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Sit outside: 18 outdoor dining spots in Columbus

Make the most of good weather by taking your meals al fresco on one of Columbus’ many beautiful patios.

Land-Grant's beer garden is open for summer patio experiences | Photo by CBUStoday

The beer garden will be open with a projector screen when weather is permitting. | Photo by CBUStoday

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Is it just us, or does eating outside make food taste better?

Catch some rays or laze in the shade at one of these 18 Columbus patios. Pro tip: Don’t miss the shade level we’ve included for each of these locations.

Bars and breweries

Land-Grant Brewing Company, 424 W. Town St. | This is one of the most popular Franklinton patios, primarily because of its massive beer garden with outdoor games and food trucks like Ray Ray’s and Two Fatt Indians. | Shade available upon request

Hofbräuhaus Columbus, 800 Goodale Blvd. | The German-themed brewery has a large outdoor patio with a bar and bench-style seating. | Partially shaded

Crooked Can Brewing Co., 5354 Center St. | Grab a beer and sit outdoors at a picnic table with heaters available in the cooler months. | Shade available upon request

Jackie O’s On Fourth, 171 N. 4th St. | Find ample outdoor seating — from swings to picnic benches to high-tops — both upstairs and downstairs. | Partially shaded

Seventh Son Brewing Co., 1101 N. 4th St. | Be sure to order from a local food truck while you enjoy a brew outside. | Mostly sunny

Pins Mechanical Co., Multiple locations | In addition to outdoor seating, find outdoor games for like life-sized Jenga. | Mostly sunny

Escape the midwest with the vibes at Huli Huli's patio | Photo via Huli Huli

Escape the midwest with the vibes at the Huli Huli patio. | Photo provided by Huli Huli


Huli Huli Tiki Lounge, 26 W. Olentangy St. | The lounge’s outdoor bar and patio emulates a beachy experience, with exotic cocktails and menu items to match. | Fully covered

VASO, 6540 Riverside Dr. | The outdoor cabanas transition to igloos for the winter. You can book the private experience and take in the rooftop views of Dublin with comfortable couches, a TV, fully stocked mini-fridge, and a server. | Partially shaded

Milestone 229, 229 Civic Center Dr. | In the heart of downtown, you can enjoy views of the skyline, views of the Scioto Mile + bridge, and sit alongside extravagant fountains that light up at night. | Fully covered

Rye River Social, 955 W. 5th Ave. | Garage doors open to the outdoor patio seating that is strung with lights in the evening. | Partially shaded

Barcelona Restaurant and Bar, 263 E Whittier St. | Sit on a greenery-filled patio at this Spanish-inspired restaurant. | Partially shaded

CBUStoday Stauf's German Village

The German Village location is right next door to the Book Loft if you need a break from work. | Photo via @staufs_coffee

Coffee shops

Parable Cafe, 149 S. High St. | Grab your coffee and sit outside amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown. | Mostly sunny

Basic Biscuits, Kindness, Coffee, 1160 Goodale Blvd. | Pair your morning coffee with a biscuit and sit outside in a rocking chair or lawn chair around a table. | Partially shaded

Stauf’s Coffee Roasters, Multiple locations | The German Village and Grandview spots have especially large and peaceful patios. | Partially shaded

Java Central Café and Roaster, 20 S. State St. Suite B | Sit on a patio table in downtown Westerville while you sip locally-sourced coffee. | Fully covered

Brioso Roastery & Coffee Bar, Multiple locations | Enjoy a coffee under an umbrella or in the sunshine on High and Long Streets. | Mostly sunny

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Take your pick of food trucks from the Commons. | Photo by @columbuscommons

Food truck parks

Breakfast Food Court at the Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. | Every Wednesday from May through October you can start your morning with Biscuit Boss, Broke Johnny, or The Galaxy Coffee from 7:30-10:30 a.m. on the Commons lawn. | Mostly sunny

Food Truck Food Court at the Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. | Every Thursday from May through October, grab lunch from eight different food trucks from 11 am.-2 p.m. Seating will be available, or you can order in advance with the Street Food Finder. | Mostly sunny

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