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Ottumwa Stories: Dining Al Fresco

Published March 30, 2023

Ottumwans love the outdoors. As we move into warmer weather, we can’t think of a better way to take in the great outdoors than in our al fresco dining spaces. To take in the sky and open air in Ottumwa, just grab a seat at one of the following restaurants on this list.


Warehouse Barbecue Co. & Brewhouse: Warehouse recently added a fully covered patio seating area to their north-side restaurant. There is no better combination than award-winning barbecue, cold beer, and the great outdoors. We’re sure you’ll agree.


Godfrey’s Ale House: If you want a sports bar with outdoor seating, look no further than Godfrey’s. They offer outdoor seating as well as roll-up windows for those that want to sit outside but still be able to watch the game and for those that want indoor seating with fresh air.


Courtside Bar & Grill: Courtside bar and grill offers outdoor seating perfect for an al fresco lunch or a cool night out with friends. Southeast Iowa is known for its amazing pork tenderloin sandwiches, so grab one and head outside.


Graham’s Dairy Freez: Ottumwa’s favorite ice cream shop offers covered outdoor seating for those that want to sit and enjoy their frozen treat before getting back in their car. Experience a crunch cone or cherry bomb with plenty of napkins and a cool Iowa breeze.


Canteen Lunch in the Alley: The Canteen is a must for anyone who visits Ottumwa. If you’re looking to change it up and not sit at the 15-seat horseshoe bar inside, step outside and enjoy your Canteen as you check out the many art installations along Canteen Alley.


Benchwarmers Eatery & Sports Lounge: Benchwarmers have added covered patio seating looking out onto their sand volleyball courts. Grab an order of wings and watch some intense volleyball actions


Mimi’s Taqueria: Mimi’s was awarded the “Best Hometown Taco” award by the Iowa Gallivant. They also have covered patio seating! Grab yourself some award winning tacos and enjoy the Iowa weather.

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