Best Restaurant Patios in America
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Where to Unwind: 30 Charming Restaurant Patios

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Best Restaurant Patios in America
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A great restaurant offers more than just amazing food — it provides a stunning setting and inviting ambiance where you can unwind. And what better place to dine and relax than a beautiful patio. From enjoying beautiful views over oceans or lakes to charming open air hideaways in the middle of the city, these are some of the best restaurant patios in America to eat or drink away the evening.

Related: 30 Best Bars with a View Across the U.S.

Hen of the Wood
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Hen of the Wood

Waterbury, Vermont 
Hen of the Wood is a casual yet committed farm-to-table restaurant housed in a 19th century grain mill with a idyllic patio overlooking a babbling granite creek — exactly what you'd hope for in Vermont. The menu makes it easy to split small plates such as the calamari ($14) and ham-wrapped rabbit loin ($13), or opt for something larger such as the fried rabbit ($26) or duck breast for two ($66).

The Broken Shaker in Miami, FL
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The Broken Shaker

Miami 
There's more to do than sit at the lush outdoor patio of Miami Beach's Broken Shaker at the Freehand hotel, where diners can also enjoy the pool, hammock, pingpong table, or bocce court while sampling artichoke fries ($9), cheap beers, and drink specials such as its $250 punch bowl for sharing by up to 12 people.

Ray's Café and Boathouse in Seattle, WA
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Ray's Café and Boathouse

Seattle 
A few miles northwest of downtown Seattle, Ray's Café and Boathouse has two levels of indoor and outdoor dining, offering a peaceful view of Puget Sound, stunning sunsets and, on a clear day, the Olympic Mountains on the other side. Both restaurants have food and drink specials during its daily happy hours, but the Café on the second level is more casual and thus generally cheaper, offering specialties such as a $16 black pepper tuna wrap.

The Beachcomber in Newport Beach, CA
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The Beachcomber

Newport Beach, California 
Crystal Cove State Park is a well-preserved trail system of the Newport Coast ecosystem, and The Beachcomber sits on its coastal edge. It's the perfect spot to take in the ocean breeze on its shore-side patio before or after a hike. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner each have their respective, reasonably priced highlights — the only difficulty can be with getting a reservation, so be sure to plan ahead.

The Pink Pony
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The Pink Pony

Mackinac Island, Michigan 
Guests dine on a deck right over the lake water at The Pink Pony, one of Mackinac Island's most popular and eclectic restaurants. The restaurant also hosts live music and other entertainment amid the signature pink umbrellas of its patio. Don't leave without trying its locally caught specialties, particularly the island-famous smoked whitefish dip.

Café Du Monde
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Café Du Monde

New Orleans 
Some clichés are clichés for good reason. Café du Monde is one of them, a New Orleans landmark drawing long lines of tourists and locals seeking to sip its café au lait ($2.73 for small) and eat its fried beignets ($2.73 for three) caked with powdered sugar. Much of its seating is in a covered area outdoors, between the Mississippi River and the lively hub of the French Quarter that is Jackson Square.

Café Amelie
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Café Amelie

New Orleans 
For a more complete outdoor meal in New Orleans, try Café Amelie, a French Quarter carriage house with an immaculate courtyard patio of iron furniture and bubbling fountains. Creole specialties abound on each of its menus, but the weekend brunch boasts some of Amelie's best, such as the crawfish linguine ($27), chicken and waffle ($24), or blackened catfish sandwich ($16).

Leoness Cellars in Temecula, CA
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Leoness Cellars

Temecula, California 
Rolling hills of vineyards span out in all directions from Leoness Cellars, a Temecula winery with indoor tastings and Mediterranean-style outdoor dining on weekends. Diners can listen to live music or stroll through the vines to a cavernous barrel room while waiting for food. Some highlights include the oysters Rockefeller ($22) and truffle fries ($14).

Linger in Denver, CO
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Linger

Denver 
This rooftop food truck sits just north of downtown Denver, offering skyline views beside an old-school neon sign from when the restaurant space was a mortuary as well as irresistible fusion concoctions such as Korean barbecue ($15) and Colorado lamb kabob ($17). Visit Linger for the evening skies and $6 cocktails during its weekday happy hours from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Woodshed Smokehouse in Fort Worth, TX
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Woodshed Smokehouse

Fort Worth, Texas 
There are menus for diners and their dogs at this riverside barbecue restaurant in Fort Worth, equipped with fans to help keep diners cool on especially hot days. Parking at Woodshed Smokehouse is known to be difficult at night, almost necessitating valet, so come earlier for brisket, cheese fondue, and whitefish dip, all house-smoked with various woods by chef Tim Love.

Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria, OR
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Bridgewater Bistro

Astoria, Oregon 
Bridgewater Bistro is a former cannery in the far northwest of Oregon, in the shadow of a bridge crossing the Columbia River as it widens into the ocean. Sitting on the patio docks on a sunny day, diners can hear jazz and swing music select evenings in summer while enjoying wines by the glass and seared salmon, calamari, or Willapa Bay oysters.

The Lobster Shack in Cape Elizabeth, ME
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The Lobster Shack

Cape Elizabeth, Maine
No list of America's best outdoor dining would be complete without an iconic Maine lobster shack. Appropriately named, The Lobster Shack in Cape Elizabeth has a tankful of shellfish boiled fresh to order for whole servings or as lobster rolls, both of which can be enjoyed in its lighthouse-adjacent seaside picnic area.

Roadside Attraction
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Roadside Attraction

Portland, Oregon 
Portland's Roadside Attraction is a welcoming kind of dive bar with a homey covered patio with strung-up knickknacks, wooden picnic tables and loadable fire pits. The ornate interior is worth dining in too, though both areas offer the same menu of drinks, small bites and selections from the grill such as its mixed plate of steak, prawns, chicken, sausage, and teriyaki veggies.

Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge in Minneapolis, MN
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Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge

Minneapolis 
A tiki bar in a climate that could definitely use some tropical atmosphere, Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge is known for its colorful cocktails and off-color humor. On a nice day, sip Mai Tais and split hand-tossed pizza pies with Thai or Hawaiian toppings from the riverside patio, overlooking the fertile banks of the Mississippi.

Chicken Scratch and The Foundry in Dallas, TX
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Chicken Scratch and the Foundry

Dallas 
Essentially a bar and new American eatery rolled into one, Chicken Scratch and The Foundry share a picnic patio with hanging lights and a stage made of old wood pallets hosting live music regularly. Drink micro-brewed beers and play pingpong at The Foundry and nosh on buttermilk chicken biscuits from Chicken Scratch all in one evening.

Cannonball in San Diego, CA
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Cannonball

San Diego 
Lounge around on sleek communal furniture overlooking blue waters and white sands at San Diego's rooftop sushi bar Cannonball. The menu of this Mission Beach restaurant incorporates flavors from throughout the Pacific Rim, such as Chilean sea bass and a mussels and chorizo dish, alongside the standard rolls and nigiri.

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM
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Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm

Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico
Guests to this creekside inn and eatery can play bocce and stroll the farm in search of animals such as its rare albino peacock before eating, provided you can score a reservation. The menu at Los Poblanos is chock full of seasonal dishes made from onsite ingredients, including artisanal cheese plates, spring vegetable salads, and achiote grilled ribeye.

River Roast in Chicago, IL
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River Roast

Chicago 
Every seat at River Roast, indoor and out, affords a view of the Chicago River and the high-rises on its banks. From here diners order cocktail infusions, Midwestern microbrews, and meat, fish, and veggies dishes, which are smoked and carved tableside. On Sundays Chef Tony Mantuano curates a brunch menu complemented by live blues.

Boat House Waterfront Dining
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Boat House Waterfront Dining

Tiverton, Rhode Island 
Guests arrive by car or by boat at the dockside Boat House in Tiverton, famous throughout the small state for its al fresco dining on the Sakonnet River as well as its menu's focus on the fresh and local. Reservations are often necessary to dine on high-end cocktails and seafood such as pan-seared scallops.

Huggo's On the Rocks in Kailua-Kona, HI
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Huggo's on the Rocks

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 
The sand between your toes at Huggo's On the Rocks isn't actual beach — just a balcony built over the Pacific waves crashing against volcanic tidepools along the Big Island's Kona coast. Island musicians play to casual crowds at the bar and tables nearly every night. On the menu, don't miss guava mojitos or its many sandwiches and entrees made with grass-fed, island-grown beef.

La Fonda on Main in San Antonio, TX
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La Fonda on Main

San Antonio 
San Antonio's oldest Mexican restaurant may still be its best, particularly for its private patio dining complete with overhanging trees, fountain and stone fireplace. Reservations at La Fonda on Main are required, but the menu remains deliciously unpretentious, built around Tex-Mex classics such as chicken enchiladas ($15) and interior Mexican specialties such as shredded duck tacos ($16) alike.

Old Stein Inn in Edgewater, MD
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Old Stein Inn

Edgewater, Maryland 
This family-owned beer hall is as famous for its award-winning Munster cheese & crab soup as for its cold German brews. Whether for Oktoberfest or just during weekend musical performances, the tree-lined and light-strewn patio of Old Stein Inn is a lively place to drink and eat hearty old world specialties with modern mid-Atlantic twists such as spätzles of seafood ($24) or braised pork shank ($30).

Baxter's Lakeside Grill in Lake Ozark, MO
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Baxter's Lakeside Grill

Lake Ozark, Missouri 
Check when the sun sets and head to Baxter's to enjoy the lights dimming over lush Lake Ozark from the restaurant's covered patio. The daily happy hours from 3 to 6 p.m. bring special pricing on cocktails and discounts on its seafood and traditional American fare such as Maryland crab cakes and chicken wings.

Gannett Grill
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Gannett Grill

Lander, Wyoming
The garden area of the Gannett Grill is shaded by a 100-year-old blue spruce and the menu focuses on burgers made with locally raised grass-fed cows (including the Bonsai Burger, with grilled pineapple, Swiss cheese, and teriyaki sauce), hand-tossed pizzas (including the Meat Ron Swanson, loaded with house fennel sausage and pepperoni), and sandwiches (including The Houlihan, with braised pork, house-smoked paprika sauce, and grilled peppers and onions on ciabatta).

Bridges Restaurant in Danville, CA
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Bridges Restaurant

Danville, California 
Chefs cook Californian ingredients in tasty European- and Asian-influence preparations at Bridges Restaurant & Bar, an East Bay fixture recognizable as a crucial setting in the film "Mrs. Doubtfire." Diners on the patio can enjoy shady trees and the bubbling of a granite waterfall while partaking of house specialties such as the Mexican prawns in Thai red curry sauce ($29).

Nevada, Brooks' Bar & Deck in Stateline, NV
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Brooks' Bar & Deck

Stateline, Nevada
This Lake Tahoe restaurant is so close to the California state line that diners could skip rocks across it from the shaded alpine-style patio. A golf pub and part of the Edgewood Hotel, Brooks' Bar & Deck is one of the best places around to watch the sun set over the lake, or to imbibe a few local IPAs followed by some street tacos ($17).

Duke's Chowder House in Tacoma, WA
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Duke's Chowder House

Tacoma, Washington 
Sitting on its own dock at the southern end of Puget Sound, Duke's Chowder House is an old-fashioned American dining destination with a modern, sustainable approach to its menu of seafoods from Alaska and elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest. The titular, award-winning chowder is a must, as are the pricier plates made from wild-caught Copper River salmon (most for $37).

Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA
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Manayunk

Philadelphia 
Manayunk, home to Philadelphia's largest al fresco dining area, overlooks the wooded banks of the Schuylkill River and regularly hosts events taking advantage of its prime location — including live bands and kayak tours. Diners can come any time to try diverse comfort food such as cheesesteak dumplings ($11) and Manayunk's own microbrews.

Roberta's in Brooklyn, NY
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Roberta's

Brooklyn, New York
It's far from the cheapest pizza found in Brooklyn, but Roberta's fluffy personal pies are among the borough's best for unique topping combinations such as the Hawaiian Punch ($19), a popular pizza made unique with jalapeño, pecorino, and cilantro. The pizzeria is marked by a bright red entrance and offers guests an industrial yet welcoming patio with garden botanicals and views of the surrounding buildings.

Fred & Fuzzy's Waterfront Bar & Grill in Sister Bay, WI
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Fred & Fuzzy's Waterfront Bar & Grill

Sister Bay, Wisconsin 
Watch storms or sunsets across Little Sister Bay while sipping a fresh cherry juice margarita at Fred & Fuzzy's, a lakeside summer hangout hosting live music and fish fries all summer long. The food is straightforward, delicious and affordable, with highlights including the grilled bratwurst ($8) and whitefish reuben ($13).