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Outside Summer Dining

Published: June 13, 2022


Summer is the best time for outdoor dining. Pull up your spot under a shady umbrella or soak up the sun directly if that is more your style. Here is a list of our favorite restaurant patios for al fresco dining.

Sidewalk Dining

Whether the garage doors roll up or the patio tables scoot out onto the sidewalk, these urban restaurants provide the perfect seats for watching the world go by. Feel the buzz of the street, people watch and sip your coffee. Sidewalk diners are just as much part of the scene as they action they are taking in. 

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. 16 Tons Cafe is one of Eugene's premiere Coffee and Beer destinations. Located next to Market of Choice… More Info
Bartini Bistro is the place to be if you're looking for delicious and sophisticated cocktails of all different kinds. Not only are they… More Info
Claim 52 Kitchen blends traditional brewing with Northwest innovation. Located in downtown Eugene, they feature beer, wine, cider and… More Info
Since they opened in 2005, the Bier Stein Bottleshop and Taphouse has featured Eugene's largest beer selection. This European-style… More Info
At the heart of the Whiteaker neighborhood, this popular taqueria serves up Mexican street food with local and sustainable values. From fish… More Info
One of Eugene's landmark breweries opened in 1991. Their spacious Eugene brewery and restaurant is in the heart of downtown and pours their… More Info
Consistently voted "Best Burger in Eugene" by local papers, Cornucopia prides itself for all natural, hormone-free burgers. With a fun,… More Info
Cornucopia's newest location. Enjoy the same great food in downtown Springfield. They are consistently voted "Best Burger in Eugene" by… More Info
Located on Main Street in the heart of Springfield's historic district, this craft brewery is open daily with 20 beers on tap and a… More Info
Tavern on Main is a locally owned, upscale, Manhattan-style bar and kitchen in Downtown Springfield. Enjoy one of their signature cocktails,… More Info

Patio or Courtyard Dining

More private than sidewalk dining, these outside dining spaces are often gardens set back off the street, quiet corners outback behind the restaurant, or comfortable interiors open to the sky. Enjoy the separation from the street and the hubbub of outside activity and instead focus your attention to the cheerful hum of the courtyard or the quiet peace of the shady patio.

A local favorite - a social hub, and a must-visit destination in Eugene. Home to some of the Pacific Northwest's finest cafés, restaurants,… More Info
A great addition to the Whiteaker neighborhood, Beergarden features an indoor pub as well as an outdoor beer garden complete with fire pits… More Info
A friendly neighborhood restaurant at 17th and Lincoln with a local following. Known for their all natural burgers and casual, comfortable… More Info
In the Whiteaker Neighborhood, discover Falling Sky deli - a taphouse combined with a modern Northwest-style delicatessen. Enjoy dozens of… More Info
A Northwest brewery and gastro-pub inspired by the joyful atmosphere of Munich beer halls and the comfort of neighborhood London pubs. Sip… More Info
Hop Valley Brewing Company's tasting room and production facility finds its home in the Whiteaker neighborhood. Visit a fantastic outdoor… More Info
Oakway Center is the home of Nordstrom Rack, Bed Bath & Beyond, Trader Joe's, Pottery Barn, Pier 1 Imports, Eugene Running Company, Nike,… More Info
An urban wine bar featuring a tasting lounge and winemaker events. The Oregon Wine LAB's proprietor Mark Nicholl focuses on local artisan… More Info
Housed in a renovated 1900's house near the city's center, the High Street Brewery and Cafe is a perfect location for a warm day. Enjoy… More Info
The Ninkasi Better Living Room brings all your favorite Ninkasi beers together in a new restaurant and gathering space. Their full-service… More Info
Located in downtown Springfield, PublicHouse is a great place for the community to gather to enjoy great food, beer and conversation. Food… More Info
Converted from a charming old house to a delightful restaurant in downtown Eugene. Owners Megan and Shannon opened The Vintage in 2005.… More Info
Eugene's first cidery uses whole fruit for seasonal small batch ciders naturally fermented without artificial flavorings and added… More Info

On the River Dining

Prime outdoor dining with seating overlooking the Willamette River, these restaurants offer an embrace of nature as well as the comfort of dining out. Watch cyclists whiz by on the riverbank path at McMenimans North Bank, observe kayakers and anglers in the water from Roaring Rapids Pizza Company and stay cool on the porch at Sweetwaters while enjoying the sun reflecting off the river.

Take a seat at their restaurant in Eugene and enjoy a panoramic view of the Willamette River while enjoying breakfast, lunch, dinner or a… More Info
This popular spot in Eugene overlooks one of the most serene stretches of the Willamette River. Tiered indoor seating and an outdoor deck… More Info
Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Director of Content Strategy for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.