With Spring upon us, and the opportunity to get a vaccine, you are probably itching to get out there and enjoy an outdoor dining experience. Check out some of the best outdoor dining places in the Madison area. If there are any others you want us to add, please put it in the comments. Thanks!
Downtown State Street and Capital Square
Lucille – enjoy homemade pizza while you take in views of the Capital.
101 King St – (608) 283-0000
Graze – an American style gastropub right across from the Capital
1 South Pinckney Street – 608-251-2700
State Street Brats – a Wisconsin icon established in 1989. This is a popular hangout for College students
603 State Street – 608-255-5544
The Coopers Tavern – Upscale Irish tavern serving pub grub & international beer & wine in a warm, contemporary venue.
20 W Mifflin St – (608) 256-1600
Himal Chuli Restaurant – Nepalese cuisine, including many vegetarian dishes.
318 State St – (608) 251-9225
Dubai Mediterranean Restaurant and Bar – Traditional Mediterranean plates with house wines & unique beers.
419 State St – (608) 819-8222
Paisan’s Restaurant – Longtime eatery featuring Italian fare, thin-crust pizzas & a patio with Lake Monona views.
131 W Wilson St – (608) 257-3832
DLUX – Great gourmet burgers & artisanal cocktails in a modern, trendy setting.
117 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd – (608) 467-3130
BelAir Cantina Madison – Mexican-fusion restaurant, popular for its extensive selections of tacos and margaritas
111 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd – (608) 620-6040
The Boathouse – At the Edgewater Hotel overlooking Lake Mendota
1001 Wisconsin Pl – (608) 535-8232
Nattspil – Global small plates, pizza, cocktails & beer in an intimate space.
211 King St – 608) 285-9755
ZuZu Cafe – American & Mediterranean fare in a family-friendly venue with a play area near Vilas Zoo
1336 Drake St – (608) 260-9898
West Side of Madison
Everyday Kitchen – a new place to have brunch featuring healthy options on a fantastic outdoor patio with heaters.
2801 Marshall Court, Madison – 608-470-5500
Bonefish Grill – Contemporary grill chain offering a seafood-centric menu, plus steaks & cocktails.
7345 Mineral Point Rd – (608) 827-5720
Cheesecake Factory – American chain restaurant offering sizable portions from a vast menu including signature cheesecake. Outdoor seating available starting Memorial Day weekend.
1 W Towne Mall – (608) 824-2370
Pasqual’s Hilldale – Casual Southwestern cantina for burritos, tacos & brunch
670 N Midvale Blvd – (608) 663-8226
Café Hollander Hilldale – European-inspired grand café that offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and an amazing selection of craft and Belgian biers
701 Hilldale Way – (608) 237-3168
Goat Hill Grill located at Pleasant View Golf Course with a great view of downtown Madison on a clear day.
1322 Pleasant View Road, Middleton – 608.831.6666
Ancho & Agave, a Mexican restaurant in Middleton’s Greenway Station, has high ceilings, large windows, garage doors that open to the patio and a large center bar
1601 Aspen Commons, Middleton – (608) 831-3271
Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano – Italian fare plus specialty cocktails in a laid-back setting.
Greenway Station – (608) 664-9288
Craftsman Table and Tap is a member of Food Fight Restaurant Group and is located in Middleton. American eatery serving craft beers & cocktails in polished, high-ceilinged digs with a patio.
6712 Frank Lloyd Wright Ave, Middleton – (608) 836-3988
Villa Dolce – Relaxed eatery offering artisanal pizza, housemade gelato & wine in a contemporary setting.
1828 Parmenter St, Middleton – (608) 833-0033
The Free House Pub – sandwiches, burgers & drinks in warm, relaxed surrounds with outdoor seating.
1902 Parmenter St, Middleton – (608) 831-5000
Stone Horse Green – a new green space with picnic tables where you can go with your take-out from the many restaurants nearby.
1847 at the Stamm House – Elegant eatery in a 19th-century building serving innovative, seasonal American fare & cocktails.
6625 Century Ave – (608) 203-9430
East Side of Madison
Grampa’s Pizzeria – Gourmet thin-crust pizza, wine, craft beer & desserts served in a cool space with an herb garden.
1374 Williamson St – (608) 283-9580
Ohio Tavern – Mexican street eats to go with beer & cocktails, plus karaoke & live music.
224 Ohio Ave – (608) 515-9613
Green Owl Cafe – Relax on the patio eating delicious Vegan food.
1970 Atwood Ave – (608) 285-5290
Alchemy – Laid-back, cash-only tavern offering gourmet pub grub, rotating tap beers & live music most nights.
1980 Atwood Ave – (608) 204-7644
Harmony Bar & Grill – Tavern with a curving antique bar & tin ceiling for brews & burgers plus live music.
2201 Atwood Ave – (608) 249-4333
Mint Mark – Light American small plate restaurant & bar in a blue brick building offering martini lunches.
1929 Winnebago St – (608) 285-5096
Brothers Three Bar & Grill – Relaxed homestyle American cooking, including prime-rib & fish-fry specials.
614 N Fair Oaks Ave – (608) 244-6818
Please let us know if there any other good outdoor dining experiences you have had that we should add to this list.