The weather is officially gorgeous in Oxford, Ohio (thanks, summer!) so what better time for our local restaurants to open up their outdoor dining areas for the first time in months? There are few things more relaxing than chowing down on some pub grub or sipping an ice-cold drink while also soaking up a little sunshine and enjoying a cool breeze.
So grab a friend (or your parents, they deserve it!) and check out Oxford's outdoor dining options, which we've listed below.
Update: August 26, 2020 Expanded outdoor dining, which includes alley-to-patio conversions, has begun to take place throughout Oxford! This creative solution provides local businesses an opportunity to offer additional seating outside without taking up space on the sidewalks. Some of the businesses below have applied for permits to expand their outdoor dining spaces.
And while we're enjoying things opening back up, let's all remember to keep safety precautions in mind. Wear a mask unless you're eating or drinking, only eat or drink while seated at your table, and maintain a 6-foot distance from other patrons whenever possible. Many restaurants have closed a certain number of tables to ensure that their capacity remains at a minimum for the safety of everyone.
17 W. Church St. | (513) 255-9470
Ramen Hachi offers a truly mouthwatering experience in the form of, you guessed it, ramen! But that's not all. In addition to giant (not to mention beautiful) bowls of noodles, Ramen Hachi also has rice bowls and small plate options on their menu.
While Ramen Hachi is currently closed to indoor dining, they have a patio right outside the front doors on Church Street that you can't miss. Take a seat and stay a while while you enjoy some of the truly best ramen around.
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107 E. Church St. | (513) 255 - 9281
Books & Brews is the perfect place for both friends and families with little ones to gather. In addition to shelves upon shelves of books (which you can purchase on the cheap!), they also have a wide selection of board games. Take one out to the patio along with a delicious drink (may we suggest Peach Bourbon Slush?) or a shareable plate. Nachos, anyone?
Oh and if doggos are your thing, you're very likely to see a few on the Books & Brews patio, which is notoriously doggo-friendly.
Expanded outdoor dining: Books & Brews is participating in expanded outdoor dining by setting up additional tables on the sidewalk in front of their patio.
Books & Brews is active on Instagram where they post specials, events, and updates on new beer arrivals.
25 W. High St. | (513) 524 - 3114
Fiesta Charra has tables right outside the front door, lining the windows facing High Street. The tables are near the sidewalk and currently have yellow tape around them to ensure some distance between you and anyone walking by. Since a proper physical distance is taken care of, you can spend more energy enjoying some delicious queso, a burrito bowl, or any other item on Fiesta Charra's expansive menu.
Expanded outdoor dining: Fiesta Charra is participating in expanded outdoor dining by setting up tables in the alley between 19 and 25 W. High St.
Fiesta Charra has daily deals & specials that you can find on their Facebook here.
102 S. Locust St. | (513) 523 - 6639
We of course love our Uptown District, but let's always remember that Oxford has amazing businesses scattered all throughout town such as El Burrito Loco on Locust Street! This locally-owned restaurant has a spacious patio on which you can lounge while eating taco salads, enchiladas, and much more.
You can leave a positive review for El Burrito Loco here!
12 W. Park Place | (513) 523 - 0015
Left Field Tavern (right next door to the Enjoy Oxford office!) has a large, fenced-in patio for lots of privacy while you dine. Stop by and relax in this outdoor space during the day or come at night for a magical atmosphere under the glow of string lights.
Menu items include pub grub favorites like Beer Battered Onion Wings, as well as entrees featuring steak, salmon, smoked pork chops, and more.
Follow Left Field Tavern on Facebook here.
103 W. Spring St. | (513) 523 - 0770
Patterson's, a staple here in town since 2003, has umbrella-topped tables right outside the front of the cafe where you can sit with a friend and chat over breakfast, brunch, or lunch. We recommend the Chunky Monkey pancakes or Eggs Benedict. Ah, who are we kidding? The whole menu is amazing so get whatever you want. You won't be disappointed.
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325 S. College Ave. | (513) 280 - 6237
Formerly known as Scotty's Brewhouse,
Gaslight Brewhouse has undergone some beautiful changes such as their Lamplighter Room! With the garage doors open, this spacious room suddenly feels like you're sitting right outside. But if you want to actually sit outside, there's additional seating right beyond the Lamplighter Room. This outdoor space is complete with comfortable seating and firepits during the winter. (Who said outdoor seating is only reserved for the warmer months?)
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119 E. High St. | (513) 523 - 2131
Talk about a classic Uptown Oxford experience. Bagel & Deli is so good that people have literally driven hours for it. Try one (and eventually all, if you want to win a t-shirt) of their unique bagel sandwich creations, then go outside and devour the messy goodness at a table out front.
Stay up to date with Bagel & Deli on Facebook.
121 E. High St. | (513) 523 - 0066
For yet another classic Uptown experience, get a gyro or Reuben (and maybe a beer tower?) at Skipper's. In addition to their plentiful seating inside, they also have four picnic benches fenced in right outside the front doors.
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104 W. High St. | (513) 523 - 1020
Phan Shin is beloved here in town, and for good reason! Not only has it been here since 1985 (making it the oldest Chinese restaurant in town), the food is undeniably delicious. Choose from either their Classic Cuisine menu like Hunan (mixed veggies sauteed in a spicy red pepper sauce) or a Chef Special like the Black Pepper Beef. They have tables right outside their windows facing High Street so have a seat and breathe in the fresh air while you eat.
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There are other businesses uptown, such as Bodega, Skyline, Bruno's Pizza, So Hi, Kofenya, and Fridge & Pantry that have some tables and chairs outside their storefronts. Take a walk down High Street and around the surrounding streets to explore your options.
We're also huge fans of picnics in the Uptown Park, so get your food to go and find a seat either on the grass or at one of the many picnic tables scattered throughout the park.