Outdoor Dining in Oxford, Ohio

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.

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.

A yellow slush drink with a straw in a wine glass on an outdoor patio table at Books and BrewsBooks & Brews

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.

Books & Brews is active on Instagram where they post specials, events, and updates on new beer arrivals.

Fiesta Charra

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.

Fiesta Charra has daily deals & specials that you can find on their Facebook here.

El Burrito Loco

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!

Patio tables and chairs on the Left Field Tavern patio with string lights strung in the airLeft Field Tavern

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.

Patterson's Cafe

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.

Follow Patterson's on their new Instagram account!

Fire pits ignited in the middle of outdoor seating right outside the Lamplight Room at Gaslight BrewhouseGaslight Brewhouse

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?)

Follow Gaslight Brewhouse on Instagram!

Bagel & Deli

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.

Four dark brown picnic benches outside of Skipper's Pub with the Skipper's Logo visible in the windowSkippers Pub & Top Deck

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.

Follow Skipper's on Facebook!

Phan Shin

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.

Follow Phan Shin on Facebook!

Other Options!

There are other businesses uptown, such as Bodega and Skyline, that have a couple of tables and chairs near their sidewalks, so take a walk down High Street and 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.

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