The Best Patios for Eating and Drinking Outside in Dallas

Sunshine, fresh air, cocktails…

Fearing’s Restaurant
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Nothing can rival springtime in Dallas for spending time on our city’s amazing patios. This time of year it’s not too hot, not too cool, but as Goldilocks would proudly proclaim while slamming frosés and artisan porridge, “Just right!” Patios also remain one of the safer places to eat and drink, even though most area restaurants and bars still require masks indoors. So we figured it was high time to round up some of the greatest spots to hang out al fresco that might fall under the radar more often than all-time great, highly well-known patios including those at Trinity Groves, The Rustic, Truck Yard, and Katy Trail Ice House. With so many terrific options, we narrowed our focus to patios in Dallas proper and proudly present 16 additional favorites.

Ellie's Restaurant & Lounge
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A spectacular mural by James Welling sets the stage for a serene patio experience at the art-filled HALL Arts Hotel in the Dallas Arts District. A portion of the patio features a semi-enclosed space while another portion lets the gentle breezes surround you while you bask in the shadows of downtown buildings. From happy hour to dinner, the Napa-inspired cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, and fine wines from the Hall family’s own vineyards will make you want to linger. 

The Pool Club at the Virgin Hotels Dallas
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If you hope to run into Richard Branson anywhere in Dallas, you’d have your best chance at his Dallas hotel, but trust us that’s still a long shot. You can live large like the billionaire for a few hours, though, at this rooftop pool space with cabanas, loungers, daybeds, and a refreshing pool—all enhanced by views of the downtown skyline. Pop-up events happen here all the time, too, including a cherry blossom event that kicks off on March 20.

STIRR Dallas
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STIRR Dallas

Deep Ellum

Lively crowds, especially on weekend afternoons, flock to the rooftop patio, which delivers great views of downtown along with comfy sofas and a bar facing the Dallas skyline. Grab some friends for brunch and large-format cocktails ranging from Tito’s Handmade Vodka mules to the refreshing Yes Way Frozé while getting your fill of calories from smoked brisket breakfast tacos or chicken fried steak and eggs.

Blue Cenote
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Blue Cenote

Bishop Arts District

Tex-Mex and patios make for one of the most perfect combinations since beans and rice. Or salted rims on margaritas. With plenty of fans to keep the air circulating around you, the cozy patio makes for a great escape from the crowds wandering throughout the Bishop Arts District. 

Waterproof at The Statler
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Nineteen floors above downtown, awaits a chic sanctuary for sunny days and post-sunset nights. There’s a pool should that be necessary, but the downtown views and shiny sculpture of famed guest Llinda Llee Llama will most definitely be making appearances in your stories. Kick back and chill with a tall ranch water or see how long it takes to get through a pitcher of mimosas while snacking on tasty Italian treats from Sfereco downstairs.

Urban Taco
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Urban Taco

Mockingbird Station

Urban Taco’s spacious 1,000 square-foot patio offers an inviting space for people watching over a 32-ounce fishbowl margarita with three frozen flavors in one vessel while noshing on an avocado ceviche tower. Half-price margaritas, mojitos, and cheap beer during their weekday happy hour will tempt you further to try out this spot before or after a day of shopping.

Thunderbird

Deep Ellum

Located on the outskirts of Deep Ellum near Expo Park, the newest venture from Single Wide and Double Wide founder Kim Finch, offers an adults-only, dog-friendly patio with fire pits and fun pop-up events throughout the year. Highlights include cheap drinks ($8 specialty cocktails, anyone?), even cheaper beer, and a menu of old-school classics from pimento spread with Ritz crackers to bologna sandwiches and sloppy joes. And every Tuesday, homemade tamales make it worth marking your calendar.

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From the exterior, you’d never know that this popular Mexican spot has such a nice patio inside (yes, inside) its walls. The courtyard-like space has plenty of fresh air coming in from the open space above the festive strands of party lights, all while minimizing the wind that can ruin an otherwise perfect evening of avocado margaritas, Budin Azteca, and some of the tastiest chips and salsa in town.

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Al Biernat's Prime Steak & Seafood
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With one of the newest patios in town, the iconic steakhouse now has a tucked-away oasis proper elegant enough for afternoon tea and cucumber sandwiches served on white tablecloths. But you won’t find anything that dainty on the menu here. Instead, indulge in a chilled seafood tower, a tomahawk ribeye, and a bottle of your favorite wine, proving that steakhouse experiences don’t have to be dark and stuffy. Get in on the action at this one before everyone else finds out about it.

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Ziziki's Greek Restaurant
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When you’re craving traditional Greek fare, this Dallas institution always satisfies with its fresh, vibrantly colored ingredients. Tucked away in the courtyard you’ll discover a wonderfully charming patio with a relaxing soundtrack courtesy of the gently flowing fountain. A weekday happy hour with $5 drinks, as well as half-price bottles of wine Monday and Tuesday, add to the allure of flaming kasseri cheese and the killer leg of lamb gyros.

Terry Blacks Bbq
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Live music. Rooftop views of the Dallas skyline. World-famous Austin-style barbecue. Need we continue with reasons to visit? Well, there’s also free parking and dogs are welcome (though good luck keeping them away from one of the largest BBQ pits in all of Texas). Throw in an ice-cold local beer, some juicy sliced brisket, and the company of friends or family and you have the recipe for one of the best days ever.

Uchiba
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Uchiba

Uptown

We love Uchi immensely, but one of the main reasons we prefer Uchiba upstairs can be attributed directly to its cozy patio. Whether you’re coming for a meal or drinks and apps with the gang, the combination of tables and lounge seating brings a casual intimacy to the space that seems to always be filled with laughter.  And some damn fine nigiri and maki. Plus, Uchiba offers one of the few daily happy hours with dozens of food and beverage options for $8 or less.

Son Of A Butcher
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Son Of A Butcher

Lowest Greenville

Taking over the beloved tri-peaked building that once housed Char Bar, the new tenants have created a joyous atmosphere for gulping down carefully crafted sliders (chicken, Wagyu beef, or pork), cheese curds, and boozy chocolate brownie milkshakes. The evergreen fake grass will always be a bright spot on the strip and dogs love curling up on it for a little sunbathing, too.

Fearing's

Uptown

Whether you’re looking for a posh spot for brunch, lunch, or dinner, you know you’re going to find something exquisite if celeb chef Dean Fearing and the Ritz-Carlton join forces. Nestled among mature oak trees, lush landscaping, and an oversized brick fireplace, you’ll enjoy live music on Fridays and Saturdays, gorgeous new furniture, and a dog-friendly atmosphere enhanced by food from one of our city’s most loved chefs.

Knife Dallas
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Knife Dallas

Mid Cities

Never one to let another celebrity chef steal his patio thunder, John Tesar’s signature steakhouse features an equally enjoyable, dog-friendly patio that went under extensive renovations this past fall. Grab one of his famous burgers, a flight of bacon, or a 240-day dry-aged 44 Farms bone-in ribeye with a glass of wine or signature cocktail, and suddenly the interaction of 75 and Mockingbird Lane becomes the address for urban bliss. 

Sixty Vines
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Though not quite the same experience one might have in a greenhouse in, oh Colorado or California, you’ll discover a different kind of euphoria at this spacious all-weather hangout—thanks to some incredible pizza and a whole lot of wine. Their massive selection of vino on tap gives you the option to taste your way through different regions, or focus exclusively on different reds, whites, and bubbles. By the glass or bottle, depending on how your day went.

Steven Lindsey is a Thrillist contributor