The great thing about Phoenix is it will almost never rain on your parade... or literally any other outdoor activity. So, if you can stand 100-degree weather and the occasional light haboob-ing, every day is a patio day, which is why we rounded up the best open-air spots for your outdoor dining pleasure.
The Yard in Phoenix is home to a few different restaurants, including Culinary Dropout, so you can always enjoy the same great patio -- even if you decide to taste something new. The large patio has space to play bocce ball and ping-pong, which makes for a great place to socialize long after you finish your meal.
Eating inside shouldn’t even be an option with a patio as beautiful as House of Tricks’. The outdoor space offers a European-like atmosphere that’s nearly as authentic as its French food.
For a patio that puts you right at the center of the landscape that makes Arizona so beautiful, try Gertrude’s, which is housed within the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden.
For an upscale experience at one of Arizona’s most beautiful outdoor spaces, Quiessence at the Farm is your spot. The best part is, the restaurant is located on an actual 10-acre working farm, which makes its farm-to-table experience hard to beat.
Located practically on Arizona State University’s campus is one of the Valley’s best little patios. The casual campus atmosphere, porch, and especially the giant chess set make for a quirky space you won’t want to leave.
Want to witness some of the most spectacular views in the Valley? Head to the Top of the Rock, literally. While you can take in some of the scenery from inside, the experience of sitting outside around one of the giant fire pits while looking out on the city lights is too great to pass up.
Dreaming about a Mexican vacation but resigned to the fact it’s probably not happening? Stop by Hacienda de Rosa’s, where the décor is as authentic as it gets and you might actually forget you’re still in the States and not enjoying your meal in a traditional hacienda. Well, the margaritas might help with that too...
The Wrigley Mansion, constructed by the gum extraordinaire himself, is a piece of Arizona history. While the views from Geordie’s patio should be enough to bring you in, it’s worth taking advantage of the lunch package, which includes a grand tour of the estate.
Kitchen 56 has the kind of patio that makes for a perfect laid-back neighborhood happy hour. The indoor/outdoor bar is one of the space’s best features -- right up there with the water feature, and the fact that it’s dog-friendly.
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1. Culinary Dropout at the Yard5632 N 7th St, Phoenix
2. House of Tricks114 E 7th St, Tempe
3. Gertrude's1201 N Galvin Pkwy Ste 1500, Phoenix
4. Quiessence at The Farm6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix
5. Original Chop Shop Co.222 E University Dr, Tempe
6. Top of the Rock2000 W Westcourt Way, Tempe
7. Hacienda De Rosa's Restaurante and Taqueria3129 E McKellips Rd, Mesa
8. Geordie's Restaurant & Lounge2501 E Telewa Trl, Phoenix
9. Kitchen 563433 N 56th St, Phoenix
This gastro-pub owns its name by hiring a team of dropouts to cook its unique menu and mix its killer drinks. With an impressive beer menu, including local brews, a colorful patio, bocce ball, ping-pong, and occasional live music, this isn't the worst place to spend an evening (in fact, it might be one of the best).
A piece of France located in what is now practically the middle of the Arizona State University campus, House of Tricks has excellent food in a charming remodeled cottage. Just walking in feels like taking a vacation to Europe.
Located inside the Desert Botanical Garden, and named after its founder, this restaurant serves dishes featuring ingredients from their own patio garden and from the community garden located in the Desert Botanical Garden. Visit for lunch, dinner, or brunch and take advantage of outdoor dining.
This South Mountain resto is a no-kids-allowed, super-romantic date spot that can put a car payment-size dent in your bank account, but it is absolutely worth every bit of it. Expect your server to know every obscure ingredient on the planet and have the ability to explain a plate or beverage so well that you simply have to have it or you’ll die.
This health-conscious shop is practically on ASU's campus, and it has one of the best patios in the Valley. It's got that casual campus atmosphere, plus a giant chess set to complete the quirky space.
Forget the food, the view of the city from this spot is incredible (but the food is good too). You get the view from the inside, but sitting outside around one of the giant fire pits is an opportunity too good to pass up.
This authentic Mexican restaurant serves authentic Mexican food in an authentic Mexican hacienda. Between the outdoor patio, decor, food, and margaritas, you might forget that your still 200 miles north of the border.
Part of the Wrigley Mansion (commissioned by the gum king himself), Geordie's is a special occasions sort of place. It’s definitely worth taking advantage of the lunch package, which includes a grand tour of the estate, and the views from the patio are fantastic.
Kitchen 56 is a classic American restaurant serving everyday fare in the Arcadia area of Phoenix. The chill atmosphere, full bar, and relaxed outdoor patio all help make it a great place for family and friends to enjoy popular menu items like burgers, pizza, and salads.