5 Must-Visit Patios for Outdoor Dining

Two things you probably don’t have in your pantry: fresh air and sunshine. Take advantage of the nice weather and move your dinner plans outside for a mood-boosting, vacation-state-of-mind meal. We’ve named five of the best Council Bluffs patios for outdoor dining to make your al fresco experience easy breezy. Whatever you crave – brunch, lunch, dinner, or drinks – there’s a patio waiting in Council Bluffs.


Their website says it best: Eat. Drink. Gather. Barleys' sidewalk patio is the perfect place to do exactly that. Grab a burger, pizza or just a couple of craft brews. You’ll be accompanied by an exceptional streetside view of the Council Bluffs historic 100 Block, and staff that will make sure you never have to get up.

Cellar 19

Peel off those winter layers and enjoy the relaxed and modern environment of Cellar 19 from its spacious patio. Located on Valley View Drive, this cozy bistro makes it easy for bicyclists to stop by for their deli favorites. Dine on a night when the outdoor grill is hot, or pop in anytime for one of Cellar 19's signature sandwiches. Nothing goes better with today’s special than a side of rays. And perhaps a glass of wine if you're feeling fancy.


One of the newest and largest patios in town, McCoy’s will give you a hint of the tropics in the heart of Council Bluffs. With two outdoor fire pits, a tiki bar and live music, this bar and grill is the place to be on a warm summer evening. Tucked away on a wooded bluff, the sprawling patio also offers a nice respite if you're in the mood for a relaxing lunch on a beautiful day.

Dixie Quicks

If Guy Fieri says Dixie Quicks is good, then you better believe it. Featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, this urban diner boasts a casual atmosphere with some seriously good cuisine. On top of their well-loved brunch, Dixie Quicks features a full menu bursting with southern, Tex-Mex flavors. Signature dishes include the Dixie Scramble, chilaquiles and tortilla soup. Snag a table on the patio to enjoy a top-notch meal under a cheerful canopy of orange umbrellas and blooming plants.

Christy Creme

With regard to outdoor dining in Council Bluffs, Christy Creme might be the senior of its class. Founded in 1954, the 60+ years of memories made at Christy Creme aren’t melting anytime soon. Here you’ll experience quick and delicious food with a tinge of nostalgia. There’s no better place to enjoy a sherbet-of-the-day than under an umbrella at one of Christy Creme's iconic octagon tables.
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