Going “out to eat” has looked a little different in 2020. Often, it’s meant searching for restaurants with outdoor seating or finding the perfect place to picnic.
Safety certainly plays a part in why visitors choose to dine al fresco. But sharing a meal under the stars (or sun) is also just a lot of fun! That’s why we’re celebrating National Eat Outside Day (August 31) with this list of restaurants and other unique places you can gather the family for an outdoor feast.
Restaurants with Outdoor Seating
Whether you’re grabbing a quick snack or lingering over a leisurely meal, here’s where to find restaurants that offer outdoor seating.
Fat Daddy’s Grill & Chill – Step up to the window or drive through for burgers, ice cream, treats, and more, then claim your seat at one of the covered picnic tables.
Frosty’s Fun Center – Grab a specialty pizza or Dirty Sundae to go, then head to one of the outdoor tables to enjoy your meal. (Restaurant currently closed for dine-in service.)
Monkey Hollow Winery and Distillery – Local spirits and cheese and sausage are always on the menu. And on Saturdays during the summer, you can also enjoy delicious meals hot off the grill!
New Boston Tavern – The famous pork chops—and other home-cooked favorites—taste even better enjoyed in the new outdoor seating area. (Restaurant currently closed for dine-in service.)
Pepper’s Ridge Winery – Claim a picnic table or a seat on the patio to enjoy wine tastings, local cheeses and sausages, and gorgeous scenery.
River City Brew Works – Enjoy pizza, wings, and craft brew surrounded by friends in the temporary outdoor seating area.
S&S BBQ & Annie’s Ice Cream – Candy-colored picnic tables invite diners to enjoy BBQ pork, ribs, and ice cream with a side of fresh air.
Scoops – Scoop up burgers, sandwiches, ice cream, and more via the drive-thru window and enjoy at one of the on-site picnic tables.
The 19th Hole – Play a round at Christmas Lake Golf Course, then refresh and refuel with pizza, sandwiches, appetizers, and specials.
The Rustic – The restaurant’s enclosed patio seating is the perfect place to enjoy steak, seafood, pastas, sandwiches, and more.
Places for Picnics
You can pack your own picnic basket—or just grab some takeout. Either way, your meal will taste better when enjoyed at one of these outdoor spots.
Community Parks – Parks throughout the area offer tables, shelter houses, and other spots to picnic when you’re passing through.
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial – Treat yourself to a hike and a history lesson before or after you enjoy a picnic in this national park.
Lincoln Ferry Park – This riverfront park with shelter house is located on the spot where Abraham Lincoln operated his ferryboat business on the Ohio River.
Lincoln State Park – You’ll find every kind of outdoor recreation at the park. And you’ll also find picnic tables and shelter houses located all across the beautiful grounds!
Other Outdoor Options
Entertainment isn’t the only thing on the menu at these favorite attractions!
Holiday Drive-In – Feast on all your concession stand favorites as you catch a flick under the stars!
Lincoln Amphitheatre – What goes with live entertainment? Hot dogs, soft pretzels, nachos, beer, wine, and more!
Whether you choose to eat outside or in, this area has lots of local restaurants just waiting to serve you. See all places to eat.