Warmer days call for dining al fresco in Harrisonburg. Picture yourself soaking up the sun or relishing a meal under the stars, surrounded by the breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Situated in the heart of Virginia’s First Culinary District, Harrisonburg boasts a variety of relaxed rooftop bars and restaurants to cater to every palate. From Southern classics to Mexican-inspired dishes and locally brewed beers, there’s something for everyone to savor against the backdrop of the cityscape and mountains. Here are a few places to unwind while basking in the outdoors this summer in the Friendly City.

Rooftop Dining

Capital Ale House
Discover the vibrant flavors of downtown Harrisonburg at Capital Ale House’s rooftop deck. Renowned as Virginia’s Beer Authority, this hotspot offers an impressive selection of local burgers, steaks, wings, and German-inspired dishes, alongside an extensive craft beer lineup. With panoramic views and a lively atmosphere, indulge in your favorite foods paired with refreshing brews. From juicy burgers to traditional German fare, Capital Ale House’s rooftop deck promises an unforgettable dining experience in the heart of the city.

Jimmy Madison’s
Ascend to Jimmy Madison’s rooftop for a unique dining experience. This Southern kitchen and whiskey bar offers classic Southern cuisine with a modern twist. Guests enjoy genuine Southern hospitality, fine bourbon whiskey, and soulful blues music in a rustic yet cozy setting. From crispy fried chicken to savory shrimp and grits, each dish reflects the rich culinary traditions of the South. At Jimmy Madison’s, guests are invited to unwind and indulge in a true taste of Southern comfort amidst the vibrant atmosphere of downtown Harrisonburg.

Magnolia’s Tacos & Tequila Bar
Unwind while enjoying 360 degree views of downtown Harrisonburg while sipping on handcrafted cocktails. The menu features exceptional tacos, delicious margaritas, and tequila-inspired cocktails, all served in a rustic yet modern atmosphere. With a focus on combining traditional Mexican flavors with innovative twists, Magnolia’s offers a unique culinary experience in the heart of the city.

Ridge Room
Relax at the Ridge Room and indulge in handcrafted cocktails as you soak in the sunset over the nearby mountains. The tavern offers thoughtfully-sourced, regionally inspired small plates, and a renowned brunch. They’ve partnered with some of their favorite vendors, breweries, and more for an elevated menu featuring a selection of shareable items, flatbreads, snacks, sweets, and some of the best brews and cocktails Harrisonburg has to offer.

Other Outdoor Dining

In addition to rooftop dining, we offer plenty of patio dining options, from serene spots above flowing streams to vibrant settings beside captivating murals. Don’t forget to explore our diverse range of food trucks for a unique culinary experience.

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