While the majority of the country likes to dine outside during the summer months, those of us in Dallas are always pining for fall and cooler temperatures. And now that it’s our turn to take our food and drink outdoors sans sweat, we’re rounding up the best patio restaurants in Dallas that are serving up everything from an ice cold beer to chicken au poivre and everything in between.
The 9 Best Patio Restaurants in Dallas for Outdoor Dining
This darling neighborhood bistro has been doing patio dining before it was cool. This is the spot to enjoy a signature Pom-tini on the patio while noshing on grilled artichokes with a friend you haven’t seen in a while. And don’t ignore the specials board which is always chalked to the brim with delicious items including a daily soup, pizza, and risotto. Been here before? Expect the staff to know your name and your order. Yep, it’s that kind of place, and we love it.
3311 Oak Lawn Avenue; 214-521-0295 or parigidallas.com
This courtyard is transformative and has lately been host to some of the poshest private events in town. Whether you want to celebrate with an intimate birthday dinner with close friends or simply grab brunch for two on a whim, this patio is keeping you safe while also giving you all the secret garden feels. Oh, and the caviar and latkes? Bet you can’t eat just one.
3215 North Fitzhugh Avenue; 214-915-8840 or beverleysdallas.com
In Texas, a margarita on a patio is our version of heaven. And there is no finer fiesta than pulling up to the outdoor area at this Lovers Lane restaurant. We’re not sure if it’s the fountain, the tequila, or the queso, but one thing is for sure—this spacious seating setup is the perfect place to relax and hang with your crew on any given night of the week.
4931 West Lovers Lane; 214-891-5673 or jose.mx
4. Honor Bar
This Highland Park Village hot spot is popular no matter the weather, thanks to the fireplaces and the heavy duty umbrellas. With that said, there is no time like fall to wait your turn for a seat on the patio. By this time, the famous twinkling lights have been installed and the breeze is undoubtedly blowing ever so slightly in the trees. Just add a Bee’s Knees and your bestie and you’ll be set.
26 Highland Park Village; 214-780-0958 or honorbardallas.com/locations/dallas/
This funky Bishop Arts District is the perfect distraction for the jet setter who is momentarily grounded stateside. Its Southern European-inspired style will whisk you away somewhere miles from Dallas. Oysters? Mussels? Fresh baked bread? The options for an al fresco feast are endless here.
308 North Bishop Avenue; 214-944-5865 or paradisodallas.com
6. Hg Sply Co.
Greenville Avenue’s most popular watering hole is on a rooftop serving super cold cocktails and healthy cuisine. Live to eat? Eat to live! Whatever excuse you need to make to get to this patio is worth it. It’s breezy and always guaranteed to ease your mind and fill your belly.
2008 Greenville Avenue; 469-334-0895 or dfweats.com
7. The Rustic
There’s something about spending an afternoon at this Uptown establishment that just makes you feel like a true Texan. Whether it’s the yard games, the live country music, or the extensive beer list, you’d be mistaken not to take visitors from out of town to this place that mixes laid back luxury with all things Lone Star.
3656 Howell Street; 214-730-0596 or therustic.com
8. Smoky Rose
The only thing that can possibly make a fall afternoon at the Dallas Arboretum any more perfect is a post stroll stop across the street at this delicious barbecue joint. The outdoor area is perfect for the entire family and gives groups plenty of space to safely mingle. Now what are you waiting for? Order a frozen lemonade and some jalapeno hushpuppies on the fly!
8602 Garland Road; 469-776-5655 or smokyrose.com
9. Park House
Enjoying this patio provides a perfect view of downtown Dallas coupled with some of the most interesting people watching in the city. The cocktails are ice cold and the music is always on point. The kicker? You need to either be a member or be invited by one to sip in style at this members only social club.
100 Highland Park Village; 214-550-2878 or parkhousedallas.com