The Best Alfresco Dining in Dallas
From food trucks to five-star hotels
Now that the clouds have parted and sunshine is beaming down, there’s no better way to celebrate the great outdoors than on a patio with a cold drink in hand. Here, our list of the perfect alfresco spots all across the area.
Bolsa in Oak Cliff
Sidle up to the patio bar or just hang out on the park-style benches and enjoy one of Dallas’s first farm-to-table dining experiences. Go for the arugula and grape flatbread or beer-steamed mussels with house-made chorizo.
Bolsa, 614 W. Davis St.; 214-367-9367 or bolsadallas.com
Downtown’s El Fenix
The original location of one of Dallas’s iconic Mexican restaurants boasts an expansive rooftop patio with amazing views of Victory Park, Uptown and Downtown Dallas. Bring the whole family for a traditional Mexican lunch before jetting across the street to explore the Perot Museum.
El Fenix, 1601 McKinney Ave.; 214-747-1121 or elfenix.com
Saint Ann in the Harwood District
A true Dallas landmark, Saint Ann was built in 1927 as the first school for Hispanic children in Dallas. Today, the modern restaurant and outdoor-dining patio boasts life-size chess, multi-tier grass levels and more patio seating than one woman can take.
Saint Ann Restaurant and Bar, 2501 N. Harwood St.; 214-782-9807 or saintanndallas.com
The Rustic in Uptown
If you’ve ever yearned for a casual, Austin-like experience in Dallas, look no further than The Rustic, which offers up savory home-style dishes, local beers (Miller Lite is local, right?) and great Texas music--Pat Green took center stage on opening night.
The Rustic, 3656 Howell St.; 214-730-0596 or therustic.com
Truck Yard on Lower Greenville
This casual, come-as-you-are beer garden and food-truck haven serves everything from sliders to Asian street food to Cajun classics. Be prepared to climb up to your table inside an old pickup bed.
Truck Yard, 5624 Sears St.; 469-500-0139 or texastruckyard.com
The Mansion on Turtle Creek
One of the best-kept secrets in Dallas is tucked discreetly within the Turtle Creek area of Uptown. The fireplace-laden terrace is reminiscent of a private Italian villa. We’re talking serious romance.
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, 2821 Turtle Creek Blvd.; 214-559-2100 or rosewoodhotels.com
Katy Trail Ice House Outpost
What happens when Uptown yuppies marry and start having babies? They head to the Outpost for bag toss, horseshoes and the beloved Coronarita (a Corona stuck upside-down in a frozen margarita). This makes moving to the burbs a bit easier, right?
Katy Trail Ice House Outpost, 4700 W. Park Blvd., Plano; 972-599-9000 or katytrailicehouse.com
Hillstone in Park Cities
The swankiest patio in Dallas and the coldest Pinot Grigio in town. Insider tip: Check all baseball hats at the door--rules are rules.
Hillstone, 8300A Preston Rd., Suite 100; 214-691-8991 or hillstone.com
The Lot in East Dallas
The family-friendliest patio features cornhole, a dog park and full access to the White Rock Lake bike trail. Not a fan of children? Schedule to go well after nightfall or during typical nap times (like 1 to 3 p.m.).
The Lot, 7530 E. Grand Ave.; 214-321-1990 or thelotdallas.com