Family-Friendly and Al Fresco

. May 31, 2019.

Where to find kid-friendly restaurants with outdoor patios in the Toledo area.

A warm breeze, a delicious meal, the sun on your back … and the laughter of your toddler and preschooler in the midst of a minor food fight. It might not be the laid-back al-fresco dining of your kid-free days, but having a meal on an outdoor patio is a welcome relief after a long winter.
Fortunately, many restaurants in Toledo and surrounding communities offer a family-friendly approach to outdoor dining. If you’re looking for a sidewalk cafe where you won’t feel guilty about bringing in your unabashadley loud brood, we’ve got just the thing. Try one of these local favorites.

1. Rosie’s Italian Grill


606 N. McCord Road | 419-866-5007
Open 11:30 am-9 pm Sunday-Thursday,
11:30 am-10:30 pm Friday-Saturday

Known for its authentic Italian cuisine, Rosie’s has an outdoor dining area that opens Memorial Day. Kids enjoy coloring and kid-menu favorites including pizza and chicken chunks. You might even get to hear the live music playing in the bar area on select evenings.

2. Zingo’s Mediterranean


106 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg | 419-872-5800
Open 11am-9 pm Monday-Saturday

The outdoor cafe at this Mediterranean restaurant isn’t fenced off and has room for kids to move around. Popular kid’s menu dishes include chicken or gyro chunks and the grilled cheese pita. All children’s meals come with a choice of healthy sides including carrots, hummus, apples or rice. Try the smoothies, too!

3. Granite City

2300 Village Drive West, Suite 130, Maumee
Open 11 am-11 pm Monday-Thursday, 11 am-midnight Friday-Saturday, 9 am-10 pm Sunday

Located within the Shops at Fallen Timbers, Granite City offers a kids menu with items like chicken bites, a quesadilla, macaroni and cheese and a steak burger (a kid’s brownie sundae is on the menu for dessert!). Coloring pages and crayons are provided. Since its gated patio is located near the mall’s yard games offered during the summer, kids can enjoy large-scale checkers, chess and a sandbox. Don’t forget to check out the pond and fountain.

4. Ciao Ristorante

6064 Monroe St., Sylvania | 888-456-3463
Open 5-10 pm Monday-Thursday, 5-11 pm Friday, 4-11 pm Saturday, 4-9 pm Sunday

Kids love the buttered noodles, ravioli, chicken parmesan and pizza offered here. The outdoor patio has 12 tables and is open through the summer and fall, weather-permitting. Live music in the bar area is offered on Monday and Tuesday nights.

5. Holy Toledo Tavern


9 N. St. Clair St. | 419-724-4499
Open 11 am-10 pm Tuesday, 11 am-2 pm Wednesday, 11 am-10 pm Thursday, 11 am-11 pm, Friday-Saturday (hours vary during Mud Hens and Walleye games, other downtown events).

Located in Toledo’s Warehouse District, this local tavern boasts a fresh approach to casual dining. The streetside patio on St. Clair Street is open during the summer and fall, featuring umbrella-covered tables and an all-season glass fire pit, where families can feel a part of the action on game nights downtown.

6. Real Seafood Company

22 Main St.
888-456-3463 | 419-697-5427
Open 11 am-10 pm Monday-Thursday, 11am-11 pm Friday, 11:30am-11pm Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday

Located on the water, this outdoor patio is a hit with kids who enjoy watching the boats go by. After coloring and enjoying a kid’s meal of chicken tenders, a cheeseburger, popcorn shrimp or pasta, families can take a stroll on the boardwalk.

7. Swig


219 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg
Open 11 am-11 pm Monday-Thursday,
11 am-midnight Friday-Saturday,
11 am-10 pm Sunday

This downtown Perrysburg spot features homemade food, craft beer and live entertainment on weekends. Fridays are popular among families who come downtown for the city’s First Friday summer concert series. Although there’s no children’s menu, kid-friendly options include grilled cheese and a hot dog. If mom and dad want to indulge, try the Chocolate Covered Bacon Sundae or the 7-10 Split made with two deep-fried Twinkies.

8. El Vaquero Mexican


24 Main St. | 419-690-8330
Open 11 am-9 pm Monday-Thursday,
11 am-10 pm Friday, noon-10 pm
Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday

Located at The Docks, this location of the popular Mexican chain offers solid distraction for the kids when they’re seated at the outdoor patio right along the river. Kid’s menu choices include a burrito, taco, chicken fingers, pizza or mac and cheese.

9. Dale’s Bar & Grill


322 Conant St., Maumee | 419-893-3113
Open 10:30 am-10 pm Monday-Wednesday,
10:30 am-11 pm Thursday-Friday,
11 am-11 pm Saturday, 11 am-9 pm Sunday

Ready for a dining experience that involves the whole family? Head to Dale’s, where the kid-friendly outdoor patio is also fully dog-friendly – complete with water dishes and dog treats. Kids enjoy the live music on the weekends and kid’s menu options like the hot dog, hamburger, chicken tenders, mac and cheese, tater tots and applesauce.

10. Zia’s


20 Main St. | 888-456-3463
Open 5-9 pm Monday-Thursday, 5-10 pm Friday, 4-10 pm Saturday, 4-9 pm Sunday

This southern Italian eatery is also located at The Docks, where families can enjoy beautiful views of the city and the Maumee River. The outdoor patio here has 15 tables and the kid’s menu includes ravioli, fettuccine alfredo, grilled chicken and more.