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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Louisville

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining in Louisville? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of River House Restaurant & Raw Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (7009)
$30 and under
Seafood
Downtown Louisville
About the restaurant
River House Restaurant and Raw Bar is Louisville’s premiere riverfront dining destination. It is the vision of award-winning chef and restaurateur John Varanese and seats 330 in its main dining room, raw bar, and patio. Guests experience a charming “home like” atmosphere as they enter the restaurant from the front porch garden area. Enter through a 20-foot tall by 40-foot wide water wall, and enjoy intimate decor, and a floor-to-ceiling glass wall overlooking the back courtyard and river, River House is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. The menu features regional cuisine with a Southern flair and an emphasis on fresh seafood including Grilled Oysters on the Half Shell, BBQ Braised Beef Short Rib, and the Maker’s Mark Bourbon Barrel Smoked Salmon. Our 15 foot raw bar features assorted raw oysters, king crab, and jumbo shrimp. Reservations are recommended. We look forward to serving you!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Wonderful as always! We love Riverhouse for special occasions.
A photo of Grind Burger Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (51)
$30 and under
American
West Louisville
About the restaurant
My husband Jesse and I began as Grind Gourmet Burger Truck in the Spring of 2012 and by June of 2014 we had grown into a permanent location. We went all in when we moved to a brick and mortar location in the popular NuLu neighborhood and turned it into a thriving restaurant that has received local and national attention. It's our mission to serve a superior, chef-driven burger using the best local and regional ingredients available prepared and served by happy employees that are paid a fair wage. We look forward to sharing our passion for good food and good people with you.

Owner - Liz Huot
Owner/Chef - Jesse Huot
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 18, 2024
Food & service were very good. We will be back when we are in Louisville again in December.
A photo of The Village Anchor restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3761)
$31 to $50
American
Anchorage
About the restaurant
The Village Anchor offers a unique setting in Louisville’s east end, both for personal and professional occasions. The Village Anchor Restaurant and Anchor Bar on the main floor bring together stone, red leathers, rich worn velvets, wrought iron, dark woods, Italian appointments, Carrera marble, and the original crimson red beer taps from Churchill Down’s Silks Bar. It offers an upscale-casual, fun environment with an inimitable European flavor and exotic French flair. The lower level Sea Hag Pub offers a completely different look and feel. The “Hag” brings together brick, worn woods, hand-wrought iron, stone, and copper. The 30-foot copper bar with built-in ice troughs chill your favorite brew or wine.

Please recognize that we do our best to accommodate patio dining reservations, though seating is based on weather and availability.
Top review
KelseyG
Dined 2 days ago
Great food and service! Our waitress was great and the water was refilled constantly by the busser. Meatloaf sandwich is always amazing and the Father’s Day dad dinner deal was great!
A photo of Senora Arepa - St Matthews restaurant
4.6
4.6 (200)
$30 and under
Venezuelan
St Matthews
About the restaurant
Senora Arepa is about flavor. We strive to say something important to the world through our food and drinks. We don't just feed the palate, we feed the imagination & the soul. At Senora the heart is the arepa, along with a superb menu inspired by Venezuelan culinary roots, ingredients, and flavors.

We're all about family. Come be a part of ours and enjoy some delicious Venezuelan cuisine!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Very nice and great service + food! would recommend for dates or get togethers.
A photo of Captains Quarters Riverside Grill restaurant
4.5
4.5 (412)
$30 and under
American
East Louisville
About the restaurant
Captain's Quarters a historic restaurant in Louisville overlooking the Ohio River at Harrods Creek serving a wide range of seafood, steak, sandwich and salad options. With all of its meats and fish handpicked or market fresh there is plenty of dishes to choose from that will suit anyone's tastes. There is also a full bar that serves a range of cocktails, martinis and wines that will complement the meals at Captain's Quarters. While most popular in the summertime with outdoor decks, the cozy indoor views in the winter can be spectacular.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Our server, I think her name was Shana or Shawna, not certain, however she was perfect and asset to your serving staff. She was kind, friendly and extremely efficient and attentive. Our drinks were excellent from bar, not too strong or too weak, just right. The food was really fresh and good, price point was good as well. I did tell our server when she asked if my friend and I were celebrating, I told her it was my friends birthday, because there were gift bags on table, and that she had never ever been to Captain's Quarters. I was a little shocked she later did not offer my friend a complimentary dessert for a birthday gesture. Maybe she isn't allowed. Anyway, the only thing that was not good were the wooden dining tables are so sticky like syrup was all over them. I think your staff over time have cleaned the tables with something that has made the lacquered wood extremely sticky and tacky. We had to lay the napkin on table to lay our forearms on them so we couldn't feel the table. I even mentioned that to our server. She agreed. So, That was a turnoff, but other than that night was good. I do think your dining room could use a more modern update.
A photo of The Eagle - Highlands restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1129)
$30 and under
American
Highlands - Bardstown Rd / Taylorsville Rd
About the restaurant
We start with free range, all natural amish chicken. It’s brined, dredged, then dropped into custom-built fryers. Its got a little kick and is served with our house made hot honey.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
This was my girlfriend and I first date meeting place and this was our 1 year anniversary. The atmosphere was energetic our waiter did a fabulous job. The food was amazing and delicious. The portions were just right. We enjoyed it the first time last year and that’s why we came back.
A photo of Upland Brewing Co - Jeffersonville restaurant
4.3
4.3 (100)
$30 and under
American
Jeffersonville
About the restaurant
Upland Jeffersonville is located right on the Ohio River with a tri-level patio overlooking the Louisville skyline. 20 taps feature Upland classics, seasonals, sour ales, & small-batch innovations. Pair your favorite beverage with a well crafted menu featuring spirited pub classics & creative options for vegetarians.
Soak in the beautiful view from the patio with an accompanying outdoor bar. Well-behaved dogs are welcome outside.
Top review
ErinS
Dined 2 days ago
Service was fast and friendly. Food was amazing. Prices are great. Facility was clean, and the atmosphere was fun. 10/10 recommend!
A photo of The Eagle - Oxmoor restaurant
4.3
4.3 (68)
$30 and under
American
St Matthews
About the restaurant
We start with cage free, free roaming, all natural chicken. It’s brined, dredged, then dropped into custom-built fryers. It's got a little kick and is served with our house made hot honey. To accompany our award-winning chicken we have a variety of Southern style snacks and sides including mashed potatoes, grits, collard greens, spoon bread, Mac & Cheese and many more!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
I recently dined at The Eagle , and I was thoroughly impressed. The food was absolutely fabulous, with every dish bursting with flavor and beautifully presented. The atmosphere was outstanding, creating a perfect ambiance for a memorable dining experience. I would definitely go again and highly recommend this place to anyone looking for an exceptional meal.
A photo of LouVino - Douglass Hills restaurant
4.1
4.1 (622)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Middletown
About the restaurant
LouVino is a Louisville-based concept revolving around fresh shareable dishes with a Southern twist and fun & funky wine program with 40+ wines by the glass, wine & bourbon flights & boozy slushies! All dishes are made from scratch daily! Our most popular items are the Loaded Tots, Brussels Sprouts Salad & Fried Chicken Tacos! 1/2 OFF Featured bottles of Wine every Wednesday & Sunday night for dinner + Happy Hour 4:30p-6:30p Tuesday-Sunday Nights!
Top review
johnr
Dined 3 days ago
Fathers day diner with my son and spouse. Nice selection of Draft Brews. Wife had flight of wines. Enjoyed the Pork Chop with grits and Kale. Companions ordered Airplane Chicken and salmon and were very satisfied. Service was discrete and ample. Reasonable pricing. a fun place to eat or just nosh and sample wines.
A photo of 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen restaurant
3.5
3.5 (918)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown Louisville
About the restaurant
Set in the lively entertainment district, our rooftop restaurant in downtown Louisville offers eclectic dining and drinking experiences. 8up Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen offers three distinctive atmospheres - the open-kitchen restaurant, swanky lounge, and rooftop bar and event space.

Our restaurant offers a menu of creative American food with a local twist, hand-crafted cocktails, and unparalleled city views. Whether you're throwing a party, meeting friends for dinner, or chilling with a drink after work, enjoy an elevated ambiance the celebrates the spirit of Louisville.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Me and my family enjoyed our experience, will be returning.
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