Warmer temperatures can only mean one thing: patio weather. There's nothing like the opportunity to enjoy a meal outside – drink in hand, of course – and soak up the sunshine.
Dozens of Hamilton County, Indiana restaurants are offering outdoor seating. We highlighted a few unique, can't-miss patios in Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield and the Northern Towns.
3UP Rooftop Bar
3UP describes itself as a “swanky rooftop lounge” focused on hand-crafted cocktails and small plates. Pose for pics in front of the live greenhouse wall with flora and fauna. The rooftop bar provides panoramic views of the Main Street and the Carmel Arts & Design District down below.
"The entire vibe is very NYC feel. Access to roof to overlook below, great drinks, dark with blue lighting. We sat at the bar and had some REALLY GOOD drinks." - Yelper Monish P.
1933 Lounge by St. Elmo
The all-seasons outdoor space at 1933 Lounge opens up to become a breezy patio in the warm weather. Sit back and watch the activity in the Fishers District, filled with new shopping and dining options.
"We will most definitely be back. Even if it's just for a drink in the modern, chic bar and patio area." - Yelper Nikia G.
Boathouse Kitchen & Swan Dive
Located on Morse Reservoir, Boathouse Kitchen & Swan Dive is a popular waterside restaurant in northern Hamilton County. The nautical theme is found throughout with vintage photographs of locals water skiing and swimming – not to mention a swan dive statue over the bar. Snap a photo of the sunset with a drink in hand.
"The view is absolutely beautiful and it doesn't seem like you are in Indiana. It feels like a vacation spot. We love to go here and watch the boats, eat some yummy food and enjoy." - Yelper Adrienne W.
Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream
Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream is right on the Monon Trail with easy access for pedestrians and bicyclists. Sit outside and you can enjoy a front-row seat of the action on the trail. No worries if you work up a big appetite; the Big Ugly burger is a full pound of meat. Eat it all and you get your picture on the wall of fame, where it belongs.
"Sitting on their patio during warm weather, eating lunch, and people-watching has had me saying, 'This is like a mini vacation' many times.'" - Yelper Howard G.
Countless online reviews have hailed Chiba as the “best sushi in Central Indiana.” Everything on the menu is made from scratch, including the sushi rice and sauces. Enjoy a California roll and sake on the patio, which includes a stage for local bands and musicians to perform.
"Highly suggest calling ahead and getting a spot on the patio with the live music in a good summer night." - Yelper Nicole I.
Field Brewing strives to make more than just tasty beer with its chef-inspired menu. Patrons love the outdoor space featuring a green space with lawn games. Field even grows its own herbs and vegetables on the property.
"This restaurant provides an excellent dining experience on their back patio. The ambiance is modern farmhouse and captures a homey feel." - Yelper Zoe L.
Four Day Ray Brewing
In the Nickel Plate District, pick a pint at Four Day Ray Brewing and take it outside on the dog-friendly patio with a fire pit. Order a round of appetizers for the table, like the popular pretzel & beer cheese.
"We have really enjoyed the outdoor patio to allow us to dine in safely during the quarantine. They have good space between the tables, and the wait staff all took things safely and seriously. A stop at Four Day for dinner, walking over to Handels for ice cream dessert, and walk around the Nickel Plate District can make for a perfect Fishers night." - Yelper Daniel G.
The Italian House on Park
The patios are usually poppin’ on Park Street in Westfield, and The Italian House on Park is no exception. The patio space has a casual, backyard feel, which makes it a popular spot for wine and pasta al fresco with friends.
"Their patio is one of my favorites in the summer and they often have live music, it's a great atmosphere for a group of friends to enjoy bites and drinks." - Yelper Christine F.
Juniper on Main
Enjoy Southern coastal cuisine at Juniper on Main. Dine alfresco on the patio under the pergola strung with string lights. The restaurant is located in the heart of Carmel Arts & Design District.
"This place is so cute! The patio will be so great for spring and summer outdoor dining. You absolutely must order the southern nachos! I'm still craving them! We tried the chili lime butter salmon and seafood platter. Both were really fresh and came with so much food. Can't wait to go back and try dessert and their shrimp and grits!" - Yelper Traci S.
Sun King Carmel
Midtown Plaza is a popular gathering space in the warm months. Pop inside Sun King for a beer or cocktail and grab food from the local vendors in the food hall. The second floor rooftop patio is the perfect spot to enjoy a pint with friends with a great vantage point of downtown Carmel.
"One of THE best spots in Carmel. Great all year round, as they have a top notch outdoor patio for warm nights. A quick bite with friends can turn into a full-fledged game night as Sun King Spirits has a variety of nostalgic childhood games paired with adult games." - Yelper Liz V.
Vivante French Eatery
Find Vivante French Eatery on the first floor of Hotel Carmichael. Chef Joseph Hsu presents approachable French fare in an elegant atmosphere. Sit on the covered patio adjacent to the Monon Trail with up-close views of the Palladium.
"Looking out on the Palladium and grounds we felt like we were visiting Europe. So happy with our decision." - Yelper Barbara R.
Wine & Rind
Located on the Monon Trail in Midtown, you can take in lovely views from the quaint patio.
"Love this place! They have gorgeous and delicious charcuterie boards and a seriously impressive wine list." - Yelper Darci W.
Wolfies Grill - Noblesville
Watch the sunset at Wolfies Grill with gorgeous views of Morse Reservoir from the deck. It's easy to see why this is a popular place to eat in the summertime. Order a craft cocktail like the Cucumber Smash or The Captain's Runner.
"Don't shy away from sitting on the patio. The view is great!" - Yelper Mikey R.
Woodys Library Restaurant
You’ll have to dine inside to see the building’s history as a Carnegie library, but the patio at Woodys Library Restaurant is where most patrons sit on a warm, breezy day. It’s open until 3 a.m. on weekends, making it the perfect spot to hang out late.
"Everything on the menu is great.... Patio is perfect for enjoying the weather with a good drink and good food." - Yelper Jessie G.