This article was updated on June 22, 2022.
When the pandemic began in 2020, we started a list of restaurants where Dallasites could dine al fresco with ample space to social distance. Two years later, we’ve kept our list running and are continually adding to our round-up of incredible new spots that have entered the outdoor dining game. These are some of the best outdoor bars and patios our editors have visited.
Paradiso’s charming courtyard patio transports you to a lush garden in Europe — one that just happens to be next to Bishop Arts favorites like Emporium Pies and Revelers Hall. The Mediterranean restaurant is known for its wood-fired pizzas, hand-made pastas, salads, and signature cocktails.
This Lower Greenville spot from chef Nick Badovinus has an expansive, turf-covered, brightly-decorated outdoor patio. It serves Baja Cali-inspired bites like tacos, burgers, and poke bowls, as well as margaritas and ranch water hi-balls. A great spot for groups, there is tons of space to hang out and dine al fresco.
Retro cocktail bar Toller Patio is a perfect place to dine al fresco— the entire bar and kitchen is outdoors. Opened in 2019 in East Dallas, the new spot is lauded as dog-friendly and a great spot for cocktails and bites. From the same minds behind HIDE, Toller currently has 10 cocktails on tap ranging from a spicy margarita to Old Fashioned. The house pimento cheese with tortilla chips is a must-try snack.
Uptown’s The Rustic is one of the best bar and restaurants for al fresco dining, drinking, and live music. With one of the largest outdoor spaces in Dallas, the restaurant is a great spot to gather with a group. There’s brunch on weekends and free live music (Thursday through Sunday) as well.
This classic Lower Greenville spot has been a go-to rooftop patio spot for awhile now. And for good reason. HG Sply Co. has one of the best rooftop bars out there. The bar has lots of colorful tables with strings of lights hanging above. It also has a covered, shady area if the sun becomes a bit much in the summer.
A 2016 restoration brought the storied building (originally opened in 1974) that houses Chelsea Corner back to life, and included the addition of a charming backyard patio. The restaurant has 2,500 square feet of dog-friendly space and serves wine, beer, and craft cocktails. Dishes include new Lavarock Fajitas, Firecracker Shrimp, and BBQ Pork Chimichanga.
The beer garden in downtown’s new AT&T Discovery District has an expansive outdoor patio to enjoy its craft cocktails, beer, wine, and Southern dishes. You’ll often find a band playing live outside, as well as events constantly going on in the area.
The brick-and-mortar location of the popular gourmet slider food truck offers an excellent patio to grab a burger and beer in Dallas. Overlooking Main Street in Deep Ellum, the patio features covered seating to try to keep cool in the summer.
Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ
Located on a sprawling lot in the Design District, Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ is known for their backyard party atmosphere with ample patio seating and a big ferris wheel. The barbecue spot has opened back up for beers, bites and live music.
One of the most highly anticipated new bar-restaurants in town, this throwback spot from Kim Finch (owner of Double Wide and a magic touch for Dallas dive bars) is housed in a historic gas station at the edge of Deep Ellum. The new restaurant offers a massive outdoor patio, cool cocktails, and classic bites.
Make sure to try The Peel Out drink, a twist on the classic orange Push-Pop, but with vodka. There’s also the RattleTrap, a peanut butter whiskey cocktail, and Fuzzy Dice, with lavender, botanical, and violet liqueurs topped with Crush Grape. On the food front, you can choose from throwbacks like the bologna sandwich (hot or cold), Sloppy Joe (or veggie Sloppy Jolene), or Frito Pie.
Dot’s Hop House & Cocktail Courtyard
Deep Ellum favorite, Dot’s Hop House & Cocktail Courtyard offers ample outdoor patio space underneath a show-stopping chandelier. A spacious beer garden and industrial-style bar, the favorite spot is open for lunch and dinner. The restaurant serves soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and more, along with their massive beer menu and hand-crafted cocktails.
Known for its spacious beer garden, adult playground, and quirky signage, Truck Yard is a popular spot in Lower Greenville for outdoor drinking. Besides draft beer, the restaurant offers craft draft cocktails like the Mother Trucker (Long Island spin) and Twisted Mule. The food menu includes a Philly cheesesteak, ribeye nachos, and a Chicago beef sandwich.
Newer to Dallas, this Spanish wine bar offers a nice little patio for sipping wine and tapas. Housed in a former tin factory, the space has a stylish and lively vibe to enjoy charcuterie, cheese, patatas bravas, and more. A favorite cocktail is the Guns & Rosés sangria, and the wine list is extensive. Don’t miss the Jamón Serrano, manchego, and drunken goat cheeses, as well as the grilled hanger steak. The restaurant also has chairs set out nearby in the parking lot for those who just want to enjoy a glass or two of wine.
This Knox-Henderson gem has the most charming outdoor patio for lunch, dinner, or brunch. One of Dallas restauranteur Stephan Courseau’s three Knox district spots (Up on Knox and Georgie are the other two), Le Bilboquet is known for its French wine, crab and avocado salad, and Cajun chicken. It’s easy to sit down at one of the bistro tables with a glass of champagne and pretend you’re in Europe for an afternoon.
American kitchen and wine bar Sixty Vines in Uptown also has a great outdoor, covered patio (The Greenhouse) for enjoying pastas, pizzas, and Californian and European wines. It’s perfect for an afternoon wine and cheese pairing, shared plates like bacon-wrapped dates and burrata, or sit-down dinner. And also provides ample shade on sunny days.
This East Dallas restaurant’s outdoor cocktail garden is beautifully adorned with greenery, bistro tables, and flowers. The menu is Southern European-inspired with Italian, French, Spanish, and Mediterranean influences. Stand-out dishes include the squash ravioli, whipped feta dip, and steamed mussels. Pair with a craft cocktail like the signature Bend and Snap sugar snap pea drink.
Located at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, Fearing’s offers an incredible outdoor patio tucked underneath large oak trees for al fresco dining. Outside, there is a full-service bar and brick fireplace for when it’s chilly out. The patio has also been updated to include a stage for live music every Friday and Saturday.
At the brand new Thompson Hotel, Catbird is the newest hotspot for outdoor dining. Located on the 9th floor, the snazzy cocktail lounge offers plenty of space on their outdoor terrace and killer views of downtown Dallas. When it’s chillier out, they also have a massive fireplace for heat things up.
Recently opened in Bishop Arts, this Moroccan-themed lounge offers a lovely outdoor patio — inspired by Tulum’s beachfront eateries — to sip cocktails on. The newest bar concept from Exxir Hospitality (Tejas, Paradiso) features drinks like frozen piña coladas and a food menu crafted by chef Nick Hurry.
Located at The Union, this American restaurant has an outdoor patio with city views. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Favorites at the spot include the short rib potstickers, Harvest Bowl, and hot honey crispy chicken sandwich. There’s also a rooftop patio with fireplaces for the cooler season.
A favorite spot near White Rock Lake, this Texas barbecue restaurant has a killer outdoor patio for group gatherings and dates. Opened in 2016 by David Cash, the spot (right across from the Dallas Arboretum) has become a family-friendly favorite in Dallas.
An iconic beer garden and patio right off the Katy Trail in Uptown, the Ice House has been serving Dallasites since 2011. The outdoor patio is huge, but there’s also indoor space to cool off. Pups are often present outside, along with their owners and lots of Summer Beers.