Does it get any better than dining outside during the summer?… We don’t think so! All of these delicious Oshkosh restaurants can be enjoyed outdoors, making them the perfect spot to enjoy the warm, summer sun and breathtaking Oshkosh views.
Global influences, unexpected preparations and local sourcing are some of the ways Bar 430’s menu stands out in downtown Oshkosh. The best ingredients around can always be found right in our own backyard, so why look any further? Bar 430 gets bread from Manderfield’s Home Bakery, cheese from Union Star Dairy, coffee from New Moon just down the street and seasonal vegetables from Merle Meadows Farm in nearby Omro. Try some of their addicting beer battered cheese curds while dining in their outdoor seating area!
Beckets offers modern, waterfront dining on their outdoor patio along the Fox River in the heart of downtown Oshkosh. Chef Mike Buckarma and his talented culinary team pridefully use only the freshest and most local products to craft from scratch just for you. Becket’s also uses local produce from our urban farm partners at Growing Oshkosh and the finest steaks, aged and cut by their sister market Wagner Market.
Take a step back in time when you walk into the Brooklyn Grill for lunch or dinner. Housed in a building dating back to the 1800s, the Brooklyn Grill offers a fun, 40’s-themed Brooklyn atmosphere. The menu boasts of tantalizing burgers, loaded wraps, gourmet sandwiches and a martini list as long as the Brooklyn Bridge. All can be enjoyed on their patio seating area.
Caramel Crisp Corner is the home to delicious homemade cookies, pies, baked goods, gourmet popcorn and other sweet treats in Oshkosh. Throughout the past 85 years, Caramel Crisp has expanded from a tiny popcorn shop on Main Street into so much more. Stop by the cafe for delicious breakfast food, deli-style salads, sandwiches, coffee drinks, and smoothies.
Dockside Tavern combines a fun, casual neighborhood tavern with a riverside atmosphere and offers a large bar plus a menu with local flavors. Dockside’s Friday Fish Fry is not just on Friday. You can find favorites like walleye fingers, fish tacos, parmesan basil cod fries, and ale battered shrimp served every day.
If you like a warm, welcoming place where people socialize, relax and exchange stories over a pint, you’re going to love Dublin’s Irish Pub. Dublin’s cheerfully brings a bit of Ireland to Oshkosh with an authentic, warm and welcoming teach tabhairne (“tavern-house”). With nearly 30 selections of craft beer on tap, you’re bound to find a brew to pair well with your meal.
Oshkosh has deep roots in brewing fine beers dating back to 1846. In 1995, the Supple brothers joined that tradition by opening up Fox River Brewing Company. Located right on the Fox River, boats can dock and enjoy a meal on their large, outdoor dining area. A few of the local favorites are the world-famous crunch chicken tenders, chicken & waffles and signature artisan pizzas.
Overlooking the Fox River, the Ground Round at River’s Edge offers great food and great fun with spectacular views. Both the lounge and patio area are casual alternatives where adults can relax, meet friends, watch the game and enjoy the same full-service menu as their dining room area. Expect to find greens that cause envy and burgers that have no boundaries.
The Lunchbox, located in the downtown City Center, pairs delicious sandwiches with childhood nostalgia. Lunchboxes from classic films and TV line the walls to provide an exciting atmosphere. The expertly crafted sandwiches and in-house made potato chips make for the perfect lunch on a budget. Stay after you eat and challenge your friends to some classic games on the vintage Nintendo gaming system. New this summer Lunchbox will be serving some tasty frozen treats from Compassion Creamery featuring flavors like Charitable Charms, Frozen Melty and Lemon Basil Sorbet.
Comfort food with a modern twist – that’s Mahoney’s. Seasonal dishes and a casual atmosphere make Mahoney’s a local Oshkosh favorite. Cozy up to a roaring fire in the dining room or relax outside by the outdoor fire on their patio. If the fire isn’t doing the trick, the happy hour deals such as delicious cocktails, craft beer and a fantastic wine list will warm you right up on a cool summer evening.
Pilora’s Cafe, located in downtown Oshkosh, offers a delicious breakfast and lunch menu. Pilora’s features great coffee and they now make their own Kombucha. Kombucha flavors include blueberry lemonade, original black tea, mango pineapple, and mixed berry. The outdoor patio space provides the perfect hangout to try out some favorites from their menu such as cornbread pancakes, beef hash, egg benedicts and more!
Rhapsodie’s is family owned and operated custard shop that also offers great soups and sandwiches. The delicious custard is made fresh all day long, using only the best ingredients, because they believe that anything worth doing is worth doing well. Rhapsodie’s crazy fun flavors will help beat the summer heat and taste good while doing it.
The Chalice is dedicated to providing you with some of the best food, drink and service around. The restaurant has been family-owned for three decades. The Chalice creates great fish dinners with no deep fryers as well as other classic, American cuisine. All dinners are grilled and prepared with the freshest ingredients. Insider tip – the next time you’re there, try the Chalice Sauce!
A cute cafe and restaurant located in downtown Oshkosh, Planet Perk offers a relaxing ambiance perfect to catch up with a friend or to catch up on some reading. The menu includes far more than just their exquisite coffee drinks. Wraps, hot sandwiches, all-day breakfast and homemade desserts make their outdoor patio the perfect place to indulge.
TJ’s Harbor Restaurant prides itself on a rotisserie-inspired menu. All of the meat for their sandwiches, salads and pasta are slow roasted in a rotisserie oven to provide a healthy dining alternative. The location boasts fantastic views of Lake Winnebago from an outdoor patio and viewing deck. TJ’s Harbor has two full-service bars and a newly renovated harbor to give boaters one of the best docking accommodations on the lake.
by Paige Owens