The Best Patios for Eating and Drinking Outside in Seattle
Soak up the sun.
There are many appropriate and wonderful ways to celebrate the coming of spring, but only a few are non-negotiable. Among that select group is the drinking and eating of good food and booze outdoors—like, on a rooftop deck with killer views, or nestled in the back courtyard of your favorite local haunt. It’s like a rite of passage, but for the seasons; besides, you’d be remiss to spend any more time indoors that is absolutely necessary, given that we haven’t seen the sun in approximately four months.
As we all emerge from what was—as always—a very dark and cold Pacific Northwest winter, let’s remember the pure joy that is drinking (and eating) in public. Put on a lightweight jacket, mask up, and pop by a patio for a little indulgence al fresco. You’ve earned it.
Baker’s is everything you’d want in a neighborhood restaurant: It’s cute, it’s cozy, and its menu is full of items like steak frites and chocolate pot de creme. A word on their cocktails, too: They’re delicious, and some of the most unique in Seattle. Pull up a chair on their backyard patio, where there are heaters (and booze, and food) aplenty.
Pablo Y Pablo
Named in honor of the friendship between artists Pablo Picasso and Pablo Neruda, Pablo y Pablo is home to one of the largest (and best) tequila and mezcal selections in Seattle, which you can peruse at your leisure from their very chic concrete patio. They’re not currently taking reservations, but if there’s a line, don’t worry—these tacos are worth the wait.
Oddfellows Cafe & Bar
For an exceptional latté and a stylish cafe in which to while away the afternoon, pay a visit to Oddfellows. The Capitol Hill institution, which has been serving up coffee and food for over a decade now, debuted a “permanent street patio” earlier this year, meaning that their outdoor COVID setup is here to stay (and yes, their backyard is still open, too). Take your laptop for an afternoon of work, or bring a date for a romantic evening of simple, delicious food; either way, this “all-day, all-night” eatery will become a fast favorite.
U District is a neighborhood typically reserved for college students, but Mountaineering Club serves as a strong exception to the rule. Perched atop the Graduate Hotel, this rooftop bar is incredibly well decorated and, thus, incredibly chic. Pay a visit for classic cocktails at sunset for seemingly endless—and unparalleled—views.
Captain Blacks’ nautical décor is extremely endearing, but it’s actually the Southern fare that keeps us coming back to this bar, which boasts not one, but two decks overlooking Capitol Hill. This is an excellent spot for two important things in life: people watching and fried chicken.
MBar just reopened on March 10, so the time is right to pay this rooftop bar a visit and settle in for an afternoon beer or two. The best part of this establishment is arguably its view—with sweeping views of Lake Union, it’s the kind of place that encourages slow, easy summer living (which, I might add, is just around the corner).
Monsoon added a rooftop patio to its already excellent setup a few years ago, and now, there’s perhaps no better spot at which to dine on contemporary Vietnamese—in Capitol Hill, at least. Come for views of the neighborhood—or rather, of 15th Avenue—plus dishes like pork spare ribs, fried oysters, and drunken chicken.
The best way to experience Pike Place Market is to completely avoid the crowds all together, pull up a seat at Maximilien, and simply take in the scenery. From here, you’ll get sweeping views of the Puget Sound and the Olympics, with none of the chaotic energy that usually accompanies a trip to the market. Order the oysters—it’s only right.
If there were ever a competition amongst themed bars, Linda’s Tavern—which is like one giant ode to the Wild West and its mythical cowboy—wins. Ranch décor abounds in this neighborhood haunt and the outdoor patio provides the perfect spot to sip on a spiked Topo Chico. Sit back, kick up your cowboy boots, and stay awhile.
Eden Hill Restaurant (and its little, less bougie sister, Eden Hill Provisions) has been a staple of the Queen Anne neighborhood since 2015, serving up New American with a twist. Since COVID times, they’ve transformed their facade to include some streetside outdoor tables, for a DIY sidewalk patio that’s both functional and festive. Visit with a date if you’re feeling fancy; we recommend making a reservation here.
For what is probably the most authentic Italian experience you can find in the city of Seattle, you’ll need to spend an evening at Picolinos. There, you’ll be seated in their garden courtyard, and treated to the kind of food that is the epitome of indulgence, like homemade ravioli, chicken marsala, and grilled New York steak. Oh, and if you’re looking for a full night’s worth of activities, might we suggest grabbing pre-dinner drinks at Baker’s (which is, conveniently, right across the street), then popping over to Picolinos for the main event.
Tippe & Drague Alehouse
If 16 rotating taps of regional craft beer sounds like your idea of a good time, Tippe and Drague is probably a good place to become a regular. The alehouse, which is super family-friendly and focused on local, sustainable food (in the form of entrees like Hangover Hash and Buttermilk Pancakes), is open for both indoor and outdoor seating. Check out their live tap list here.
Bar Vacilando is gearing up to open after their year-long closure, and it suffices to say that we can hardly wait. The restaurant, which specializes in small plates and “polished” cocktails, also happens to boast a gorgeous, sun-drenched back courtyard, complete with white brick walls, plants for days, and rustic wooden tabletops. Need we say more?