Outdoor Dining in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
As soon as the weather warms up everyone will be itching to get outside more and more. And when the weather is warm, restaurants open up their outdoor seating for the season. I personally love to eat outdoors, and so do many of the FFC bloggers. So we’ve decided to share with you our favorite places for outdoor dining in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. We also asked you, the readers where you like to eat outdoors, and we’ve put that list at the bottom of this post. Please be sure to comment below if your favorite place to eat outdoors is not on this list! Bon Appetit!
Kristin’s Picks :: Diggs & Brazenhead
In Mason, we have a great hang out spot that transports you to a beach side oasis (minus the beach). It’s called Digg’s and the outdoor pub and dining venue is open and ready to serve. The food is typical “pub grub” (get the yummy pretzel stix). They do feature kids meals (a tad higher priced since this doesn’t include a drink), but I like going more for the ambiance and a cool drink. The restaurant is surrounded by sand volleyball courts and when there isn’t an impromptu or league volleyball game going on, the kids can have so much fun in the sand while parents can sit back and relax. The volleyball courts and bar/patio area are completely fenced in so as long as you can keep an eye on the kids, you are going to thoroughly enjoy Digg’s. It’s also a great meeting spot for kids’ sports teams after practice or a game since it’s outdoors, kids running around in the sand or getting a bit loud don’t seem to bother anyone. Digg’s is located at 854 Reading Rd., Mason, Ohio.
Another favorite spot in Mason for some outdoor dining is Brazenhead (see my past post on Burger Wars) They have a large outdoor patio area. On Tuesday night, kids eat free with an adult meal purchase. My daughter loves their fish and chips. They also have other specials during the week. On Wednesday you can get a burger for $4 (it went up a buck). Plus they also have a great happy hour from 4-7pm, Monday-Friday with drink specials and “happetizers”. Brazenhead is located at 5650 Tylersville Road, Mason, Ohio.
Katie’s Picks :: Barleycorn’s & Keystone
I had a terrible time narrowing this down, we love so many places around town that have outdoor dining, but I finally settled on Barleycorn’s in Fort Mitchell. You can read more about their cool patio in this post I wrote a while back for FFC. Another favorite is Keystone Bar & Grill in Covington (they also have a Hyde Park location, I’ve never been to that one). Keystone is indeed a Bar, which might not sound so family friendly to some, but earlier in the evening is a different scene. When we went there were other children dining there, friends meeting up after work, couples enjoying dinner with their pup at their feet and then a crowd of people inside watching a game of some sort (I’m so horrible at sports knowledge). It was quite a mixed crowd, and I was totally comfortable having my kids there for dinner…I’m sure as the evening gets later there probably aren’t as many families dining. I love Keystone’s burger, because I’m a burger & fries kind of girl, but they have so many other options on their menu. It’s not just your typical bar grub. They are known for their Mac & Cheese (which by the way is half price on Mondays). It’s not just ho-hum Mac & Cheese either, they have a large variety to choose from such as the Buffalo Springfield which is buffalo chicken topped with crumbled bleu cheese (spicy! and yummy!). And then there’s the Green Day Mac, which has spinach and sundried tomatoes, just to name a few. On Tuesdays they have half price Quesadillas, which are also delicious. They have quite an assortment to choose from of these as well…such as the Queen City’dilla or the Veggie’dilla. Or you can build your own. This is not all they have, you’ll have to go there and see for yourself. The menu changes often, and the food is always good. They also have brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10-3, which I would love to try sometime. And they have rooms for private parties. Keystone is located at: 313 Greenup Street, Covington.
Amy’s Pick :: Claddagh Irish Pub
Anytime we visit Newport on the Levee – whether it’s for a movie at AMC or shopping – we almost always visit Claddagh Irish Pub. Their award-winning Fish & Chips has been a long time favorite, you can even get a full Irish Breakfast if the mood strikes you. The food and service are always wonderful and the kids love to sit outside and watch the Ohio River while we enjoy our meal. Kids meals are varied enough to please even the pickiest eater (and I speak from experience on that) and the Warm & Tipsy Bread Pudding is a delicious way to end your meal, a great break from shopping, or a wonderful way to end your Newport Aquarium trip!
Karen’s Pick :: El Pueblo’s
Eating outside when the weather is warm is such a nice change. For my family, we find it relaxing – we seem to linger just a little bit longer over the meal and the conversation. Our favorite place to go to eat outdoors is a neighborhood restaurant for us, El Pueblo’s. The restaurant is located in what originally was an old Pizza Hut – it’s located in Blue Ash at 4270 Hunt Rd. This Mexican Restaurant is one of our favorites and town so we’re lucky it’s just a short drive or a long walk away from home.
Erin’s Pick :: Cheddars
Recently, we found some great outdoor seating plus fabulous food and service at Cheddars located in Florence Kentucky.
They have a very large outdoor area which wrapped around the side of the restaurant. It was very comfortable and my boys enjoyed having the extra room to play while checking out the mini waterfall. The service was fantastic! The staff really catered to our needs which can sometimes be a little demanding especially when you have three little ones.
My family had a great time and will definitely be back often to visit one of our new favorite places to eat!