Outdoor dining


Milwaukee's best view/patio, 2016

Published Oct. 29, 2016

Last year, Harbor House's five-year winning streak in our dining poll's best view/patio category came to an end - mostly because, well, we didn't have a best view/patio category last year. But would Harbor House be able to pick up where it left off?


Vote for Milwaukee's best outdoor dining!

Published Oct. 10, 2015

This year, we're making some improvements to our "best of dining" poll. First, we'll roll out each of the voting categories one-by-one all month long, giving you a manageable way to zero in on your favorite categories and vote for your picks. Now, it's time to vote for Milwaukee's best outdoor dining for 2015.


Milwaukee's first "parklet" opens on East Side

Published Aug. 18, 2013

Milwaukee's first streetside dining space - called a "parklet" - is now open on Murray Avenue between Divino's Wine & Dine, 2315 N. Murray Ave., and Two Bucks, 2321 N. Murray Ave.


Enjoy your wine al fresco this fall

Published Oct. 7, 2011

Faced with a burst of warm weather as autumn kicks into high gear, there are quite a few patios in Milwaukee that offer fabulous wine lists.


Restaurants weather the end of the outdoor dining season

Published Oct. 20, 2010

Those of us mourning the end of T-shirt and shorts weather have to adjust to a lifestyle change. But restaurants that do a significant outdoor dining business in the summer have to change the way they operate when chilly days and cold nights chase autumn customers indoors.


Milwaukee's best patio, 2010: Horny Hideaway

Published Oct. 16, 2010

Horny Goat Brewing Company's Horny Hideaway opened less than a year ago in the former Pump House, 2011 S. 1st St., and it has already carved out a niche for itself as Milwaukee's best patio.


Sunday Sound-off: Should patios go non-smoking, too?

Published May 24, 2009

By now, almost everyone is aware that all bars and restaurants will have a no-smoking policy in July of 2010. But what about outdoor patios? Should they go smoke-free, too? Sound-off, Milwaukee!


Live blog: Spring dining chat transcript

Published May 20, 2009

Spring is springing all over Milwaukee, and that means diners are stepping outside to eat, drink and be merry, al fresco, all over town. Yes, some restaurants have folded during the economic downturn, but plenty new ones are opening in 2009. Join us for a live blog/chat at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday morning to talk all things food in Milwaukee.


Milwaukee's best patio, 2007: Trocadero

Published Oct. 11, 2007

While on the inside, Trocadero strives to offer a slice of the City of Light, with its faux Metro passage, its lovely murals, delicious cheese and the zinc bar, out back, Trocadero is a patio lover's dream.


“Looks like a little Venice!”

Published April 24, 2007

Suddenly a couple comes toward us, the woman running ahead of her boyfriend, we presume. She had a "Boston" tee shirt on, and shouted "wow, this is just like a little Venice."