Fitness & Nutrition

Alfresco Dining in Central Indiana

June 8, 2022

With the warmth of summer well underway, it is easy to see why so many people enjoy dining outdoors at favorite local restaurants. Whether you love some fun ambiance or just enjoy being outside while you can before winter circles back, check out our list of favorite nearby places to dine alfresco!

Griggsby Station

Located in Greenfield, this pub specializes in seasonal and local farm goodness, delivered right to your table in the form of delicious nosh. The best part? They offer Hoosier beers as well as a full wine and cocktail list. Head on over Tuesday through Saturday for dinner and drinks.

The Depot

The newly opened Depot Restaurant has made quite a splash in Greenfield. Open for lunch and dinner throughout the week, this historical building has been rehabbed into a delicious restaurant and is one of the best places to dine out this summer. Call ahead to see if outdoor seating is open.

Fox Gardin Kitchen and Ale

As the name suggests, this cute little Fortville eatery serves up delicious American fare and ale. Only for the 21 and up crowd, you can enjoy such dishes as the Hatch Chile Pulled Pork handheld, Lobster Cognac Ravioli and so much more. Is it dinner time yet?

The Mug

Ready for some slow food in Greenfield that will knock your socks off? Don’t let the small building or lack of indoor seating fool you. This place is for real … and they are seriously about being local. All of their meat is from local farms, and they are dedicated to giving customers the best food they can dream up. Grab yourself a pork tenderloin and sit outdoors to bask in the summer sun.

Tour of Italy

Named the best pizza in Greenfield on Trip Advisor and the #4 restaurant in the city, this place is a must for anyone who loves food. The best part? You can dine outdoors like a real Italian for lunch, dinner and even brunch! Tutti mangi (eat it all)!

Costa’s Grill

Another European place for fresh, delicious food, Costa’s Grill in Greenfield has a welcoming environment and a great menu. Choose from salads, starters, entrees, sandwiches and more!

Don Rigo

If the first thing you picture when you think about dining alfresco in Greenfield’s summertime is an icy cold margarita and a plate full of tacos, then Don Rigo’s is a must. Choose from any one of their classic Mexican dishes and enjoy the company of friends and family as you chow down.

Taxman Brewing Co.

With locations in Fortville, Indianapolis and Bargersville, this brewery is spreading good food and drink across central Indiana. Taxman serves local and sustainable foods rolled into specialties such as burgers, fried chicken and delicious desserts.

Traxx BBQ

Heading to McCordsville on a beautiful summer night? Check out Traxx BBQ, cooking up some deliciously fresh and sustainable foods, including Carolina-style BBQ. Choose from brisket, ribs and pulled pork. Yum!

Ale Emporium

If you are heading out of Hancock County, check out the fantastic Ale Emporium in Indianapolis. Not only can you grab some great food, but you can check out their live music as well!

The only downside of enjoying these great places to chow down outside is that the weather will have to cooperate. Most establishments have options for dining in, but call ahead to make sure they still offer outdoor seating. Bon appetit!