25 Great Patio Restaurants in Dallas Ft Worth
Best Places in DFW to Dine Alfresco
(Updated for 2015)
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 8 years ago, my list has now grown to include kid friendly patios.
This patio dining list is broad on purpose to include locations across the DFW 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. www.watterscreek.com/dine
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 *my personal favorite for a fun Saturday afternoon!
*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
Mutt’s Canine Cantina – Dallas
*For you “fur parents” …It’s as a dog park with a restaurant and a bar. Burgers, Salads, hot dogs, Oh My…and a spacious dog park.
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
The Rustic – Dallas
*They call their patio “the backyard” – easily the largest patio restaurant/bar in the Dallas area. Go during the week!
Cristina’s – Flower Mound & McKinney
*yummy Mexican food and good kid’s menu
Spork – Dallas
*This “roadside eatery” located in a former Sonic, features a build-your-own burger bar and a soda fountain. The real scene is the outside patio festively lit with strings of lights and a good size grassy area with giant Jenga, Cornhole and more!
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 (with locations in Allen and Addison)
*Wing Bar, lots of TV’s to catch your favorite sports action
Tierney’s Café and Tavern – Lewisville
*Down home cooking. Great breakfast!
Buffalo Bluez – Plano
*Voted Best Burger joint in Plano. Burgers, Wings, and a Patio
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.
Image Credit: photo credit – Ozona Bar and Grill