Five Patios Not To Miss This Spring and Summer

Despite its harsh winters, Fort Wayne’s restaurants are abundant in outdoor seating.  Now that the weather is finally warming up, it’s time to grab your plates and glasses and dine outside.  Here are some of our favorite local patio picks!

The Deck

Ask anyone in Fort Wayne where they go to eat outside, and the majority will point to The Deck first.  It’s practically a Fort Wayne icon, located just across the river from the Old Fort in the parking lot of Don Hall’s Old Gas House.  If you’re heading there most nights and weekends, you can expect a wait, but they’ve expanded the bar so it’s easy to grab a drink while you do.

 Wine Down and O’Reilley’s

Okay, we know there’s two listed here, but these patios are awesome because they both offer incredible views of Parkview Field.  Go to either for drinks or dinner during a home game and watch the TinCaps in action.


Want to take a tropical vacation in your own community?  The Sidecar (of Wine Down) is the place to be.  While it’s not quite yet open this season, they’ve been getting us excited about their outdoor tiki bar on social media.  You won’t want to miss it!

Three Rivers Distilling Company

One of the newer kids on Fort Wayne’s block, Three Rivers Distilling Company, has an impressive new patio this season.  It’s one of the roomier patios in town, and the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows continue the outdoor feeling even when you’re seated indoors.  Don’t miss their Summer Patio Nights with $5 frozen drinks on Thursdays from 4-9pm.

Lunch on the Square

While not technically a patio, we still wanted to include Lunch on the Square in Freimann Square for its glorified outdoor dining experience.  Local food trucks and music performances vary each week, but the positive energy is always sunny and warm.  Lunch on the Square opens June 7th this year and runs every Thursday, 11:30am-1:30pm through August.

Honorable Mentions

Still want more?  Check out any of these local favorites to get your patio fix.

The Hoppy Gnome

816 Pint & Slice


J K O’Donnell’s

Shigs In Pit

Club Soda

Black Canyon

Calhoun Street Soups, Salads & Spirits

Junk Ditch Brewing

Friendly Fox

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Author: Alexandra Sauer

Alexandra is the Community Relations & Events Manager at Positive Resource Connection. She is a Fort Wayne native, recently returning to the city after a 13-year hiatus traveling the world. Of all the places she's visited and lived, Fort Wayne remains the home in her heart. She loves writing about food, culture and family fun, and will cross traffic to pet a puppy.

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