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Bayfront Dining 091 July 06 2022

The Top 10 Places for Outdoor Dining in Erie, PA

Friday Jun 23rd, 2023

Discovering a restaurant with outside dining in Erie is an effortless task but choosing the perfect one can be a delightful challenge. Throughout Erie County, an abundance of outdoor dining options await, each offering its own unique charm. Whether you seek scenic waterfront restaurants with colorful umbrellas and rooftop vistas, or a quaint locale adorned with decorative lighting and accompanied by the soothing sounds of live music, the options are plentiful. A table under Erie’s open skies awaits, promising an unforgettable dining experience.

Find a complete list of Erie outdoor dining options here and look for the patio umbrella icon.  

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Woody’s Backwater BARge & Grill: Experience food, drinks, and live music from Erie’s only floating restaurant!  Bar and table service are available on water or land at this fun, Florida Keys-inspired barge bar with a unique menu, creative cocktails, and exquisite waterfront views. On weekends, live music and lively conversation fill the air. (Pictured)

Pier 6 Rooftop Bar & Restaurant: Perched atop the Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel parking ramp, Pier 6 invites guests to dine, sip and take in the stunning views of Presque Isle Bay from their two expansive outdoor patios. Enjoy a variety of seating options complete with outdoor fireplaces, umbrella patio tables, comfortable lounge seating, cornhole boards, and open spaces to encourage mingling.

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Oliver’s Beer Garden: With great views of Erie’s Bayfront, Presque Isle Bay, and the Bicentennial Tower, Oliver’s Beer Garden is one of the Bayfront’s newest and coolest additions. Enjoy crafts brews, signature cocktails, and refreshing drinks served alongside delicious food from the on-site food truck. Dance to live music from Oliver’s mainstage on the weekends or play a round of mini golf at Oliver’s Mini Golf, which opened Memorial Day 2023.

Rum Runners: Since 1988, Rum Runners has been a fixture of Erie’s Bayfront district and has consistently been a popular summer hangout for those arriving by land or by water.  With spectacular views of Presque Isle Bay, a large outdoor seating area, space to tie up your boat, live weekend music, and fantastic food and cocktails, Rum Runners is the quintessential spot for summer fun!

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Edinboro Lake Resort Sunset Grill: The Sunset Grill is the only place on picturesque Edinboro Lake to enjoy casual lakefront dining. In addition to its wide selection of salads, sandwiches, burgers, and craft beer, the Sunset Grill features live music every weekend with performances from local talents in a variety of styles. Photo credit: @kylieabegg on Instagram.

JR’s on the Bay/Sloppy Duck Saloon: A popular waterfront restaurant and bar since 2003, The Sloppy Duck has outside bungalows, decks, and patio seating, giving you ample ways to dine outside and take in the beautiful waterfront views of Presque Isle Bay, including Erie’s world-class sunsets. Local residents and visitors flock to the Duck every weekend to dine and dance the night away under their huge lighted outdoor tent complete with a full bar, stage, and dance floor.

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Calamari’s Squid Row: Mixing big city vibes with community warmth, Calamari’s has been a longtime staple of downtown Erie since 1996.  Their tastefully decorated outdoor patio is tucked between buildings and provides an intimate space for Sunday brunches, acoustic musical performances, or dinner under the stars. 

Sara’s: Located at the entrance to Presque State Park, the vibrant red picnic tables and funky 50’s style décor at Sara's set the scene for an enjoyable date night or family outing. Make sure to try Sara’s signature Smith’s foot-long hot dogs or an orange and vanilla twist before or after your visit to Presque Isle for that complete Erie summertime experience!  Photo credit: @msrachburgh on Instagram.

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The Cork 1794: The inviting and stylish outdoor patio at The Cork beckons guests to indulge in a leisurely lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch while relishing in a creative menu sourced from local ingredients while being served by a warm and welcoming staff. The outdoor space is thoughtfully designed with a pergola, large-screen TV, and heaters, ensuring that The Cork can extend patio season through early fall.

Madeline’s Dining & Events: Breathe in the fresh country air and immerse yourself in a variety of culinary delights found while dining at Madeline’s large outdoor patio. This countryside haven boasts abundant space for intimate gatherings and larger groups, all while encircled by a stunning landscaped pond, rolling greens, and vibrant blossoms. Weekend live music will only enhance your experience. (Pictured)

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