Here are some local restaurants that provide outdoor seating. Pull up a chair and stay a while…that’s what summer is meant for.
St. Honoré Boulangerie. Grab a seat on the outdoor patio and enjoy some people watching (especially during the Saturday Farmer’s Market) along with your food. The French baking tradition lives on here with offerings like the croque monsieur and salade nicoise as well as puff pastries filled with all sorts of temptations: custard, mousse and fruit fillings. Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. 315 First Street, Lake Oswego. 503.445.1379.
Blast Burger. Serving up 100 percent prime or Kobe beef patties, this place offers creative add-ons like fried jalapenos and wild local mushrooms. If your team is calling you, dine inside with four big screen TV’s to keep you posted. If the sun is calling you, the patio awaits. Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Happy hour: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. to close. 315 First Street, Suite 101. 503.305.8088.
Manzana Rotisserie Grill. Enjoy Northwest specialties served up with fresh ingredients along with a touch of the Southwest with choices like the Santa Fe Chicken Enchilada Stack or the Grilled Chili Rubbed Tri-Tip. Outdoor seating is available on the patio overlooking Lakewood Bay. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Friday 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Happy Hour: Daily 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. to close. Breakfast served Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 305 First Street. 503. 675.3322.
Zeppo. The menu here caters to your mood: upscale—you can try the Tuscan style herbed salmon or beef tenderloin. Looking for something more basic? There’s pizza and pasta too. Sidewalk seating is a popular place to be on summer days. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Happy Hour—2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to close daily. 345 First Street, Suite 105. 503.675.2726.
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Lake Oswego Ice Creamery. The casual fare here is sure to be popular with the younger crowd. Everything tastes better when accompanied by a milkshake made with local Tillamook ice cream or finished off by a scoop of your favorite flavor. Outdoor seating sits right on busy A Avenue but the kids don’t seem to mind. Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday through Saturday. 37 A Avenue. 503.636.4933.
Tucci. Regional freshness highlights the Italian cuisine with such favorites as Veal Milanese, Ciopinno and Chocolate Polenta Cake. Patio seating feels tucked in and the lighting at night creates just the right ambiance. Hours: Sunday Brunch 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday; Dinner 4:00 p.m. daily; Happy Hour 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. 220 A Avenue. 503.697.3383.
Maher’s Irish Pub. This is your stop for traditional Irish fare like lamb stew, corned beef and bangers. Oh, and did I mention the beer? Picnic tables strewn across the front and side yards invite casual summer dining (and did I mention the beer?) Hours: Monday through Friday 3:00 p.m. to close.; Saturday and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to close. Happy Hour 3:00 p.m .to 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. to close Sunday through Thursday and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 352 B Avenue. 503.305.8087.
Gourmet Productions. Outdoor seating is limited but if you can’t find a table outside, pack up your selections to-go and head over to one of the city parks. The deli case is filled with picnic starring dishes such as curried chicken salad and roasted brussel sprouts, many of which are gluten free (and marked as such). Hours: Monday through Friday. 39 B Avenue. 503.697.7355.
Stickmen’s Brewery and Skewery. This restaurant and brew house features an outdoor patio deck overlooking Oswego Lake where you can enjoy Japanese inspired skewers and in-house brewed craft beer. Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Happy Hour 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 40 N. State Street. 503.344.4449.
Riccardo’s Ristorante. Riccardo and Georgette Spaccarelli have been dishing up Italian favorites like Saltimbocca di Vitello and Spaghetti con Vongole since 1980. Local wine connoisseurs swear by their Italian wine selection. All of it tastes better when served al fresco on the terra cotta tiled patio. Hours: Lunch 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dinner 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 16035 Boones Ferry Rd. 503.636.4104.
Jefe. Enjoy authentic Mexican style cooking for breakfast, lunch and dinner from huevos rancheros to enchiladas and tamales. Covered patio seating in the breezeway alongside the restaurant is a great spot to nurse a margarita while practicing your Spanish. Hours: Breakfast 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. weekends. Lunch 11:00 a.m. Dinner 4:00 p.m. 16360 Boones Ferry Rd. 503.635.1900.
La Provence. This place has been hopping since it opened in its new location in the recently renovated shopping center on the corner of Bryant Road and Boones Ferry. Both bakery and bistro seem popular with locals lining up to order croissants, omelets, potato tartiflettes, and pork medaillons. Petite entrees start at $6.50 and are designed to be shared. Gluten free options are available too. Weather permitting, patio seating is always a coveted spot. Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. Petite entrees start at 4:00 p.m.16350 Boones Ferry Rd. 503.635.4533.
Babica Hen. Check out this new breakfast and lunch spot featuring fresh baked goods (including gluten-free cupcakes and muffins) and waffles served all day long (gluten-free options available). Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Monday. 15964 Boones Ferry Rd. 503.636.4012.
Casa del Pollo. If you’re lucky you can nab the very limited outdoor seating where Costa Rican homestyle cuisine is what brings folks through the door. Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday. 15910 Boones Ferry Rd. 503.344.4354.
Giant Burger. I’ve written about Giant Burger’s appeal here before. Check it out for reasons why you might want to sit on one of the outdoor picnic tables and enjoy the burgers that seem to make the local Top Burgers list by food-lovers in the know. Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday through Saturday. 15840 Boones Ferry Rd. 503.636.0255.
Oliver’s. Your go-to place for comfort food with selections that include Oliver’s Pot Pie, Macaroni and Cheese and Aged Beef Ribeye with Marsala Sauce. This neighborhood spot offers patio seating and flaming tiki torches to get you in the mood. Hours: 5:00 p.m to close Tuesday through Sunday. 5405 Jean Rd. 503.697.1054.
Pine Shed Ribs. Christened “best barbecue in PDX” by Portland Monthly magazine, Pine Shed Ribs offers outdoor picnic tables for savoring their popular meat-lovers fare including ribs, pulled pork, brisket, bacon, pastrami, sausage, and chicken. Sauces are gluten free. Hours: 11:00 a.m. until Sold Out Monday through Saturday; Closed Sunday. 17730 Pilkington Rd. 503.635.7427.
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