27 breezy restaurant patios to spring into
refreshing destinations that’ll get you in the mood for al fresco eating and drinking.
Published Mar 25, 2016 4:00 AM
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What’s not to like about a relaxing patio, backyard garden or open-air rooftop? Sunshine or starlight, we love cocktails or beers and bites with friends when it’s beautiful out. If you’re looking to keep things easy, breezy and delightful, here are 25 refreshing destinations that’ll get you in the mood for al fresco eating and drinking.
Alden & Harlow (Boston) Sit back and enjoy thoughtfully sourced American food on Alden & Harlow’s elegant patio — complete with banquette seating, exposed brick and dark wood floors.
Juniper (Boston) Juniper is an intimate Eastern Mediterranean eatery whose simple patio tables, adorned with white tablecloths and flowers, are the perfect palette for the restaurant’s tasty mezze, dips and spreads.
Koy (Boston) Koy’s outdoor tables, framed by modern planter boxes bursting with green, are wonderful spots to taste the festive Korean fare and cocktails.
Oleana (Boston) A lovely garden patio is just one part of Oleana’s cozy ambience which includes a fireplace, a banquette overlooking the small open kitchen and Turkish carpets lining the walls.
Taberna de Haro (Boston) Taberna de Haro’s easygoing patio is a great spot to enjoy authentic Spanish tapas, entrees and late-night bites, as well as selections from their over 300 Spanish wines.
The Sinclair (Boston) The Sinclair’s rooftop patio is a chic destination whose minimalist, monochromatic design is as impressive as this two-story gastropub and music venue’s New American food and assorted beverages.
Ani (Chicago) Ani’s light-filled patio is bright and elegant with lush green plants, exposed wood beams and Japanese-inspired art.
Gemini Bistro (Chicago) Chef Jon Keeley’s French- and Mediterranean-influenced American cuisine shines on Gemini Bistro’s patio, where black tables are framed by red bricks, pretty flowers and twinkle lights.
Homestead On The Roof (Chicago) Homestead On The Roof’s 80-seat rooftop patio is roomy enough for large groups and sits near a 1,000 square foot organic garden which provides farm-fresh, seasonal ingredients for dinner, desserts and hand-crafted cocktails.
The Dawson (Chicago) The Dawson’s spacious, partly covered patio incorporates long tables and bench-like seating with smaller tables and chairs — ideal for both groups and small parties to take in the eclectic menu, handcrafted cocktails, wines and beers.
Mussel Bar & Grille Arlington (Washington D.C.) Mussel Bar & Grille Arlington’s patio — with its lightweight wood tables and bright red umbrellas — is a fun counterpoint to the former car dealership’s regal space, making the Belgian-inspired fare taste even better.
Zaytinya (Washington D.C.) Tall, elegant trees and crisp white furniture keep Zaytinya’s outdoor patio chic — an inspired ambience for enjoying their Greek-inspired small plates.
Eveleigh (Los Angeles) Eveleigh’s airy, covered patio boasts a bar, candle-lit tables and a great view with dinner and drinks.
Estrella (Los Angeles) Estrella’s expansive outdoor terrace, with its soaring ceilings, comfy chairs and locally sourced plants, is rustic yet modern — a splendid setting for the globally inspired dishes.
Lucques (Los Angeles) The ivy-covered, candle-lit patio at Lucques — a French- and Mediterranean-inspired gem — is the super romantic, date-night hideaway you’ve been looking for.
Maré (Los Angeles) Maré is a patio-only eatery dishing out coastal European style dishes in a green-walled oasis. With no roof, the seafood-focused restaurant incorporates string lights overhead and warming lamps throughout to complement the breezy LA air.
Sunny Spot (Los Angeles) Sunny Spot’s outdoor patio — filled with brightly hued pillows, chairs and candles — is an ideal place to take in the unique cocktails and Caribbean-inspired dishes.
The District By Hannah An (Los Angeles) Boasting an ivy-walled, al fresco patio with dark wood accents, The District by Hannah An serves fresh, California-inspired Vietnamese cuisine.
Almond (New York City) Almond’s relaxed, chic vibe extends to the patio, with its row of evergreen planters and simple tables and chairs — ideal for a French-inspired brunch or after-work cocktails.
Boulud Sud (New York City) Just a few steps from Lincoln Center, Daniel Boulud’s vibrant Mediterranean-inspired Boulud Sud offers an elegant patio for enjoying the global flavors, house cocktails, wines and digestifs (not to mention great people-watching)!
Edi & The Wolf (New York City) Edi & The Wolf’s covered patio features nature-inspired decor, green and blue walls, hanging plants and greenhouse-like windows — the perfect setting for enjoying the cozy Viennese cuisine.
Officine Brera (Los Angeles) The sprawling, stylish patio at Officine Brera — complete with extra-long couches and recessed lighting — offers plenty of seating for groups of all sizes to enjoy a night of drinks and fantastic Northern Italian fare.
Dirty Habit (San Francisco) Dirty Habit’s outdoor deck lounge features candle-lit tables, a modern fire pit and chic sofas — great for sharing tasty small bites and a few cocktails at this bar-centric, New American eatery.
Isa (San Francisco) Intimate enough for date night, but lively enough for a night out with friends, Isa offers a few al fresco tables out front and a heated patio in back illuminated with string lights to enjoy its wines and California-inspired French fare.
Zazie (San Francisco) This French-inspired neighborhood gem channels a rustic country vibe, and its heated garden patio — surrounded by lush greenery — offers plenty of outdoor seating.
Table (Washington D.C.) The spacious rooftop patio at Table has a fresh and airy vibe, providing a gorgeous backdrop for the farm-to-fork eatery’s contemporary European cuisine.
The Winchester (Chicago) If you’re looking for a little fresh air with your seasonal American food, The Winchester’s al fresco patio stays relaxed and rustic, with plenty of greenery, earthy wood accents and dreamy string lights.
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