Now that it’s patio season in Phoenix (a k a double-digit temps, finally!), here are 13 great places to enjoy the Valley’s wonderful weather with a drink in your hand and top-notch food on your plate.
Cozy up fireside at Lon’s to experience one of the most beautiful alfresco dining spaces in the Valley. Outside of its beauty, Lon’s also dishes up memorable eats using the region’s freshest ingredients, making it a favorite of those celebrating a special occasion. Lon’s Last Drop Bar next door is a more casual counterpart yet just as dreamy. (Don’t snooze on Lon’s brunch menu!)
Pull up a picnic table at this longtime family-friendly favorite in Gilbert. Joe’s Farm Grill is known for its no-frills, farm-fresh menu (hello, burgers and milkshakes) and expansive outdoor dining space.
This super-cozy 1920’s bungalow in Tempe is a favorite for date night, thanks to a romantic open-air space that is complete with twinkle lights, a fire pit and gorgeous flora and fauna. House of Tricks’ New American fare is just as impressive as its pretty patio.
El Chorro is a historic landmark that has hosted special meals for generations of locals. Its large patio–accented with water features–is an especially popular spot to dig into El Chorro’s famous sticky buns.
One of the newer restaurants on this list, Zinqué near Scottsdale Fashion Square is a celebrity favorite at its West Hollywood outpost (the Kardashians and Justin Bieber are fans). Locally, it offers a super-chic, clean-lined patio for savoring charcuterie, flatbread and spritzes.
The backyard-house-party feel at The Vig at McDowell Mountain is a big reason it has become one of North Scottsdale’s favorite places. Happy hour, late night, brunch on the weekends…the patio at The Vig is always busy. Comfortable seating, lawn games and a separate bar area make it easy to spend a few hours there.
Puppies! Although many of the patios on this list are pet-friendly, few are quite as friendly as O.H.S.O. in Paradise Valley. O.H.S.O. during Saturday and Sunday brunch is where all the cool pups go to be pet, and dog moms and dads go to get an ice-cold beer.
The only place on this list where you’ll literally break a sweat from playing table tennis before digging into the soft pretzel fondue. The Yard at Culinary Dropout in Central Phoenix has one of the largest patios in the area. There is also cornhole and foosball in case chasing down errant ping-pong balls isn’t your thing.
When you need a break from two-stepping the night away, the patio at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in Downtown Gilbert has plenty of space to let you cool off. There’s also lawn games so if you have two left feet, you can still enjoy the music and party country-style.
Witnessing a sunset on the patio at Isabella’s Kitchen off Grayhawk Golf Course is a spiritual event. The setting, the atmosphere and the colors all conspire to produce one of the best views in Arizona.
We’re giving you value with this selection, with three different dining options. For breakfast, eating at Morning Glory Cafe is as peaceful a way to start your day as there is. The Farm Kitchen was the first restaurant on site and still a local favorite. Sandwiches and salads are best enjoyed picnic-style on the property. Finally, Quiessence brings refinement to farm-to-table dining. The tranquil setting will only add to the evening.
One of the more unique patios in the area, The Perch is home to dozens of tropical rescue birds. In addition to the courtyard, there is a rooftop bar that overlooks Downtown Chandler that opens at 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
A mix of old-school Wigwam swank and modern-day sports bar, Red’s Bar and Grill is a great escape when hanging out in the West Valley. Now that the patio pet-friendly, you know it vaults them up a few spots in our hearts.
—Melissa Larsen and Tony Pontecorvo