Spring is one of the best times to find an outdoor spot around town to grab a meal, a cocktail or mocktail and relax. And if you’re looking to branch out from your usual patios, allow us to make a few suggestions.
This new Tex-Mex restaurant in the Plaza at Preston Center has a very inviting patio right next to a bunch of shops you can visit before or after your meal. Heaters are available when needed. Bonus: The margaritas get rave reviews.
This massive restaurant is a fun location to meet up with a small group of friends and sit around one of the fire pits on the patio. It’s also a good place to cheer on your favorite sports team. FYI: Get there early if it is game day, as the patio fills up pretty quickly.
Spending the early afternoon at the gorgeous Dallas Arboretum? Cross the street after you’re done for a great hangout at Smoky Rose. The patio here is beautiful and the ambience is very relaxing.
Want a patio-slash-activity combo? Check out Bowlounge. This neat retro spot has a few lanes to bowl to your heart’s desire and a wonderful, large patio where you can enjoy a few brews and bites afterward.
This is one of the best spots for a ladies’ night. The patio is very aesthetically pleasing, with an ivy wall on one side, tables and small couches scattered throughout. Take advantage of the umbrellas or heaters when the weather requires. We highly recommend grabbing an Aperol Spritz while you’re here.
Dahlia Bar & Bistro
Another great spot for a ladies’ night, this new downtown spot is stunning. Think blooms and pinks and everything feminine. Make sure to try the Bend and Snap cocktail as well as the brunch. (They have a waffle board!) We definitely recommend reservations for peak times.
Sundown at Granada
A Greenville Avenue icon, Sundown at Granada has a great rooftop patio where you can relax after a wonderful meal. The laid-back atmosphere, along with a bird’s-eye view of the street below, make for a fun evening or afternoon out. (They also have a rockin’ rooftop brunch.)
This is definitely the spot if you’re looking for something a bit more upscale. The Bishop Arts restaurant has a massive (and we mean massive) patio. There’s a lot to see—where you can also be seen. Be aware that parking can be kind of tricky since there aren’t any lots, and there are restrictions in the neighboring residential areas.
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but we’d be remiss not to mention it. This is such a great place to meet up with a slightly larger group of friends or family. Everyone has their choice of food and drinks, plus there’s a ton of picnic tables available. Stay for the live music if available. What’s not to love?
Located at The Star, this adorable eatery and tearoom has a beautiful, dainty patio that would be the perfect fit for a coffee and a chat with a girlfriend. The different sweets and treats available also make it a kid favorite.
The Yard McKinney TX
We kind of consider this to be the Katy Trail Ice House of Collin County—but better (shh, don’t tell the Ice House that). The restaurant has a massive patio with burgers, beers, tacos and even chicken fried steak for you to enjoy. Bonus: There a yard games available too.
Granite Park Boardwalk
This whole area has a ton of great patio options for you to visit. Most of the patios are set on the waterside boardwalk area for a beautiful view. In fact, there are a total of seven (yes, seven) restaurants here that have patio seating. Walk up and down the boardwalk area to choose your spot for the day or night.
Talk about a gorgeous view. This fairly small spot in McKinney is located in the Adriatica Village where it feels like you’ve just stepped back in time as you venture along the cobblestone streets. Look for Harry’s tucked behind the bell tower on the edge of the Riva Harbor. We highly recommend getting a spot here to view the sunset.
Hula Hut – Little Elm
This is a great place to hang out with a view of the lake during spring and summer, especially if you’re spending any time at the Little Elm Beach (which is about a five-minute drive away). Sit outside under one of the straw-topped umbrellas or the covered patio for some great food and drinks.
LSA Burger Co.
The rooftop at LSA is hard to beat. See the whole Denton Square from up there as you chow down on some of the best queso around. Sometimes there’s live music on the patio, too.
Truck Yard – The Colony
Just like its other location in Dallas, the Truck Yard is a must-visit on a beautiful day. The plus side of The Colony location is that it’s much bigger. Enjoy food trucks with a group of friends or family. For a bonus, come on a day when there’s live music.
Another Denton staple, this easygoing restaurant just on the outskirts of the square has wonderful food and a quaint patio. If you’re there for lunch, do yourself a favor and order the avocado tacos. *Chef’s kiss.*
Another fairly obvious one on this list, but again, it’s worth the mention. This waterfront spot on Lake Lewisville is a fun place to watch the boats come as you play some sand volleyball or chill on the giant pool deck. There’s a little something for everyone at this spot.
Come for the food, stay for the patio. Chow down on some delicious barbecue and listen to some live music (if it’s scheduled) on the casual, picnic-tabled, lit-up patio. And because of its proximity to the Trinity Trails, you can even run or bike right up the restaurant!
Joe T. Garcia’s
A Fort Worth icon, Joe T.’s is the place to be while spending time in the Stockyards. Grab some stellar fajitas and a margarita on the casual patio—but remember to bring cash; credit cards are not accepted.
Take in the view of the trails at Press Café as you sip on one of their finely crafted cocktails. The casual patio gives you the feeling that you’ve just been dropped into an oasis with the cactus and flowers blooming next to the dirt floor and bright green umbrellas. Bonus: They have a solid happy hour that includes drinks and food (half-off apps and specialty cocktails for just $6).
As if we really need to explain ourselves with this one—a stop on the Reata rooftop is definitely a must-do when spending time in Cowtown. Take in the views of Sundance Square and the rest of downtown Fort Worth as you sip on a glass of wine or the Reata’s highly recommended Old Fashioned.
Salsa Limon – Distrito Location
Located in the River District, this taco shop has a great, casual patio where you can gobble up some of the tastiest tacos around. Keep in mind, it’s not the biggest patio out there, so you may have to wait a bit if you visit during peak times. Finally, make sure to try the Sangria. Refreshing and delicious!
The Point on Lake Worth
Waterfront views, horseshoe pits and classic American food staples. The whole family is sure to have a great time relaxing at this patio overlooking Lake Worth. Bonus: The sunsets here are hard to beat.
This Tex-Mex restaurant, located in a historic house, is one of the best places to spend some time while roaming Grapevine’s Main Street. The patio is large and has umbrellas, fans and heaters when needed. Grab some of the delicious quesadillas and a margarita before or after checking out all the nearby shops.
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