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The Top Places for Outdoor Dining in Erie, PA

Monday May 6th, 2024

While finding a restaurant with outdoor seating in Erie is easy, choosing the ideal spot poses a delightful challenge. Alfresco dining can be found throughout the region, from scenic waterfront locales to charming hidden gems. Your table under Erie’s open skies awaits, promising an unforgettable dining experience.

Visit our dining page for more outdoor options and look for the patio umbrella next to their listing!  

Waterfront Dining

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Bay House Oyster Bar & Restaurant: The stylishly trendy Bay House prides itself on two things: delicious cuisine from its unique wood-fired Argentine grill, and spectacular vistas of the waterfront and Erie’s dazzling sunsets. In addition to being one of the Bayfront District’s newest establishments, the Bay House is the only restaurant that features a fresh oyster bar.

JR’s on the Bay/Sloppy Duck Saloon:Residents and visitors flock to “The Duck” every spring and summer to take advantage of its abundant outdoor dining options. With colorful bungalows, multi-level decks, an ample patio, and a huge outdoor tent complete with a dance floor and bar, there is room for everyone to take in the beautiful waterfront views of Presque Isle Bay and Erie’s world-renowned sunsets.

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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 standout attractions. Cold beer, adult slushies, and delicious food are plentiful at Oliver’s on-site food truck, while you dance to live music (Fridays through Sundays), enjoy a round of mini golf at Oliver’s Mini Golf, or unwind with friends amidst a relaxed picnic table setting.

Pier 6 Rooftop Bar & Restaurant:Perched atop the Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel parking ramp, Pier 6 invites guests to dine, sip, and take in panoramic views of Presque Isle Bay from two expansive outdoor patios. Both offer 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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Rum Runners: Since 1988, Rum Runners has been a fixture of Erie’s Bayfront district and is a popular summer hangout for those arriving by land or sea. With front-row seats of Presque Isle Bay on its tropical-inspired outdoor patio, space to tie up your boat, live weekend music, and fantastic fare, Rum Runners is the quintessential spot for summer dining!

Two45 Waterfront Grille at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel: Formerly known as the Bayfront Grille, this new restaurant is where history meets culinary excellence. Inspired by the Battle of Lake Erie, Two45 features upscale seafood-forward American cuisine and spacious indoor and outdoor seating with up-close vistas of Presque Isle Bay.

Woody’s Backwater BARge & GrillExperience food, drinks, lively conversation, and live music from Erie’s only floating restaurant!  Bar and table service are available on water or land at this Florida Keys-inspired open-air BARge featuring casual fare, and a cheeky cocktail selection such as the Mermaid Marina and the Wobbly Worm.

Around Town

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The Brewerie at Union Station: Real food, real beer, real historic atmosphere, and trains barreling by are what you’ll find at The Brewerie’s Trackside Beer Garden. Located on the Brewerie’s upper level, the beer garden stands out as a truly distinctive outdoor venue. Complete with picnic tables, a bar, bocce courts, and even active train tracks, it offers an experience like no other for you to hang out with fresh handcrafted ales, a creative menu featuring beer-inspired dishes, and a fun game of bocce.

Calamari’s Squid Row: Mixing big city vibes with community warmth, Calamari’s has been a staple of downtown Erie for decades. Their casual chic outdoor patio is tucked between buildings and provides an intimate space for Sunday brunches, acoustic musical performances, or dinner under the stars. (Photo credit: meowwwwza 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. Its outdoor space is thoughtfully designed with a decorative pergola, large-screen TV, and heaters, ensuring that The Cork can extend patio season through early fall.

Edinboro Lake Resort Sunset Grill:The Sunset Grill is the only spot 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 Fridays through Sundays with performances from local talents in a variety of styles.

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Luckie Louie’s Beer and Wieners: If you want elevated hot dogs with funky names and an impressive selection of craft beer to wash it down, Lucky Louie’s will not disappoint. With more than 25 different wiener options like Nacho Average Wiener, A Little Violent, and the Neener Wiener, plus an extensive selection of craft beers to-go, it’s a culinary adventure you’ll not soon forget. Enjoy your decked-out wiener and ice-cold beer on one of the many picnic tables scattered throughout the grounds.  

Sara’sLocated 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 an authentic Erie summertime experience!  

Underdog BBQ: You’re invited to be a part of the latest Underdog addition as you dine al fresco on their newly opened outdoor patio. Mouth-watering barbecue showcasing Underdog’s signature sauces, smoked meats, homestyle sides, and desserts is sure to satisfy your barbecue cravings. Plus they offer a special Bark-Uterie board for your four-legged friend!

Partner Spotlight

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Two45 Waterfront Grille Now Open!

Savor an exquisite waterfront dining experience at Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel, where culinary excellence meets panoramic views. This signature restaurant invites you to indulge in a delectable journey with a menu showcasing locally sourced ingredients and global inspirations while overlooking the serene waters of Lake Erie.

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Oliver’s Beer Garden

This summer, head over to Oliver's Beer Garden for endless fun and live music entertainment. Enjoy live performances every Wednesday through Sunday night throughout the season!

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

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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Poverty Knob Farmhouse Ales

Stop by Port Farms to check out the newest addition, Poverty Knob Farmhouse Ales. We offer hand-crafted beers and delicious sharable food year-round. The brewery is family and dog friendly with both indoor and outdoor spaces. We offer games, music and entertainment for all ages!

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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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814 Photo

Showcasing the incredible year round beauty of the City of Erie and its surrounding areas, commonly referred to as its area code "the 814". Explore some of Erie County's most breathtaking landscape photography.

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Farmhouse Retreat

Your “Home Away from Home” short term rental sleeps 8 and is in a great location close to Erie Sports Center, Splash Lagoon, shopping and restaurants, as well as Steelhead Fishing. This restored 1881 Farmhouse is located on 10 private acres. Reminisce about bygone days when life was slower and simpler. With a long driveway and large yard, kick back by the firepit, watch wildlife or enjoy a beautiful Erie sunset from the back patio.

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The Cork 1794

Open for Lunch and Dinner. Get ready for an experience like no other. An atmosphere where uncommon style, comfort and service seamlessly meld. Where food and beverages are expertly crafted to be beautiful, satisfying and truly special. A place that makes every day feel like a reason to celebrate.

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Tia Book Cellar

Tia Book Cellar is an independent bookstore offering new and bargain books, unique gifts, puzzles, and games for all interests and ages. Located across from Gibson Park in North East, their brand embodies the local business model and the local grape heritage. Tia's believes that "there is always … local, an alternative, and a story." They look forward to helping you discover your next read or gift here.

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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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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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UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

UPMC Hamot is a 458-bed hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital serves as a regional referral hub and is the only accredited trauma center in the region.

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ASCEND Erie - Climbing | Fitness | Yoga

NOW OPEN! ASCEND fosters a community-centered climbing, fitness, and yoga experience by serving individuals and groups of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Located in Downtown Erie, ASCEND welcomes Erie visitors to stop in and give climbing a try!

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Exclusive Tourism Rewards

If you live more than 50 miles from Millcreek Mall, stop by the Customer Service Center to register. You’ll receive a Guest Rewards Tourism Program Luggage Tag. Scanning the QR Code on it will reveal special offers from participating mall merchants. If you spend $200 or more that day, take your receipts back to the Customer Service Center and you’ll get a FREE $20 Mall Gift Card. You get rewarded just for shopping!

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Experience family summer fun on more than 100 great rides, slides and attractions at Waldameer!

Soak in the fun!

Experience 84 degrees all year at one of the top water parks in the country.

One stop convenience.

Fill your tank, pick up fresh food from local brands, and a six-pack to go in 40 regional locations.

Award-Winning Compassionate Care

Voted Erie’s Choice Best Hospital for eight years in a row

Just for fun!

Experience family summer fun on more than 100 great rides, slides and attractions at Waldameer!

Ante-up, Erie.

Find true action with slots, table games, sports book, and horse racing.