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12 Perfect Phoenix Restaurant Patios for Dining Al Fresco

From restaurants with spectacular mountain views to romantic gardens lit with string lights, Phoenix’s outdoor patios offer something for everyone

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Dining outside in Phoenix is the best way to enjoy food in the desert. In these times of social distancing, friends and families can gather around splash pads, patios with sparkly lights, and ease into the day or evening with everything from outdoor games or a local brew. In this guide, Eater Phoenix has collected 12 excellent restaurants with outdoor patios for all your al fresco dining needs.

A number of Phoenix area restaurants have resumed in-person service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area as well as vaccine distribution, please visit the Maricopa County COVID-19 tracker. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. In March 2021, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report that provided statistically significant evidence that dining on-premises at restaurants and bars was followed by a rise in COVID-19 infections and deaths. People who are fully vaccinated should consult the CDC’s interim guidance on restaurant dining and other forms of social gatherings.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Southern Rail Restaurant

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300 W Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85013
(602) 200-0085
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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. a restaurant known for its fried chicken. Diners can expect an extensive wine list.

2. Postino Central

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5144 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 274-5144
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Postino Central’s expansive patio caters to couples, girls’ nights out, and workplace happy hours. And 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.

3. The Vig Uptown

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6015 N 16th St
Phoenix, AZ 85014
(602) 633-1187
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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 fish tacos and lamb burgers. Complement the meal with a mandarin cooler— a drink with Absolut mandarin vodka, rosemary simple syrup, and lemon juice topped with sparkling wine and cranberry juice.

4. Luci's at the Orchard

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7100 N 12th St building 2
Phoenix, AZ 85020
(602) 633-2442
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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 Tuscan kale salad featuring figs, cranberries, pecans, cherry tomatoes, and herb goat cheese tossed in basil vinaigrette dressing. Also, another must is the green chile burger.

5. Different Pointe of View

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11111 N 7th St
Phoenix, AZ 85020
(602) 866-6350
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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 braised 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 or an one unforgettable dinner.

A square plate and a circular plate on a table at sunset overlooking mountains with a single stemmed wine glass filled with rosé. Tapatio Cliffs Hilton [Official]

6. O.H.S.O. Brewery- Paradise Valley

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10810 N Tatum Blvd #126
Phoenix, AZ 85028
(602) 900-9003
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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.

7. Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn

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5532 N Palo Cristi Rd
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
(602) 955-7878
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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 gazpacho. Don’t leave without trying the monkey bread — a sweet, cinnamon treat.

8. Chelsea's Kitchen

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5040 N 40th St
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 957-2555
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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 homemade warm tortillas with butter, rib tacos, and here's a tip — don’t skip the white sangria.

9. Rita's Cantina & Bar

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5402 E Lincoln Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(480) 948-1700
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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 lobster and salmon are highlights. If guests decided to stay at the inn overnight, for breakfast, don’t pass on the the ricotta pancakes paired with fresh blueberry compote.

10. Cielo

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13225 N Eagle Ridge Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85268
(480) 333-1880
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An evening on the patio at the recently opened 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 Bryan Dillon wants the cuisine to match the view by offering ingredients sourced by local farmers. Some standouts on the menu include sweet potato gnocchi, pan seared salmon, and ratatouille braised cauliflower steak. End the evening with a chocolate martini.

11. House of Tricks

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114 E 7th St
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 968-1114
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A remodeled cottage with garden seating and a canopy underneath trees makes Tempe’s House of Tricks one of the most romantic dining experiences in town. Open in 1987, Robin and Robert Trick bought a run-down house and converted it into a restaurant. In 1994, they bought the house next door and expanded. Large patios connect the adjacent spaces. Some musts on the menu include the mixed green salad with chicken and the grilled salmon with crispy risotto cake. Ideal for couples, House of Tricks is also a good place to catch a quiet and restorative lunch.

12. Cibo

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603 N 5th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 441-2697
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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 imported burrata. Follow it up with with a choice of pizzas margherita or a pie topped with mozzarella, sausage, and roasted potatoes. Don’t leave without trying the Nutella and strawberry crepe.

1. Southern Rail Restaurant

300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013

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. a restaurant known for its fried chicken. Diners can expect an extensive wine list.

300 W Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85013

2. Postino Central

5144 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Postino Central’s expansive patio caters to couples, girls’ nights out, and workplace happy hours. And 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.

5144 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85012

3. The Vig Uptown

6015 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85014

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 fish tacos and lamb burgers. Complement the meal with a mandarin cooler— a drink with Absolut mandarin vodka, rosemary simple syrup, and lemon juice topped with sparkling wine and cranberry juice.

6015 N 16th St
Phoenix, AZ 85014

4. Luci's at the Orchard

7100 N 12th St building 2, Phoenix, AZ 85020

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 Tuscan kale salad featuring figs, cranberries, pecans, cherry tomatoes, and herb goat cheese tossed in basil vinaigrette dressing. Also, another must is the green chile burger.

7100 N 12th St building 2
Phoenix, AZ 85020

5. Different Pointe of View

11111 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020
A square plate and a circular plate on a table at sunset overlooking mountains with a single stemmed wine glass filled with rosé. Tapatio Cliffs Hilton [Official]

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 braised 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 or an one unforgettable dinner.

11111 N 7th St
Phoenix, AZ 85020

6. O.H.S.O. Brewery- Paradise Valley

10810 N Tatum Blvd #126, Phoenix, AZ 85028

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.

10810 N Tatum Blvd #126
Phoenix, AZ 85028

7. Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn

5532 N Palo Cristi Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

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 gazpacho. Don’t leave without trying the monkey bread — a sweet, cinnamon treat.

5532 N Palo Cristi Rd
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

8. Chelsea's Kitchen

5040 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018

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 homemade warm tortillas with butter, rib tacos, and here's a tip — don’t skip the white sangria.

5040 N 40th St
Phoenix, AZ 85018

9. Rita's Cantina & Bar

5402 E Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

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 lobster and salmon are highlights. If guests decided to stay at the inn overnight, for breakfast, don’t pass on the the ricotta pancakes paired with fresh blueberry compote.

5402 E Lincoln Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

10. Cielo

13225 N Eagle Ridge Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85268

An evening on the patio at the recently opened 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 Bryan Dillon wants the cuisine to match the view by offering ingredients sourced by local farmers. Some standouts on the menu include sweet potato gnocchi, pan seared salmon, and ratatouille braised cauliflower steak. End the evening with a chocolate martini.

13225 N Eagle Ridge Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85268

11. House of Tricks

114 E 7th St, Tempe, AZ 85281

A remodeled cottage with garden seating and a canopy underneath trees makes Tempe’s House of Tricks one of the most romantic dining experiences in town. Open in 1987, Robin and Robert Trick bought a run-down house and converted it into a restaurant. In 1994, they bought the house next door and expanded. Large patios connect the adjacent spaces. Some musts on the menu include the mixed green salad with chicken and the grilled salmon with crispy risotto cake. Ideal for couples, House of Tricks is also a good place to catch a quiet and restorative lunch.

114 E 7th St
Tempe, AZ 85281

12. Cibo

603 N 5th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

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 imported burrata. Follow it up with with a choice of pizzas margherita or a pie topped with mozzarella, sausage, and roasted potatoes. Don’t leave without trying the Nutella and strawberry crepe.

603 N 5th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85003

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