The 2016 Duluth Outdoor Dining Guide went on a mission to find the best outdoor dining restaurants in Duluth. These patio, deck, and outdoor dining locations will have you dining al fresco while taking in beautiful Duluth views. Don’t forget to tell them sent you.


Bellisio’s offers over 4,000 bottles of wine representing over 500 selections with 125 served by the glass. Come enjoy a wine flight with a delicious bowl of lobster capellini on Bellisio’s beautiful outdoor patio. Relax and unwind while taking in the refreshing lake breeze.

Happy Hour: 4:30-6:00pm | $1.99 bellinis & mimosas on weekends | Pet Friendly Patio |

At Sara’s Table

At Sara’s Table is an absolute gem in the Chester Park neighborhood serving farm to table breakfast, lunch and dinner menu options. With not one, but two herb and vegetable gardens steps away from the restaurant you can rest assured no matter what you order will be the epitome of fresh. Did you know they also offer a community compost program?! Be sure to check them out and enjoy their signature watermelon lime mojito on the deck with a lake view!

Happy Hour: 4:00-6:00pm | Sundays 7:00-close Service Industry night |


When it comes to authentic Italian food Valentinis is the place to go in Duluth. Enjoy your Italian stuffed french toast or Taco Dago on their sunny outdoor patio with a view of the lake. A little chill in the air? Not to worry, the outdoor fire pit will keep you nice and toasty warm on those cool summer nights.

Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 4:00-6:00pm | Pet Friendly Patio |

Lake Superior Bakehouse

If you haven’t yet checked out the Lake Superior Bake House, let us give you three reasons why you should! First, the outdoor parklet. This is an outdoor dining experience like none other in Duluth. The handcrafted space is located in front of the Bakehouse on Superior St, so you can enjoy a scone and a cup of coffee while soaking up the sun in your own little private downtown oasis. With a newly renovated space and a new summer lunch menu around the corner the Lake Superior Bakehouse is everything your sweet tooth could ask for and more!

Pet Friendly Parklet

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace is simply that, amazing. Amazing food, amazing coffee and an amazingly colorful outdoor patio space. Surrounded by trees and gorgeous flower planters you can hardly believe this quaint café is in the heart of Canal Park. Amazing Grace offers a brand new breakfast and lunch menu including delicious dishes like Morning Banh Mi and Maple Orange Tempeh. Whether you are looking for something sweet, gluten free and vegan options or an Italian soda, there is something here for everyone.

Pet Friendly Patio |

Lake Avenue Restaurant and Bar

Looking for a unique dining experience in Canal Park? Look no further than Lake Avenue Restaurant and Bar. With featured dishes like Ceviche and Yker Pork Rillette this is a dining experience like you have never had! Enjoy these amazing dishes on the back deck from sun up until sun down. This is one of the few restaurants in town that offers a sunset view with an intimate deck experience.

Happy Hour: 3:00-6:00pm Monday-Thursday | 9:00-12:00am Friday-Sunday |

Bulldog Pizza

Founded in August of 1986 by UMD alum Ken Wright, Bulldog Pizza & Grill has grown to be a neighborhood family restaurant and popular college hangout. Their secret? Great pizza, a friendly atmosphere, and their delicious zesty red sauce. Drop by and enjoy a family favorite like the Taco Pizza on their spacious patio.

Happy Hour: Daily 8:00-11:00pm |

Northern Waters Smokehaus

Northern Waters Smokehaus has become something of a institution in Duluth. Located inside the Dewitt Seitz building, the folks at Northern Waters Smokehaus have been producing some of the best smoked fish, handcrafted smoked meats, artisan salumi, and unique deli sandwiches available anywhere. Come enjoy a sandwich on the Dewitt Seitz patio or call for free delivery for a picnic in Canal Park, on the beach at Park Point, or even Brighton Beach. (yes, really!)

Pet Friendly Patio | Free Picnic Delivery |

Grandma’s Saloon & Grill Canal Park

Celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, Grandmas Saloon & Grill has one of the best seats in the house with their upstairs deck and patio situated directly in front of the historic Aerial Lift Bridge. Enjoy a cocktail and the Saloons famous walleye sandwich while soaking up the sun with a group of good friends. Want to keep the good times rolling into the evening? Move on over to the roof top lounge where you can enjoy the summer weather well into the night.

Happy Hour: 3:00-6:00pm & 9:00-10:00pm Monday-Friday | Pet Friendly Patio |

Little Angie’s Cantina & Grill

Little Angies is always the place for a good time. With one of the largest outdoor dining decks on our list, it’s no wonder so many people come to LIttle Angies to kick back for happy hour. Located at the corner of the famous Grandma’s Marathon finish line and with a view of Canal Park’s landmark Lift Bridge it is one of the hot spots of the summer. Sit outside and enjoy a sizzling plate of fajitas and live music on Thursday nights!

Happy Hour: 3:00-6:00pm Monday-Friday | Pet Friendly Patio |

Canal Park Brewing Co.

What does Canal Park Brewing Company NOT offer? Delicious food? CHECK. Patio right next to Lake Superior? CHECK. Friendly and attentive staff? CHECK. And to top it all off there is a 0% chance of them running out of beer! We recommend grabbing a beer flight and digging into one of their amazing summer menu items like the Reuben sandwich or the beet and berry salad. If beer flights and yard games sounds like your idea of fun, this is the place to go.

Happy Hour: 9:00-11:00pm Monday-Thursday | Pet Friendly Patio | Bean Bag Toss |

Sir Benedict’s Tavern on the Lake

With its authentic English pub feel and lively outdoor atmosphere Sir Bens is one of the best places to be when you want to grab a bite and a beer and enjoy the summer weather. They dish out some of the best sandwiches in town like the SIr Bens Boar and their latest feature sandwich, the Bent Paddle ESB braised Pork Belly sandwich. Not to mention their ever changing selection of domestic and local beer including 20+ beers on tap. Sir Ben’s outdoor seating offers great views of the lake and is often accompanied with live music from a local band. If you feel like spoiling your furry friend for the evening Sir Bens provides a complementary dog dish and treats on their deck so you can both enjoy the weather and music.

Happy Hour: Daily 4:00-7:00pm, 10:00pm-close | Pet Friendly Patio |

Tavern On The Hill

Even though the Tavern on the Hill is only a couple of years old it already has amassed a huge fan following. The Tavern not only has an expansive outdoor dining area, it also features a 3 season porch for those not so sunny summer days. The outdoor patio is surrounded by gorgeous blooming flower arrangements and has brand new garden planters that provide the kitchen with fresh herb ingredients. The Tavern on the Hill also features an outdoor fire pit and complementary blankets for those cooler summer evenings. Come rain or shine you will be sure to enjoy your evening at the Tavern!

Happy Hour: Daily 4:00-6:00pm, 9:00pm-close |

Grandma’s Saloon & Grill Miller Hill

Whether it’s down by the lake or up on the hill Grandmas Saloon and Grill is sure to have a great outdoor dining experience waiting for you. On the patio you will be sure to soak up the sun with your friends or you can play a round of bean bag toss while enjoying a fresh mojito. Since 1976 Grandma’s Saloon & Grill has been a casual but lively adventure to the past where value and customer service are at the center of everything they do.

Happy Hour: 3:00-6:00pm, 9:00-10:00pm Monday-Friday | Pet Friendly Patio |

The Sports Garden

The family friendly atmosphere at The Sports Garden allows you to enjoy an interactive and entertaining dining room where it’s truly OK to bring the kids….and then act like one! The Sports Garden patio has one of the best views in town overlooking Duluth’s harbor! While you’re here try their NEW Juicy Lucy stuffed with bleu cheese AND cream cheese or go with the classic Juicy Lucy stuffed with American cheese. Whatever you’re in the mood for Grandmas Sports Garden has something for the whole family to enjoy! |

Bowery Bros.

Located at the base of Duluth’s landmark Radison hotel, Bowery Brothers is a laid back bar offering an impressive selection of food offerings such as the Sinner Fries (cooked in duck fat) or their Crab cakes with lemon thyme dressing. Bowery Brothers has created a casual, urban outdoor experience. When you step outside from the pub to the patio, you’ll notice if feels private yet open and airy and on a beautiful night it simply cannot be beat.

Happy Hour: 4:00-6:00pm | Pet Friendly Patio |

Grandma’s Boxcar

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! If you need a sweet treat pick me up on a hot muggy summer day this is a stop you definitely want to make. Grandmas Boxcar offers an assortment of ice cream flavors ranging from the typical chocolate and vanilla to rum black cherry, white chocolate raspberry truffle and the Great Lakes spumoni. If you’re feeling a little snackish don’t forget they also offer Chicago style hot dogs and ice tea too!

Pet Friendly Patio

With so many fantastic outdoor dining opportunities in Duluth, it’s hard to decide on a favorite. Was your favorite on our list? Where’s your favorite patio in Duluth? Let us know in the comments below!