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The Top 10 Places for Outdoor Dining in Erie, PA

Thursday Aug 4th, 2022

Finding a restaurant with outside dining in Erie is easy.  Deciding on which one to actually go to may be hard.  Throughout Erie County there are a wide variety of outside dining options.  From scenic waterfront restaurants with colorful umbrellas and rooftop views to charming countryside settings with decorative lighting and live music, there is an outside table waiting to be filled. 

Find a complete list of Erie County outdoor dining options here; just look for the patio umbrella icon.   

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Pier 6 Rooftop Bar & Restaurant

Perched on top of the Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel parking ramp, Pier 6 invites guests to dine, sip and take in the stunning views of Presque Isle Bay from their two outdoor patios. Pier 6 seating options include outdoor fireplaces, patio tables with umbrellas and with large group seating on the west deck and comfortable lounge seating with open gathering space for games available on the east deck. (pictured)

Calamari’s Squid Row

Mixing big city vibes with community warmth, Calamari’s has been a longtime staple of downtown Erie since 1996.  Their tastefully decorated outdoor patio is the perfect spot to enjoy Sunday brunch, live music or dinner under the stars. 

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Rum Runners

Since 1988, Rum Runners has been a fixture of Erie’s Bayfront district and has consistently been a popular summer hangout for those arriving by land or by water!  With spectacular views of Presque Isle Bay, a large outdoor seating area, space to tie up your boat, live music and fantastic food and cocktails, Rum Runners is the quintessential spot for summer fun!

Sara’s

Located at the entrance to Presque State Park, the bright red outdoor picnic area and funky 50’s style décor at Sara's set the scene for an enjoyable date night or family outing.  Chow down on a Smith’s foot-long hot dog or an orange and vanilla twist cone before or after your visit to Presque Isle for that complete Erie summertime experience!  It’s so much fun at Sara’s, why not stop twice? Photo credit: @msrachburgh via Instagram

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The Cork 1794

Spend a leisurely, lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch among family or friends at The Cork 1794.  Their modern outdoor patio is equipped with a large screen TV and heaters which allows the Cork to keep the patio open until early fall.  Bring it all together with a delicious locally-sourced menu and friendly staff equals a seamless environment of style, comfort and service.

The Bayfront Grille

Regional cuisine meets breathtaking views at the Bayfront Grille waterfront restaurant located inside the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel. Experience a fresh take on casual dining with creative, seasonally changing menu items served in a scenic setting with a patio and gorgeous views of Presque Isle Bay. During the winter months, the restaurant sets up heated igloos for a unique wintry dining experience. (pictured)

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Woody’s Backwater BARge & Grill

Experience food, drinks and live music from Erie’s only floating restaurant!  Bar and table service is available on water or land at the Woody’s, a Key-West style restaurant with a unique menu, creative cocktails plus live acoustic music on weekends.

Edinboro Lake Resort Sunset Grill

The Sunset Grill is the only place on picturesque Edinboro Lake to enjoy casual lakefront dining. In addition to its wide selection of salads, sandwiches, burgers and craft beer, the Sunset Grill features live music every weekend with performances from local talents in a variety of styles.

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Madeline’s Dining & Events

Enjoy a great meal while soaking in the fresh country air at Madeline’s sizeable outdoor patio.  There is ample room for small and large groups to gather around their beautifully landscaped pond, rolling greens and flowers.  Live musical entertainment can be found at Madeline’s inside and outside on weekends.

JR’s on the Bay Sloppy Duck Saloon

The Sloppy Duck has been a popular waterfront restaurant and bar since 2003.  Their outside seating area is an ideal location to get a great meal while watching one of Erie’s world-class sunsets on Presque Isle Bay.  Local residents and visitors flock to the Duck every weekend to dine and dance the night away under their large outdoor tent complete with full bar, stage and dance floor.

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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”

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Second Annual Flower Festival at Port Farms

Join us in celebrating 125 years of Port Farms this season beginning in August! Our Flower Festival runs August 6th – September 11th (Friday – Sunday). Immerse yourself in five acres of vibrant sunflowers, zinnias, and (new this year) cosmos! Plan a day at the farm to pick beautiful bouquets, take pictures with an amazing backdrop, check out one of our new events, and enjoy your other favorite farm activities (wagon rides, slide mountain, pedal carts, and so much more)! Plus, enjoy brand new farm treats and drinks in our Beer Garden. There is something for everyone.

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UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

UPMC Hamot is a 423-bed hospital in Erie, PA, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services, and serves as a regional referral hub and Level II Trauma Center.

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Local Eat & Pour Happy Hour!

Come check out 4-5-6 Happy Hour at Local Eat & Pour. Happy Hour runs from 4-6 in the bar area. Small plates are prepared daily from chef Mike until 5:00 when the full kitchen opens. Come hang out with us in our relaxing atmosphere, you will not find a better place to unwind than 4-5-6 happy hour at Local Eat & Pour!

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Direct Daily Flights to Charlotte and Chicago.
Erie International Airport is serviced by American Airlines and United Airlines with daily flights to Charlotte and Chicago with connections across the country and around the world. Book your flight today at www.aa.com or www.united.com

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Dobbins Landing

Located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, the Port of Erie has been promoting industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities on the waters of Lake Erie since 1959.

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Outdoor Dining at the Bayfront Grille

The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is excited to announce that our Bayside Patio is open for Lunch and Dinner. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.

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John Russell Brewing Company Brew House & Restaurant

Local Craft Beer Brewery & Pub in Erie, PA! Featuring a large selection of craft beers, a wood-fired brick oven featuring fresh dough specialty pizzas & our open-view brewing environment makes for a unique experience! Reservations // Call 814.866.BEER (2337)
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:: Indoor & Outdoor Dining & Bar
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:: Conveniently located of I-90 on Peach Street

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

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The Cork 1794

The Cork 1794 is the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion! Indoor and outside seating available with amazing food.

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

Join us today! The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.

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Millcreek Mall

The Millcreek Mall features more than 160 stores, restaurants, and fun for the whole family on Upper Peach Street, Erie’s most popular shopping district! Shopping in Erie means no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Choose from a variety of hotels located on the Mall property and just minutes away at the intersection of Peach Street and Interstate 90.

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