Chicken Patio

In 1952, a small charcoal grill and a BBQ Sauce made from island wine began to serve locals and tourists to rave reviews. With an open-air setting and the stunning DeRivera Park across the street, patrons of the nearby Round House Bar were feed by the thousands. .

Ever since the Chicken Patio has served the best BBQ chicken on South Bass Island. To be sure the secret is in the sauce and Chicken Patio is an example of this ago old saying!. The famous wine basted chicken and sauce is known far and wide for its deep, rich, and sassy taste!

Chicken Patio Photo - One of the Put-in-Bay Restaurants

Chicken Patio History

In 1952, a small charcoal grill and a BBQ Sauce made from island wine began to serve locals and tourists to rave reviews. With an open-air setting and the stunning DeRivera Park across the street, patrons of the nearby Round House Bar were feed by the thousands. Ever since the Chicken Patio has served the best BBQ chicken on South Bass Island.

To be sure the secret is in the sauce and Chicken Patio is an example of this ago old saying!. The famous wine basted chicken and sauce is known far and wide for its deep, rich, and sassy taste!

Chicken Patio Particulars

Chicken Patio is situated on the patio next to the historic Round House Bar one of the island’s oldest businesses. It is now considerably larger than when first started. Grillmasters originally manned a small charcoal type grill with the same famous delectable homemade island wine basted sauce and chicken as it does today. 

A massive 21-foot grill is manned by several talented grill operators to ensure there is always enough to go around.

The star of the show is the chicken. It’s all they do and they do it well. Each chicken dinner includes sides of sweet corn steamed on the cob, a dinner roll, and potato salad. You can also dine on just the 1/2 chicken and sauce for smaller appetites. Extra sauce is just .50 cents and well worth it! Many people buy a few to take home. Grab your napkins and wet naps as this chicken patio dinner is juicy and a little sloppy! 

Chicken Patio Dinner – Winner Winner!

Chicken Patio is voted the Best BBQ on Put-in-Bay year after years. Many visitors and locals make the Chicken patio their first stop after the long winter months. The smokey, mouthwatering aroma drifts down Delaware Avenue and the smoke from the BBQ can be seen from all of the downtown area. 

Meals can be enjoyed on the patio or you can take it to go! The take out service is fast and an excellent option for those wanting a picnic-style lunch at one of Put-in-Bay’s attractions. A friendly bar serves wine, beer, and liquor along with CrushBar and Bushwhackers. Specials to go along with the chicken. An espresso bar onsite serves lattes and cappuccinos. Bring Fido along as the outdoor patio is pet friendly.

Group Dinners

Chicken Patio can accommodate large groups for your next event. Calling ahead is a good idea so they may prepare for your arrival. Located just one block from the island’s largest resort and conference center, it’s a great place for an off-site lunch or dinner.

 They can prepare trays full of that famous BBQ chicken, sweet corn, and potato salad that your guests will thank you for!

The Round House Bar

The Round House Bar is a Put-in-Bay institution. The can’t be missed round structure is one of the oldest on the island. It is known as the first place to serve cottage cheese and ice cream back in the 1860s.

One of the men considered to be a founder of Put-in-Bay, Vallentine Doller would harvest the ice from Lake Erie in the winter and store it in what was called the ice house for use all summer long. Once the ice was packed in, sawdust was used to insulate and prevent it from melting.

The original Ice House is now located at the Put-in-Bay Winery on Bayview Avenue. This historic feat was such a hit, a banner would be placed high above and across the street announcing the specialties were now available!

The Round House Bar is certainly one of the liveliest spots in town with its wide variety of Put-in-Bay Entertainment. Partygoers love gathering here to spend time with friends and share a few cocktails. There’s always exceptional live music playing in the summer. After a filling meal at Chicken Patio, head over and spend the night at the Round House! A perfect Put-in-Bay pairing for sure!

  • Chicken Patio

  • Address: 234 Delaware Ave, Put-In-Bay, OH 43456

  • Website: The Chicken Patio 

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We never pass up The Chicken Patio when I visit Put-In-Bay Island. You can’t miss it, for it is located on the main street (Delaware Street) in front of the Park Hotel, right across from the park. The scent of BBQ chicken being grilled by friendly young men will surely make you stop.

Dinner consists of half a chicken, potato salad, and corn on the cobb. Sweet! If you would like to have lunch or dinner in an outdoor, patio setting, I highly recommend The Chicken Patio.

Laurie Wester

One of the places you have to at least drop by when you are a Put-in-Bay. On a hot summer day, you can smell the chicken and corn on their grill throughout the entire park and onto the boat docks. Food that hits the spot with a cold beverage on a summer day

Chris Michael

Upon getting off the boat, this is what you are welcomed with! Beautifully basted BBQ chicken on a massive grill. Perfectly done corn on the cob and potato salad that completes the meal.

The atmosphere is super casual and they offer meals to go if you want to take it and enjoy across the street at the park. They share the same space as a walk-up bar so it’s possible to have a drink with your meal.

Leroy McCormick

It’s a very casual order and pick-up place. Nothing Fancy. We had half a chicken for under 10 bucks. Not too bad for a mid-day appetizer. I recommend buying an extra sauce for dipping. I picked off every piece of the bone! I will stop by every visit to PUT-IN BAY. Cool stop by between bars!!!

Ralph Moses

This is the best food on the island. You know it’s cooked right in front of you, and not Gordon Food Service reheated food. For $13 you get a half chicken basted in a wine BBQ sauce (yum!), potato salad, a roll, and an ear of corn. You can get everything separate as well, and extra sauce.

We always eat here when we visit, and we even went back at the end of the day to bring 2 more chickens home for leftovers!

Tim Dean

Chicken cooked outdoors on their grill. It’s good. you get chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad, and a roll with butter. If you want something else, go somewhere else. Right on the main drag between all the bars and shops. Always busy.

Roberto Gonzalez

Excellent wine basted chicken served. Awesome location overlooking the park downtown. Witnessed the Labor Day parade. Will be back. We loved it! Just a little more potato salad, please! So good!

Rick Paven

Showed up at 8:00 pm and ordered 30 half chickens to go. The product was hot and juicy and packed in to-go bags for easy transportation. Only a 15-minute wait that late for hot, fresh chicken at a fair price.

Jeff Hughes