Top 20 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in the U.S. (during COVID-19)

Top 20 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in the U.S. (during COVID-19)

After a three-months of lockdown, the food-service industry set to resume work again in the U.S. Many restaurants expand outdoor dining once restrictions are lifted, and it looks that many people take advantage of the opportunity to just get out of the house. In many cities, restaurants are allowed to spread out all over sidewalks and streets to create more open-space rooms for comfortable and safe dining. Plus, when the summer rolls around, outdoor or "Al Fresco" dining is what the customers' first choice focuses on. 

Accurately, it was a much-needed boost for the struggling industry. Thus, if you are ready to go back to your ordinary life and enjoy fresh air dining, we have gathered up the best patio dining restaurants all around the U.S.

The operations of many restaurants may be discontinued to control the spread of COVID-19. Contact restaurants to make sure whether they are open before planning your visit.  

1. Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard

819 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70112, United States

The restaurant located in the New Orleans French Quarter introduces the mix of French and Creole cuisine. The restaurant comprises three interior dining spaces: Napoleon, Magnolia, Josephine rooms, and Courtyard. 

Broussard's brags with a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence Winning Wine List. It also was awarded one of the best bars in America, according to Esquire Magazine. If you are looking for a classic experience, Broussard’s is what you need to worth examining.

Menu Highlights: Rosemary & Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin, Gulf Shrimp Étouffée, Mississippi Mud Pie.

2. Grand Banks Oyster Bar

Pier 25 Hudson River Park, New York, NY 10013, United States

A boat docked in the middle of downtown NYC is one of the best seafood restaurants in the US. It's famous for fresh oysters, food like lobster rolls, and specialty cocktails. It's the perfect spot for a sunny afternoon as nothing can beat the ocean view and fresh seafood taste. The restaurant located on Sherman Zwicker, docked at Pier 25, offers only outdoor dining with a view of completely out of this world.

Menu Highlights: Oysters, lobster rolls, Oysters Champagne.

3. The Grove

1611 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77010, United States

The Grove is located just in the middle of the Discovery Green Park in Downtown Houston. The first floor is designed in a bar and dining room. The second floor is a private space with an outdoor bar. The menu consists of more casual dishes such as branded burgers made by the chef/owner Robert Del Grande. If you are looking for tasty food and exciting views, The Grove is the right place to visit in Houston.

Menu Highlights: Steaks, seafood, and rotisserie specialties.

4. Malibu Farm Restaurant & Bar

23000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, United

Featuring fresh juice cocktails and fresh organic local cuisine of Helene Henderson, both the outdoor patio and elegant dining room offers beautiful views of the pier and ocean. Full-service bar featuring squeezed juice cocktails and local beer and wines. Online reservation is available at malibu-farm.com, plus the restaurant is open seven days a week. This restaurant offers a lot of outdoor space; thus, you don't have to worry about social distancing during the pandemic.  

Menu Highlights: Cauliflower crust pizza, Malibu blue nachos, fresh juice cocktails.

5. Picasso

3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, United

Picasso restaurant is an "open-air museum" with a stunning view of the Fountains of Bellagio located in Bellagio Hotel and Casino. The master chef Julian Serrano's designed the menu while being inspired by French and Spanish cuisines, where the greatest painter lived much of his life. The restaurant mainly offers European cuisine, but it also suggests a vegetarian-friendly menu and more than 1,500 selections from the finest European vineyards.

Menu Highlights: Pan Seared U-10 Day Boat Scallop, Roasted Maine Lobster, Halibut.

6. Pier 6

18th St, Charlestown, MA 02129, United States

Pier 6 is located near the USS Constitution (ship) in the Charlestown Navy Yard with the view of the city skyline and Boston Harbor. It has the floor to floor panoramic windows and a stunning outdoor sitting area. The main focus is concentrated on fresh seafood and New England dishes. The best period for fresh air dining is from April to October. If you want to catch a breeze and taste delicious food at the same time, Pier 6 should be included in the list of your favorites.

Menu Highlights: oysters, clams, shrimp, lobster.

7. Talavera

10600 E Crescent Moon Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85262, United States

The restaurant is located in the Sonoran Desert in the state of Arizona. Originally Talavera is a Spanish steakhouse inspired by traditional Latin cuisine. There is an exciting view of the wild desert from both the veranda and the dining room. The restaurant offers more than 500 selections of old wins and cocktails. The interior of the restaurant has been renewed in relatively recent times, but it still keeps the color of rustic vibration.

Menu Highlights: Paella, dry-aged steak, jamón ibérico, fresh seafood.

8. La Mar by Gaston Acurio

500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL 33131, United States

La Mar by Gastón Acurio is a restaurant inspired by Peruvian gastronomy. It mainly offers traditional seafood and specialty cocktails. The restaurant has been founded at the Five-Star city resort in Miami by famous chef Gastón Acurio. You can admire stunning views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. The restaurant offers refreshing cocktails and signature desserts available to order between 12 pm and 3:30 pm.

Menu Highlights: Peruvian, Latin, Seafood, South American

9. Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge

72-100 Kaupulehu Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, United States

 

ULU Ocean Grill & Sushi Lounge is one of the best restaurants in Hawaii. In 2016 it was included in the list of 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America. Originally, it’s a fish and seafood restaurant located at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. The cuisine mainly offers oven-roasted, flame-grilled, and wok-fried dishes with a wide range of wine selections. Tasty food and a breathtaking view of the Pacific will make your day into an unbelievable Hawaiian miracle.

Menu Highlights: Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Soups, Hawaiian.

10. River Roast

315 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60654, United States

River Roast is located on the Chicago River; it charms with beautiful views of the waterfront and Downtown Chicago. Inspired by English culture and traditional roasting techniques, the restaurant is designed as an American tavern with a wide range of roast recipes. Here you also can taste some local beers and wines while handing out outdoors during hot summers. Plus, the restaurant offers Chicago Blues on weekends from 12 pm to 3 pm.

Menu Highlights: Carrots & Dirt, Shrimp Ceviche, Pork Meatballs.

11. Beach House Restaurant

5022 Lawai Rd, Koloa, HI 96756, United States

The oceanfront location of the restaurant makes it one of the most romantic and iconic places in the world. If you are looking for unbelievable dining practice, the Beach House Restaurant offers open-air space with spectacular views. The Beach House Restaurant serves Pacific Rim style cuisine influenced by the Asian traditional kitchen. Honolulu Magazine awarded the restaurant as the best place to dine in the Hawaiian Islands.

Menu Highlights: Macadamia Nut Butter Fresh Hawaiian Catch, Thai Inspired Snow Crab Cakes, Seafood Corn Chowder.

12. Russian River Vineyards

5700 California N 116, Forestville, CA 95436, United States

Russian River Vineyards, previously known as Corks, located in Forestville, is a sort of culinary garden. The restaurant has been modified into a garden-style since 2014. It offers New American fare with indoor and outdoor spaces. Russian River Vineyards is one of the oldest wineries in the region. Vinery suggests live music every Friday and at the weekends. If you want to feel closer to nature and enjoy Storied Wines at the same time, Russian River Vineyards can be your best choice.

Menu Highlights: Kayta's Big Hand Salad, Smoked Turkey & Havarti Sandwich, Gio's Burger.

13. Poseidon Del Mar Restaurant

1670 Coast Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014, United States

 

The Poseidon Restaurant located in Del Mar offers Southern Californian cuisine, mixed with fascinating views of the beach and the ocean. If you are planning to dine in an open-air patio with a beautiful ocean view, the Poseidon Restaurant offers full services not only for locals but also for tourists that like dining under the open sky just near to the beach.

Menu Highlights: Seafood, Kobe Beef Sliders, Ahi Tacos.

14. Marché Bacchus

2620 Regatta Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89128, United States

Marché Bacchus offers French cuisine with a wide variety of seafood and meats accompanied by Lake Jacqueline's beautiful view. The restaurant is located in one of the stunning locations in Las Vegas - Desert Shores. Before dining, you are highly recommended to attend the wine shop and get some of the 950 labels that you can enjoy in the restaurant for a $10 corkage fee. Make a visit on Saturday from 11:30 am to 1 pm and participate in a wine degustation.

Menu Highlights: Torchon of Foie Gras, French Onion Soup, Smoked Pulled Pork Benedict.

15. Veranda Fireside Lounge and Restaurant

17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr, San Diego, CA 92128, United States

Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant serves a mix of California and Mediterranean cuisines featuring fresh herbs directly from their garden. Add a beautiful overlook of the golf course, and you have all reasons to stay here all day long. The restaurant's most important features are hangouts in sitting areas around the fire pit with signature cocktails, craft beer, and live music.

Menu Highlights: Seared Diver Scallops, Tuna Tartare, Atlantic Salmon.

16. El Chorro

5550 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253, United States

El Chorro is located near Camelback & Mummy Mountains in Phoenix, AZ. The restaurant offers Southwestern-inspired cuisine featuring organic and fresh ingredients right outside the kitchen. You can practice Phoenix traditional kitchen exactly here accompanied by drinks and live music. El Chorro is the one and only restaurant in the state of Arizona that received the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Gold Certification.

Menu Highlights: Crème Brulee French Toast, Flash-Fried Lobster Tail, Roasted Fennel & Butternut Squash Soup.

17. Sunset Terrace

290 Macon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804, United States

Sunset Terrace is a classic American cuisine restaurant situated on the backside of the Main Inn with a mind-blowing view of Blue Ridge Mountains. The restaurant partners with many local farmers and endeavors to provide its customers with an unbelievable dining practice in Asheville. Sunset Terrace received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence ten times; the latest one was in 2019.

Menu Highlights: Hand-cut steaks, premiere chops, fresh seafood.

18. Frida's Beach House

1287 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761, United States

Frida's Mexican Beach House, located right near to the ocean, offers traditional Mexican Cuisine & seafood. The restaurant was founded in 1985 by Chef Mark and Judy. The restaurant menu is inspired by Latin experience and includes almost all applicable dishes such as Shrimp Mojo, Fresh Fish tacos, Ahi Aguachile, etc. Plus, there is a wonderful Mezcal Bar with a great variety of Tequilas and Mexican beers. 

Menu Highlights: Grilled Spanish Octopus, Fresh Fish Veracruz, Rib Eye Mojo De Ajo.

19. Passerelle Bistro

601 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601, United States

Passerelle Bistro, based near the Liberty Bridge in downtown Greenville is a French-inspired chophouse suggesting a 7-day dinner plan and brunch on weekends. The unique location of the restaurant overlooks sumptuous Falls Park. The restaurant offers a great variety of dining packages, birthday celebrations, corporate meetings, etc. There are 40 seats inside, 20 seats in outdoor facilities, and over 100 cocktail style seats.

Menu Highlights: Mussels Passerelle, Ratatouille, and Steak & Frites

20. Cannonball

3105 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA 92109, United States

 

Cannonball is an Asian rooftop restaurant near Mission Beach that specializes mainly in seafood, especially sushi, crabs, oysters, etc. If you want to get a Pacific Rim-inspired California cuisine experience, you definitely need to visit this restaurant with the largest ocean rooftop in San Diego. The outdoor sitting area creates a pool-like zone, but without any splashes.

Menu Highlights: Seafood, Miso Soup, Calamari.


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