Restaurant patios in the Phoenix area are a hot commodity these days. They are literally hot, of course, because it is the summer. But they are also in demand in a world where sitting inside with a bunch of strangers is a lot less appealing than it was six months ago. Here are 12 airy patios in the Valley we highly recommend.
Blue Clover Distillery7042 East Indian School Road, Scottsdale
Blue Clover Distillery recently unveiled its updated patio and along with it a new menu that includes create-your-own pizza and salad options. Grab a table and take advantage of the indoor-outdoor bar, misters, and views of the shops along Marshall Way in Old Town Scottsdale.
Chelsea's Kitchen5040 North 40th Street
Chelsea's Kitchen is an adobe brick building turned roadhouse restaurant that has one of the best patios in town. During the day: plenty of shade. At night: lovely lights strung overhead. Feast al fresco on salads, tacos, and the famous green chile cornbread.
El Encanto6248 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek
Heading out to Cave Creek is a great way to get away from the city — and that's especially true at El Encanto. This Mexican cantina offers a spacious courtyard with lush vegetation, a duck and turtle pond, and seating on its covered patio. It's an ideal setting for a casual margarita with some chips and guacamole, but also for entrees like the pollo fundido, enchiladas vegetariana, and carne asada tacos.
North Italia4925 North 40th Street
Meeting family members flying in from New York? Need a nearby patio to keep things light and airy, all while offering contemporary Italian dishes and good wine? The Arcadia location of North Italia has a completely covered patio, meaning you won’t get stuck with the sunny seat. In cooler time, heaters and a fireplace are nearby. Order out the Cacio e Pepe Pizza and a Sicilian Margarita and you’ll be more than set.
Ocotillo Restaurant3243 North Third Street
Ocotillo displays desert flora with modern architecture as a backdrop. Outdoor options here include the Chef’s Ramada, the Third Street Patio, Lucy’s Lawn, the Sidecar Cocktail Lounge, and simply the beer garden. Misters are activated during the hot months. The Southwestern menu lists small, shareable plates, popular entrees like the mesquite-grilled Ocotillo chicken, and signature cocktails.
O.H.S.O. Eatery & nano-Brewery4900 East Indian School Road
O.H.S.O. is known for its dog- and bike-friendly atmosphere and its industrial-themed outdoor patio. Backdropped by the Arizona Canal Trail, the courtyard is packed with covered and uncovered seating, umbrellas, lights, and heaters during the chillier months. Choose from more than 40 craft brews, order an AZ Burger, and yes, those are floor fans in the bicycle wheels.
The patios at Postino are ideal for after-work drinks, solo brunch (just you and your podcast), or a quick glass of wine while out walking the dog. Most locations are equipped with plush couches, low tables, and outdoor booths. Order a pitcher and some bruschetta, grilled cheese, or a panini — all menu favorites found on each menu. There's usually music and there tends to be good people-watching, too.
Red's Bar & Grill451 North Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park
This onsite eatery at The Wigwam in the west Valley is named after a golf pro and was designed to be course-adjacent. As a result, the patio at Red's Bar & Grill is spectacular, with its multiple red umbrellas, twinkle lights, and views of the green. The outdoor resort restaurant offers burgers, salads, appetizers, and high-end bar food, as well as draft beers, by-the-glass-wine, and cocktails.
The Sicilian ButcherMultiple Locations
The Sicilian Butcher has an expansive patio area that can accommodate large parties and social distancing at the same time. The Chandler location offers a more modern, chic restaurant setting, while the original Phoenix spot has more of a backyard beer garden feel. Bars are also housed outside, making it convenient to order drinks to pair with your hand-rolled meatballs, pasta dishes, and Sicilian-style charcuterie boards.
Talavera10600 East Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale
Talavera at Four Seasons Scottsdale is a prime spot for mountain gazing — especially for majestic views of Pinnacle Peak. It may go without saying, but the best time to dine here is at sunset. Talavera is an upscale Spanish restaurant, so expect steak, seafood, famous paella, and craft cocktails on the menu. For lighter fare, try the spiced lamb meatballs, ahi tuna, or grilled oysters.
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T.Cook's5200 East Camelback Road
Diners can take in eyefuls of Camelback Mountain while sitting on the patio at T.Cooks. The outdoor atmosphere here at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa feels private and meant for a special occasion. Patrons may choose from fireplace or fountain-side seating, then decide between the scallops, steak, or Moroccan Marinated Lamb.
Zinqué4712 North Goldwater Boulevard, #110, Scottsdale
No one's getting to France this year, but at least Zinqué offers an outdoor patio with lounge seating and a bistro atmosphere. Guests usually opt to sit beneath the 30-foot-tall, 22-year-old oak tree — automatic shade. For early risers, a freshly baked pastry and hot coffee may be in order. For those hoping to linger later, order out a cheese plate, steak frites, and plenty of vin.
Editor’s note: This article was updated from its original version. See what Valley restaurants are offering takeout, delivery, and dine-in services with our Phoenix Restaurant Directory.