Outdoor dining and lakefront dining Patio Guide

Best Outdoor, Lakefront and Patio Dining in Lake Country and Waukesha County

The feature image is taken from the patio of Stoll’s Olde 109 in Lebanon.  The bolded restaurants in the guide are partners with LCFF. 

Do you find yourself asking the following questions:

Where is the best Lakefront Dining by me?
Where can I sit outside on a patio to dine?
where can I eat outside? who has igloos?

Well, we’ve got you covered with Waukesha County’s best outdoor dining spots.  Some have lake views, other great patios and a few have beaches!  There is no greater joy than mingling with friends on a patio in the summertime, or having a datenight overlooking the lake, or taking the family to a restaurant where the kids can play at the beach.  There are so many options in Lake Country!  Want to know more about the Lakes of Lake Country, click here for that guide.

Please thank our GUIDe SPONSOR:

The patio is open daily, weather dependent.
Starting May 1 our dinner menu is available daily until 10 pm.
Bill, the head Brewer, is training the hops to grow up around the patio. The Hops are harvested in the fall.
The patio is a great place for families to enjoy Root beer floats made with their own craft root beer and Leduc’s custard.  The outdoor speakers allow guests to listen to the Packers and Brewer Games while enjoying the fresh air.  
Pets are not allowed on the patio. (It is kid friendly though!) 

This guide is split into 5 categories:

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  1. Best on the lake dining
  2. Lakefront dining with a beach
  3. Best outdoor seating/patios
  4. Patios with outdoor heated dining for fall/winter
  5. Outdoor Dome Dining Options (Seasonal only)

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Best on the Lake Dining in Lake Country

  • AJ’s Bar and Grill on Muskego Lake
  • Artisan 179 on Pewaukee Lake
  • Bass Bay Brewhouse on Bass Bay Lake
  • Smoke on the Water on Okauchee Lake
  • Chocolate Factory on Pewaukee Lake
  • Coco’s Seafood and Steakhouse on Fowler Lake
  • Copper Dock on Friess Lake
  • Curly’s on Pewaukee Lake
  • Doc’s Dry Dock on Pewaukee Lake
  • Edgewater on Pewaukee Lake
  • Foolery’s on Okauchee Lake
  • Gina’s Sports Dock on Pewaukee Lake
  • Golden Lake Pub on Golden Lake
  • Golden Mast on Okauchee Lake
  • Fishbones on Nagawicka Lake
  • Hollywood’s on Okauchee Lake (cannot get to via boat)
  • Kim’s Lakeside on Pewaukee Lake
  • Lago Su Bella on Lac La Belle (no patio seating)
  • Lucky Chucky’s Beach Bar and Grill on Silver Lake (formerly Burke’s Lakeside)
  • Panga Bar & Grill on Upper Nemahbin Lake
  • Seaboard Bar & Grill on Pewaukee Lake (formerly Ristorante Lago)
  • Seesters on Pewaukee Lake
  • Splash Martini Bar on Lac La Belle
  • The ETC… (formerly Lakerz) on Fowler Lake – rooftop seating
  • 5 O-Clock Club on Pewaukee Lake

Lakefront Dining with a Beach

These restaurants offer lakeside and lakefront dining in a casual atmosphere and are family friendly as they have a beach for the kids to play in while waiting for the food to arrive.

  • Foolery’s on Okauchee Lake
  • Gina’s Sports Dock on Pewaukee Lake
  • There is a snack shop at City Beach in Oconomowoc
  • The Pewaukee downtown lakefront restaurants are a street across from the beach

Best Patio Dining in Lake Country and Waukesha County

All of the Restaurants above on the “On-the-lake” list have great patios, plus the following:

  • Rivalry Pub in Oconomowoc at the Club at Lac La Belle
  • AJ O’Brady’s in Menomonee Falls
  • Americas continental
  • Andreas Red Rooster in Waukesha
  • Angelinas in Delafield
  • Beer Snobs in Hartland
  • Bel Air Cantina at Corners of Brookfield
  • Belfast Station in Sussex
  • Belfre in Delafield
  • Bullwinkles in Brookfield
  • Butler Inn in Pewaukee
  • Café Hollander at Corners of Brookfield
    • Shoppers Respite First Floor Patios & Rooftop
    • Open-Air Four Seasons Private Dining Room
    • Indoor Open-Air Garage Door Dining
  • Cafe Manna in Brookfield
  • Carlee’s Bar & Grill in Pewaukee
  • Cornerstone Oconmowoc
  • David Alan Alan’s Smokehouse & Saloon in Mukwonago
  • Delafield Brewhaus
  • Ella’s Public House in Wales
  • Fiesta Cancun in Oconomowoc
  • Grill 164 in Oconomowoc
  • Grill Junkies in Delafield
  • I.d. in Delafield
  • Joe Mamas in Colgate
  • Kim’s in Stonebank
  • Kurt’s Steakhouse in Delafield
  • Main Mill in Menomonee Falls
  • Mama D’s in Wales
  • Margaritas Mexican grill in Waukesha
  • Mazatlán in Delafield
  • Mr. Brew’s in Menomonee Falls
  • Nettie’s Irish Pub in Pewaukee
  • North Lake Bear Trap in North Lake
  • North Star American Bistro in Brookfield
  • Overboard at Sam’s in Okauchee
  • Parkside 23 in Brookfield
  • People’s Park in Waukesha
  • Revere’s in Delafield
  • Rumor’s Sports Bar & Grille in Sussex
  • Senior Tomas in Hartland
  • SOCIAL HAUS in Menomonee Falls
  • Stoll’s Olde 109 in Lebanon
  • The 5 O’Clock Club in Pewaukee
  • Thirsty Duck in Sussex
  • Thunder Bay Grille in Pewaukee
  • Twisted Fire in Oconomowoc
  • Twisted Vine Wine Bar in Pewaukee 
  • Vino Cappuccino in Brookfield
  • Vintage Grounds patio in Muskego
  • Zesti in Hartland
  • Zin in Delafield

10+ Outdoor heated dining options

Note: This section was last updated for Fall 2020/Winter 2021

1. Bass Bay Brewhouse in Muskego has an outdoor patio tent that is heated.

Tabi’s Winebar in Downtown Hartland has an outdoor patio and even better it is heated!  They are kid-friendly and have games and NA fun drinks.

3. Mr. Brews Taphouse in Menomonee Falls has a great patio for outdoor seating that also has two heaters ready to go for the cooler weather. A third heater is on the way!

4. Fall-fresco dining is easy at The Corners of Brookfield, where patrons can enjoy outdoor dining comfortably thanks to dozens of patio heaters being set up at BelAir Cantina, Café Hollander, Goddess and the Baker, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Silverspot Cinema and Wahlburgers. Four fire pits with lounge furniture are also being installed at the town center to provide added seating and comfort for guests.

5. Magellan’s on Main in Waukesha has outdoor seating! They currently have 7 booths outside and their bar is open air. They are able to open up the front of the building completely on both our bar side and dining side. They have an open air booth on dining side where you can still be indoors but enjoy the outdoors!

6. Bilda’s Freiss Lake Pub in Hubertus has heaters on both of their decks.

7. Stolley’s Hogg Alley in Oconomowoc has out an outdoor heated patio.

8. Stoll’s Olde 109 in Watertown has an outdoor heated patio.

9. Artisan 179 in Pewaukee has outdoor, heated seating. They have 4 heaters, 2 on each patio & 2 fireplace tables as well that seat 6-8 guests at each.

10. 5 O’Clock Club in Pewaukee has heaters on the patio and will use them when the weather permits.  

11. Zesti in Hartland has outdoor heaters on their patio.

12. Mama D’s Genesee Depot location and Wales location has plenty of seating by their fireside hangout! It is the perfect atmosphere for sipping a hot drink, enjoying one of our grilled panini sandwiches, or munching on a sweet treat!

13. Splash Martini Bar has 3 fire pit tables and a few heaters.

14. Beer Snobs Ale & Eats in Hartland has outdoor heating.

15. Palmer’s Steakhouse in Hartland has outdoor heating.

16. Sevens Seas in Hartland has fire tables and outdoor heaters.

17. Rivalry Pub in Oconomowoc has a new outdoor heated area.

Outdoor dome dining options

Note: This section was last updated for winter of 2021. Outdoor domes are seasonal. 

  • Belfre in Delafield
  • Zin Uncommon in Delafield – Snow Globe (not pictured) 
  • Cafe Hollander at the Corners of Brookfield
  • Bass Bay Brewhouse in Muskego
  • Palmer’s Steakhouse – Private Winter Igloo
  • Boscos Social Club
  • Fishbones in Delafield – Snow Globes (not pictured)
  • Formerly Bayside on Okauchee – now Smoke on the Water 
  • Zisters 
  • Cafe Benelux Domes
  • The RIDGE Hotel in Lake Geneva
  • Lakelawn Resort in Delavan

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