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Outdoor Dining in Northwest Indiana

      Our Comprehensive Overview of fine Northwest Indiana.  Please note, these are mostly high-end restaurant with positive reviews worth the drive, we did not include fast food places.  

• 219 Taproom, 109 S. 3rd St., 219-728-1381, Website.
•  Bistro On the Greens,
299 W. Johnson Rd., LaPorte, 219-575-7275, Overlooking the greens of Legacy Hills Golf Course in La Porte, Indiana, this dynamic addition to the culinary landscape of Northwest Indiana offers a sophisticated spin on comfort food. Only Open in Evenings.
    •   Café Borgia, 10018 Calumet Ave., Munster, 922-8889, fine dining, braised boneless beef rib with polenta, cozy little European café atmosphere, full bar, outdoor patio, casual attire. 
    •  Ciao Bella Ristorante,  1514 US-41, Schererville,  322-6800, 11am–3pm  Reservations:, Italian Restaurant: Intimate trattoria makes Tuscan-style fare & thin-crust pizzas with a side of live music.
    •   Dish Restaurant, 3907 Calumet Ave, Valparaiso, 465-9221,, bone in Ribeye, Filet of beef, Steak Frites, Kobe beef, lamb chops,  full menu, outdoor seating.
    •   Don Quijote Spanish Restaurante, 119 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, 462-7976, fine dining, family owned, over 32 years in business, outdoor dining, full menu,  See our article here
    • El Salto Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, 757 Indian Boundary, Chesterton, IN, cocktails, appetizers, full bar, live music, family dining section, In authentic Mexican tradition, the Mendoza family created El Salto to serve communities fresh cuisine in a cultured, festive and inviting atmosphere.  (219) 395-9890, Click for Details
    The Emerald Green Restaurant, located on Lost Marsh Golf Course, course, cocktails, also close to Horseshoe Casino. 1001 129th St, Hammond, IN 46320, (219) 228-2526 Click for Details
     Fahrenheit Two Twelve, 10805 Broadway, Crown Point, 663-8160, 8am-1:30pm, no reservations- walk in only, $ 10.59 adults, $4.59 Children Relaxed American restaurant & bar serving steak, seafood & entrees.
     Fiddlehead American Restaurant, 422 Franklin St., Michigan City, (219) 210-3253 Grass Fed Burgers & Steaks, Vegan & Vegetarian items, Gluten Free options, Fiddlehead uses flavorful – local ingredients to make a meal you won’t forget!  Closed Tuesdays.
   Fish Camp Seafood Restaurant, 12 on the Lake, Michigan City, Great place to see the sunset, they have a beautiful lake view overlooking Michigan Harbor. Oyster bar, fresh oysters, cozy dining room, locally sourced meats and Kitchen, 879-9544.
     Goblin & the Grocer, 1 W. Dunes Hwy, Beverly Shores, 219-809-9047 Nice surroundings in the middle the Indiana Dunes National Park. Many dinner items that span across salad, a burger, seafood, and filet. At the bar, you’ll enjoy nice appetizers such as braised meatballs and pan fried Halloumi cheese. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon sipping outside on some wine with friends.
      Galveston Steakhouse, 10 Commerce Sq. Michigan City, 879-5555, New York, Ribeye, Chopped Sirloin, Filet Mignon, Prime Rib,  Filet medallions, lamb shanks, bloomin’ onion, full bar, full menu, casual attire, located close to Washington Park and Lighthouse Place Outlet.
    •  Ivy’s Bohemia House, 321 Broadway, Chesterton,  929-4319  10am-3pm, specials, a la carte ordering.  Eclectic menu featuring Mediterranean, Eastern European and Cajun influences. Vegetarian, vegan, keto, and gluten-free options. Beer, Wine, Cocktails. Casual Atmosphere catering offered.
  •  Lemon Tree Mediterranean Grill (Limited Seating) 356 Indiana Boundary Rd., Chesterton, 219-926-8733. Website
    •   Lighthouse Restaurant– 7501 Constitution Ave, Cedar Lake, 374-9283, Menu:, Nautically themed restaurant features steaks, seafood & other American fare plus lakefront views.
     Lucreazia Cafe, 428 S. Calumet Rd., Chesterton, 219-926-5829, 
    Lighthouse Restaurant – 600 Wabash St., Michigan City, 872-1900, casual dining, featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner, also Greek Specialties, open every day, across from Lighthouse place Shopping Center.
  •  Main + Lincoln, 210 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, 510-5548, grilled new York strip, limited menu, rustic atmosphere with large windows and brick walls, hardwood floors, outside seating,
  •   Martinis Steak & Seafood,  1004 Calumet Ave, Valparaiso, 464-0801,, New York, Rib eye, Filet Mignon, Sirloin, Lamb chops, Family-run venue for chophouse fare & Mediterranean featuring a patio & a laid-back separate lounge. Serving Lunch and Dinner, Drinks. FEATURING: Reservations, Fine Dining Seating at tables and booths, Table service, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout.
    •  McGinnis Pub (Click for our Exclusive Article) ,  227 W. 7th St. Michigan City, Craft Beer, Cocktails, Appetizers, Full Course Meals, conveniently located Across From Outlet Place Mall, 219-872-8200.
       Oberpfalz Brewing, 121 E Main St., Griffith, (219)513-9341. New Oberpfalz operates a 60-seat Tap Room with a full menu at its location in Griffith, where outdoor patio seating and family seating are offered. Open since January of 2015, this is the first national brewing award the brewery has received, and the first brewing competition New Oberpfalz has entered. 
  •    Portofino Grill, 3233 N State Rd. 39, La Porte, 325-8541, Prime Rib, New York, Ribeye, Filet Mignon, Steak Diane, Lobster, located on Briar Leaf golf course, full menu, outdoor seating, casual attire, family owned and operated,  closed Sundays,
  •   Prime Steakhouse,  109 W. Joilet St., Crown Point, 663-7377,, Filet Mignon, Rib eye, Chopped Sirloin, New York, Bone in Ribeye, Lobster,  full menu, open everyday, casual attire, full bar, intimate and romantic upscale ambience.
  •   Region Ale, 1080 US Hwy 41, Schererville, 219-322-2337, Region Ale is a craft beer taphouse and eatery to be housed in a 5,000 square foot venue within the Boulevard Square shopping center – providing a unique, wholesome, and cultured drinking and dining experience from local and regional microbreweries.
  •     Rolling Stonebaker Pizza, 54 Lafayette St. Valparaiso, 219-462-0443, A wood-fired brick oven turns a 1949 Studebaker fire truck into a gourmet pizza wagon and brick & mortar in downtown Valparaiso! Located in the heart of downtown Valparaiso’s Central Park Plaza, our quaint wood-oven cafe offers a variety of foods all cooked with real fire from our hearth oven. Daily soups, pizzas, small plates, fresh pasta, are all made in house. Enjoy local beer, wine, and cocktails while you dine in. Cocktails are 1/2 price, every Sunday.
  •  Running Vines Winery, 101 Broadway, Chesterton, 219-771-9463 website

  •   Semento’s Napoli Cafe, 1200 West St., Valparaiso, 219-548-9046, 4 generation owned tavern with 2 dart boards, shuffleboard, golden tee and other games. Plenty of seating and the best service in town.
  •   Theo’s Steaks and Seafood,
 9144 Indianapolis Blvd. Highland, 838-8000,, bone in Rib eye, Porterhouse, Filet Mignon, New York, Theo’s Special Filet, rack of lamb, open everyday, casual attire, full bar, outdoor patio,
     T-Bones Pier Eleven,1110 Lakeside St. La Porte, 324-4192, Open at 4:30pm, T-Bone, New York, Filet Mignon, Filet Medallions, rack of lamb, Flat iron, open every day, full menu, located on Pine Lake, wood burning grill, full bar, kitchen open late. 
    •  Shoreline Brewery, 208 Wabash Street, Michigan City, (219) 879-4677, The brewery’s bar chow is also some of the best in the city, with Shoreline Poutine and Scotch Eggs as two of the crowd favorites. If you’re going for a meal, their entrees do not disappoint. Their gumbo, burgers and baby back ribs are perfectly paired with a cold glass of beer. Located in the upper end close to Lake Michigan, Lubeznik Arts Center, Washington Zoo, and Lighthouse Place Outlet Center.
    •  Third Coast Spice Café, 761 Indian Boundary Rd., Ste. 6, Chesterton, 926-5858,, open 6am – 3pm, featuring Indiana Cage Free Eggs, Vegans, Vegetarians, Meat Lovers, Tree Huggers, allergic, Gluten sensitive people.
     True BBQ & Whiskey Bar , 8940 Calumet Ave, Munster, 836.2122, 11am-3pm, Reservations, Cajun Rib eye, Porterhouse, smoked Beef Brisket,  homemade rubs, sauces, vegan & Gluten Free selections, and specialty desserts. Large Tables & Leather banquettes, fireplaces, banquet space & patio.

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak – a national news affiliate.

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.