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The Top 10 Places for Outdoor Dining in Erie, PA

Thursday Aug 4th, 2022

Finding a restaurant with outside dining in Erie is easy.  Deciding on which one to actually go to may be hard.  Throughout Erie County there are a wide variety of outside dining options.  From scenic waterfront restaurants with colorful umbrellas and rooftop views to charming countryside settings with decorative lighting and live music, there is an outside table waiting to be filled. 

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

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Pier 6 Rooftop Bar & Restaurant

Perched on top of 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 outdoor patios. Pier 6 seating options include outdoor fireplaces, patio tables with umbrellas and with large group seating on the west deck and comfortable lounge seating with open gathering space for games available on the east deck. (pictured)

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 the perfect spot to enjoy Sunday brunch, live music or dinner under the stars. 

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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 music and fantastic food and cocktails, Rum Runners is the quintessential spot for summer fun!


Located at the entrance to Presque State Park, the bright red outdoor picnic area and funky 50’s style décor at Sara's set the scene for an enjoyable date night or family outing.  Chow down on a Smith’s foot-long hot dog or an orange and vanilla twist cone before or after your visit to Presque Isle for that complete Erie summertime experience!  It’s so much fun at Sara’s, why not stop twice? Photo credit: @msrachburgh via Instagram

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The Cork 1794

Spend a leisurely, lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch among family or friends at The Cork 1794.  Their modern outdoor patio is equipped with a large screen TV and heaters which allows the Cork to keep the patio open until early fall.  Bring it all together with a delicious locally-sourced menu and friendly staff equals a seamless environment of style, comfort and service.

The Bayfront Grille

Regional cuisine meets breathtaking views at the Bayfront Grille waterfront restaurant located inside the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel. Experience a fresh take on casual dining with creative, seasonally changing menu items served in a scenic setting with a patio and gorgeous views of Presque Isle Bay. During the winter months, the restaurant sets up heated igloos for a unique wintry dining experience. (pictured)

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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 is available on water or land at the Woody’s, a Key-West style restaurant with a unique menu, creative cocktails plus live acoustic music on weekends.

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.

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Madeline’s Dining & Events

Enjoy a great meal while soaking in the fresh country air at Madeline’s sizeable outdoor patio.  There is ample room for small and large groups to gather around their beautifully landscaped pond, rolling greens and flowers.  Live musical entertainment can be found at Madeline’s inside and outside on weekends.

JR’s on the Bay Sloppy Duck Saloon

The Sloppy Duck has been a popular waterfront restaurant and bar since 2003.  Their outside seating area is an ideal location to get a great meal while watching one of Erie’s world-class sunsets on Presque Isle Bay.  Local residents and visitors flock to the Duck every weekend to dine and dance the night away under their large outdoor tent complete with full bar, stage and dance floor.

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Outdoor Dining at the Bayfront Grille

The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is excited to announce that our Bayside Patio is open for Lunch and Dinner. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.

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UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

UPMC Hamot is a 423-bed hospital in Erie, PA, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services, and serves as a regional referral hub and Level II Trauma Center.

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Erie Events

Erie Events manages a four facility entertainment complex that includes the Warner Theatre, Erie Insurance Arena, Bayfront Convention Center and UPMC Park. These four venues host a variety of events that include world-class entertainment, family friendly shows and sporting events.

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Millcreek Mall

The Millcreek Mall features more than 160 stores, restaurants, and fun for the whole family on Upper Peach Street, Erie’s most popular shopping district! Shopping in Erie means no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Choose from a variety of hotels located on the Mall property and just minutes away at the intersection of Peach Street and Interstate 90.

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When you have an opportunity to fly, give Erie a try - support your hometown airport!

Direct daily flights to Charlotte. Erie International Airport is serviced by American Airlines with daily flights to Charlotte with connections to many other destinations.

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The Cork 1794

The Cork 1794 is the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion! Indoor and outside seating available with amazing food.

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Dobbins Landing

Located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, the Port of Erie has been promoting industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities on the waters of Lake Erie since 1959.

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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”

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Port Farms Corporate Events

Treat your employees to a unique, country experience that is sure to inspire with all of the magic the farm has to offer! Located just outside of Erie, Port Farms offers a charming countryside venue for your next company retreat! Our unique space is located on 200 rural acres and includes everything you will need to host a successful work session, work event, or company picnic. Learn more about how we can help you plan the perfect event!

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Cart/Horse Distilling is a first-generation woman-owned distillery, pioneering the craft in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Handcrafted care never goes out of style. We put that artistic attention into every bottle of our small batch spirits. Cart/Horse proudly produces rum, whiskey, vodka, gin, and several award-winning specialty liquors. Our robust cocktail menu uses the finest and freshest ingredients for each custom-built drink.

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

The Mazza family welcomes you to explore 3 unique locations in Lake Erie Wine Country. Sip and savor award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company, both located in North East, PA, and be sure to visit their combination winery, distillery and brewery, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars/Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing, in nearby Westfield, NY.

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

Join us today! The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.

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