10 Best Restaurant Patios for Outdoor Dining in Metro Phoenix

Patrons at Lon's can enjoy live music, Camelback Mountain views and a beautiful fountain here.EXPAND
Patrons at Lon's can enjoy live music, Camelback Mountain views and a beautiful fountain here.
Teresa Traverse

One of the true perks of living in Phoenix is the option to enjoy alfresco dining when the rest of the country is hunkering down for the winter freeze. And thanks to our Valley's enviable winter weather, Phoenix restaurants feature some top-notch patios. Want a stunning mountain view that’s just minutes from town? You’ve got it. Want to admire downtown's tall buildings while you nosh on wood-fired pizzas? You can do that, too.  

From a backyard party to an elegant setting in the mountains, you’ll enjoy great food and equally great views at these patios around metro Phoenix. 

Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn

The entire patio at Lon’s — named after artist Lon Megargee, an artist and former Hermosa Inn manager — is stunning from each and every angle. Upon entering, you’ll see a fountain, trees, tables, and maybe even see a musician performing. And when you head in deeper and you’ll find beautiful views of Camelback Mountain and a cozy fireplace. Then there’s the food. Expect modern American entrées such as wood-fired Maine lobster, crème fraiche mashed potatoes, and truffle mac n’ cheese. Many of the ingredients on your plate, like basil and peppermint, were plucked from the Inn’s on-site garden. You’ll want to consider pairing your meal with something from the restaurant’s award-winning wine list or one of the spot’s specialty cocktails from The Last Drop Bar. 

T. Cook’s

Originally constructed in the 1920s as a private getaway, the The Royal Palms Resort drips with Old World charm. The hotel's iconic T. Cook restaurant offers two patios and a courtyard with a fountain surrounded by tables filled with chatting patrons. (You’ll want arrive early to snag a seat.) The other patio features fireplaces and impressive views of Camelback Mountain and is surrounded by citrus trees. No matter which outdoor dining space you choose, you’ll be in for a fine-dining experience in a photo-worthy setting. And the food here is as upscale as the hotel. Try the New York strip steak or Maine lobster carbonara if you're looking for something luxe. 

The House Brasserie

The House Brassiere may be just a few steps from bustling Old Town Scottsdale, but the restaurant's patio feels worlds away. Chef Matt Carter’s dining spot is set in a 1920s bungalow, and the stunning patio features charming, storybook details like a white-picket fence and a brick fireplace. It’s not hard to see why this patio is consistently named one of the most romantic in the Valley. Its like a secret garden, tucked away in its own little space. Dine in the evening and watch as the sun sets and the patio’s strung-up white lights start to twinkle. It'll be impossible not to get lost in the romantic atmosphere. As far as the food, the menu features an eclectic mix of internationally inspired small plates and entrées. 

The Windsor's patio features a fireplace, succulents, and a secluded place to hang.EXPAND
The Windsor's patio features a fireplace, succulents, and a secluded place to hang.
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Windsor

Windsor’s patio is right off Central Avenue, and from the outside, you’d never even know it’s there. But this somewhat hidden spot is definitely worth checking out. Named after the historic Phoenix neighborhood in which the restaurant resides, expect funky details like a wall covered entirely in cassette tapes. The shaded patio features succulents and other desert flora in pretty pots as focal points. And although there aren't any views, the best part about Windsor’s patio is its all-inclusive and laid-back vibe. Families, dog owners, couples, and large groups will feel at home under the shade. You can opt for a seat next to the bar for some liveliness or at the long communal table if you’ve got kids in tow. The menu reflects the easygoing vibe, and comfort food reigns supreme. 

O.H.S.O's patio provides a lively outdoor, dog-friendly atmosphere where customers can enjoy craft beer.EXPAND
O.H.S.O's patio provides a lively outdoor, dog-friendly atmosphere where customers can enjoy craft beer.
Teresa Traverse

O.H.S.O. 

O.H.S.O.’s patio screams fun. From the mountain views to the bicycle décor, this wooden patio with a bar at its center pretty much guarantees you're going to have a good time. All the sun at this mostly un-shaded outdoor space will probably make you thirsty, and you’ll want to reach for one of the many craft beers on tap to quench the craving. Pair your suds with traditional brewery food like a pretzel board, tacos, flatbreads, and burgers. Budget-conscience? Hit up happy hour, during which you can enjoy $3 small bites or a 32-ounce pitcher of beer for just $6. Oh, and the animal-indifferent should be warned: O.H.S.O.'s back patio is dog-friendly, and you’ll almost always find plenty of pooches (some of them even sitting on bar stools) outside. The bar also offers dog-owner perks such as free treats, water bowls, and leash clips on every booth. 

Diners at Tempe's House of Tricks enjoy a shaded patio complete with a garden and goldfish-filled pond.EXPAND
Diners at Tempe's House of Tricks enjoy a shaded patio complete with a garden and goldfish-filled pond.
Teresa Traverse

House of Tricks

Just steps off of Arizona State University's campus lies a really great patio that’s just hidden enough. House of Tricks caters to parents, faculty, couples, or just students with some extra cash who want an upscale, but still casual, vibe without having to venture too far from Mill Avenue. And the romantic atmosphere here is no accident. Husband-and-wife owners Robert and Robin Trick met at Tempe’s bygone Bandersnatch Pub and wanted to open a fine-dining spot. Since real estate on Mill Avenue was too pricy, the two refurbished an older house and opened in 1987. Since then, they’ve added another house to their business and a stunning shaded brick patio in between the two buildings. There’s plenty to love about the patio, including a goldfish-filled pond and the fact that Robert’s mother, Mary Trick, maintains the garden. 

Enjoy wood-fired pizzas and downtown views at Cibo.EXPAND
Enjoy wood-fired pizzas and downtown views at Cibo.
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Cibo

If you were just walking by Cibo, you’d probably assume the pizzeria was someone’s house. But take a closer look and you'll realize you've found a well-loved dinner spot with killer downtown views. The restaurant is housed in a charming 1930s bungalow that serves Italian fare including signature wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, salads, and saltimbocca bread. And the patio provides many different places for you to enjoy the food and drinks. Gather around the fire pit with a view of the Phoenix skyline or head to a more secluded, shaded spot if you’re looking for some privacy. Our favorite perk? The patio is mostly shaded so you can dine outside here even when it’s hot. If you’re looking to save cash, head here from 3 to 6 p.m. during the week for happy hour. You can get small plates for $6 or less and glasses of wine for $4 or less.

Talavera supplies breathtaking views of Pinnacle Peak in North Scottsdale.EXPAND
Talavera supplies breathtaking views of Pinnacle Peak in North Scottsdale.
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Talavera

If a Hollywood movie director wanted to capture the beauty of the desert in an upscale setting, he or she might choose to shoot at the Four Seasons Resort's Talavera. The views of Pinnacle Peak from this restaurant and bar are majestic. Plus it’s far enough away that it feels out of town — even though you’re just minutes from North Scottsdale. Think of it as your own desert hideaway. Steak and seafood dominate the menu. Go all out and order the 20-ounce prime bone-in rib eye — at $54, it’s more than two dollars per ounce — or try lighter fare, like the ahi tuna tartare, served with pineapple and pine nuts. If you want to enjoy the view without putting a serious dent in your bank account, you can do dessert or drinks at the restaurant's bar. Sit by the fireplace when it’s cool outside or sit right by the edge of the deck if you want to take it all in. 

The patio at Chelsea's Kitchen offers views of the water, an outdoor bar, and a roaring fireplace that make for a charming, cozy setting.EXPAND
The patio at Chelsea's Kitchen offers views of the water, an outdoor bar, and a roaring fireplace that make for a charming, cozy setting.
Teresa Traverse

Chelsea’s Kitchen

Chelsea’s Kitchen provides Phoenix with waterside dining — yes, you can have that experience in the middle of the desert if you count the canal as "waterside" — that feels intimate, despite being just off Camelback Road. This secluded (and often packed) patio features an open bar, high and low tables, lights string up from the ceiling and even a fireplace. It's a downright enchanting. Evening crowds make it feel lively, like the place you’ll want to be seen. Larger groups and couples alike gather here to enjoy familiar, but never boring menu items including burgers, salads, short ribs, and tacos. Fresh, all-natural gelato from nearby Grateful Spoon Gelato and classic options like red velvet cake complete the dessert menu.

The Welcome Diner supplies a fun outdoor atmosphere on Roosevelt.EXPAND
The Welcome Diner supplies a fun outdoor atmosphere on Roosevelt.
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Welcome Diner

Roosevelt Row’s best patio easily belongs to Welcome Diner. The mishmash of bar stools, tables, and chairs almost feels like someone’s backyard — a yard that was furnished after hitting a thrift shop. And that's really the whole point. The patio is designed to feel like a hip neighborhood spot where you sip on one of Welcome's signature cocktails and dig into Southern comfort food as you hang out with your buds. The backstory behind the restaurant’s setting is almost as cool as the restaurant itself: It's a former diner circa the 1940s that was brought to Winslow, Arizona, all the way from Wichita, Kansas. It was moved to Phoenix in 2002 and has been a landmark ever since. This place is open until 2 a.m. every night except Mondays, making it ideal for a late night out. 

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Lon's at the Hermosa

5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd.
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602-955-7878

www.hermosainn.com/lons

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5040 N. 40th St.
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602-957-2555

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Cibo Urban Wine Cafe & Pizzeria

603 N. Fifth Ave.
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602-441-2697

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House of Tricks
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O.H.S.O. Eatery & NanoBrewery

4900 E. Indian School Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85018

602-955-0358

www.ohsobrewery.com

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O.H.S.O.

15681 N. Hayden Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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Talavera

10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85262-8342

480-515-5700

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T. Cook's

5200 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85018

602-808-0766

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Windsor

5223 N. Central Ave.
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602-279-1111

www.windsoraz.com

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The House Brasserie

6936 E. Main St.
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480-634-1600

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