Dining alfresco is an experience Milwaukee natives only have the chance to enjoy a few months out of the year. So when those few warm summer months roll around, we want to make sure you’re as prepared as possible, knowing the ins and outs (and sometimes hidden gems) of Milwaukee’s outdoor dining scene.
The first time you experience Barnacle Buds, you'll likely think "I had no idea something like this existed in Milwaukee". The laid-back, beachy vibe accompanies the seafood perfectly. Instagram/amainiero
Pizzeria Piccola offers the perfect setting to enjoy a classic Italian 'zza al fresco. Chances are you'll forget you're in Wauwatosa and feel transported to a pizzeria in Italy. They also host musicians throughout the summer, and welcome pets! Instagram/hasbach
The classic Parisian chairs, white marble table tops, sophisticated striped awnings, Rosé flights, and the classic French food, make this Mayfair Collection restaurant a must stop this summer. Instagram/OnMilwaukee
It'd be a crime to discuss Milwaukee's al fresco dining scene without mentioning Harbor House. Live music, one of a kind views of the skyline, some of the most fresh seafood in town. What more could you want? Blogspot/Planet Kelsey
Picture this: sipping craft cocktails (sometimes garnished with goodies from the garden) and splitting a few small plates between friends on a warm summer night. Sound nice? La Merenda is the place for you. LaMerenda125
We're suckers for string lights on warm summer nights, especially when enjoyed from a rooftop in the Third Ward. Flickr/Gemma Petrie
The Outsider made Milwaukee's trendy scale go up about 10 notches when it recently opened. It's hard not to enjoy the rooftop views, bites, and sips at The Outsider. The Outsider
Not only does Braise boast a sidewalk patio, they've got one of the most romantic rooftop dining spots in the city (where you're surrounded by a garden). Instagram/VisitMilwaukee
Black Sheep brings their sleek, hip, modern vibe to the sidewalk come warm summer months. Elevated bar food meets the streets of Milwaukee. We like. Instagram/BlackSheepMKE
Warm weather in Milwaukee means a visit to this summer staple. Colectivo Lakefront is host to the Florentine Opera and Musica del Lago outdoor music series every summer! Instagram/swimmomma291
Let us know in the comment section where you most enjoy a bite and a drink al fresco. Happy summertime, Milwaukee!
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Dining al fresco is an experience Milwaukee natives only have the chance to enjoy a few month out of the year. So when those few warm summer months roll around, we want to make sure you’re as prepared as possible, knowing the ins and outs (and sometimes hidden gems) of Milwaukee’s outdoor dining scene.
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