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Take Your Business Meals Outdoors with Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants

As summer gives way to fall, opt for outdoor seating next time you're in one of this restaurant group's home bases

August 28, 2023

Photo: Courtesy of Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant Group

An outdoor dining adventure just a few weeks back may have seemed a bit toasty, but as the summer sizzle lifts, it’s time to embrace those restaurant patios. There’s nothing like good food, great views, and breezy late-summer/early-fall weather to ease clients into closing a deal.

To that end, Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant Group has a handful of home cities and regions with elegant outdoor dining setups. For some of your best bets, book these five restaurants early and often.


Miami, Florida

Aba, Miami / Photo: Courtesy of Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant Group

The first Lettuce Entertain You restaurant in Florida just so happens to be at one of the hottest shopping destinations in the state. Inside this restaurant—which is in the super-upscale Bal Harbour Shops—you’ll find an undeniable Mediterranean vibe and fare, including char-grilled lamb chops and a shawarma spiced skirt steak. The coastal ambiance continues outside with covered contemporary couches, popping lights, and modern décor.


Chicago, Illinois

Miru, Chicago / Photo: Courtesy of Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant Group

What makes Miru’s signature king crab-topped crispy rice with a Gochjuan aioli or king salmon doused in a peanut herb sauce taste that much better? Panoramic vistas of Navy Pier, Lake Michigan, and Chicago’s skyline. You can experience it all from Miru’s 11th floor, open-air, glass-railing draped terrace at The St. Regis Chicago.

Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Santa Monica, California

Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar, Santa Monica / Photo: Courtesy of Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant Group

When hunger calls amid a stroll along Santa Monica’s vibrant pier, know that Stella Barra is just a few blocks away. The pizzeria and wine bar—with antipasti, salads, pasta and more–is open seven days a week, with its patio overlooking Main Street.

Summer House

North Bethesda, Maryland

Summer House, North Bethesda, Maryland / Photo: Courtesy of Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant Group

It’s only right that a spot named Summer House have a stellar outdoor dining space. Beyond this California-flared restaurant’s colorful interior, you’ll find a number of tables streetside just outside its front door. It’s an excellent spot for people-watching and noshing on delights spanning poke bowls to avocado toasts, as locals and shoppers alike buzz by from adjacent shops within the super-popular Pike & Rose complex. For adventures in the greater D.C. area, the North Bethesda Metro stop is less than two blocks south.


Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Wildfire, Eden Prairie / Photo: Courtesy of Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant Group

Approximately twelve miles southwest of Downtown Minneapolis, Eden Prairie is a tranquil and regional destination for small town bliss and shopping. Donning the western exterior of the Eden Prairie Center shopping mall—which has an aquarium, AMC and Von Maur among others—you’ll find Wildfire, a top choice for the most prime of steaks, chops, and seafood.