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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Iowa

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining in Iowa? 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 Cooper's On 5th restaurant
4.8
4.8 (110)
$30 and under
American
West Des Moines
About the restaurant
Cooper’s on 5th is a great place for Lunch & Dinner. We have had the pleasure of being West Des Moines’ first Craft Cocktail Bar. Join us for our amazing food menu & award-winning cocktail program. Classic & Reimagined Americana comfort food paired with one of Des Moines’ original & highly awarded craft cocktail programs. Great beer, wine, and martinis.
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PaulS
Dined on Jul 17, 2024
Very cool atmosphere. Kind of gave us a speakeasy vibe! Service was excellent and for the size of the kitchen, they do a great job with the food. I would definitely recommend for a casual, fun dinner night out kind of spot.
A photo of Steventon's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (117)
$31 to $50
American
Le Claire
About the restaurant
Come, let us spoil you and treat yourself to an evening where you can relax and unwind. Steventon’s sits atop a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River at I-80 and the Iowa border. We offer an extensive menu of exquisitely prepared American Classics, served in a modern yet elegant atmosphere that’s hard to find in an era of cookie cutter dining. Come. Join us and experience casual sophistication where the view is only the beginning
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love2dine
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
You are never disappointed eating at Steventon's. From the waitstaff, the food and atmosphere everthing was just perfect. We celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary and everything was wonderful. My husband had seafood and I had the lamb. Excellent.
A photo of Eatery A restaurant
4.6
4.6 (524)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Des Moines
About the restaurant
Eatery A is Des Moines's destination for Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Perfecting simple dishes that focus on local, quality ingredients, we strive to offer our guests exotic flavor profiles that let the ingredients take center stage.
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TRowvip
Dined 2 days ago
Great wait staff team and the food was delicious. I will bring others back with me!
A photo of Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (302)
$30 and under
American
Des Moines
About the restaurant
Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar serves comfort food with local flair in a historic building on Main Street in Grinnell, Iowa. Prairie Canary was opened in September 2012 and is currently owned by Chef, Paul Durr. Located in the city of Grinnell, also known as “The Jewel of the Prairie” and home to Grinnell College, Prairie Canary provides a gathering place where guests can enjoy Midwestern flavors in an inviting, understated atmosphere that speaks to the colors and textures of the Iowa prairie.
Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar is all about being local. From the name of the restaurant to the dishes on which the food is served, effort was taken to showcase local talent and area producers. Enjoy your meal on hand-thrown plates and bowls. Sit at hand-made hickory tables. Savor farm-fresh produce grown just miles away. Sip on an Iowa wine or pint of beer. We look forward to seeing you!

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HopePvip
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
What a gem of a restaurant in historic downtown Grinnell. Came here last year when we visited for the INDYCAR races at Iowa Speedway and made sure to get my reservation early for this year as well. Seated immediately upon arrival, we not only had a friendly server but two BBB of the owners stopped by our table to help clear away finished dishes. We had peach caprese appetizer as well as Cajun shrimp. For dinner a nice chicken avocado salad, lemon chicken orzo soup, the Ribeye steak and smoked chicken pasta. All were flavorful, nice portions, and fairly priced. Too full to have dessert but the options sounded marvelous. Very sad there was not enough staff to open the speakeasy downstairs because we had planned on having the chocolate martinis we enjoyed last year. See you in 2025!
A photo of Bravo Italian Kitchen - Jordan Creek restaurant
4.5
4.5 (835)
$30 and under
Italian
West Des Moines
About the restaurant
Bravo Jordan Creek is an upscale-casual Italian restaurant right in Des Moines serving authentic pasta dishes, signature entrées, piping hot pizza, and delicious wine & cocktails amid Roman-ruin décor. Our family-friendly atmosphere is as inviting as our welcoming staff and we look forward to your visit at Bravo Jordan Creek located in Des Moines, IA - make your reservation or place an online order today!
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RhondaP
Dined on Jul 16, 2024
We went early around 2:30 pm. It was mostly empty. Beautiful outdoor seating. Good service. I wish my salad had better lettuce than iceberg lettuce but otherwise food was good. Large portions.
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A photo of CRAVE - Sioux City restaurant
4.5
4.5 (741)
$31 to $50
American
Sioux City
About the restaurant
CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar was built out of a passion to create a dining experience unlike any other. We combine quality-sourced ingredients, chic ambiance, outstanding service, and diverse menu choices to create an unforgettable dining experience. The energy of the restaurant is all encompassing – the buzz of guests and staff, the warm and open design, the modern sushi bar, the fresh spin on American cuisine, and the sense of discovery around every corner. A CRAVE guest will leave knowing they experienced just the right mix of great food, entertainment, and service in what can only be defined as The CRAVE Experience.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Beautiful evening on the patio and delicious food. Van is an amazing server- very personable and attentive.
A photo of Blue Sushi Sake Grill - Des Moines restaurant
4.5
4.5 (183)
$30 and under
Sushi
Des Moines
About the restaurant
Blue Sushi Sake Grill unites creative ingredients with energetic vibes, premium cold sake with happy moments to give you a fresh and fun new way to experience sushi. Our sushi and grill menus allow you to explore your sushi favorites in new and unexpected ways. We like to say that sushi is for sharing, and our menu encourages it. Order a spread of all your maki, nigiri and sashimi favs from the sushi bar, and throw in a few orders of starters from the grill. We'll stagger your plates so you can savor it all bite-by-bite, and maximize the sushi experience you've been craving all week. If you're not sure where to start, tour the menu during Happy Hour, where all our guest favorites — from our sushi, grill and drink menus — are available at an amazing value. We offer Happy Hour every day of the week at Blue Sushi Sake Grill!
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We were in town for 5 days for our son's volleyball tournament and we came here to eat every day! The staff was amazing each time and the food was soooo delicious! Their tiki bar was also a super fun spot to hangout in with great bartenders! On our first day, it was going to take 45 minutes for our hotel shuttle to come get us. So, the GM Tyler ended up giving us all a ride back to our hotel! 5 out 5 across the board and would highly recommend for anyone looking for a fun spot to eat and have drinks!
A photo of Louie's Wine Dive - Des Moines restaurant
4.3
4.3 (839)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Des Moines
About the restaurant
Louie’s Wine Dive serves lunch, happy hour and dinner daily and brunch on weekends. Award-winning food is created from local ingredients under the eye of formally trained chefs. Louie’s wine list and featured wineboard offer hard to find, quality focused selections. Louie’s offers a craft cocktail and local beer menu. Louie’s Wine Dive features a warm, casually elegant atmosphere. It's the place for food and wine lovers to be social!

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Judy
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Wonderful experience. My food was good, not great.
A photo of The Waterfront Grille - Okoboji restaurant
4.3
4.3 (187)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Cedar Falls / Waterloo
About the restaurant
The Waterfront Grille is a restaurant on the shores of Lake Okoboji with indoor/outdoor seating boasting stunning lake views. Just steps away from Bridges Bay Resort, Waterfront Grille offers steak, seafood, pasta, pizza, burgers, specialty crepes, entrée salads, appetizers, and more! You will also find an extensive Gluten-Free menu available upon request. We look forward to serving you!
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Food was well-prepared and they had a nice variety on the menu. We sat on the outdoor deck and watched the sunset over the lake, with a nice breeze to boot!
A photo of Granite City Food & Brewery - Davenport restaurant
4.3
4.3 (423)
$30 and under
American
Davenport
About the restaurant
With its warm, inviting, and modern design, Granite City Food & Brewery’s expansive interior features a spacious and comfortable dining room, four-sided modern, full-service bar, as well as an outdoor patio. The on-site brewery, with award-winning hand-crafted micro-brews, is visible from the main dining and bar areas. The restaurant also showcases an open kitchen featuring chef developed, handcrafted made-from-scratch cuisine, including innovative signature entrees, flatbreads and more.

Granite City Food & Brewery’s signature brews, which are made on-site, include The Duke (Pale Ale), The Bennie (Bock), The Northern (American Style Light Lager) and The Stout. Seasonal brews are featured throughout the year.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 23, 2024
We really enjoyed our brunch at Granite City! The food was fresh and cooked perfectly and we had great service! We will definitely be back!!
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