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Sunshine and cool breezes on the patio at new CrushCraft Thai.
Sunshine and cool breezes on the patio at new CrushCraft Thai.
Photo: Garrett Hall/EDFW

The Best New Patios For Dining (and Drinking) Al Fresco

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Sunshine and cool breezes on the patio at new CrushCraft Thai.
| Photo: Garrett Hall/EDFW

Wasn't it just last week that we were all huddled around our fireplaces cursing Old Man Winter? The current 70 and sunny conditions make that whole polar vortex thing seem like a distant memory, and it's obviously the perfect time for a little al fresco drinking and dining. Everyone knows patio stalwarts like Ozona, Capitol Pub and Goodfriend, but here are 13 newer patio options perfect for right this second.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cane Rosso White Rock

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7328 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75214
(214) 660-3644
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Cane Rosso White Rock's patio is pretty epic -- so long as you can tolerate the presence of children, of which there will most likely be many. With that in mind, a Delia pie and a pitcher of sangria make this a great spot to hunker down for a family-friendly Sunday Funday.

2. Casa Rubia

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3011 Gulden Ln #116
Dallas, TX 75212
(469) 513-6349
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The Trinity Groves patio scene is definitely the place to be this spring. Perfectly shareable cheese and charcuterie plates paired with one of the many sherry options and views of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge? Perfection.

3. Crushcraft Thai Street Eats

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2800 Routh St Ste 150
Dallas, TX 75201
(469) 471-4446
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This fast-casual Thai spot is breathing new life into the Quadrangle's patio scene. Fresh, flavorful dishes like papaya salad or laap isaan lettuce cups pair perfectly with a Thai (or local) beer. Hit up the chili station to bring your dish up to the perfect level of mouth-searing spice.

4. Gemma

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2323 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 370-9426
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Henderson Avenue is always a great choice for people-watching. Grab a cozy patio table at this new hot spot and order up some snacks like fried olives or beef tartare, perfect with a glass of rosé or one of the several wines on tap.

5. LUCK

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3011 Gulden Ln Ste 112
Dallas, TX 75212
(469) 250-0679
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If local craft beer is your tipple of choice, a picnic table outside at this laid-back Trinity Groves spot is right where you want to be. Meat and cabbage-stuffed pastries called bierocks make for a great snack paired with your suds of choice, and yes, you can even bring your dog.

6. Mesero Miguel

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2822 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 891-6426
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When the weather is nice -- you know, like right now? -- Mico Rodriguez's latest venture swings the doors wide open to blur the line between the dining room and the beautiful patio that's sheltered from the Henderson traffic. A frozen Micorita and some chips and guac or spinach and hearts of palm queso make the perfect snack to linger over.

7. Monkey King Noodle Company

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3014 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(469) 206-3658
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What Deep Ellum's favorite noodle shop lacks in service (it's just a walk-up window), it more than makes up for with killer soup dumplings and spicy beef noodle soup. Grab your order and head up to the rooftop patio; the BYOB policy makes it an extra-affordable lunch or dinner option (Spirits liquor store on Canton Street has plenty of local craft beers to choose from).

8. Mot Hai Ba

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6047 Lewis St
Dallas, TX 75206
(972) 638-7468
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The intimate patio (which is now covered) at Lakewood's Vietnamese jewel is perfect for a laid-back pho lunch or a light dinner of frog's legs and banana flower salad. Cool breezes make lingering over freshly fried donut holes and another beer oh-so-appealing.

9. Nora

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1928 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 828-0095
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The rooftop patio addition at this exotic Lower Greenville destination is gorgeous, even if the night is tending toward a bit chilly (just sit closer to the fire pit). Cushy chairs and its own full bar make it a great place to take in the view of the buzzing Avenue while noshing on meaty mandoo dumplings and a rose-cardamom martini or two.

10. Pier247

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247 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 948-3232
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Grab one of the aqua benches outside at this new seafood-centric spot in the Cliff from Bar 303 owner Cecilia Lopez and order up a round of drinks (frozen Hurricanes, anyone?). It's hard to go wrong with fried seafood baskets, but there's also breezier fare like seared cod with lemon butter or shareable shrimp salad with crostini.

11. Qariah

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1811 Greenville Ave, #145
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 826-4444
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For a chill evening with friends, it's hard to argue with the expansive patio at this vibrant Lebanese spot: Cushy chairs, hummus served with warm puffy pita bread that's perfect for sharing, hookahs to puff away on and a very welcome BYOB policy.

12. Savor

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2000 Woodall Rogers Fwy
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 306-5597
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Take in the urban oasis that is Klyde Warren Park while cozying up on one of the sleek-yet-cushy patio booths. Pair the excellent cocktails like the Rosemary Mule or one of many wines from the keg wall with light bites like cheesy lobster puffs and perfectly miniaturized desserts.

13. Toko V / Village Kitchen

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(214) 522-6035
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The outdoor seating at either Village Kitchen (downstairs) or Toko V (upstairs) makes a perfect perch from which to watch all the Lambos that roll through the valet line at ritzy Highland Park Village. Keep it light with sushi and sashimi, or indulge with Pecan Lodge brisket flatbread and a Fruity Pebbles milkshake.

1. Cane Rosso White Rock

7328 Gaston Ave, Dallas, TX 75214
Cane Rosso White Rock's patio is pretty epic -- so long as you can tolerate the presence of children, of which there will most likely be many. With that in mind, a Delia pie and a pitcher of sangria make this a great spot to hunker down for a family-friendly Sunday Funday.
7328 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75214

2. Casa Rubia

3011 Gulden Ln #116, Dallas, TX 75212
The Trinity Groves patio scene is definitely the place to be this spring. Perfectly shareable cheese and charcuterie plates paired with one of the many sherry options and views of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge? Perfection.
3011 Gulden Ln #116
Dallas, TX 75212

3. Crushcraft Thai Street Eats

2800 Routh St Ste 150, Dallas, TX 75201
This fast-casual Thai spot is breathing new life into the Quadrangle's patio scene. Fresh, flavorful dishes like papaya salad or laap isaan lettuce cups pair perfectly with a Thai (or local) beer. Hit up the chili station to bring your dish up to the perfect level of mouth-searing spice.
2800 Routh St Ste 150
Dallas, TX 75201

4. Gemma

2323 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Henderson Avenue is always a great choice for people-watching. Grab a cozy patio table at this new hot spot and order up some snacks like fried olives or beef tartare, perfect with a glass of rosé or one of the several wines on tap.
2323 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

5. LUCK

3011 Gulden Ln Ste 112, Dallas, TX 75212
If local craft beer is your tipple of choice, a picnic table outside at this laid-back Trinity Groves spot is right where you want to be. Meat and cabbage-stuffed pastries called bierocks make for a great snack paired with your suds of choice, and yes, you can even bring your dog.
3011 Gulden Ln Ste 112
Dallas, TX 75212

6. Mesero Miguel

2822 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
When the weather is nice -- you know, like right now? -- Mico Rodriguez's latest venture swings the doors wide open to blur the line between the dining room and the beautiful patio that's sheltered from the Henderson traffic. A frozen Micorita and some chips and guac or spinach and hearts of palm queso make the perfect snack to linger over.
2822 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

7. Monkey King Noodle Company

3014 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
What Deep Ellum's favorite noodle shop lacks in service (it's just a walk-up window), it more than makes up for with killer soup dumplings and spicy beef noodle soup. Grab your order and head up to the rooftop patio; the BYOB policy makes it an extra-affordable lunch or dinner option (Spirits liquor store on Canton Street has plenty of local craft beers to choose from).
3014 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

8. Mot Hai Ba

6047 Lewis St, Dallas, TX 75206
The intimate patio (which is now covered) at Lakewood's Vietnamese jewel is perfect for a laid-back pho lunch or a light dinner of frog's legs and banana flower salad. Cool breezes make lingering over freshly fried donut holes and another beer oh-so-appealing.
6047 Lewis St
Dallas, TX 75206

9. Nora

1928 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
The rooftop patio addition at this exotic Lower Greenville destination is gorgeous, even if the night is tending toward a bit chilly (just sit closer to the fire pit). Cushy chairs and its own full bar make it a great place to take in the view of the buzzing Avenue while noshing on meaty mandoo dumplings and a rose-cardamom martini or two.
1928 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

10. Pier247

247 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208
Grab one of the aqua benches outside at this new seafood-centric spot in the Cliff from Bar 303 owner Cecilia Lopez and order up a round of drinks (frozen Hurricanes, anyone?). It's hard to go wrong with fried seafood baskets, but there's also breezier fare like seared cod with lemon butter or shareable shrimp salad with crostini.
247 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208

11. Qariah

1811 Greenville Ave, #145, Dallas, TX 75206
For a chill evening with friends, it's hard to argue with the expansive patio at this vibrant Lebanese spot: Cushy chairs, hummus served with warm puffy pita bread that's perfect for sharing, hookahs to puff away on and a very welcome BYOB policy.
1811 Greenville Ave, #145
Dallas, TX 75206

12. Savor

2000 Woodall Rogers Fwy, Dallas, TX 75201
Take in the urban oasis that is Klyde Warren Park while cozying up on one of the sleek-yet-cushy patio booths. Pair the excellent cocktails like the Rosemary Mule or one of many wines from the keg wall with light bites like cheesy lobster puffs and perfectly miniaturized desserts.
2000 Woodall Rogers Fwy
Dallas, TX 75201

13. Toko V / Village Kitchen

Highland Park, TX
The outdoor seating at either Village Kitchen (downstairs) or Toko V (upstairs) makes a perfect perch from which to watch all the Lambos that roll through the valet line at ritzy Highland Park Village. Keep it light with sushi and sashimi, or indulge with Pecan Lodge brisket flatbread and a Fruity Pebbles milkshake.

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