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8 Spots for Alfresco Dining at Navy Pier

At Navy Pier, there are many ways to dine alfresco and have a delicious meal on Lake Michigan with friends, family or a special someone!

No matter the type of cuisine or occasion, we’re sure you’ll find what you are looking for. Check out these eight great destinations at Navy Pier for your next alfresco meal out. 

A meal and drinks for two at Riva Crabhouse

Premium seafood lovers, try Riva Crabhouse

Enjoy fresh seafood, steaks and pasta with a view at Riva Crabhouse! The menu has an emphasis on fresh seafood as well as steaks, chops, and pasta dishes, presented with impeccable service. Riva also has an extensive wine list, as well as specialty drinks for diners to enjoy with lunch or dinner. Enjoy the spectacular views of the city and lake with top-notch food and service to match.


For a first date, dine and drink at Tiny Tavern


At Tiny Tavern’s outdoor patio, indulge in a cocktail and eclectic cuisine, perfect for small-group gatherings or a fun first date. Open daily, choose from a variety of starters, salads and sandwiches, and more, and pair it with a draft beer, cocktail or choice of wine.

Evening drinks at the Miller Light Beer Garden

For a laid-back beer with friends, try the Miller Lite Beer Garden

At Navy Pier’s beautiful lakeside venue, you’ll enjoy some of the city’s best views of the lake and skyline. During your visit to the Miller Lite Beer Garden, enjoy a large menu of beers, cocktails and frozen drinks, as well as beer-soaked brats, burgers, hand-tossed pizza and more. Best of all, there is no cover to enter, and all ages are welcome!

Offshore Couple

With guests, bring them to Offshore Rooftop & Bar

Impress your out-of-town guests at Offshore, the largest rooftop deck in the country, located at Navy Pier. New to the Pier, the destination offers panoramic, unmatched views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline. The full-service luminous bar and world-class kitchen features tasty offerings from their seasonal new summer menu!

A sample platter of Harry Caray's BBQ selections

For sports lovers, visit Harry Caray's Tavern

A classic spot for sports lovers at Navy Pier is Harry Caray’s Tavern. The restaurant offers an unbeatable waterfront location, outstanding smoked barbecue, a great selection of local craft beer and a world class collection of sports memorabilia. Bring your furry friend, too, as the patio is dog-friendly!

A feast of shrimp accompanied by some cold refreshment at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

For a family dinner, look no further than Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Featuring seafood and southern fare in a casual, family-friendly environment, try Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. for a weeknight meal with your family. Choose from creative seafood dishes at their outdoor patio near the front entrance of the Pier.


During happy hour with coworkers, head to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

The seamless blend of the tropical atmosphere of Margaritaville and charm of a Chicago neighborhood bar creates a casual and intimate place to take in spectacular views, listen to great music and enjoy a meal or cocktail with family or friends.

A young girl's father lifts a piece of Giordano's pizza to her plate

For a relaxing Friday dinner, try Giordano's

Serving up their famous stuffed deep dish pizzas, as well as other pizzas and classic Italian favorites, Giordano’s on Navy Pier is a great spot to enjoy the flavors of Chicago with your family and friends and unwind after the week.

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Navy Pier is the People’s Pier, Chicago’s lakefront treasure, welcoming all and offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder.

Since its reopening in 1995, more than 180 million guests have come to enjoy the Pier's 50 acres of unparalleled attractions and experiences. In 2020, Navy Pier continues to evolve into an accessible, year-round centerpiece for Chicago’s diverse arts and cultural treasures.

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