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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Indiana

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining in Indiana? 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 BRU Burger Bar - Brownsburg restaurant
4.7 (281)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
We are very excited to offer great burgers, beer, salads, and appetizers to the Brownsburg community. This location offers indoor dining, outdoor dining, and carryout.

Please be aware that we do not accept reservations for the patio.

We will hold reservations until 15 minutes past the reservation time before releasing. If you are running behind feel free to let us know and we may be able to adjust your reservation!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Food was excellent. Waitress was great. Would recommend to everyone.
A photo of Rick's Cafe Boatyard restaurant
4.6 (6849)
$30 and under
Pike Township
About the restaurant
Rick's Cafe Boatyard is a waterfront restaurant offering its guests a panoramic view of Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis. Rick's offers ample but intimate seating both inside and out; as well as an extensive menu of fresh hand prepared meals offered daily. Rick's Cafe Boatyard offers it's guests lunch, dinner and a complete banquet facility. Their guests dine inside a beautiful, wide-open, high-ceiling dining room, or outside with a breathtaking view of the water.
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Perfect weather for outdoor porch. Great service and we enjoyed our lunch!
A photo of Bru Burger Bar - Indy restaurant
4.6 (33)
$30 and under
Downtown Indy
About the restaurant
Popular restaurant BRU Burger specializes in two key items; beer and burgers. Busy Massachusetts Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana, is one of fourteen locations of this eatery. The large dining room, with its exposed brick walls and warm lighting, is modern yet casual. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at BRU Burger is happy to help guests with everything from choosing a beer to pair with a burger or suggesting alternatives, such as chicken patties or black bean burgers for those who don't eat meat. With options like the Mexicali BBQ and the Provencal, it is no wonder that specialty burgers are the signature item at BRU Burger. Enjoy appetizers like BBQ nachos or beer battered onion rings before indulging in dinner. Salads are also available for those looking for something lighter.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Great burger with great service. Indoor and outdoor seating options
A photo of BRU Burger Bar - Noblesville restaurant
4.6 (380)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
The hamburger is over 100 years old. It’s a classic, purely American, and an icon. The hamburger is the people’s sandwich, everyman’s food. BRU is an ode to our love….the Burger. Paired with a beer, we can’t imagine what could be much better. Join us at BRU Burger Bar. We look forward to serving you! BRU Burger Bar is proudly operated by Cunningham Restaurant Group.

Bru Burger serves Creekstone burger products, which are Halal certified.
Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Burgers were excellent, onion rings were the best we’ve ever had. For the price, I feel like fries should be included with the burgers like most restaurants.
A photo of Upland Brewing 82nd Street restaurant
4.6 (96)
$30 and under
Castleton / Keystone Crossings
About the restaurant
We took a pinch of lovable Bloomington quirkiness & a dash of Indianapolis culture to create a relaxing an cozy place to go for a remarkable craft beer & dining experience on the north side of Indianapolis. Spring through Fall, take a seat on our patio where both human & dog children are welcome.

Our tap list is fresh and always rotating with Upland classics, seasonal favorites, award-winning sour ales, and small-batch innovations. Pair your pint with a carefully crafted menu item featuring locally sourced ingredients and plenty of creative gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options. Located between Keystone at the Crossing and Castleton Square Mall, Upland 82nd Street is the perfect spot for weekday lunch, after work beers, or a shopping trip fuel stop.
Top review
Dined on May 12, 2024
Mother's Day Brunch: * Round Table -- perfect set up for a group of 7 chatty women. * Plenty of menu items to select from so everyone got exactly what they wanted and loved it. * It was easy to make reservations and table was ready for us when we arrived. * Service was friendly and attentive, but certainly not overly attentive which can be annoying. * In today's world, it's rare that I can say I got a pretty darn good deal for my breakfast with 2 mimosas. * Yes - I'll be going back. Maybe for lunch or dinner next time. :)
A photo of Country Heritage Winery restaurant
4.5 (354)
$30 and under
Fort Wayne
About the restaurant
Constructed on our family-owned farm, Country Heritage Winery & Vineyard gives true meaning to its name. The farm has over 100 years of family heritage. We have generations of experience growing excellent crops, and it is our greatest pride to nurture our grapes from the day we plant the vines through the day you enjoy our wine.

We maintain over 70 acres of vineyards and several acres of blueberries. We work with highly regarded vineyards and farms to source the rest of our fruit. With meticulous care and attention to detail, we strive to nurture the best grapes for our wines. After all, if the fruit is great, the winemaking is easy.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
80s Singo was a blast! My hubby loved the Smokehouse Mac and cheese, and we loved the charcuterie board too! Alyson was our server and was very attentive! Thanks for a fun night!
A photo of Upland Brewing Co. - Columbus restaurant
4.4 (35)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
The Columbus Pump House is a landmark of both design & experience. It was built in 1903 & designed by architect Harrison Albright. After many incarnations, today the Pump House showcases its original architectural grandeur while offering a well-designed, yet laid-back local food & craft beer experience.

Join us for a beer & a bite under the original archways or on the patio with views of the rushing Flatrock River & iconic Robert Stewart Bridge. It’s the perfect spot for weekday lunch, after work beers, or weekend relaxing.

*Please note that our kitchen closes at 10PM on Friday & Saturday nights.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 13, 2024
We arrived early for a 12:30 lunch reservation and were seated at a patio table immediately. The server was prompt and attentive in taking our orders, and the food arrived in ten minutes, exactly as ordered. Our server was attentive throughout but not intrusive, and we enjoyed a relaxed lunch in beautiful weather (probably not the work of Upland) before leaving in about 75 minutes.
A photo of 1830 Chophouse restaurant
4.4 (19)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
For the best steaks in town, you need to visit 1830 Chophouse. This locally owned gem serves up incredible cuisine in an elegant setting.

Mouthwatering hand-cut steaks
Seafood from the finest regions
The finest wines and cocktails

Sink your teeth into perfectly cooked steaks, hand-cut by our expert chefs to bring out the intense marbling and flavors. Or opt for our seafood specials, selected by our Chef to ensure the utmost freshness and quality. Pair it with a glass from our award-winning wine list for a five-star meal.

Make your next date night or celebration one to remember at 1830 Chophouse. Our locally-owned chophouse offers superb service, ambiance, and flavors that keep our guests coming back again and again. Come experience the best steaks in town.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
What a hidden gem! This restaurant is so cute and the food was great!
A photo of Boathouse Kitchen & Swan Dive restaurant
3.9 (98)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Sitting proudly on the northern Morse Lake shoreline between State road 31 and 37 is where you'll find downtown Cicero, a happy-go-lucky lake town. And where the Boathouse Kitchen & Swan Dive calls home.
Resting alongside the water’s edge, all you need to do to find us is look for the red, white and blue, listen for the sounds of neighbors and new friends as they gather, and let the scent of freshly prepared food draw you in.
We think this place is different and we hope you’ll think it’s different, too. The Boathouse Kitchen & Swan Dive values lake life, lake towns and lake food served with a humble heart. And we’re so grateful you found us.

Top review
Dined today
Had a fun evening overlooking the lake and sunset! Had great service, and the food was good. Will definitely be back!
A photo of The Ferguson House restaurant
3.9 (62)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
The Ferguson House was originally built in 1873 as a boarding house. Allie Ferguson hosted many artists and visitors over the years. Since then The Ferguson House has been many things - an antique shop, a retail shop, apartments, and now a bistro and bar. We are taking this former boarding house to the next level by offering creative cuisine in a beautiful setting with fantastic service and creativity. We hope you enjoy your visit and visit us often.
Top review
Dined on May 17, 2024
Nachos were yummy! Salad is huge! Staff always pleasant...
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