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Outdoor Dining in Indiana’s Cool North

We encourage you to support our restaurants in Indiana’s Cool North; but it’s a good idea to call ahead to individual restaurants to see if they are open and ready to serve you.

Summer is a great time to take advantage of outdoor dining.  Many restaurants have increased their outdoor seating and Indiana’s Cool North has some great outdoor options.

Goshen Brewing Company


GBCo, as it is known, is a family friendly brew pub located next to the Elkhart River and woodlands.  Sip your beer on the outdoor patio, or order from their Farm-to-Table menu.



Venturi is the only certified Neapolitan restaurant in Indiana, and was recently voted the 15th “Most Life-Changing Pizza” in the U.S. by Esquire Magazine blog readers. Venturi was also ranked by Yelp as one of the top 50 restaurants in Indiana and is a recipient of Trip Advisor’s® Certificate of Excellence.  Enjoy their delicious pizza at one of their outdoor tables.

The Vine


The Vine in downtown Elkhart serves steaks, seafood, pizza, pasta, salads and more in a casual friendly atmosphere.



Radius offers more than just a great menu; it’s an al fresco dining experience in front of the magnificent Court House.

The Port Drive-In


This Chesterton icon, The Port is a blast from the past, where chili dogs are still made from the original 1950’s recipe.

Lucrezia Cafe


Lucrezia Cafe features North Italy cuisine at value prices.  They also have a second location, Lucrezia Trattoria, near the beautiful shores of Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver, Indiana.

Leeds Public House

Michigan City

Leeds Public House offers modern and eclectic  family dining on their patio and in a building that was the frontier’s first area hospital–the Leeds Building.

Fish Camp

Michigan City

Fish Camp is located in the old Michigan City Yacht Club, and is the city’s oldest waterfront dining.

The Boathouse Grill

Michigan City

The Boathouse Grill specialties are hand-hammered pork tenderloin sandwich, Italian beef sandwich – bread baked fresh on-site – and eight-ounce all-beef hamburgers.

The Pier and Backporch


The restaurant at Oakwood Resort offers the perfect place to relax and experience stunning sunsets on beautiful Lake Wawasee, while enjoying a delicious menu of dishes created by a professional kitchen team

Look for other favorite eating establishments in Indiana’s Cool North’s Top 15 Unique Eats.