Nothing tops outdoor dining in Phoenix surrounded by desert scenery, sunny blue skies, and awe-inspiring mountain views. Whether you’re in the mood for a casual glass of wine on comfortable patio, a night out and appetizers with friends playing lawn games or a high-end meal with dazzling desert sights, there’s something for everyone in this roundup of al fresco dining destinations.Read More
15 Perfect Phoenix Restaurant Patios for Dining Alfresco
From restaurants with spectacular mountain views to romantic gardens lit with string lights, Phoenix’s outdoor patios offer something for everyone
Joe's Farm Grill
Connect with Arizona’s farming roots by dining outdoors at this legendary Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives-featured restaurant. The unpretentious picnic tables under a giant shaded tree are the perfect place to chow down on one of Joe’s best-loved burgers and a side of garlic fries.
An evening on the patio at Cielo offers the opportunity to commune with the sky and watch the sunset near the McDowell Mountains. The patio sits 2,500 feet above sea level and the vantage point offers a serious connection with nature. Chef Kenneth Arneson wants the cuisine to match the view by offering ingredients sourced by local farmers. Some standouts on the menu include braised short rib, cedar roasted salmon, and turmeric grilled cauliflower. End the evening with the Milky Way, a mixture of salted caramel bourbon, espresso, hazelnut, and amaro.
O.H.S.O. Brewery- Paradise Valley
For a casual evening filled with games and a beer, head to O.S.H.O Brewery. The patio features a variety of outdoor activities from corn hole to ping pong to bocce ball. Pets are welcome here too. Start the meal with a plate of buffalo cauliflower — the right blend of crunch with a hit of spice — or share a cheese board and some artichoke dip. O.H.S.O.’s kitchen serves a wide range of burgers including one topped with green chile. This isn’t exactly a chill spot, but it is fun.
Rita's Cantina & Bar
The patio is everything at Rita’s Cantina & Bar, located on the grounds of Camelback Inn. A sprawling outdoor area includes fire pits, space heaters, and live guitarists during evening dinner. For appetizers, a trio of dipping sauces includes a smoked hot sauce that complements the saltiness of the crisp chips. For main entrees, the enchiladas and salmon are highlights. If guests decided to stay at the inn overnight, for breakfast, don’t pass on the cinnamon French toast with fresh berries.
String lights, cozy seating, and a festive atmosphere make Chelsea’s Kitchen an optimal space for gathering with family or friends. Patrons can’t miss the gigantic tree at the center of the outdoor area. The menu also lives up to the ambiance: Some highlights from Chelsea Kitchen include the green chile corn bread, short rib tacos, and here’s a tip — don’t skip the white sangria.
Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn
Sometimes an intimate dinner is the best way to spend time outdoors. Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn offers a special view of the mountains and a private space surrounded by colorful flowers and a vintage fountain reminiscent of dining at a European villa. Chef Rebecca Tillman shares her twist on classic dishes like day boat scallops. Cap the meal with monkey bread — a sweet, cinnamon treat.
Different Pointe of View
For more than three decades, a Different Pointe of View’s outdoor space has enticed diners with its stunning views. A tiered patio allows patrons to breathe in the North Mountain air and watch the sunset while feasting on roasted chicken and lobster bisque from chef Anthony DeMuro’s kitchen. Meals here are a splurge, which is why this spot is a popular destination for special occasions.
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Luci's at the Orchard
Attention all families: Luci’s at the Orchard will be a hit with kids. An old-fashioned water tower and a splash pad are just some of the highlights of this restaurant patio. Adults won’t be disappointed by the menu, either. Order farm-to-table plates like the chopped salad featuring field greens, tomato, corn, red peppers, feta and ranch dressing.
Postino Central’s expansive patio caters to couples, girls’ nights out, and workplace happy hours. An added bonus: great people watching. Highlights on the menu include bruschetta boards and paninis. Pair the meal with a glass of wine and everything’s right with the world.
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Southern Rail Restaurant
Sprawl out on the cozy patio at Southern Rail. Chef Justin Beckett’s menu features Southern classics like gumbo, fried okra, and grits as well as a ridiculously good rendition of fried chicken. Diners can also look forward to an extensive wine list.
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The indoor and outdoor design of Ocotillo provides the best of both worlds with a stunning desert landscape and modern architecture. The expansive patio features the chef’s garden, a mesquite terrace, and a beer garden, so there are plenty of cozy spaces to enjoy the outdoors. Stop by for brunch to taste the brie stuffed French toast with caramel apples, balsamic strawberries, and maple syrup.
Downtown Phoenix’s newest hotspot offers resort-style dining complete with palm trees, brightly colored decor, and upbeat music in an unforgettable oasis. Perfect the vibe with the frozen blood orange margarita and an order of fried drumsticks.
Luckys Indoor Outdoor
This retro-style, dog-friendly bar in the heart of Roosevelt Row has a comfortable, 4,000-square-foot patio complete with a trailer-style bar, fire pits, and a bocce ball court. Plus, there’s constantly new food vendors to try as well as an ever changing live music schedule to enjoy.
The Vig Fillmore
Relax and unwind at the Vig, where customers can sit outside by the fireplace, enjoy live music, or even play some bocce ball. Upbeat and nostalgic (Trivial Pursuit cards are on the table for quizzing pleasure), the Vig’s menu features casual food to match the atmosphere: think rockfish tacos and a top-quality cheeseburger. Complement the meal with a Bennet & Bubbles — a drink with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, rhubarb bitters, hibiscus syrup, lemon, and sparkling wine.
At first glance, walking into Cibo, guests may not know what to expect. The restaurant, located inside a converted house, looks small from the outside, but both patios are a welcome surprise. Sit underneath the trees and take a look at the stars while dipping bread into Italian burrata topped with balsamic glaze. Follow it up with your choice of margherita pizza or a pie topped with mozzarella, sausage, and roasted potatoes. Don’t leave without trying the Nutella and strawberry crepe.