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The view from the rooftop patio at HG Sply on Lowest Greenville.
Kathy Tran

12 Delightful Dallas Patios for Eating and Drinking Outside

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The view from the rooftop patio at HG Sply on Lowest Greenville.
| Kathy Tran

Eating outdoors is a Dallas tradition, and there’s really no time of the year when you won’t find diners outside on a patio.

Fortunately, there’s a bevy of excellent Dallas bars and restaurants serving up stellar cocktails and bites perfect for enjoying al fresco. Whether in search of a lazy afternoon or a laid-back brunch destination, these excellent Dallas patios are definitely worth a visit.

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Meridian

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Meridian is making a push to get folks onto the porch with a new happy hour menu. Try the Meridian X-Tudo Burger, with wagyu beef, gruyere cheese, shallot marmalade, and maitake (mushroom) aioli for $17. A selection of wine and cocktails are $9 and oysters are also on offer at $3 each.

Smoky Rose

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Boasting one of the largest patios in East Dallas, Smoky Rose serves up swanky barbecue dishes and a family-friendly vibe. Sample some fried chicken and waffles for brunch or a decadent brisket cheddar melt for lunch with a craft cocktail by the fire pit.

HG Sply Co.

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Between the expansive rooftop patio and the top-notch cocktails, diners would be hard-pressed to find a better warm weather hangout than this Greenville Avenue staple. Try a Double Under, a mix of beet-infused tequila spiked with lime and rosemary syrup, and enjoy the sunset.

The Rustic

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The Rustic offers outdoor dining, drinking and socializing in spades. From nightly concerts to their famous Jam & Toast family-style brunch, The Rustic is a popular spot year-round.

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Toller Patio

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Brightly colored furniture stud the yard in this spot, where the word “patio” is literally part of its name. Expect dog-friendly fun, sports watching, bar food, cocktails on tap, frozen and even in popsicle form, all year round.

Meddlesome Moth

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This classic beer-focused gastropub is now helmed by Executive Chef Joshua Bonee, but the patio is just as chill as ever. Expect new specials and old favorites, craft cocktails and so many beers to choose from.

Dolce Riviera

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Find a romantic spot under the lemon trees at Hardwood’s Dolce Riviera and order up a tricolore salad along with a plate of fresh seafood served Italian style. And don’t forget an Aperol spritz.

Lemon trees add a sense of freshness to the patio at Dolce Riviera. Seats with white and blue cushions rest under them.
Sit under the lemon trees at Dolce Rivieria.
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Dahlia Bar & Bistro

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This courtyard-style patio offers beautiful sights and chill vibes, plus a weekend brunch worth writing home about. Try the waffle board, with chocolate, syrup, strawberries, bacon and more, and of course, waffles.

Yardbird Southern Table and Bar

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Perched at the edge of Klyde Warren Park, Yardbird Southern Table and Bar has a giant wraparound patio and plenty of space to spread out. Brunch tends to get pretty crowded, so get there early and maybe make a reservation to snag a great spot to try their signature award-winning fried chicken, watermelon, and waffles.

The Henry

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The Henry has not one, but two outdoor spaces perfect for people watching while enjoying coffee, breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or cocktails. The main floor patio features an outdoor French bistro vibe with striped umbrellas and white marble tabletops. The rooftop patio is for drinks only on weekends, but the views are stunning and it’s certainly a hot spot.

Jaxon Beer Garden

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Arguably one of the best spots for patio drinks and eats in the middle of downtown opened at the beginning of the pandemic. Jaxon Beer Garden is a sprawling indoor/outdoor space in the AT&T Discovery District featuring an equally large selection of Texan-inspired cuisine, beers, and craft cocktails.

A photo of the seating in Jaxon Beer Garden.
The climate-controlled patio at JAXON
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Paradiso

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Whether for brunch or date night, Paradiso in Bishop Arts has become a magnet for outdoor celebrations. The Mediterranean-style garden party courtyard setting paired with twinkle lights and greenery make it feel like an oasis. Stay on-brand and sip on a Pink Matter, featuring vermouth, rose reduction, gin, and bitters.

Adam Stewart/Paradiso

Meridian

Meridian is making a push to get folks onto the porch with a new happy hour menu. Try the Meridian X-Tudo Burger, with wagyu beef, gruyere cheese, shallot marmalade, and maitake (mushroom) aioli for $17. A selection of wine and cocktails are $9 and oysters are also on offer at $3 each.

Smoky Rose

Boasting one of the largest patios in East Dallas, Smoky Rose serves up swanky barbecue dishes and a family-friendly vibe. Sample some fried chicken and waffles for brunch or a decadent brisket cheddar melt for lunch with a craft cocktail by the fire pit.

HG Sply Co.

Between the expansive rooftop patio and the top-notch cocktails, diners would be hard-pressed to find a better warm weather hangout than this Greenville Avenue staple. Try a Double Under, a mix of beet-infused tequila spiked with lime and rosemary syrup, and enjoy the sunset.

The Rustic

The Rustic offers outdoor dining, drinking and socializing in spades. From nightly concerts to their famous Jam & Toast family-style brunch, The Rustic is a popular spot year-round.

The Rustic
Garrett Hall
Garrett Hall

Toller Patio

Brightly colored furniture stud the yard in this spot, where the word “patio” is literally part of its name. Expect dog-friendly fun, sports watching, bar food, cocktails on tap, frozen and even in popsicle form, all year round.

Meddlesome Moth

This classic beer-focused gastropub is now helmed by Executive Chef Joshua Bonee, but the patio is just as chill as ever. Expect new specials and old favorites, craft cocktails and so many beers to choose from.

Dolce Riviera

Find a romantic spot under the lemon trees at Hardwood’s Dolce Riviera and order up a tricolore salad along with a plate of fresh seafood served Italian style. And don’t forget an Aperol spritz.

Lemon trees add a sense of freshness to the patio at Dolce Riviera. Seats with white and blue cushions rest under them.
Sit under the lemon trees at Dolce Rivieria.
Kathy Tran

Dahlia Bar & Bistro

This courtyard-style patio offers beautiful sights and chill vibes, plus a weekend brunch worth writing home about. Try the waffle board, with chocolate, syrup, strawberries, bacon and more, and of course, waffles.

Yardbird Southern Table and Bar

Perched at the edge of Klyde Warren Park, Yardbird Southern Table and Bar has a giant wraparound patio and plenty of space to spread out. Brunch tends to get pretty crowded, so get there early and maybe make a reservation to snag a great spot to try their signature award-winning fried chicken, watermelon, and waffles.

The Henry

The Henry has not one, but two outdoor spaces perfect for people watching while enjoying coffee, breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or cocktails. The main floor patio features an outdoor French bistro vibe with striped umbrellas and white marble tabletops. The rooftop patio is for drinks only on weekends, but the views are stunning and it’s certainly a hot spot.

Jaxon Beer Garden

Arguably one of the best spots for patio drinks and eats in the middle of downtown opened at the beginning of the pandemic. Jaxon Beer Garden is a sprawling indoor/outdoor space in the AT&T Discovery District featuring an equally large selection of Texan-inspired cuisine, beers, and craft cocktails.

A photo of the seating in Jaxon Beer Garden.
The climate-controlled patio at JAXON
Courtesy of Jaxon Beer Garden

Paradiso

Whether for brunch or date night, Paradiso in Bishop Arts has become a magnet for outdoor celebrations. The Mediterranean-style garden party courtyard setting paired with twinkle lights and greenery make it feel like an oasis. Stay on-brand and sip on a Pink Matter, featuring vermouth, rose reduction, gin, and bitters.

Adam Stewart/Paradiso

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