Indianapolis Patio Dining Round Up

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Photo Credit: Auberge

Spring is teasing us this year so far. But soon, we will get consistently warm weather! Restaurants will soon put away their outdoor heat lamps and outdoor dining igloos to open up their patios for warm-weather dining. While there are a lot of options for Indianapolis patio dining, we have rounded up a long list of some of our favorites. Go out for a date night or bring your kids, but See Circle City with us!

Auberge at the Brick Street Inn – Zionsville

First on our roundup of Indianapolis patio dining, we have Auberge. Located at the Brick Street Inn in the heart of Zionsville village, Auberge is a French-style restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere. They are open from brunch through dinner and entertain with live music two or three times a week. They call it “Live Music on the Bricks” and nothing sounds better than sipping French wine, sitting under their hanging lights, and enjoying live music.

Flatwater Restaurant – Broad Ripple

Known for its comfort food and comfortable outdoor seating, Flatwater Restaurant is a gem in the middle of Broad Ripple village. Their waterfront deck is perfect for all gatherings and allows you to unwind and watch the geese on the White River.

Grindstone on the Monon – Westfield

If you found yourself wanting to order takeout from Grindstone on the Monon several nights a week as I have, then you should switch it up one night and enjoy your dinner on their patio. Opened by a family with deep Indiana roots, their menu has a little bit of everything on it. If you happen to go on a Thursday night, you can enjoy live music.

The Tap – Downtown

Another downtown hot spot is The Tap – and in case you didn’t catch the hint in their name, they are known for their beer selection. They have an impressive amount of beers on tap as well as bottled beer options. They also feature live music and a fun atmosphere, inside and out.

Bluebeard – Fountain Square

Located in Fletcher Place, Bluebeard is a James Beard semifinalist. Their farm-to-table menu offers modern comfort food. Also, their patio is open to the public when Bluebeard isn’t open for dining service. So if you are nearby grabbing a pastry or a cup of coffee with your family, relax on their patio!

Juniper on Main – Carmel

Now that the weather is warming up, I’m excited to head back to this restaurant and enjoy its outdoor patio. Juniper on Main has delicious southern coastal food, and if I could recommend one dish, it’s their Southern Nachos.

Revery – Greenwood

Downtown Greenwood’s Old Town neighborhood houses the popular Revery. Their American-style menu includes fresh seafood, cut in-house. Also, check out their BaRev, the bar behind Revery! It is “open late night or until business subsides,” according to their website.

Aristocrat Pub & Restaurant – Broad Ripple

The Aristocrat was a trendsetter for outdoor seating in the late 1980s, and they continue that today with their front patio. The staff is very welcoming, serving up delicious American pub food and drinks.

Union 50 – Downtown

Mass Ave in downtown Indianapolis offers a lot of great outdoor dining options, and Union 50 is one to check out. Their menu features locally sourced ingredients and changes seasonally. They also host live music every week, so make sure to check out their music calendar for a fun night out.

Upland – Multiple Locations

With a large patio space, Upland is a perfect place to enjoy a cold drink in the warm weather. The Fountain Square location features a small-batch brewery, so try some new brews then take a walk on the nearby Cultural Trail!

Rick’s Cafe Boatyard – Eagle Creek

Rick’s Cafe Boatyard will help you pretend you’re on vacation when really you’re just a short drive from home. Enjoy the wrap-around waterfront view on the Eagle Creek Reservoir and delicious seafood.

Fire by the Monon – Broad Ripple

One of my favorite restaurants, Fire by the Monon, has a cute outdoor space for you to enjoy either with the family or on a date night. They are “a hidden gem tucked back in the heart of North Broad Ripple, ” and located just half a block away from the Monon Trail. Their flatbreads are amazing!

Taxman Cityway – Downtown

Located near both Gainbridge Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium, Taxman Cityway is a family-friendly and dog-friendly gastropub and the outdoor space is huge! It’s described on their website as a “beer garden oasis located in a restored 1850s horse livery.”

Livery – Downtown & Noblesville

Last but certainly not least – because their empanadas are to die for – Livery. I’ve only been to the downtown location but am excited to enjoy the Latin-American menu at the Noblesville location. Not only does the downtown location have an outdoor patio but they also have a Smart Pergola.


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Photo Credit: Grindstone on the Monon