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Top 4 Patios in Madison, Wisconsin - Chosen by Clock’d

Image of a waiter typing an order into a POS system.

Outdoor dining is not only enjoyable for customers, but it can also be a unique selling point for your establishment. With summer upon us, it's the perfect time to take advantage of beautiful patios and soak up the sun while enjoying some delicious food and drinks. And in Madison, Wisconsin, there are some truly outstanding patios that deserve recognition.


Image of outdoor patio seating at Madison Union Terrace
Photo by Madison Union Terrace

#1 Terrace at the Memorial Union

It's an obvious choice, but the Terrace at the Memorial Union is the best for a reason. With beautiful lake views, iconic sunburst chairs, and a fantastic lineup of summer events, the Terrace is a must-visit for anyone in Madison. It's no wonder it's a favorite among students, faculty, staff, and locals alike.

Photo of Great Dane on Doty's backyard patio
Photo by Great Dane Brewing

#2 Great Dane on Doty Street

For those looking for a downtown location, the Great Dane on East Doty Street offers a menu that takes both Wisconsin classics and internationally inspired dishes seriously with a 3-season patio to enjoy it all. To have that kind of landscaped escape from downtown bustle is quite a treat.

Photo of Echo Tap & Grill's patio
Photo by Echo Tap & Grill

#3 Echo Tap and Grill

The Echo Tap and Grill in the Historic Fourth Ward is another must-visit spot, with its friendly atmosphere, tempting food specials, and one of the largest selections of tap beers in the city. Their new patio provides the perfect mix of sun and shade- it is an awesome place to watch a game and enjoy the garden.

Photo of Settle Down Tavern's atrium.
Photo by Settle Down Tavern

#4 Settle Down Tavern

Last but not least, the Settle Down Tavern is a Safer Bar Certified establishment that offers a fantastic atrium for outdoor dining. And if you're feeling brave, they even have a Tundra Club for those willing to brave the winter months.


There's nothing quite like enjoying a meal al fresco, especially in a city like Madison, Wisconsin with so many great options. These we believe are Madison's best patios for outdoor dining, but perhaps you would care to prove me wrong, or discuss this season’s staffing needs for your restaurant. There’s no better time for a chat about hiring the best. Schedule a consultation with Marc today.


Marc LaPierre is a 10-year veteran of the food and hospitality industry, Certified Staffing Professional, and CEO/Founder of Clock’d + SEEN. From cooking in James Beard award-winning kitchens to opening and managing a nightclub in Mexico, he worked every job in the industry. Today he connects professionals looking to advance their careers with clients eager to find an all-star team.


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