80 Restaurants & Cafes with Outdoor Dining in the Fox Cities to Visit this Summer!

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One of the best parts of summer is eating outside. Date night, family dinner, brunch, coffee, cocktails, cheese boards… we’ll take any outdoor dining at any time on a warm sunny day. Actually, we’ll even take it on a cloudy day. A leisurely time on a patio really cannot be beaten and in Wisconsin, we have a short window to enjoy it!

Before you head out, check to make sure if reservations are needed. Some outdoor seating is first come first served, so you might have a short wait. Don’t forget your sunscreen, we’ve been surprised by a sunburn acquired during a Sunday brunch!

Editor’s Note: Some of these businesses continue to have altered hours, make sure to check their website or social media for current hours before heading out to eat. Email govalleykids@gmail.com or comment below if we missed your favorite spot. Also, we would love to add your feedback. What’s to love about your favorite spot?

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Waterfront Dining

  • Bridge Bar & Restaurant, 101 W Main St, Fremont
    • Kids Menu starts at $4.99 and includes cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, and grilled cheese
    • Located on the Wolf River
  • Clearwater Harbor Waterfront Restaurant & Bar, N2757 County Hwy QQ, Waupaca
    • Kids’ Menu
    • Playground
    • Moo’s ice cream shoppe is open daily in the summer
    • Live Music on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons
    • Located on Chain O’ Lakes
  • Fratellos Waterfront Restaurant, 501 W. Water St., Appleton
    • Kids’ Menu with great side options and amazing chicken tenders
    • Great for watch pelicans, herons, and eagles.
    • Located on Fox River
  • The Hotel Fremont, 218 Wolf River Dr, Fremont
    • Located on the Wolf River
  • Mr. Brew’s Taphouse, 201 S. Riverheath Way, Appleton
    • Kids Menu
    • Kids Eat FREE on Sundays and lunch specials each day of the week.
  • The Nauti Turtle, 710 Wolf River Dr, Fremont
    • Located on the Wolf River
  • Pullmans at Trolley Square, 619 S Olde Oneida St, Appleton
    • Live music Tuesday nights
  • River Rail Bar & Grill,  N5547 River St, Shiocton
    • Located on the Wolf River
  • River Tyme Bistro, 425 W Water St, Appleton
    • Located on the Fox River
  • Tempest Coffee Collective, 181 S. Riverheath Way, Appleton
    • Dog friendly. 
    • Located on the Fox River
  • The Waters, 815 W Wolf River Ave., New London
    • Located on the Wolf River
  • Waverly Beach Bar & Grill, N8770 Fire Lane 1, Harrison
    • Located on Lake Winnebago
    • Live music on Sundays 
    • Family Nights each Wednesday from 5 – 7 pm with free activities for kids
    • Closed on Mondays
  • Westridge Golf Course, 8130 Golf Course Drive, Neenah
    • Charcuterie Boards
    • Overlooking pond and golf course

Kids Eat FREE Deals

For complete offer details visit: Kids Eat FREE (or for less) – 50+ Restaurants with FREE Kids Meals! Contact restaurants to confirm.

  • Sundays: Ground Round, Mr. Brew’s Taphouse
  • Tuesdays: El Agave Mexican Grill & Cantina
  • Wednesdays: The StoneYard

General Outdoor Dining & Patios

Coffee, Brunch, Lunch & Snacks with Outdoor Seating

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Downtown Appleton Outdoor Dining

Most locations offer limited seating on College Avenue. Those with a * have a separate patio 

  • Antojitos, 204 E College Ave, Downtown Appleton
    • $5 Kids Menu with burrito, quesadilla, tacos, chicken nuggets, cheeseburger and more, includes soft drink
  • Author’s Kitchen & Bar, 125 E College Ave, Appleton
    • Kids Menu with breakfast, pasta, and chicken options
    • Currently closed on Saturday and Sunday
  • The Bar of Appleton – The Avenue, 427 W. College Avenue, Downtown Appleton
    • Kids menu
    • celiac-friendly menu
  • Bazil’s*, 109 W College Ave, Downtown Appleton
    • Food from lunch to 1 am
    • During the farmers market, vendor food allowed on the patio
  • D2 Sports Pub, 403 W College Ave, Appleton
  • McFleshman’s*, 115 State St, Downtown Appleton
    • McFleshman’s hosts food trucks in their beer garden and allows carry-in or delivery from any restaurant
  • Spats*, 733 W College Ave, Downtown Appleton
    • Lunch and dinner menus
    • Sunday Brunch 
  • Wooden Nickel*, 217 E Wisconsin Ave, Downtown Appleton
    • Kids menu items under $5 with mini corn dogs, chicken tenders, or hot dog


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