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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Outdoor Dining in and around Louisville, KY: Top Ten Places to Dine Al Fresco

These Louisville local restaurants await your company in their superb outdoor seating venues. All of these were highly recommended by LouFamFun readers.

 photo kingfish_zps795fed89.jpgKingFish on Upper River Road  Did you know the first KingFish restaurant opened in Louisville on Derby Day in 1948? They have a longstanding tradition of good food, service, and atmosphere. This location offers family fun outdoors with their mini golf and other entertainment.

The Irish Rover   This staple on Frankfort Avenue is a lovely place to people watch the traffic up and down historic Frankfort Ave. I have been here a handful of times both with family and with just my husband and have absolutely loved the atmosphere and the food.

The Grape Leaf   My husband and I recently dined here for the first time for an anniversary celebration. We have definitely put it on our "to do again" list. Dine outside and feel like you've been transported to a romantic, quaint city faraway.

Captain's Quarters  This is going on my summer bucket list to try. I have always heard of this restaurant but have yet to try it. Their seafood menu is loaded, they offer a reasonably priced kid's menu, and have a Sunday brunch.

Corbett's   A great patio awaits you at this little gem near the Old Brownsboro Crossing shopping center. Step away from the hustle and bustle of all the shopping from Cabela's and The Summit and dine in peace.

Village Anchor   A great brunch spot tucked away in quaint Anchorage. She our review here.

The Cafe   Just discovered this jewel on the eastern side of downtown. Check out their Facebook page for updates-they have a patio that cannot be passed up!

August Moon   This Chinese Bistro serving up contemporary and Southeast Asian inspired cuisine looks like a fantastic choice for a date night.
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Johnny Brusco's NY Style Pizza   Located in Norton Commons in Prospect, this locally owned franchise has great outdoor seating and delicious pizza. They really cater to families with their $1 cheese slice nights on Mondays and kids night Tuesdays where kids get a free cheese slice with a paying adult.

Cunningham's Creekside   Enjoy your meal a bit more relaxed, right on the creek! Have a good ole'fashioned fish sandwich this summer - I've heard it's one of the tastiest around.

Honorable Mentions:

(El Toro Mexican Restaurante, Selena's in Anchorage, Buckhead, Tumbleweed at Waterfront Park)

By guest contributor: Erin


LisaK said...

Another local favorite with outdoor dining is Mike Linings. With delicious food at reasonable prices, it's no wonder this place has been around for 75+ years. The dozens of picnic tables, and handful of private cabins, sit under massive trees. There's a playground in the middle and patrons can walk to view the Ohio River nearby.

Louisville Family Fun said...

I've heard mixed things on Mike Linnig's so my family went to try it. My kids did enjoy being outside but after 1hr + of waiting for food and inquiring and getting nowhere, we had to leave and get food elsewhere because we were so hungry!

Jennifer Lanham said...

Mike Linnig's hs excellent food and service. My family has been eating at Mike Linnig's for as long as I can remember. Now you can walk along a ncie path to the waterfront while waiting for your food. And you cannot pass up their lunch fish sandwish special! Drink, fries or slaw and an extremely huge fish sandwich. I would recommend this over and over!

robert baker said...

I have never had bad service there and love the seafood platter. Cold beer and outside with live music from time to time. I have had to wait for food before due to the number of people there. but they always put a sign up at the ordering station telling you the estimated wait time.