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21 Best Patio Dining Restaurants in Dallas Ft Worth

Submitted by on April 25, 2012 – 5:00 pm14 Comments

Best Places in DFW to Dine Alfresco

My favorite thing about our amazing Texas weather is dining “alfresco”. Perhaps it is my Oregon roots, but I have always been a big fan of the patio dining experience.

A good patio must have a relaxed atmosphere, aesthetically appealing decor and reasonably priced good food and drinks. Since having kiddos 7 years ago, my list has now grown to include kid friendly patios.

My list is broad on purpose to include locations across the Metroplex and to offer a variety of options depending on the kind of outdoor evening you are planning.  Enjoy!

Watters Creek – Allen
Blue Fish, Cru Wine Bar, Grimaldi’s, The Londoner and Village Burger Bar
*Lots of choices, patios facing a green lawn area great for kids to run around & live music on Saturdays.

Duke’s Original Roadhouse – Addison
*Great big open patio perfect for perhaps a rare late afternoon out with your friends

Dream Cafe – Addison and Uptown Dallas
*Eclectic and fresh items, patio is quaint and there is a pending play area being created this Fall

The LOT – East Dallas
*Locally influenced restaurant and neighborhood beer garden (farm-to-table style food). Dogs and Kid Friendly!

Big Shucks – Dallas on Mockingbird and Dallas on Coit (at Beltline)
*Great seafood, casual, food ordered by the honor system

Fireside Pies – Dallas on North Henderson
*Gourmet pizza, intimate atmosphere

Ginger Man – Dallas
*good for casual date night, bar menu

Ozona Grill – Dallas
*HUGE patio area, great for large groups of friends/family.

Patrizio’s – Dallas/Highland Park Village and Plano
*love this place for lunch with girlfriends

Cristina’s – Flower Mound
*yummy Mexican food and good kid’s menu

Gloria’s – Frisco
*Love their bean dip with the chips and salsa, open uncovered big patio!

Blue Goose – Frisco
*Newest location in Frisco, off the Dallas North Tollway. Festive large patio.

Joe T Garcia’s – Ft. Worth
*Famous enchiladas, HUGE patio and beautiful atmosphere, large capacity seating

Love and War in Texas – Grapevine and Plano
*Traditional Texas food and live music

Mi Dia – Grapevine
*”From Scratch” is their motto, attractive patio with outdoor bar, casual sofas and fire pits

Pluckers – Grapevine
*Wing Bar, lots of TV’s to catch your favorite sports action

Tierney’s Café and Tavern – Lewisville
*Down home cooking. Great breakfast!

Cedars Wood Fire Grill – Plano
*Eat Well. Live Well. Feel Good. Love the patio and wonderfully different kid’s menu.

Katy Trail Ice House – Plano (and Routh St. in Dallas)
*Austin style beer garden and restaurant with a HUGE patio in the heart of Plano

Shops at Legacy – Plano
*Several great places to choose from – Gordon Biersch, Ra Sushi, Twisted Root Burger

Sushi Zushi – Southlake
*Definitely for adult night out. Japanese traditional cuisine fused with modern tastes.

Is your favorite patio on my list? If not, please comment below and tell us your favorite spot for dining “al fresco” with your family and friends.



  • Brooke says:

    Manny’s in Addison and the Uptown location have good patios.

  • Sarah says:

    Twisted Root in Dallas has a great patio area as well!

  • D says:

    Is this the best patio list “with your kids”? If so, as the title suggests, why do you add details to several locations as “date night”? I don’t typically take my kids to date night.

    Additionally, a few of these places on your list including Love and War and Duke’s tend to have a number of smokers on the patio and they are definitely not kid friendly considering the amount of alcohol most of the patrons consume.

    Twisted Root is off SMU Blvd in Dallas. Good patio and definitely kid friendly.

    • D, you are right , thanks for pointing that out. I have changed the tag line in the sub title of the post. At first I was going to do a post on only kid friendly patios, then I realized that it would be fun to add some that are good for date nights, we all could use a night out with our spouse, significant other or friends. Thanks for letting me know there is a Twisted Root down in the Dallas area. We love the 75 and Campbell location.

  • Brandie says:

    Just wanted to say, that Nico’s in Carrollton off Frankford and Josey, has a playground on their patio. The adults can relax on the patio and watch the kids play. We love going there!

  • judy cote says:

    Cristina’s in mckinney has a great patio too.. plus kids eat free on mondays and tuesdays. Very good food and atmosphere..lovely fountain inside and flower decor outside. Purple cow in fairview’s patio is great and next to a splash fountain with daily music water and light shows. I have not seen smoking at either of these but I am not sure what policy is.

  • David Lane says:

    Dallas is the third largest city in Texas. When you think of the best cities in the world to eat, perhaps Dallas does not come to the top of your list, but the city offers a wide variety of quality restaurants that cater to every taste. In fact, Dallas has more restaurants per habitant than any other city in the USA. The density of the restaurants in Dallas is actually bigger than that of New York. The amount of restaurants in Dallas is so big, that it would take a person 13 years to eat in a different restaurant each day. If you have ever wanted to visit food lover’s heaven, then Dallas is your place.

  • gab says:

    Neighborhood Services Tavern & Grill in Preston Royal has a nice patio with heaters and fans, most of all, they serve the best burgers in Dallas, wood-fired grill, homemade toasted sesame buns, and the fries are fresh cut, never frozen, topped with coarse Kosher salt.

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  • Hi All,

    The absolute best patio with a very kid friendly environment is Joe’s Crab Shack in Mesquite. We have about six families that love to meet at Joe’s as often as when can. Most everyone is probably familiar with Joe’s atmosphere but what makes this Joe’s unique is the outside patio with a full blown kid’s playground. This playground puts some city’s park kids play scape to shame. This patio provides the best of both worlds; the adults can catch up after a nice reasonably priced meal while the kids wear themselves out after getting a full belly on some good food. I highly recommend this patio / play scape environment for family fun and kid friendly activities.

  • Eduardo Casas says:

    Saint Ann’s downtown Dallas is very nice.

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