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24 Great Patio Restaurants in Dallas Ft Worth

Submitted by on July 22, 2015 – 5:00 pm9 Comments

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.

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

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


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