With temperatures finally coming down all across the state and health experts saying that outdoor dining is a better option to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, now is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the cooler weather on the patio at your favorite restaurants. Here are the 15 best outdoor dining options in and around the Valley.
Chelsea’s Kitchen in Phoenix offers a wide variety of savory Southwestern dishes all cooked to order on a wood burning rotisserie and grill or in their exclusive smoke yard. The restaurant has a stunning tree-covered patio and outdoor fireplace, making it the perfect place to eat now that temperatures have started to drop.
With games like ping pong, cornhole and foosball available to play at any one of their six Arizona locations, Culinary Dropout is one of the most fun places to go for a bite. Most locations are open air, which means there’s no shortage of patio seating. Enjoy live music from local bands or catch a sports game on the TVs while enjoying delicious cocktails and good, homestyle food such as meatloaf, soft pretzels with provolone fondue or fried chicken.
O.H.S.O. is a restaurant, nano-brewery and distillery with locations in Gilbert, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Arcadia. All locations are home to huge dog-friendly patios with games like cornhole and ping pong to keep you busy through the afternoon and into the night. O.H.S.O. has a rotating selection of their own original beers, plus they serve all of their own house-distilled spirits: Arcadia flavored vodkas, D.i.C.K. and J.a.N.E. fruit-flavored whiskeys and #Vodka, Gin and Rum.
Famous for their mix and match bruschetta boards, Postino Wine Cafe is a great option for patio dining this season. Each of their nine locations offers an intimate outdoor dining area complete with low-slung couches and cozy fire pits. Postino’s has a rotating wine list with over 30 bottles to try, as well as a full menu of charcuterie, bruschetta, sandwiches and salads.
Surrounded by the Phoenix Mountains, LON’s at The Hermosa Inn is the all-in-one spot for outdoor dining. The restaurant has a globally inspired Arizona cuisine, with a new Chef’s Tasting Menu being offered each week and an on-site sommelier. Decorated with rustic ironwork and an adobe fireplace, LON’s is a stunning place to have brunch, lunch or dinner any day of the week.
Considered one of the first fine-dining restaurants in Tempe, House of Tricks comprises two historic homes connected by a communal deck and outdoor patio bar. The houses serve as the dining rooms and kitchen. Each side has their own al fresco dining area in addition to the shared space in between. House of Tricks offers a seasonally-inspired contemporary American menu, as well as a wide variety of refreshing cocktails.
Located within The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, the patio at Gertrude’s offers gorgeous desert scenery as the backdrop to your meal. Described as a reserved oasis setting, Gertrude’s seasonal menu of Arizona-inspired dishes and rotating selection of local and regional spirits is sure to inspire you.
The patio at Press is the perfect place to catch up on work or catch up with friends. All nine Valley locations serve coffee made from beans roasted locally at their original Phoenix location, “The Roastery”, as well as breakfast sandwiches and avocado toasts. Press Coffee prides itself on being a community focused business that supports both local Arizona charities and coffee farmers all over the world.
With a happy hour menu for every aspect of the restaurant, Kasai Japanese Steakhouse in Scottsdale is a great place to gather with friends on the spacious covered patio. The patio dining section features a mix of low and high-top tables, as well as heaters for chilly nights. The menu at Kasai includes sushi, teppanyaki and Asian fusion appetizers and entrees.
Pedal Haus Brewery has locations in both Tempe and Chandler, each with their own dog-friendly patio. Both locations host a Sunday Funday event every week featuring bottomless brunch and specials on wings, beer, wine and cocktails. The Chandler location has live music every Sunday between 1 and 4 p.m., while the Tempe location boasts NFL Sunday Ticket on over 40 screens.
Although PHX Beer Co. has locations in Phoenix and at Sky Harbor Airport, their Scottsdale location is the place to go for great patio dining. Located alongside Marguerite Lake, the generous patio looks out onto a stunning green belt and the lake itself. PHX Beer Co. serves 15 of their own original beers, brewed locally inside their Phoenix location, as well as a full menu of creative takes on classic American bar food.
Family owned and operated since 1986, U.S. Egg has six locations in Scottsdale, Tempe, Phoenix and Chandler each with their own gorgeous patio for you to enjoy. Strictly open for breakfast and lunch, U.S. Egg is famous for their protein pancakes, as well as their traditional breakfast options, deli-style lunch sandwiches and creative brunch cocktail menu.
VooDoo Daddy’s Steam Kitchen is a locally owned and operated Cajun, Creole and Caribbean restaurant in Tempe that focuses on bold flavors and a fun atmosphere.The New Orleans-style patio is home to live jazz music every Friday and Saturday night from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Their menu includes Big Easy favorites like po’boys, gumbo and etouffee, as well as a number of craft cocktails.
Originally opened in Brooklyn in the 90s, Grimaldi’s now has eight locations in Arizona serving their signature coal-fired brick oven pizza. Every Grimaldi’s location has an expansive stone patio where you and loved ones can split a fresh pizza pie or enjoy a glass of wine from their extensive wine list while enjoying the gorgeous weather. Be sure to try something from their seasonal menu, including red velvet cheesecake and chicken alla vodka pizza!
Located in the tiny community of Tortilla Flat, Arizona, the Superstition Restaurant and Saloon has opened their patio seating early so that visitors can enjoy the beautiful weather with views of the Superstition Mountains. Be sure to try their famous Killer Chili and original prickly pear BBQ!