Are warmer weather and longer daylight hours prompting you to be outside as much as possible? After months of cold weather, restaurants are having similar thoughts, and al fresco dining is literally a breath of fresh air. Here are this week’s top 5 picks for outdoor dining destinations.
Incline Public House
Feeling inclined for a craft beer on tap and a view that just wont quit? Located on the west side of the city, this beer haven is perched high atop Price Hill. The dining porch and bar features a full menu and one of the best views of the city and river below. Order up their fried goat-cheese stuffed olives, lamb burger sliders, or milk stout bread pudding and take in that view. 2601 W 8th St., Price Hill, (513) 251-3000, inclinepublichouse.com
Located in the heart of Oakley Square, this neighborhood bar and grill’s outdoor eating area is cozy and casual. The full menu features typical bar grub and a few surprises, like their ostrich burger and tofu burrito. With an atmosphere reminiscent of the classic TV show Cheers, Habits is open every night until 2:30 a.m. with a healthy list of draft and craft beers. 3036 Madison Rd., Oakley, (513) 631-8367, habitscafe.com
Named after the former famous pottery studio it once housed, this Mt. Adams restaurant’s beautiful view is worth a trip all on its own. You can order from the restaurant’s full menu or peruse the patio menu featuring typical grilling-out. Saddle up to the outside bar or bring a party and nab a table that seats up to twelve. 1077 Celestial St., Mt. Adams, (513) 421-5555, therookwood.com
This restaurant’s al fresco dining area blends the old and the new with an inviting modern vibe and a menu based on traditional Mexican recipes. Its killer location across from the Contemporary Arts Center begs for lunch and a day at the museum or a late night bite after catching a performance at the Aronoff Center. But beware: Seating outside is walk-in only. 600 Walnut St., downtown, (513) 721-6232, eatdrinknada.com
The Silver Spring House
This lively, family-friendly joint known for its marinated grilled chicken has two open-air options: an outdoor-indoor patio with garage door windows or a patio if you and your brood are looking for total outdoors immersion. The Silver Spring House welcomes large reservations, but if you feel like just walking in, help yourself to popcorn or roasted peanuts in the shell while you wait. 8322 E Kemper Rd., Symmes, (513) 489-7044, thesilverspringhouse.com