The sun is shining, there’s a slight breeze in the air, and your stomach is likely growling. Sure Louisville has some amazing culinary spots, but you don’t want to sacrifice such a lovely day! Look no further for a solution. We have compiled a list of some of Louisville’s most charming patios and outdoor dining destinations — you can have the best of both worlds!
30 Louisville Patio Dining Destinations
113 S. Seventh St., Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 749-6451
An urban paradise of sorts right at Seventh and Main, this patio is a hidden gem, with many longtime patrons unaware it even exists. Enjoy a brick courtyard covered in ivy, hip lighting and excellent music. This is Chef Fernando Martinez’s finest patio.
117 E. Riverside Drive, Jeffersonville, IN 47129 • (812) 725-0435
Portage House is situated on the banks of the Ohio River in a restored home on the National Register of Historic Places. The chef-driven menu focuses on Midwestern cuisine richly sourced from farms in Indiana and Kentucky. Best of all, Portage House features a 40-seat veranda with unobstructed views of the Big Four Bridge and the river. The new boat docks are also a great place to tie up and enjoy a meal prepared by Chef Paul Skulas, who recently earned major kudos from none other than Bobby Flay.
131 W. Chestnut, Jeffersonville, IN 47130 • (812) 914- 7400
Parlour is a craft pizzeria, beer garden and cocktail lounge in the restored Duffy Hancock House, a neoclassical mansion dating back to 1836, just at the foot of the Big Four Bridge in Jeffersonville, Indiana. It opened in April and has quickly become a favorite destination of Kentuckians and Hoosiers alike for its fire pits, cornhole and a fun carriage house with an incredible beer selection expertly curated by Windy Wonder, who has assembled 42 rotating taps focusing on Indiana and Kentucky beers, as well as harder-to-find imports like Saisons and Sours. Look out for tap takeovers, seasonal events and even beer yoga classes.
8131 New Lagrange Road, Louisville, KY 40222 • (502) 434- 7470
Chef Reed Johnson originally hails from Madisonville in western Kentucky, and he knows a thing or two about barbecue. The restaurant is young, but it’s enjoying heavy traffic because of its laid-back atmosphere and great cooking. It’s a family-friendly place with a lively patio. In fact, it’s one of the largest outdoor dining options in the area. On the last Thursday of every month Chef Reed puts on a whole hog barbecue roast, a true Southern tradition, costing $15 for all-you-can-eat and running from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
1321 Herr Lane, Ste. 130, Louisville, KY 40223 • (502) 708-2196
This Westport Village Latin and Spanish eatery is a hotspot for summer flavor, sangria and expert Iberian and South American wine selections. Couches are made for seasonal lounging and socializing, while enjoying lively vallenato merengue, salsa and other Latin American music.
350 W. Chestnut St., Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 631-4180
8UP’s rooftop bar is a local favorite. The cocktails, food, view, swanky seating … it’s all good up there. Eight stories atop the Hilton Garden Inn, 8UP is the perfect rooftop spot for an after-work drink, a girls’ night or a place to impress your Louisville guests.
715 W. Riverside Drive, Jeffersonville, IN 47130 • (812) 282-3844
Right across the river sits Rocky’s Sub Pub and its perfect patio overlooking the Ohio River. Get some exercise and a view before a big meal by walking across the Big Four Bridge. With over 32 craft beers on draft and a riverside dining experience, we find it hard not the camp out here for hours on end.
700 W. Riverside Drive, #300, Jeffersonville, IN 47130 • (812) 218-1995
Like Rocky’s Sub Pub, the Bristol in Jeffersonville has a beautiful view of the Ohio River as well as the city of Louisville. Bike, walk or run via the Big Four Bridge for great views and great food.
933 Baxter Ave., Louisville, KY 40204 • (502) 473-1222
Our favorite Irish pub also has one of the best patios at its Bardstown Road location. Molly Malone’s patio, complete with string lights and lovely greenery, overlooks the busy street. It’s a perfect location for people-watching and an afternoon cocktail or late-night brew. It’s also the best location for Louisville’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.
1034 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204 • (502) 459-9939
OK, people, if you haven’t been to Holy Grale yet, then move this spot to the top of your must-try list. Its unique building (an old church with the most beautiful stained glass windows), variety of beers, delicious menu and biergarten, dressed with string lights and flowers, is the perfect place if you want to sit outside and have a few beers. And you won’t be disappointed with the food, either.
1722 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 896-8770
One of my personal favorites for nice patios and Bloody Mary’s, North End Cafe’s Frankfort Avenue location is one of the best on the street. Perched above the road, it’s a great spot for watching the sunset (sit toward downtown) and enjoying a nice glass of wine or one of the many delicious menu items.
5700 Captains Quarters Road, Prospect, KY 40059 • (502) 228-1651
Another favorite (and a place I’ve been going since I was a kid) is Captain’s Quarters. Sit on the outdoor patio, which is so close to the Ohio you can touch it, and watch the barges and boats float by. We hear it’s a pretty great spot to be on Sunday evenings during the summer, too.
9308 Cane Run Road, Louisville, KY 40258 • (502) 937-9888
If you’ve lived in Louisville your whole life, you’ve likely heard of this hidden seasonal treasure. Mike Linnig’s has the best fish sandwich in the city, and has since 1925. This family-owned, family-friendly seafood joint off Cane Run Road sits on the banks of the Ohio and is always crowded. If you’ve never been, we suggest you go.
316 W. Ormsby Ave., Old Louisville, KY 40203 • (502) 637-3167
Amici has come highly recommended by StyleBlueprint readers. Located in Old Louisville, Amici’s courtyard patio is complete with fountains and chimes that create a perfectly relaxing environment in the middle of the city. As the name suggests, this is a great, intimate spot for a meal with friends.
1538 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40205 • (502) 473-8560
For those who love to watch the hustle and bustle of Bardstown Road, the Seviche patio is for you. This patio is open in the cooler months as well, with lots of heaters outside to warm guests as well as the best seviche/ceviche (however you want to spell it!) in town.
11507 Park Road, Anchorage, KY 40223 • (502) 708- 1850
There are actually two patios at The Village Anchor in Anchorage. One is upstairs with The Village Anchor and the other is downstairs attached to The Sea Hag. Both are beautiful places to enjoy your sweet potato fries with marshmallow creme and bourbon barbecue dipping sauce.
1211 Herr Lane, Louisville, KY 40222 • (502) 423- 5822
Napa River Grill has a great patio and an even better happy hour with an incredible wine list and a small bites menu. We love sitting out here in cooler months as well, with help from the fire pit tables.
575 Eastern Pkwy., Louisville, KY 40217 • (502) 634-8990
The popular walk-up ice cream spot is a staple of summertime in Louisville. It’s also the perfect place for your pup! What’s better than taking your dog on a walk and making a stop at DK? Nothing beats some delicious soft serve ice cream in the South!
1301 Herr Lane, Ste. 118, Louisville, KY 40222 • (502) 425-4979
This Louisville favorite is a popular option to cool off in the summer months. The Westport Village location offers plenty of outdoor seating for you to soak in the sun as you enjoy a scoop or two of ice cream. An added bonus is the concert series the venue holds every summer.
3965 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, KY 40220 • (502) 409-6762
Heine Brothers’ is another local spot where outdoor seating is divine. The boxy, glass building is hard to miss, and the coffee is even harder not to crave! This is the only coffee shop we have featured on the list, but with 14 different Heine Brothers’ locations throughout Louisville, it is guaranteed you will find one that you’ll soon call home base.
1327 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY • (502) 459-7878
With bright red chairs and natural wooden accents, this is one patio atmosphere you must make it to. Authentic Italian cuisine in a great location, ROC transports you to Italy without having to leave the city limits of Louisville. Don’t forget to order the homemade pasta, but be warned that you’ll never want to go back to that ol’ store-bought stuff after this!
812 East Market St., Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 749-8128
Having been featured in Garden & Gun, Bon Appetit and on The Food Network, to name a few, this is one spot that locals and critics alike highly recommend. If you’re looking for upscale food that is also locally sourced, look no further. Decca’s outdoor patio is a dream, complete with trickling water fountains, lily pad-filled fish ponds and greenery galore. We can’t speak highly enough about this picture-perfect scene.
900 E. Market St., Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 749-6200
It’s one thing to have beautiful outdoor seating and fantastic food, but when you add live music, we couldn’t be happier! From May to October, Rye hosts Back Porch Sessions, a free concert series that supports local artists. Founded on the belief that food and social interactions are meant to be married, Rye brings an approachable setting to dining that we absolutely adore and admire.
636 E. Market St., Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 589-5224
Wiltshire on Market provides creative cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients. Come join Chef Rory O’Connell in an intimate restaurant environment with a menu that changes weekly, ensuring that you’ll never get bored. The patio space here might be small, but the local meals are well worth it.
2345 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 899-9930
Imagine: a crisp margarita on a porch illuminated by colorful and eclectic art. Throw some grilled fish tacos into the mix and we are good to go! Since 1995, El Mundo has been a local favorite for Mexican cuisine paired with a fun, kitschy environment.
1314 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204 • (502) 498-8420
Strung overhead lights, tabletop fire pits, and good ol’ fried chicken are just a few things you can expect to find at The Eagle. A large mural (we love a good mural!) of an eagle head watches over as you enjoy brews and comfort foods at this all-American joint.
1765 Mellwood Ave., Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 618-1745
French-American fusion cuisine is wrapped up in a hard-to-miss yellow exterior. A Parisian garden awaits on the patio, complete with colorful blooms and French-feeling crisp white tablecloths. The extensive wine list, including 54 bottles on Cruvinet system tap, makes us want to speak a little French. Ooh la la!
983 Goss Ave., Louisville, KY 40217 • (502) 290-2390
German-inspired comfort food finds its home at Eidertown. With an ever-changing cycle of meal and drink specials on rotation, finding something worth raving about isn’t hard. Order a bratwurst and take a seat at a street-side table for an authentic European experience.
2309 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 894-8060
We mentioned Heine Brothers Coffee earlier on this list, but we couldn’t help but to mention their fantastic merging, VINT. It’s namesake comes from the word “vintage” and the shop holds tight to this vintage ideal of quality coffee coming to you with with efficiency and grace. VINT has a vine and wisteria covered outdoor seating section with plenty of seating options where you can enjoy this locally brewed coffee.
2217 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 897-1774
In the heart of Clifton is The Grape Leaf, one of Louisville’s first Mediterranean restaurants. The Grape Leaf’s patio is rustically beautiful and provides a calm getaway from the busy street, surrounding itself by a brick and wrought iron wall and beautifully covered in vines. This semi-covered oasis is perfect for sitting in the shade and enjoying a hummus trio.
Enjoy your patio dining experience, wherever you take a seat!
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