18 of Our Favorite Patios Around Town
updated July 2019
Summer means it’s patio season! When the weather is nice and we need some Vitamin D, there’s no better way to get it than to sip a refreshing beverage or enjoying a meal on the patio. Here are some of our favorite places to eat, drink, and people-watch while enjoying the Texas summer sunshine! And if its a rooftop you're seeking, head here!
Mudhen Meat and Greens
Named Dallas’s best farm-to-table restaurant, Mudhen is a great option for those who truly care about what they put in their bodies. Whether you’re a health nut or not, Mudhen will have food and drinks you’ll love! They’re located right by the Dallas Farmers’ Market, and have both indoor seating and two great patios. Our favorite though is the one to the left of the restaurant that is filled with vegetation and flowers so evoking a garden atmosphere!
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Tucked off of Greenville Ave. by Trader Joe’s, Truck Yard Dallas is one of the most unique patios in town with its junkyard-look of recycled cars made into seats and funky metal decor all around. They have a stage for live music, fans and decor galore, food trucks, and it’s dog-friendly! Stop in for a drink and a bite from one of their rotating food trucks, or head inside for one of the best Philly cheesesteaks in town!
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This “iconically Dallas” bar has a newly-redesigned dog-friendly patio that is beautiful! If you thought you knew Chelsea Corner, think again! They seriously did an amazing job making the patio feel like a garden oasis with brick flooring, paths, greenery and white table accents.
Knox | directions
Saint Ann Restaurant and Bar
Nestled in the Harwood District, Saint Ann is the largest garden patio in Dallas. The historic building was a school back in the day, and has since been transformed into a modern environment with a peaceful European atmosphere. We love it for a girls’ night while sipping some rosé, and if we’re lucky, some live music too! You will seriously feel as if you were transported to a park in Paris, especially as the twinkling lights come on, and if you want to feel like you’re even more in Paris, head across the grass to Mercat Bistro for dinner after your glass of wine and charcuterie board!
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Also located in the Harwood District, Dolce Riviera is an Italian Restaurant known for their Aperitivo (happy hour) and their stunning and well-decorated patio. Come in on Thursdays from 4 until 7 pm for happy hour drink specials and complimentary bites. This special is available in the bar, lounge, or in the gardens. Dolce is to Italy as Saint Ann is to France. You will feel as if you were whisked away to the Amalfi Coast (sans ocean.)
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And now for our third Harwood highlight! (Seriously, this District knows how to do their patio bars, which comes at no surprise given the European background of the family who built the neighborhood.) The Grove though doesn’t have the upscale vibe as its sister spots, but instead a more fun, let-loose feel with its hammocks, volleyball courts and pétanque courts. It’s a 100%-outdoor destination with games, snow cones, and bites. Your four-legged friends are welcome as well!
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We couldn’t not put the patio bars of patio bars on this list: The Rustic. With live music every day of the week, it’s hard to say “no” to The Rustic, especially when you have friends and family visiting! You can’t get more Texas in the center of Dallas than the Rustic. Their food is locally-sourced and they have plenty of drinks to choose from. Catch their Jam and Toast Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays - you’ll sit on the expansive patio while all sharing a family-style meal!
cityplace | directions
We like to say it’s the Rustic’s lesser known cousin. The Foundry, located off of Fort Worth Ave in West Dallas, offers a casual spot to enjoy simple drinks, strong pours, draft beers, and live music! And their restaurant, Chicken Scratch, with some of the best fried chicken in town, sits right next door. And for the “Instagrammable” feature? They have a few container bars lining the patio featuring additional outdoor seating!
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Katy Trail Ice House
The other “patio bar of all patio bars,” when we first moved to Dallas, this was the place recommended to us. Ever taken a stroll or a jog along the Katy Trail? If so, you’ve probably noticed the massive patio that is the Katy Trail Ice House! Whether Ice House is your destination or you just need a break from your jog, this is a great Dallas institution to grab a drink, a bite, and soak up some sun. Pets are welcome, too, and even in the winter, it’s great because of the patio fires and blankets at your disposal! Just make sure to get there right when it opens, because on a perfect day, you can expect a line to get in!
uptown | directions
Deep Ellum Brewing Company
For you beer-lovers out there, Deep Ellum Brewing is probably already a favorite. They are located in Deep Ellum, of course, in a super funky spot with garage doors that open up to their patio. Come try one of their many beers while enjoying the weather! They usually have live music on the weekends, along with plenty of games, but make sure to arrive early as the patio fills up!
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Sandbar Cantina is more than just a patio; it’s also home to nine sand volleyball courts and one of the best views of the skyline! Nicknamed “Beach Ellum,” Sandbar Cantina provides an escape from city life where you’ll feel like you’re right on the beach in San Diego or another coastal town with surfer and volleyball-vibes! It’s one of our favorite places to go, and offers an amazing community of dedicated volleyball players if you are too!
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Bryan Street Tavern
Bryan Street Tavern, located in Old East Dallas, is a great spot for pizza, beer, and sports! They’ve always had a great patio, but as of last year, it is also home to BST’s Side Piece -- an additional patio and sand volleyball court! Bring your furry friend with you and enjoy.
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At Henry’s Majestic, the dark, industrial, and moody interior opens up into a huge partially-covered patio with plenty of sunlight. They have two bars, an outdoor fireplace, and describe their atmosphere as “cultured meets southern charm.” Their patio is also dog-friendly, and on Fridays, they usually have a live band playing!
Knox district | directions
If “dog-friendly” just isn’t quite good enough, head to Mutt’s where you’ll find a plethora of dogs prancing around their off-leash dog park! Mutt’s is a restaurant and cantina where you can keep an eye on your pup while sipping a drink or enjoying some food. If this sounds like heaven, be sure to check out their memberships! Day-passes are also available.
cityplace | directions
High Fives is a fun, upbeat spot located on McMillan off of Henderson that gathers quite the crowd on any given weekend night. And while you might first think of them as your “it’s midnight, where should we go out?” spot, they are actually great when it’s a little more quiet and you can enjoy the bar a bit more during the week too! They serve fast, fresh, casual food seven days a week both inside and on their dog-friendly patio - their sandwiches are amazing! And, if you’re free on Tuesdays, stop by to enjoy their all-day happy hour!
henderson | directions
Wheelhouse / Sassetta
Ok, so this is technically two different spots, but we love them because these two completely different concepts share a great patio in the Design District! Wheelhouse is a modern gastropub and Sassetta is a trendy Italian restaurant with one of the most beautiful restaurant designs. But if you don’t want to sit inside, you can enjoy the dual-shaded patio while ordering from either menu.
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Savor is Klyde Warren Park’s signature entirely-glass restaurant, so whether you want to sit out on the actual patio and enjoy the weather, or you want to sit inside, you’ll have a great view of the park, as well as Downtown Dallas. It’s great for an after-work cocktail or refresher after exploring the Arts District - we go for the atmosphere, not the food. Our rec? Maybe stay away from it too…it’s not known for offering the best cuisine, but you can’t beat the view!
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If you want to enjoy a patio, but the sun is NOT your friend, head downtown to Americano, located within The Joule hotel. Americano has great food and a whimsical 1960s vibe, with a fern-lined indoor patio with windows that open to the street. Worried about parking downtown? They have complimentary valet for up to 90 minutes.