Now that the warmer days and evenings are here, we want to be outside as much as possible – including at mealtime. Fortunately for al fresco addicts, the Fort Wayne area offers plenty of options for eating outdoors no matter the time of day or occasion.

Date night

The Deck, 305 E. Superior St.: As the name implies, this Don Hall’s restaurant has an outdoor deck perfect for enjoying on a summer’s evening with loved ones. As a bonus, the restaurant overlooks the St. Marys River for a view you won’t find anywhere else. The Deck does not take reservations, however, and is always on a first-come, first-served basis, so make sure to plan your special night accordingly.

Other great spots:

Black Canyon, 1509 W. Dupont Road (accepts reservations)

Club Soda, 235 E. Superior St. (accepts reservations)

The Oyster Bar, 1830 S. Calhoun St. (accepts reservations)

Tolon, 614 S. Harrison St. (accepts reservations)

Wine Down, 301 W. Jefferson Blvd. (accepts reservations)

Lunch outdoors

Calhoun Street Soup, Salads and Spirits, 1915 S. Calhoun St.: Despite being located off busy Calhoun, CS3’s outdoor dining is carefully tucked behind a fence in a secret-garden setting, perfect for a quiet, casual lunch with family or friends.

Other great spots:

816 Pint & Slice, 816 S. Calhoun St.

Caliente, 1123 E. State Blvd.; 120 W. Wayne St.

Dash-In, 814 S. Calhoun St.

Friendly Fox, 4001 S. Wayne Ave.

Hanging out with friends

Three Rivers Distilling Company, 224 E. Wallace St.: What better way to spend an evening in Fort Wayne than sitting outside with good friends enjoying a local libation? New kid on the block Three Rivers only opened their outdoor space earlier this year, but it is a beauty. Bonus: The distillery is offering discounted frozen drinks on Thursdays from 4-9 p.m., according to their Facebook page.

Other great spots:

07 Pub, 3516 Broadway

Black Dog Pub, 6230 Covington Road, Fort Wayne

Curly’s Village Inn, 4205 Bluffton Road

Deer Park Irish Pub, 1503 Leesburg Road

El Azteca, 535 E. State Blvd.

East Haven Tavern, 635 Green St., New Haven

The Hoppy Gnome, 203 E. Berry St.

JK O’Donnell’s, 121 W. Wayne St.

Junk Ditch Brewing, 1825 W. Main St.

Mad Anthony Brewing Company, 2002 Broadway

Nick’s Martini and Wine Bar, 1227 E. State Blvd.

O’ Reilly’s Irish Pub, 301 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Pedal City, 1215 W. Main St.

Scotty’s Brewhouse, 6282 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Summit City Brewerks, 1501 E. Berry St.

Trion Tavern, 503 Broadway St., New Haven

Trubble Brewing, 2725 Broadway

Bringing the pooch along

On May 25 the Allen County SPCA released its list of paw-friendly patio locations where man’s best friends are welcome from now through Labor Day.

Beamer’s Sports Grill, 5108 W. County Line Road North, Columbia City

Black Dog Pub, 6230 Covington Road, Fort Wayne

Caliente, 1123 E. State Blvd.; 120 W. Wayne St.

Curly’s Village Inn, 4205 Bluffton Road

Deer Park Irish Pub, 1503 Leesburg Road

Friendly Fox, 4001 S. Wayne Ave.

Nick’s Martini and Wine Bar, 1227 E. State Blvd.

Pedal City, 1215 W. Main St.

Scotty’s Brewhouse, 6282 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Summit City Brewerks, 1501 E. Berry St.

Tim Hortons, 3975 Ice Way; 4210 Crescent Ave.; 8939 Lima Road; 12677 Coldwater Road locations only

Tolon, 614 S. Harrison St.

Trubble Brewing, 2725 Broadway

In addition, these locations are also part of the Paw-Friendly Patio Passport, where people and their pets can visit each location, collect a stamp and present the finished passport to the Allen County SPCA for a free T-shirt, according to the release from the Allen County SPCA.