Fresh Air & Fantastic Food: Outdoor Patios in Washburn County

There’s nothing quite like enjoying some fantastic food while soaking up the summer sun in Washburn County. If you’re looking for a great spot to catch a bite to eat outside, here are some options for you this summer. 

Stone Lake

What’s better than a flatbread pizza, delicious wine, and a beautiful patio? Red Schoolhouse Wines offers a gorgeous outdoor seating area and some of the tastiest flatbread pizzas around. For an added bonus, check out their live music in the evenings (Thursday-Saturday) in the summer. 

Photo: Red Schoolhouse Wines

Looking for a gorgeous lake view? Look no further than the Beechmoor Restaurant & Lounge overlooking Whitefish Lake. Even accessible by boat, you’ll find a great menu of homemade soups, sandwiches and delicious pizza. Gluten free options are also available. 

Photo: Beechmor

Shell Lake

A quaint downtown with a 2,600 acre lake must have a restaurant with a great lake view, right? Right. As its name indicates, Lakeview Bar & Grill offers a great view of Shell Lake on their outdoor patio. Be sure to check out their specialty sandwiches like the Triple Porker or the Cordon Bleu Chicken, a personal favorite of mine.

The artsy vibes of The Potter’s Shed don’t stop at the door. Be sure to take your panini, salad or sandwich outside to the garden area to really enjoy some peace and quiet. From the ponds and water features to the rustic, artsy decor, you’re sure to enjoy the fresh air and calm of their tranquil garden area. 

Photo: The Potter's Shed


If you’re looking for a little sport while you wait for your lunch, be sure to check out the Longbranch Smokehouse & Grille. In the outdoor seating area, you’ll be able to challenge your dinner date to a game of bags or relax around the bonfire while you wait for your food. Be sure to check out their famous bar-b-que and add on some Grimble Rings for good measure.

The view of Cranberry Lake from the deck at the Chipmunk Bar & Grill speaks for itself and the food will as well! Well known for their ribs and “always fresh” burgers, the Chipmunk will keep you coming back time and again. On Friday nights, make sure you check out their fish fry. It comes complete with deviled eggs...yum!

Photo: Schatzi's


The views at Pine Brook Farm are nothing short of stunning. With home cooked food and locally raised meats on the menu, you will be blown away by the incredible food as well. For a really cool experience, head out there on a Friday night where you’ll find them cooking perch over an open fire outside. 

Enjoying a cup of coffee with a good book is one of my favorite activities. Be sure to check out the patio at Alley Cats Coffee in Spooner. Conveniently located on Highway 63, this great coffee shop has some of the best paninis around!

Long Lake/Sarona

The view of Long Lake can’t be beat. Pull up a chair on the deck at The Landing on Long Lake to enjoy some fresh air and tasty food. For the adults, you’ll want to check out their new tiki bar. There’s a special treat for the kids too, their meal will come served on a frisbee that they can take home.

Some of the best cuisine in the area can be found at The Roost of Sarona. For an added bonus, grab a seat on their patio to enjoy the fresh, country air. Some of my all time favorite menu items include the Lobster Mac and for breakfast, the Tenderloin Hash. If you’re bringing the kids, they’re going to love the Mickey Cake.


Looking for great pizza? You have to check out Paul’s Pizza Den. Their cabana offers great outdoor seating and even live music on Saturdays during the summer. Some of the crowd pleasers to check out are the Smokey Bear and the Porky Bear Pizzas. 

Open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, the Birchwood Cafe has some nice outdoor seating right in downtown Birchwood. From their “Almost World Famous Hashbrowns” to their biscuits and made from scratch sausage gravy, you aren’t going to leave hungry, that’s for sure!

For more information on the restaurants in Washburn County, check out the Dining Guide in the Washburn County Official Guide or browse menus on our Eat page.

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