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Get cozy on Lower Greenville at Wayward Sons
Get cozy on Lower Greenville at Wayward Sons
Lori Bandi [EDFW]

The Hottest Patios In Dallas, Spring 2016

Where to drink & dine al fresco

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Get cozy on Lower Greenville at Wayward Sons
| Lori Bandi [EDFW]

It’s officially patio season, Dallas. Which, of course, means that it’s time to put on those floppy hats and sunglasses and head out to the city’s best spots to dine (and drink!) in this fabulous spring weather.

But where are the Dallas' hottest patios? You already know about the old standbys and your neighborhood faves, but Spring is the perfect time to branch out and discover more of Dallas' buzziest spots for alfresco dining. Whether you’re searching for a brand new brunch spot or somewhere to enjoy dinner with a breeze, this list of the hottest patios in Dallas is the perfect place to start.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 18th & Vine Barbeque

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4100 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 443-8335
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Bring a date to this classy Maple Ave patio and maybe they’ll forget that you had sauce all over your face after digging into that giant pulled pork sandwich. The constant loop of good jazz tunes only adds to the ambiance.
Kyla Davidson

2. Americano

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1530 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 261-4600
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Dallas doesn’t feel much like Italy, but the closest you’ll get is on Americano’s patio in the middle of Downtown. Sip Campari cocktails and dine on freshly-made pasta while large windows give you the feel of knowing what’s going on inside the restaurant while you’re enjoying the gorgeous Texas spring outdoors.
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3. Braindead Brewing

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2625 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(469) 286-9005
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To fully experience the energy of bustling Deep Ellum, park on the patio at Braindead Brewing on a Saturday. In addition to the excellent suds and even better snacks, you’ll have a front row seat to the neighborhood’s unique (and rapidly-changing) feel.

4. Cibo Divino

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1868 Sylvan Ave Ste D100
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 653-2426
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Inspired by Dean & DeLuca in New York City, this Italian-inspired eatery offers a breezy open-air wine bar with plenty of adjacent seating. Whether you’re coming for a quick pre-dinner glass of wine or a full feast, Cibo Divino fits the bill either way.

5. Hash House A Go Go

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1900 Preston Rd #343
Plano, TX 75093
(972) 867-4646
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Should you find yourself in the suburbs with a craving for dining alfresco, get thee to Hash House A Go Go in Plano. Outside of the fact that you can order burgers the size of your head and bloody marys served with slabs of bacon as a stirrer, the patio here is large and cozy.
Katy Norris/EDFW

6. HG Sply Co

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2008 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 334-0895
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[Photo: HG Sply Co./Facebook]

7. Ida Claire

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In a land of mediocre patios like Addison, Ida Claire’s southern charm sticks out. If you’re planning a special dinner, rent out the Airstream trailer that’s been converted into a charming, shabby-chic dining room. Otherwise, just snag a table on the spacious patio and Instagram that it (while drinking mint juleps) for free. In a land of mediocre patios like Addison, Ida Claire’s southern charm sticks out. If you’re planning a special dinner, rent out the Airstream trailer that’s been converted into a charming, shabby-chic dining room. Otherwise, just snag a table on the spacious patio and Instagram it for free while drinking mint juleps.
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8. Mudhen Meat and Greens

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900 S Harwood St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 698-7000
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After traipsing around the Dallas Farmers Market, plant yourself on one of two gigantic patios at Mudhen for fresh fare and plenty of people-watching. Choose the right seat and you can get a killer view of Chef Suki Otsuki and her team throwing down with fresh veg and pastured meats in the kitchen.
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9. Rapscallion

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2023 Greenville Ave Ste 110
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 291-5660
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Sitting on this patio in the middle of Greenville Ave feels almost electric, as if the energy of the city is all fixated on this one place. The patio here offers an open-air respite from Rapscallion’s frequently-packed dining room along with some of the best people-watching in town. Order a few dozen oysters from the raw bar, and gawk on.
Lori Bandi/EDFW

10. Smoke Restaurant Plano

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2408 Preston Rd
Plano, TX 75093
This patio inspired by the wide open spaces of West Texas, with its strategically placed cactus and xeriscaping, is the perfect setting for digging into Chef Tim Byres’ sophisticated take on smoked meats. It’s cozy (but plenty spacious) and feels like the backyard you wish you could afford to own.
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11. The Rustic

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3656 Howell St
Dallas, TX 75204
The Rustic is more patio than restaurant, which makes it so perfect for Dallas. Stake out your claim on a picnic table and bring a crowd, because there’s plenty of room for you to hang out with just about everyone you know. There's also a brand new menu, meaning that there are plenty of delectable new dishes (like a fried chicken thigh sandwich) to try.

12. Top Knot

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2817 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX
Sitting inside at Top Knot is fine, but being outside is better. Happy hour is the best time to enjoy the patio here – you can take in a killer sunset and the small plates and cocktails are significantly cheaper.
Kathy Tran/EDFW

13. Wayward Sons

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3525 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 828-2888
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This cozy Greenville Ave patio is surrounded by a garden of vegetables and herbs of all kinds, some of which will likely end up in your dinner. Take in this specially-created green space while sipping the restaurant’s equally verdant namesake cocktail. On Sundays, make this patio your brunch stop for seasonally-appropriate dishes and surroundings.
Lori Bandi/EDFW

1. 18th & Vine Barbeque

4100 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
Kyla Davidson
Bring a date to this classy Maple Ave patio and maybe they’ll forget that you had sauce all over your face after digging into that giant pulled pork sandwich. The constant loop of good jazz tunes only adds to the ambiance.
4100 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

2. Americano

1530 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201
Lori Bandi/EDFW
Dallas doesn’t feel much like Italy, but the closest you’ll get is on Americano’s patio in the middle of Downtown. Sip Campari cocktails and dine on freshly-made pasta while large windows give you the feel of knowing what’s going on inside the restaurant while you’re enjoying the gorgeous Texas spring outdoors.
1530 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201

3. Braindead Brewing

2625 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
To fully experience the energy of bustling Deep Ellum, park on the patio at Braindead Brewing on a Saturday. In addition to the excellent suds and even better snacks, you’ll have a front row seat to the neighborhood’s unique (and rapidly-changing) feel.
2625 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

4. Cibo Divino

1868 Sylvan Ave Ste D100, Dallas, TX 75208
Inspired by Dean & DeLuca in New York City, this Italian-inspired eatery offers a breezy open-air wine bar with plenty of adjacent seating. Whether you’re coming for a quick pre-dinner glass of wine or a full feast, Cibo Divino fits the bill either way.
1868 Sylvan Ave Ste D100
Dallas, TX 75208

5. Hash House A Go Go

1900 Preston Rd #343, Plano, TX 75093
Katy Norris/EDFW
Should you find yourself in the suburbs with a craving for dining alfresco, get thee to Hash House A Go Go in Plano. Outside of the fact that you can order burgers the size of your head and bloody marys served with slabs of bacon as a stirrer, the patio here is large and cozy.
1900 Preston Rd #343
Plano, TX 75093

6. HG Sply Co

2008 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
[Photo: HG Sply Co./Facebook]
2008 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

7. Ida Claire

Dallas, TX 75254
Ida Claire/Facebook
In a land of mediocre patios like Addison, Ida Claire’s southern charm sticks out. If you’re planning a special dinner, rent out the Airstream trailer that’s been converted into a charming, shabby-chic dining room. Otherwise, just snag a table on the spacious patio and Instagram that it (while drinking mint juleps) for free. In a land of mediocre patios like Addison, Ida Claire’s southern charm sticks out. If you’re planning a special dinner, rent out the Airstream trailer that’s been converted into a charming, shabby-chic dining room. Otherwise, just snag a table on the spacious patio and Instagram it for free while drinking mint juleps.

8. Mudhen Meat and Greens

900 S Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201
Kathy Tran/EDFW
After traipsing around the Dallas Farmers Market, plant yourself on one of two gigantic patios at Mudhen for fresh fare and plenty of people-watching. Choose the right seat and you can get a killer view of Chef Suki Otsuki and her team throwing down with fresh veg and pastured meats in the kitchen.
900 S Harwood St
Dallas, TX 75201

9. Rapscallion

2023 Greenville Ave Ste 110, Dallas, TX 75206
Lori Bandi/EDFW
Sitting on this patio in the middle of Greenville Ave feels almost electric, as if the energy of the city is all fixated on this one place. The patio here offers an open-air respite from Rapscallion’s frequently-packed dining room along with some of the best people-watching in town. Order a few dozen oysters from the raw bar, and gawk on.
2023 Greenville Ave Ste 110
Dallas, TX 75206

10. Smoke Restaurant Plano

2408 Preston Rd, Plano, TX 75093
Smoke Plano/Facebook
This patio inspired by the wide open spaces of West Texas, with its strategically placed cactus and xeriscaping, is the perfect setting for digging into Chef Tim Byres’ sophisticated take on smoked meats. It’s cozy (but plenty spacious) and feels like the backyard you wish you could afford to own.
2408 Preston Rd
Plano, TX 75093

11. The Rustic

3656 Howell St, Dallas, TX 75204
The Rustic is more patio than restaurant, which makes it so perfect for Dallas. Stake out your claim on a picnic table and bring a crowd, because there’s plenty of room for you to hang out with just about everyone you know. There's also a brand new menu, meaning that there are plenty of delectable new dishes (like a fried chicken thigh sandwich) to try.
3656 Howell St
Dallas, TX 75204

12. Top Knot

2817 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX
Kathy Tran/EDFW
Sitting inside at Top Knot is fine, but being outside is better. Happy hour is the best time to enjoy the patio here – you can take in a killer sunset and the small plates and cocktails are significantly cheaper.
2817 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX

13. Wayward Sons

3525 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Lori Bandi/EDFW
This cozy Greenville Ave patio is surrounded by a garden of vegetables and herbs of all kinds, some of which will likely end up in your dinner. Take in this specially-created green space while sipping the restaurant’s equally verdant namesake cocktail. On Sundays, make this patio your brunch stop for seasonally-appropriate dishes and surroundings.
3525 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

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