Kettle Tea Co.
Enjoy an organic tea blend and a fresh pastry under the sun's rays at Cup & Kettle. You'll want to snag a pic for the 'Gram here too — their drinks and treats are too beautiful to not share!
Crumble Coffee & Bakery
Crumble has two locations in town, and both of them offer patio seating. Enjoy one of their refreshing drinks and a signature Crumble Bar while relaxing in the revitalizing weather.
Hartzell's Ice Cream
Hartzell's is a local-favorite stop for incredible homemade ice cream. They offer both traditional and unique flavors, which are ever-rotating. Grab an ice cream cone, a Spinner (their take on a Blizzard-type treat), a shake, malt, float, sundae, smoothie, parfait, Slush Puppie — whatever you like, they probably offer! Choose your adventure, then head across the street to Peoples Park to enjoy your sweet treat at a picnic table.
Hopscotch has two locations at different ends of downtown B-Town, both conveniently located on the B-Line Trail. Put your pup on a leash, go for a morning walk on the B-Line, and stop by Hopscotch to enjoy a Nitro Cold Brew with a scoop of ice cream while you people-watch with your pooch.
Inkwell Bakery & Cafe
Located on The Square, The Inkwell is a great spot to grab a casual breakfast or lunch with a friend. Savor a Broken Yolk Sandwich and a cappuccino on their patio — it's all about the little things in life.
Patio weather and ice cream were basically made for each other, right? Enjoy a signature Jiffy Treet Cyclone on the patio at one of their two Monroe County locations for the perfect sunny day outing.
Needmore Coffee Roasters
Drive over to Needmore Coffee Roasters on a weekend morning to sip a cup of ethically-sourced, internationally-grown coffee at one of their many picnic tables.
Vegan friends, this one's for you: Rainbow Bakery is Bloomington's only 100% vegan bakery. Step outside the box and try a Maple Bacon Donut — trust us on this one. The bakery also sells Hopscotch Coffee, and few things are more satisfying than coffee & donuts under the glow of the sun.
This classic Bloomington coffeehouse boasts three locations, all featuring a patio for patrons to sip their smoothies, jive with their joe, or savor their scones.
Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries, & Bars
One of Bloomington's favorite dive bars, Alley Bar, offers a small covered patio outside of their downtown location. Grab a brew and a bar stool, then sit back and relax.
Butler Winery Downtown
Butler Winery offers a quaint downtown Bloomington tasting room with a lovely secret garden. It's a magically relaxing place to enjoy a glass of wine on a bright, sunny day.
Butler Winery & Vineyard
Want the entire winery experience? Head over to Butler's vineyard to enjoy a flight of wines as you admire their beautiful seven acres of growing grapes.
Sitting down for craft cocktails and artisan food on Cardinal's patio overlooking the B-Line Trail is about as Bloomington as it gets. Looking for the perfect Instagram moment? Head around to the side of their building to take a pic of your drink in front of their mural — don't forget to use #visitbtown!
Friendly Beasts Cider Company
For a truly unique B-Town experience, head to Friendly Beasts. Specializing in hard cider, all varieties of the drink are fermented and blended here in Bloomington. The taproom and patio are open to people of all ages, and light snacks & soft drinks are offered in addition to cider. Friendly Beasts is perfect for families, couples, and friends alike.
Metal Works Brewing Company
Looking for a bit of a hidden gem brewery while you're in town? Metal Works is your place. They offer a continually-rotating selection of in-house beers to enjoy on their patio in downtown B-Town. They also offer incredible artisan shareables & sandwiches — their sandwiches are consistently voted Best in Bloomington!
Kilroy's on Kirkwood
The complete opposite of a hidden gem, KOK is one of the most well-known bars in Bloomington. Their front patio is a great spot to enjoy lunch with friends on a weekday, and their back patio is the place to be if you want to experience IU bar life on the weekends.
Nick's English Hut
Nick's offers a small patio out front of their Kirkwood tavern. For those in town for Hoosier-related events, Nick's is a great place to grab a meal and/or drinks, people-watch on Kirkwood, and take in the university's social culture — especially on a game day.
Oliver is one of the largest wineries in the US, and they're ranked among the nation's Top 25 wineries to visit. Their grounds are just as impressive as their delicious selection of wines — regardless of the season, Oliver always has breathtaking landscaping to admire from their expansive patio and grounds. For the wine lover, Oliver is a must on your list of Bloomington patio destinations.
The Sinkhole Craft Beer Bar
The Sinkhole is known for their unique beer offerings, hand-picked from breweries across the country for the freshest, most exciting experience. Enjoy a great beer on their warm and inviting patio this season.
Switchyard Brewing Company
Switchyard is a local favorite due to their great beer selection and all-ages taproom & patio. It's a great spot for the family to relax and enjoy an afternoon out of the house.
Grab a seat on The Tap's patio, order their famous Tap Fries (they're worth the hype, we promise), and enjoy a selection of over 450 beers as you take in the energy of the heart of downtown Bloomington.
Upland Brewing Co.
Unique brews, great food, and a dog-friendly patio: we're convinced this is the holy trinity of outdoor dining, and Upland has it all.
The Upstairs Pub
The Upstairs offers a unique experience to its patrons — their bar and patio are on the second floor of a strip-mall-esque building on Kirkwood Avenue, which means you can enjoy great drinks and even better company while overlooking the hustle & bustle of Kirkwood's crawlers. Raise a toast to the nearby Sample Gates and snap a photo of the moment for the 'Gram.
With over 100 authentic Indian dishes on their menu, Amrit India offers something for everyone to enjoy. Take in the hustle and bustle of The Square as you devour your meal on their patio.
Anyetsang's Little Tibet
Little Tibet is a triple-threat, as they specialize in Tibetan, Thai, and Indian cuisine. Craving Tibetan food? Momos are a must. Indian? You have to go with a curry. Thai? Try the Tom Ka. In any case, enjoy your plate on their shaded, garden-esque patio.
Bangkok Thai Cuisine
Enjoy traditional Thai food created by Bangkok Thai Cuisine's chef on their quiet patio on the east side of town. Sip on a glass of wine or a pint of beer to elevate the experience.
Head to The Square to experience Thai and Asian Fusion fare at Blooming Thai. Snag a table on their small patio, and order a bubble tea to keep you cool on a particularly warm day.
Head to Btown Gyros for a casual Mediterranean meal on 4th Street. The eatery offers gyros, falafel, shawarma, and more. Sit on the patio and close your eyes as you savor your fare — for a moment, you might feel like you're actually under the Mediterranean sun.
Specializing in Burmese fare, Burma Garden offers a variety of authentic dishes at a great price-point. Take in the culture of 4th Street by enjoying your meal on their patio.
Dat's Cajun Creole Cafe
Housed in the same building as Btown Gyros, Dat's Cajun Creole Cafe offers a small menu of delicious plates to enjoy on the property's patio.
Do Asian Fusion Cuisine
Do offers a variety of Asian Fusion cuisine to enjoy on their patio. Choose whether you want to sit under the sun or under the covered section of the patio, depending on what the weather is like.
Few things are better than enjoying authentic Mexican food and a margarita in the sun. Stop by one of El Ranchero's two locations with a patio, and try their Quesabuena for a fresh take on Mexican cuisine.
Feta Kitchen + Cafe
Feta offers a variety of healthy, Mediterranean-inspired breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Enjoy the boutique atmosphere of their patio and nearby businesses while you delight in a fresh & sustainably-sourced meal.
Happy Thai offers authentic Thai cuisine in a family-friendly atmosphere at a great price-point. Feast on Thai Spring Rolls, Massaman Curry, Pad See Ew, and more on their spacious wrap-around patio.
This authentic Indian restaurant offers a modern interpretation of classic dishes, all made with fresh, high-quality ingredients. Enjoy your Indian dish and downtown Bloomington at once on their patio.
The Irish Lion
The Irish Lion offers a hidden, whimsical-feeling patio called The Glen, and enjoying your authentic Irish meal there is an absolute must during the warmer months.
Juannita's is a delicious authentic Mexican restaurant with a great patio deck. The patio is especially enjoyable during their late-night specials — Taco Tuesday, Pinata Party Friday, and Eat Salsa Dance Salsa Saturday, anyone?
Enjoy Korean favorites like Bibimbap, Bulgogi, or Japchae on Korea Restaurant's picturesque patio. Feeling adventurous? Try their Stir-Fried Squid!
La Charreada offers a variety of Mexican dishes & drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. Take your meal outside to an umbrella-shaded table on a nice day to really bask in relaxation.
Le Petit Cafe
This quaint cafe, located on the B-Line Trail, offers an ever-changing menu of Provincial French-style dishes and desserts. While they technically don't have a patio, they take brunch orders from a window on the side of their building on Saturday mornings — grab a crepe and make a short walk down the B-Line to enjoy your French fare at a picnic table.
My Thai's downtown location offers patio-style seating on the front porch of their restaurant. Savor one of their many lunch specials at a well-sought-after patio table the next time you're in the mood for Thai food.
Ami is a local-favorite when it comes to sushi. Enjoy a few rolls with friends on their cozy patio across the street from the Indiana University campus.
Rush Hour Station
Serving Vietnamese fusion fare, Rush Hour Station offers a patio deck for patrons to enjoy their Banh Mi, Drunken Noodles, Massaman Curry, and more under the sun.
Experience the flavors of authentic Afghan cuisine on Samira's patio. Their Smoked Salmon Salad is the perfect refreshing meal on a warm afternoon.
Siam House has a peaceful, quaint patio that's reminiscent of a Thai garden. It's the perfect place to enjoy a plate of Pad Thai on a sunny day.
Looking for modern Mexican food with an interesting twist? Look no further than Social Cantina. If you're over 21, enjoying a margarita with your meal is a must. Grab a table on the patio to do some people-watching on the busy downtown square while you soak up the warm weather.
Experience traditional Turkish fare on the patio of this international restaurant. Sofra's combo appetizer plate is very popular and allows you to try an assortment of incredible Mediterranean food at a fair price.
Taste of India
Offering authentic Northern & Southern Indian cuisine, Taste of India is a 4th Street favorite. Their large patio deck is the perfect spot to enjoy your meal and the culture of "International Restaurant Row."
The 3 Amigos
The 3 Amigos have been serving authentic family recipes straight from Mexico since 2015. Their huge menu offers flavors for everyone to enjoy, from chimichangas and burritos to fajitas and much more. Grab a seat at their covered patio for maximum enjoyment.
3 Amigos Taqueria
3 Amigos Taqueria is The 3 Amigos' sister location — they strive to continue the tradition of the original restaurant while venturing into a new era with their menu. Grab a seat on the patio and try their famous cheese sauce with your meal.
Viva Mas Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
Viva Mas offers an expansive menu of traditional Mexican food and drinks. Enjoy a tequila flight and shared nachos on the weekend, or delight in a weekday lunch special for under $10.00. In any case, indulge in your comida on their large covered patio.
Aver's Public House
Order a Cream & Crimson pizza from Aver's Public House and enjoy your unique, gourmet 'za on their patio.
Bedrak is a great local brunch spot. Enjoy a flight of their fresh-pressed juices along with one of their delicious dishes — we recommend the Signature Cubano and the French Toast Bites (on the patio, of course).
Big Woods Bloomington
Big Woods offers patio seating on their wrap-around porch and back patio. Their artisan food, in-house beer, and signature cocktails make for the perfect place to catch up with friends, have a date night, or treat the family to a fantastic meal.
If you've never experienced a Bub's Elk Burger, take yourself down to the local burger joint and prepare to be floored. Save room for one of their delicious hand-dipped milkshakes — what's a better patio meal than a burger, some fries, and a milkshake?
Bucceto's Smiling Teeth West
Bucceto's offers Italian food with a sprinkle of Californian inspiration. Enjoy vibrant, innovative pizzas with the family at Bucceto's west side patio.
Located across the street from Sample Gates, BuffaLouie's offers incredible bone-in & boneless wings and a great Hoosier dining experience. Grab a spot at one of their picnic tables on a nice day and take in the bustle of campus culture.
Butch's Grillacatessen & Eatzeria
New York-meets-Italy at this sandwich, pizza, and salad shop. Butch's multi-page menu ensures there's something for everyone to enjoy, and their many picnic tables offer a great place to savor the flavor.
Located in a quaint village community in Bloomington, C3 offers hand-crafted cocktails and seasonal cuisine. Their patio, often host to local music acts, is perfect for a romantic date night.
Enjoy a New York-style pizza on this pizzeria's patio. We highly recommend you go with the crumbled sausage — trust us.
Crazy Horse is another local favorite, and they have a great patio. It's the perfect casual spot to meet with friends for dinner and drinks — they carry 80 beers from around the world, in addition to domestic, import, microbrews, and draft beers, plus their full bar.
Dagwood's Deli Sub Shop
Dagwood's believes they possess the blueprint for the perfect sandwich. Create your own perfect sub, or try one of their signature concoctions. Chow down on that bad boy on their patio to fully appreciate the power of a great sub on a sunny day.
Da Vinci Pizza & Pasta
If traditional Neapolitan-style pizza and pasta is your thing, head over to Da Vinci's. They offer an abundance of unique 'zas and noodle dishes for you to enjoy on their downtown patio.
The Elm Restaurant
Serving American classics with spice profiles from Mediterranean and North African cuisines, The Elm Restaurant offers a large patio under the property's namesake elm tree.
Eric Gordon's Greek Pizzeria
There's no shortage of pizza places to try in B-Town, and Eric Gordon's Greek Pizzeria is one of the newest to join the ranks. One of their best lunch specials includes a small pizza & order of garlic butter breadsticks for under $10.00 — chow down on their patio across from Memorial Stadium.
The Fairfax Bar & Grill
Offering a small menu of classic American bar & grill food near the shores of Monroe Lake, The Fairfax Bar & Grill offers a large covered patio at the side of their building.
Farm-to-table fans, FARM is your place. Enjoy seasonally-inspired fare at their funky, vintage venue — FARMfamous Fries are a must on the patio.
Fat Dan's Chicago-Style Deli
Hotdogs, burgers, and smoked meats are what you'll find at Fat Dan's. Is there any better way to enjoy those foods than under the sun's rays? We don't think so.
Feast Market & Cellar
Feast offers a range of unique, gourmet food for brunch, lunch, dinner, and dessert. It's a great place to try something out-of-the-box, and the ambiance on the patio is perfect for a date or intimate gathering.
Hive offers fast, fresh, and healthy comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their patio is dog-friendly, making it the perfect stop after your daily walk.
Hoosier Pie Hole
Enjoy pizza, sandwiches, and other pizzeria-style fare on Hoosier Pie Hole's patio, then take a short few steps to their sister business, Hoosier Putt Hole, for 18 holes of mini golf!
If you're seeking a great Instagrammable foodie moment, look no further than inBloom. Their smoothie bowls are the stuff IG dreams are made of, and their patio tables make the perfect backdrop.
Lennie's offers great pizza, pasta, and salads, and we especially love their $10.00 lunch special. Order a slice & salad, salad & soup, or soup & slice to enjoy on their patio on Kirkwood.
Serving California-inspired seafood & steaks, Malibu has a casual, upscale atmosphere that's perfect for a special occasion dinner. Enjoy your fine fare in the warm air on the patio for that extra bit of ambiance.
Mother Bear's West
Arguably Bloomington's best pizza joint, Mother Bear's location on the west side of town offers a patio for you to enjoy your pie, pasta, wings, and more.
Vegetarians will love The Owlery's plant-based menu. Their poutine is highly recommended by our vegetarian townies, and we're betting it tastes even better when enjoyed on their downtown patio.
The Runcible Spoon
The Spoon is a well-loved local favorite. Their quirky atmosphere, secret-garden-esque patio, and incredible food make for a great experience. If you're a fan of salmon, you have to try their Smoked Salmon Hash and Smoked Salmon & Croissant Bennie — they're two of Bloomington's best breakfast dishes.
Rush Bowls offers a vast menu of customizable smoothies & smoothie bowls. Their goal is to provide Bloomington with quick, healthy, filling, and delicious food options. What's better than enjoying a smoothie bowl on the patio on a nice, sunny day?
Overlooking Monroe Lake and the Hoosier National Forest, Scenic View is arguably Bloomington's best patio-dining location. For a truly striking experience, have dinner on the patio and watch the sun set over the lake & forest.
Fans of Cajun and Creole-inspired food should definitely stop by Southern Stone. Enjoying a plate of Shrimp & Grits on the patio is a great way to start any day.
Swing-In prides itself on being the best regular-old-pizza around town. Enjoy some good-ole pizza, pasta, wings, and stromboli on their patio the next time you're looking to go back-to-basics.
Truffles Fine Cuisine & 56 Degrees Bar
Enjoy a wide range of dishes, from international flavors to classic steak dinners, on Truffles' small, intimate patio.
A local-favorite upscale eatery, Uptown offers New Orleans-inspired brunch, lunch, and dinner. Dine on their patio or extended street dining with the picturesque Buskirk-Chumley's historic Indiana Theater sign in the background.
Village Deli is one of B-Town's most beloved breakfast joints. It's always busy on the weekends, so we recommend getting there early if you want your pick of patio seating.
The Village Pub
The Village Pub is a high-end gastropub known for their great food, cocktails, and funky atmosphere. Enjoy one of their gourmet meals and craft cocktails on their picturesque patio.
Wee Willie's is a classic breakfast diner with a menu chock-full of comfort food. Located in our neighboring Monroe County town, Ellettsville, Wee Willie's is a great place to take the family for breakfast on the patio in a slower-paced environment.
Windjammer Bar and Grill
The Windjammer is part of the Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina and is open to both resort guests & the public. The entire backside of the restaurant faces Monroe Lake and features a windowed wall & ceiling for maximum lake views. Take your casual fare outside to their huge patio to enjoy the lake even more.
Yogi's Bar & Grill
Yogi's is an IU fan institution as far as B-Town dining goes. Their new downtown location offers patio seating across from several popular bars — it's a prime people-watching spot during the late evening hours.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Craving wings from the nation's most beloved wing joint? Head over to B-Dub's to enjoy a wing bundle and a beer on their patio.
Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen
Enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere and Texas-style comfort food on Cheddar's patio.
What's better than a Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich and Waffle Fries? A Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich and Waffle Fries on the patio.
Chipotle has two locations in town, both of which offer patio seating. However, the Kirkwood location's patio is a bit bigger, and you get the people-watching element. We'll leave it to you to choose your Chipotle patio adventure.
Culver's offers some of the best fast-food burgers, and their Cheese Curds & Concrete Mixers are out-of-this-world. Enjoy your meal on their shaded patio for maximum enjoyment.
Five Guys is another great nationwide burger joint. Enjoy your burger and bag fries on one of their two patios in town.
Inspired by New York culture, Goodfellas serves specialty pies, calzones, and oven-baked subs. Their restaurant is located on Kirkwood, so their patio seating is a great place for those who enjoy people-watching.
Enjoy a freaky-fast sub on the patio of any of the three Bloomington Jimmy John's locations.
Joella's Hot Chicken
Next time you're craving fried chicken, skip KFC's and try Joella's instead. Their house dipping sauces are unique & delicious, and their Parm Garlic Fries are an absolute must. Is there a better way to enjoy a fried chicken meal than under the sun on a patio?
The nation's favorite deli offers a small shaded patio in Bloomington, perfect for enjoying your favorite McAlister's sandwich and a famous iced tea.
Noodles & Company
Craving a quick-yet-delicious bowl of pasta? Stop by one of Bloomington's two Noodles locations, and slurp your noods on the patio.
For a freshly-prepared comfort meal, head over to Panera Bread. For maximum comfort, let the sun warm you as you savor your soup and sandwich on the patio.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Think of Potbelly as an elevated Subway — they offer great subs, salads, and sides. Also located on Kirkwood, Potbelly's patio is yet another great spot for people-watching the IU crowd.
Qdoba Mexican Grill
Favor Qdoba to Chipotle? Grab your Mexican grub at their location across from Sample Gates and chow down on the patio.
All Starbucks locations in town have a patio to enjoy the nation's favorite coffeehouse beverages.
Wendy's on the east side features a small patio for you to sit and enjoy your classic burger, fries, and Frosty.
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