Triple-digit temperatures aside, Arizona boasts some of the most delightfully fresh fall, winter and spring days in the country. Visitors find that so many Arizona residents are here because of our pleasant, consistent sunshine, multifaceted landscapes and generally warm, predictable weather. While air conditioning does become man’s best friend come July, not many other states boast such an excellent recipe for the ideal outdoor dining experience – and this month, the world has taken notice. In a list based on the opinions of more than five million verified diner reviews for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and in the nation’s capital, OpenTable has revealed the Top 100 Outdoor Dining spots in the country, of which our great state has captured FIVE. See below for the five that made the list and be sure to visit before monsoon season! Have your own favorite AZ outdoor dining joints? Let us know below or on Facebook and Twitter!
El Chorro Restaurant: this storied Paradise Valley treasure is one of Arizona’s oldest traditions. Nestled near Camelback mountain in the lush Arizona desert, the menu consists of fresh, local ingredients – many of which are grown onsite.
House of Tricks, Tempe: a whistle away from the ASU Main campus and Gammage Auditorium, House of Tricks is known for romantic dining under soft lights and delicate foliage – not to mention a homey yet eclectic cuisine.
L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek in Sedona: quaint and enchanting, the elegant L’Auberge Restaurant is comfortably situated right at the edge of bustling Oak Creek.
Lon’s at The Hermosa, Paradise Valley: with fresh vegetation straight from the Hermosa Inn garden, Lon’s is an idyllic Southwestern hacienda with a bright, artistic patio.
Rita’s Kitchen, Scottsdale: Rita’s dramatic Southwestern setting and masterful regional menu can be enjoyed under the stars in a lavish, intimate courtyard.