As complaints about how hot it is change to accolades for beautiful fall weather, as hydrangeas are replaced with mums, as packing for vacation turns into packing school lunches and as bathing suits are replaced with halloween costumes, we’ll be squeezing every last minute out of opportunities to be outdoors. With the help of our Facebook and Twitter community, we’ve put together a list of places you can take the family to enjoy a meal outdoors.

outdoor diningMike thinks Jockamos is pretty great and he even recommends it for a large family or for when dining with friends.
Hillary B. is enthusiastic about Bru Burger and the Legend Classic Irvington Cafe.
Joanna B. recommends Bubs because then her toddler can watch the dogs and the bikes go by on the Monon — hello distraction and entertainment!
Laura M. reminded me that Joe’s Crab Shack has outdoor seating AND the BEST paintable dessert for the kids. Order it next time, best idea ever!
Bonnie K. enjoys eating outdoors at Boogie Burger and Three WiseMen Brewery.
Kaitlyn S. has a few favorites, including Monon Food Company.
When downtown, Alex T. and her family dine outdoors at Scotty’s Brewhouse.
An expert on outdoor dining in Broad Ripple, Megan N. heads to Canal Bistro and Taste. When downtown, she likes Saffron.
Jennie K. and her fam like people watching downtown at Barcelona Tapas. When in Brownsburg, they love the porch at the all new Savor Thyme Cafe, which happens to be right next to a favorite park!
McAlister’s Deli locations typically offer outdoor seating and there are MANY fans including the family of Beth H.

Family Food Tips Courtesy of Indiana’s Family of Farmers
When taking advantage of the beautiful weather, save some money by choosing a restaurant that has a kids eat free night. Also, visiting during lunch can save you money so you can make selections from the lunch menu which is generally less expensive.
IWK and IFOF want you to know that meals with your family can be affordable, at home AND on the go!


Also downtown, Bazbeaux Pizza comes highly recommended by Mei-Yi H.
While Dick’s Last Resort is typically a little “rough around the edges” when it comes to their performances of poor hospitality (it’s a part of their charm), Kelly Y. said that they tame it down a bit for families and her kids LOVE it!
Monica T. has a great list of recommendations — Mama Carolla’s and Brugge in Broad Ripple, Noah’s Grant and Traders Point Creamery in Zionsville, Rick’s Boatyard Cafe on Eagle Creek Reservoir and Bluebeard in Fountain Square. And when downtown, Cerulean, Bru Burger, Punch Burger and Creation Cafe!
Fountain Square also has La Margarita. Courtney B. and her family enjoy dinner there and at B’s Po Boy, which also has a bocce court!
In North Salem, Perillo’s has patio dining and Tracie B and her family love their pizza!
Bravo! has outdoor seating which is enjoyed by Kristy M. and her fam.
When it comes to breweries, Lizz S. takes her kids to Triton Brewing.
Chicagos Pizza, Johnny Rockets and Cheesecake Factory are the best outdoor seating options for Stacey G. and her family.
On the Border is where Jennifer S. takes her family to dine outdoors.
Don’t forget about Max & Ermas which is where you might find Mary T. and her crew.
Our friends at Another Broken Egg Cafe want you to know that they offer outdoor seating too!

Is your favorite on this list? Are we missing any places on any side of town? Leave a comment below!