Sure, we’ve already given you 17 reasons why Seattle summers are the best (shhhh, don’t tell anyone!), but you know what’d make ‘em even better? A sweet place to eat/drink -- but mostly drink -- outside, obviously. That’s why we ranked the 206’s 17 best outdoor establishments just for you...
17. King’s Hardware
This heavily taxidermied dive is not afraid to be different, and with a collection of mismatched chairs and wood everything, this patio is a kind of eclectic outdoor heaven.
16. Uneeda Burger
You’re definitely gonna... sorry’boutthis!... needa loosen your belt after finishing a Philly Smash w/ charred peppers, onions, Gruyere & special sauce; or the Black Forest ham/Gruyere/Dijon mayo/truffled shoestring potato-topped Monsieur on the breezy patio of this Fremont burger joint.
15. 95 Slide
A hopping rooftop patio adorns this Capitol Hill sports bar, perfect for watching the clouds float overhead while chowing down on some classic chicken & waffles.
14. The Pink Door
Hidden on Post Alley in Pike Place Market, this quaint Italian restaurant not only features live performances from artists (aka, burlesque dancers), but it also has an incredible patio view of Elliott Bay.
With a magnificent view of the harbor and delectable, Hawaii-inspired Asian food, it would be easy to forget while sitting on this patio that you’re actually in Seattle... if you didn’t have the best view of city’s skyline of any restaurant in The Town.
A magnificent rusty, metal chandelier is the centerpiece at this cozy oyster bar, but the real hidden gem is the tiny patio -- perfect for a romantic evening outside.
Nothing goes better with a fine glass of wine or a cheese platter than the calming breeze of a Seattle summer. You can enjoy all three on this charming patio in Madrona.
Enjoy some chips, salsa, and guacamole on the spacious outdoor patio in Eastlake that's so sweet, even a few shots of tequila couldn’t make you forget how beautiful your surroundings are.
You’ll need to cool down on this Spanish-inspired patio in Belltown after eating the delicious, spicy cuisine cooked up in the kitchen. Get the Green Chile Cheeseburger, and be ready for a flavor explosion.
Kick back, relax, and grab your table (or just yourself) a pitcher of mimosas to enjoy on this divey Capitol Hill patio. When you’re done, head inside and play some classic arcade games.
7. The Lookout
The patio at this beloved by Capitol Hill locals' bar is a garden oasis, with trees and greenery creating a low-key experience that would almost make you forget you were in the city if it wasn't for the amazing view of the Space Needle.
Set against the Downtown Seattle skyline, modern cuisine and cocktails bring a fun and lively atmosphere to the very social setting of Frolik, where you can sit by the fire, or play Ping-Pong, or... um, do neither of those things?
The large deck area of this North Lake Union eatery has a comfy fire pit and beach area, ideal for large groups to enjoy the waterfront view long into the evening.
4. Terra Plata
This “Earth-to-plate” concept restaurant makes lounging outside a relaxing and green experience. When you're surrounded by an edible garden, Monday night paella is just that much sweeter on the patio -- especially with a flight of Spanish wine.
This Capitol Hill restaurant and bar has two large patios made for lounging about on a hot summer day while sipping on a killer Captain’s Tea.
Scenic views of the Puget Sound and the Olympics make this iconic Ballard restaurant the perfect place to eat some seriously next-level seafood or sip on over 20 microbrews.
Since drinking beer is everyone's real favorite patio pastime, Fremont Brewing’s urban beer garden gets the top spot. The spacious beer oasis is perfect for sipping some sustainable, local brews and stocking up on complimentary pretzels and apples.
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1. King's Hardware5225 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle
2. Uneeda Burger4302 Fremont Ave N, Seattle
3. 95 Slide722 E Pike St, Seattle
4. The Pink Door1919 Post Alley, Seattle
5. Marination Ma Kai1660 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle
6. The Walrus and the Carpenter4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle
7. Bottlehouse1416 34th Ave, Seattle
8. Little Water Cantina2865 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle
9. The Innkeeper2510 1st Ave, Seattle
10. Linda's Tavern707 E Pine St, Seattle
11. The Lookout757 Bellevue Ave E, Seattle
12. Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails1415 5th Ave, Seattle
13. Westward2501 N Northlake Way, Seattle
14. Terra Plata1501 Melrose Ave, Seattle
15. Captain Blacks129 Belmont Ave E, Seattle
16. Ray's Boathouse6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle
17. Fremont Brewing Company3409 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle
King's Hardware is decked out with taxidermy and stocked with regional brews, but the rustic pub's main attraction is its tasty and creative burger options, like the peanut butter and bacon-based After School Special. Aside from classic and specialty burgers, there are hot wings, onion rings, and similar greased-up "sidekicks" on the menu. You can bring your beer and burger outside and chill on the patio, or stay inside and challenge your friends to a round of skee-ball.
This Fremont burger joint serves up everything from the fancy to the messy, and if a burger doesn’t suit your fancy (why are you even here?), Uneeda Burger also has a hefty selection of sandwiches, soups, and salads. Equipped with a patio out front, you can chow down and tan at the same time.
95 Slide's a Cap Hill sports bar boasting memorabilia/flatscreens, a sweet rooftop lounge, and a menu featuring bites like chicken wings, poppers, and steak sandwiches.
This super-romantic Italian resto Downtown boasts a gorgeous patio, in addition to regular acrobatic & burlesque shows.
"Ma Kai" means "by the sea," and that's exactly where this waterfront establishment is located. Serving up tasty tacos made from fresh ingredients, this Hawaiian-Korean fusion restaurant is all about finding the best of both worlds and melting them together. There's also a killer beer selection, and you can purchase "Nunya", the secret sauce used by the restaurant on many of its dishes, receiving a free slider or taco with each jar purchase.
This chic oyster bar serves neither walrus nor houses carpenters (that we know of) but it does dish out mounds of delicious shellfish in a comfortable atmosphere. Additionally, this cozy, neighborhood spot -- which has been recognized by The New York Times also serves incredible desserts, with highlights being maple bread pudding and roasted Medjool dates.
In a cozy, converted house in the Central District, Bottlehouse is a wine bar, tasting room, and event space featuring regional wine and microbrews. Wine and beer selections are rotating, highlighting producers from the PNW, and can be enjoyed on tap, in a tasting flight, by the bottle, or in the comfort of your own home. Cork a bottle of your favorite local wine, (pick up some wine-wares from the shop so you can drink it at home), and sip the local juice you never knew you loved. Bottlehouse offers a taste of the Pacific Northwest, with cheesemonger-approved cheeses and cured meats to pair in a living room-reminiscent environment, or on the back patio.
A wall constructed with 800 tequila bottles reclaimed from "dumpsters of a lot of Mexican restaurants" isn't the only reason to check out this 150-seater. The kitchen is headed up by a French-trained chef whose resume includes Brooklyn's Henry Public &producing on Top Chef, and is sous'd by a Rick Bayless vet, and the two of them have invented some delicious Northwestern spins on traditional comida. Plus, that whole crazy tequila wall thing.
It's a Don Quixote themed bar with spicy Spanish inspired food and drink to match. After you've tried the green chile burger, grab yourself a cocktail and cool down on the back patio.
A classic pub in Seattle, Linda's prides itself on being "a nice place for nice people".
The Lookout is a casual neighborhood bar with a tree-lined back patio that feels like a garden oasis with trees and greenery creating a low-key experience that would almost make you forget you were in the city -- if it weren't for that killer view. They offer a great selection of rotating beers, classic pub fare, and creative cocktails.
Frolik's a rooftop bar downtown featuring tasty bites, a swanky setting, and PING PONG!
Opened by the crew behind Skillet, Westward is a waterfront nautical spot with rustic decor. A wood-burning oven stands in the center of the room, the bar is boat-shaped, and the patio/beach boasts stunning views of Lake Union and Downtown. This spacious restaurant serves low-alcohol cocktails and small seafood plates that extend dinner beyond the usual starter, entrée, and dessert. Start with oysters at the adjoining Little Gull, finish with cocktails around the outdoor fire pit.
Terra Plata is the Captain Planet of organic eateries, highlighting choices from air, land, and sea. They've also got a rooftop garden.
This bar and restaurant has not one but TWO large patios for you to lounge around on while enjoying a hot summer's day and sipping on a killer Captain's Tea.
After a four-month hiatus, this waterfront seafoodery is back with a swanked new dining room bathed in red light, lower-slung furniture, and a new shared plate-heavy menu, and it's about time since everybody loves Raymon... er, Ray's.