Dining outside is a great way to enjoy a fresh breeze, gaze at scenic cityscapes, and avoid the jealous glares of birds bitter about their inability to breathe outdoors. Appreciate elegant alfresco dining with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of dinner and drinks at Ivy Lane Bistro, located downtown on Beach Street.
With its light and original cuisine, lively acoustic entertainment, and grape-approved wine list, Ivy Lane Bistro keeps patrons happily munching in the safe tasting haven of the great outdoors. Settle down on the sidewalks overlooking Riverfront Park and peruse an innovative dinner menu of salads, flatbreads, wraps, paninis, and entrees, or opt to duck inside the elegantly redecorated dining room and meet your stomach’s demands indoors. Guests can make a meal of avocado blini covered with lump crab meat and lemon-butter sauce ($9) before indulging in a Thai shrimp flatbread topped with grilled shrimp, peanut-butter sauce, and mozzarella cheese ($13). To ensure that throats stay properly greased, the eatery's knowledgeable servers will help you find the ideal wine to pair with your freshly prepared fare. Dinner is served on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Ivy Lane Bistro
At Ivy Lane Bistro, chefs blend international recipes into a uniquely American menu. At breakfast, they design daily quiches, crust french toast with Frosted Flakes, scoop mascarpone into crepes, and customize eggs benedicts to order. At lunch and dinner, they draw from European and Asian culinary styles to layer flatbreads with duck and hoisin sauce, hand cut 8-ounce fillets, and roll up lasagna noodles with prosciutto and ricotta. The aromas of their simmering and baking fill the café-like space, bouncing off the chalkboards on the bright-red walls and wafting out to greet guests dining alfresco on the historic brick-paved sidewalks. These aromas join the complex bouquets of wines from North and South America, Europe, and New Zealand and mingle with music during evenings with local musicians, Sunday jazz brunches, and Whistle-to-Yourself Wednesdays.