Great Spots for Outdoor Dining in Festival Country Indiana

Posted by: Kenneth Kosky on September 9, 2021

One of the best parts of spring is when the restaurants start opening up their patios for dining again.

Festival Country Indiana, located just south of Indy, is fortunate enough to have plenty of places that combine tasty food with the ambiance of outdoor seating.

In Greenwood, some of our favorites include Vino Villa (pictured), which is known for its small plates and extensive wine selection. As a bonus, the restaurant also has live music on the patio on select days.

Another Greenwood establishment that is a quintessential summer hangout is The Suds (a traditional drive-in restaurant). Check their Facebook for opening dates. 

Other Greenwood favorites with outdoor dining include Ale Emporium, Johnson's BBQ Shack, Hoosier Brewing Company, Humble TacoMain Street Grille, Revery Restaurant & BaRevJockamo Upper Crust PizzaLuca Pizza di Roma, LaTrattoria Italian Restaurant, Tried & True AlehouseOaken Barrel Brewing Company and Sassafras Tea Room.


In Franklin, you can walk around the downtown area and find numerous al fresco dining options, including The Willard, which is home to the pork tenderloin sandwich that has won plenty of awards.

Two unique spots are Blue Cactus Tacos & Tequila Bar and Shale Creek Brewing, where you can dine under a retractable roof.

Other downtown spots with outdoor seating include BoJak's Bar & GrilleCourt Street CafĂ©, 1823 BakehouseBenjamin's CoffeehouseThe Grill Bar, La CocinaOld Towne Beer Hall & Brewing CompanyRichard's Brick Oven Pizza and RFD Franklin. It's also worth venturing outside of the downtown to visit these Franklin favorites: El Pueblo Mexican Restaurant (pictured, with a musician playing) and Big Woods Franklin. Garment Factory Events is another great spot, and they are open Tuesday and Thursday nights.

In Whiteland, you'll find outdoor dining at Nailers Brewing Company, which is nestled right off U.S. 31. Not only do they offer signature brews and dishes, there is also live music on select evenings.


Last but not least, two establishments in Bargersville have gotten statewide acclaim for their offerings.

Taxman Brewing Company (pictured) has a huge following for its Belgian brews, while Johnson's BBQ Shack makes the best barbecue around.

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