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1. Harbor House
550 N. HARBOR DR.
If New England seafood-inspired cuisine, plus a disarmingly unparalleled view of Lake Michigan captures your Down East-loving heart… lock up a table on Harbor House’s spacious deck, the next best thing to being on a sailboat.
6030 W. NORTH AVE., WAUWATOSA
If you and your mate plan to feed each other fusilli and whisper sweet nothings… bathe in privacy in the leafy, fenced-in courtyard of Tosa’s Ca’Lucchenzo.
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434 S. SECOND ST.
Soaking up the youthful pulse of Walker’s Point’s Restaurant Row is as obligatory as eating poutine and pierogi… take a seat in Camino’s narrow and almost secret outdoor alcove.
4. La Merenda
125 E. NATIONAL AVENUE.
If global small plates in the shadow of the Allen-Bradley Clock Tower is your goal… slip into the flora-drenched oasis of La Merenda with an outdoor bar, pergola seating, and plenty of twinkling lights.
5. Centro Cafe
808 E.CENTER ST.
If Bolognese, Chianti, and a garden plucked (in the spirit) from the Italian countryside are your holy trinity of summer night perfection… lounge in the courtyard at Centro Café in Riverwest.
636 S. SIXTH ST.
If your belly begs for no-frills street food (from bagels to burgers) in a busy, busy food truck park… signs point to the charming Zócalo.
7. Cafe at the Plaza
1007 N.CASS ST.
If a cozy, leafy courtyard attracting mimosa-sipping city dwellers makes your heart skip a beat… spin to the art deco dining room at Café at the Plaza for its laid-back yet refined alfresco getaway — complete with a side dish of Plaza’s Eggs Benedict.
8. Eldr + Frost
2300 N. MAYFAIR RD., WAUWATOSA
If you want to be steps away from retail therapy (Mayfair Mall) but transported to a sleek, modern Nordic gathering place… Eldr + Rime is your place to sip pure aquavit.
9. Restaurant Bartolotta from 1993
7616 W. STATE ST., WAUWATOSA
If al fresco is synonymous with upholstered armchairs, warm lighting, white tablecloths and words like arrosticini (grilled lamb)… La Terrazza at Ristorante Bartolotta dal 1993 is your Shangri-La – and your culinary catapult to regional Italy.
2535 S. KINNICKINNIC AVE.
If people-watching lulled by Bay View’s constant stream of traffic is your speed… sample the stage-stealing Duroc pork or wood-roasted pizza at Sorella, whose patio frames the front of its Kinn Guesthouse location.