It's outdoor dining time again for Omahans. That narrow window of warm -- but not too warm -- weather that makes the ingestion process a bit more enjoyable.
Whether you're a frequenter of bars and eateries in Benson or Dundee, midtown or downtown, west Omaha or west of Omaha, there are plenty of socially acceptable arenas for chewing things outdoors.
As to which bar or restaurant has the “best” patio in Omaha? Well that's a complicated, subjective, perhaps even combative question. A question we posed to readers.
These are the patios they championed:
–– BJ Tobin
Mr. Toad's Pub in the Old Market
–– Art Palma
Varsity Sports on the lake near Charlies on 144th is also a great space for outdoor eating. Surfside Club has some of the best and worst views on the river.
–– Terry Sedivy
Salt 88 has my favorite patio. Great comfortable furniture, and it never seems to be windy. Not to mention the amazing food.
–– Mike Mears
The patio area at Nicola's in the Old Market is second to none!
–– Jim Kohout
Sinnott's Sand Bar in Papillion. It's a cool spot in old town next to Halleck Park, so traffic noise is virtually zero; which is nice because they have music and a TV on in the patio, too. Their patio is broken into two sections. One uncovered, the other covered - just in case of rainy weather or if someone caught too many rays playing volleyball on the adjacent courts.
–– Austin Martinez
I love Brix in Midtown Crossing. Come to think of it, they all have great patios!
–– The Ugly Sister Boutique
Midtown Crossing's patios are no doubt some of the nicest in town, but the bars/restaurants themselves lack soul. I've always enjoyed the rooftop patio at Upstream in the Old Market. Havana Garage has good spaces, too, both in front and in back.
–– Matthew Anderson
–– Chloe Linstroth
Salt, Marks, Nicola's, Stokes (west), Cantina Laredo, Firebirds.
–– Meg Hawks
Jaipur, Brix, Firebirds, La Buvette, Stokes, Salt 88.
–– Kelle Westland Herse
No food, but the Rose & Crown has the best deck in the city!
–– Missy Hudson
Salt 88 off of Maple!
–– Victoria Gerkin
One of our recommended patio happy hours is Salt 88. With happy hour specials from 3-6:30 Mon-Sat.
–– Paul M. Cox of OmahaHappyHours.com
Marks and Salt 88.
–– Kippy King
Storz Trophy Room Grill and Brewery. (You can watch) the river flow by.
–– Jim Faylor
I vote LIV Lounge! Comfy couch, fire pit and a great view of concerts at Stinson Park. Great drinks, too!
Charlie's on the Lake. Lake view makes it feel like vacation!
–– Robyn Trew Colgan
Charlie's on the Lake
–– Randy Ferris
–– Bridget Brown
–– Mitch Roy
Salt 88! Overlooking beautiful golf course, their partially covered patio is by far the best in Omaha. I usually spend a couple hours there taking in all the beauty and have to mention the awesome customer service every time.
–– Chantel Gale
Salt 88 has the best patio hands-down. Golf course view, beautiful chairs and amazing service and food.
–– Tabatha Wyatt
Salt 88 has the best patio!
–– Maddie Livingston
By far the best patio in Omaha is Plank Seafood. Can't wait to see what they do in year two this summer.
–– Michael Bandy
Nicola's in the Old Market.
–– John Shartrand
LIV Lounge. Seating for over 80, with a couch and fire pit. Also, it's next to the park that has live music every Saturday night and events like MAHA music festival.
–– Dana Hendricks
Midtown Crossing's. Especially Brix.
–– Lance Moe Mosiman
Benson = Lot 2. Dundee = Marks. Old Market = La Buvette.
–– Christine Hughey
Liberty Tavern. Brix in Midtown Crossing.
–– Camille Metoyer Moten
My favorite is Cheeseburger in Paradise! Especially when they have a band playing. You get a little bit of outdoors and concert all wrapped up into one.
–– Ric Miller
La Buvette is my favorite. Excellent people-watching, it's shaded and has great food. Classy but very comfortable. And I can take my dog with me.
–– Blacksheep Photography of Omaha
Black Oak Grill. The patio is very relaxing and with a great view of the park and Omaha skyline. The outdoor fire places are a great addition.
–– Scott Klavins
Firebirds at Village Pointe
–– Abbey Hugo
I have been a bartender at Pat and Mike's Bar (91st and Bedford) for almost 10 years, and we have an amazing patio that includes a service window.
–– Jennifer Garvey
El Aguila at 18th and Vinton.
–– Dave Begley
The Marylebone, The Rose & Crown, Havana Garage, Mr. Toads, La Buvette
–– Amy Saklar-Behrens
Havana Garage out back.
–– Helen Werner
One of my favorites is the patio at The Good Life Sports Bar and Grill at 180th & Pacific. Has a huge fire pit, and their service to patrons is always prompt and friendly.
The Upstream in the Old Market has the best patios (rooftop and one out front).
–– Camille Herley
Marks in Dundee
–– Elisabeth Percival
This is too easy. Midtown Crossing.
–– Kenneth Cook
Lot 2 in Benson!
–– Brad Mar
1. La Buvette. Great little spot downtown to people-watch, enjoy a glass of wine.
2. Salt 88. Modern patio with a great view. Part is covered, part is not. Plus, they offer a good happy hour menu.
3. J's on Jackson. Right on the corner of 11th and Jackson, this is another great place to sit and stare off into nothing! Lovely flower boxes and a tree for shade, if you wish.
4. Mr. Toad's. No food available, but a cozy spot for a drink, a good read, time with friends.
5. Havana Garage. Great secluded patio covered in vines.
6. Zurlo's. Nice outdoor patio with umbrellas. And they grow their own herbs outside, which is cool.
–– Katy Cornell