When patio season hits, we take it seriously. After all, what’s better than enjoying an excellent meal and soaking in the sunshine at the same time? Luckily for us, the Akron and Canton region is filled with sun-splashed patios with festive atmospheres and gorgeous views. The only question is, where to go first?
Next time you’re looking to enjoy a meal al fresco, look to one of these local hot spots. Each features a different feel and personality, but they have one thing in common — they should all be at the top of your list this summer!
57 East Market Street, Akron
Photo courtesy of Crave
The patio at Crave overlooks a bustling sidewalk in downtown Akron, so it’s an ideal spot to enjoy a refreshment and do a little bit of people watching at the same time. Whether you choose to sit inside or out, the friendly ambiance and the upscale, globally inspired menu will draw you back again and again! Reviewers often state that it feels like a restaurant pulled straight from New York City — a rare find in the heart of Ohio.
207 South Main Street, Akron
For gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, an expansive selection of craft beer and a casual, welcoming vibe, look no further than the Lockview. There are 13 different variations of grilled cheese on the menu ranging from classic to extravagant, and you really can’t go wrong with any of them! Enjoy your selection on the rooftop patio, which features fun lights and a festive atmosphere on warm-weather evenings.
1503 Kenmore Boulevard, Akron
The Old 97 Cafe is a must-visit destination in the Akron area! The festive pub is located in a historic building, and the patio is laden with picnic tables, ferns and twinkle lights. It definitely has a “hidden gem” feel about it, although the quality of the tapas and cocktails is far from secret. All in all, the Old 97 Cafe is an incredibly scenic spot to gather with friends and family, and the atmosphere is second to none!
1824 Merriman Road, Akron
The Merchant Tavern pairs a warm and welcoming atmosphere with a mouthwatering menu! Locals return again and again for bites of the goat cheese mac, the inventive burgers, and the shareable appetizers. Additionally, the pizzas (only available on Wednesdays and Thursdays) are a huge hit! Order something to share on the patio, which is partially shaded by a pergola and decorated with colorful flowers.
54 East Mill Street, Akron
Photo courtesy of Nuevo Modern Mexican
The rooftop patio at Nuevo Modern Mexican is reason enough to visit this place. The scenic perch features spectacular views of downtown Akron, twinkle lights and a festive atmosphere. Of course, the menu is just as enticing, featuring fresh, locally grown produce, fine meats, artisan tequilas, small batch Mexican beers and a carefully curated wine menu. Stop in for happy hour every Monday through Friday from 4-6 pm to enjoy $5 margaritas and a delicious selection of appetizers!
3180 West Market Street, Akron
Located in the Hilton Hotel, this urban-chic restaurant is known for its inventive new American fare and classy beverages! The outdoor terrace is a wonderful summertime destination for a special occasion or date night — or you know, just a typical Tuesday. Order a few things from the menu to share, and soak in the luxe flavors and casual atmosphere! Also, keep an eye out on the events page to see the local music acts that are scheduled to perform.
21 Furnace Street, Akron
Dante Boccuzzi prides itself on its modernity. Located just on the edge of downtown Akron, the restaurant (part of the famed Dante Dining Group) is renowned for its dazzling dishes and elegant dining space. We love the idea of sitting at the chef’s table to get the full culinary experience, but on warm-weather nights, the spacious patio is the place to be. Try it for your next date night!
1700 55th Street Northeast, Canton
Photo courtesy of Gervasi Vineyard
If you’re living in the Akron and Canton area and you haven’t yet taken the chance to visit Gervasi Vineyard, you need to remedy that as soon as possible. The patio here (dubbed the Piazza) will make you feel like you’ve traveled to the scenic hills of Tuscany, and the wine tastes just as good as anything you would find there. Order a bottle to split and relax in the sunny space, which features cornhole, live music from Tuesday through Saturday and delicious counter-service food from an outdoor kitchen. No wonder it made the list of the best wineries near Akron and Canton!
5650 Quarry Lake Drive, Canton
Whether you’re an experienced golfer or not, you will love the atmosphere at Granite Grille. The shaded patio (open to members and non-members alike) provides spectacular views of the golf course and the lake, which is best enjoyed after a long day on the course or exploring town. As for the menu, you can expect fan favorites like burgers, wraps, fish and chips, fried appetizers and the like!
6113 Whipple Avenue, North Canton
Widely known as one of the best restaurants in Canton, Table Six incorporates culinary prowess and surprising ingredients into every dish for a tasting experience that you won’t soon forget! The cocktails are no different, held in the same high regard and prepared with fresh juices, herbs and infusions. Snag a spot on the patio for upscale, summertime dining at its finest!
3884 Everhard Road Northwest, Canton
Photo courtesy of Fat Head’s Brewery
Fat Head’s Brewery is one of the newest breweries in Stark County, and also one of the most popular! The Brewery (based in Pittsburgh) features an award-winning food menu alongside fresh and flavorful craft beers, and the atmosphere is very friendly. It’s a wonderful spot to grab a casual beer with friends and family and soak in the Ohio sunshine!
6193 Edison Street Northeast, Hartville
From the craft brewery and winery to the farmers’ market and family fun zone — there’s something for everyone at Maize Valley. In fact, this iconic destination was the first brewery in Stark County, and the years of experience in brewing definitely comes through in the taste of the beer! Come by during the summer to enjoy the views of the vineyards, the delicious food and the market of fresh and locally produced goods.
Enjoy the gorgeous summertime weather!