BY KIMBERLY ELSHAM VAVRICK For Sun-Times Media
Looking for a special place to for a celebratory dinner al fresco? Here’s a rundown of area restaurants with outdoor seating.
Note that while these restaurants cater to parties and groups, the outdoor seating may not accommodate the maximum party size as the indoor seating can.
Arlington Heights: Harry’s of Arlington Heights has announced live music on the patio each Thursday for the spring and summer season. Groups of up to 15 can order from the full menu or create a limited menu for your guests. Appetizers and platters can be added if requested. Larger groups can also be accommodated.
1 N. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights
Barrington: If beers and burgers are more your style, The Lucky Monk brewpub has your group covered. The patio of this South Barrington standby offers lots of wonderful spots and views for afternoon, evening and nighttime occasions. It can seat up to 100 people, or it can be divided into a semi-private space.
105 Hollywood Blvd., South Barrington
Buffalo Grove: The Arboretum Club Cafe is open during the country club’s golf season. The restaurant features a contemporary American menu and seating on the bright and sunny patio.
401 Half Day Road, Buffalo Grove
Evanston: BRAVO! serves Italian classics with a twist made with authentic old-world cooking techniques and the highest-quality ingredients: house-made pasta specialties, pizzas and flatbreads, steaks, chops and seafood.
1701 Maple Ave., Evanston
Glenview: Hackney’s on Harms is a great place for a darn good burger and a beer, which the restaurant has been serving since Prohibition. Bring your group outside to dine under towering silver poplars on the outdoor patio.
1241 Harms Road, Glenview
Highland Park: Bluegrass is a casual restaurant that blends a little Southern influence into its robust American menu. A cheerful patio makes for an intimate group setting in summer months.
1636 Old Deerfield Road,Highland Park
Highwood: Miramar Bistro features a unique and lively combination of French bistro and Cuban cuisine in its concept and cooking. Traditional bistro chairs and tables line the exterior of this lively restaurant, which can be booked for private events.
301 Waukegan Ave., Highwood
Northfield: The Happ Inn has an eclectic menu including wood-fired flatbreads, Mexican fare, gluten-free items, craft beer and a diverse wine list. This space includes an enclosed dining porch perfect for a casual lunch or dinner gathering. Private groups from 10 to 30 can be arranged.
305 Happ Road, Northfield
Wilmette: Depot Nuevo boasts the “best outdoor dining on the North Shore.” Giving credence to that claim is the huge wraparound porch around the historic train depot that houses the restaurant. Latin America-inspired dishes and an impressive tequila menu will make for a lively celebration in warmer months.
1139 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette
Winnetka: Trifecta Grill is the latest endeavor from the husband-and-wife duo that brought you O’Neil’s in Winnetka. Trifecta brings the cool factor of downtown together with the convenience of the North Shore with modern decor and current dishes. A comfy back patio awaits you.
501 Chestnut St. in Winnetka