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10 Best Patios Where Iowa Started

Looking to spend sometime outside this summer? Why not do it on a patio with good food, drinks, and maybe even a band or two.

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Voted on by Travel Dubuque's followers, these are the top 10 favorite patios in the Dubuque area.

River Ridge Brewery PHOTO: Grant Woo

River Ridge Brewing

Coming in the number one spot, this patio also happens to be one of the newest in the area. River Ridge Brewing, located riverside in Bellevue, Iowa, is a family-owned and operated brewery. With views of Lock & Dam #12, home grown brews, and family friendly lawn games, this patio is a must visit. (Did we mention they are pet friendly?)

Yardarm PHOTO: @living.wild.krystina

Dubuque Marina & Yardarm

A local favorite, the Dubuque Marina & Yardarm is a full-service stop. From tasty food, cold drinks, beers on tap, and live music all summer long, this patio is a tropical oasis in the midwest. Traveling with your four-legged friends? This patio is also pup friendly!

Monks PHOTO: @kylacallaway


Located near the base of the Fenelon Place Elevator, Monk’s is a coffee/bar hybrid that serves up fresh brewed coffee and regionally brewed beer. Mix in a craft cocktail, and it’s not hard to see why this secured a spot in the top 10. Cherry on top? They area also a pet friendly patio!

Millennium Bar & Marina PHOTO: Millennium Bar & Marina

Millennium Bar & Marina

Number four is Millennium Bar & Marina located across the river in East Dubuque. Serving brunch, lunch, and dinner, this riverside patio is also a place for recreation including kayak rentals. Check out their calendar of events for live music throughout the warmer months.

Park Farm Winery PHOTO: @dmarkworth10

Park Farm Winery

Situated in the rolling hills of Bankston, Iowa, Park Farm Winery’s patio views are hard to match. Home grown wines, wood-fired pizza, and an occasional ‘Daisy’ sighting make for a one-of-a-kind experience. (Haven’t met Daisy? She’s the pup that calls this place home and welcomes her other four-legged friends to the winery.)

Stone Cliff PHOTO: @laurenandpenny

Stone Cliff Winery

Another winery on the list, Stone Cliff Winery is located in the Port of Dubuque and has a pet-friendly patio waiting along the river. With a menu of tasty wines and cuisine, this riverside patio is within walking distance of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Diamond Jo Casino, and Art Along the River on the Mississippi Riverwalk.

Catfish Charlies PHOTO: Catfish Charlies

Catfish Charlie's

Another patio located along the Mississippi River is Catfish Charlie’s. Known for it’s waterfront access, good food, and micro-brews, this local favorite is also home to the American Lady Yacht Cruise.

Textile Brewing PHOTO: Textile Brewing

Textile Brewing

Just 4.5 miles away from the iconic Field of Dreams Movie Site is Textile Brewing. Their 1906 built building was once a sewing factory and much of the unique history can be seen throughout. With a pet friendly patio perfectly paired with their brews, its easy to see why they make the top 10 favorite patios in the area.

Off Shore Resort PHOTO: Off Shore Resort

Off Shore Resort

Another Bellevue, Iowa patio is Off Shore Resort. Situated along the Mississippi River, this restaurant and bar is newly reopening with camping and aquatic activities. This patio is also another pup friendly stop.

L.May Eatery PHOTO: @abbycarolinemcintosh

L.May Eatery

Rounding out the top ten is L.May Eatery. Their street side dining is the perfect stop for a special occasion, anniversary, or celebration. While menus change seasonally, their pizza has long been a local favorite.