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The patio at Westward has some of the best views in Seattle.
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Seattle Restaurants with Great Patios for Outdoor Dining

Enjoy the rest of the summer while eating al fresco

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The patio at Westward has some of the best views in Seattle.
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During the pandemic, many Seattle restaurants have carved out new patio spaces on parking lots and sidewalks, helped by temporarily free street permits. There are also several blocks around the city that have become more shared neighborhood plazas during the summer, including most recently in the U District. As such, diners may continue to see a lot more outdoor dining in Seattle, even as the weather turns cooler at the end of the summer into fall. Here’s a guide to the some of the best outdoor dining and drinking options out there, listed from north to south.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Deck at DeLille Cellars

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14300 NE 145th St Suite 100
Woodinville, WA 98072
(425) 205-2147
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DeLille winery’s new lounge is adjacent to its Woodinville tasting room (formerly the Old Redhook Brewery) — and there’s a separate deck with picturesque views. Alongside bottles and glass pours is a light menu of cheese and charcuterie plates, some salads and sandwiches, steamed mussels, and rotating entrees, including short ribs. Proof of vaccination is required for entry.

The Deck at DeLille Cellars with customers sitting at tables under blue umbrellas and the space’s name behind a host station.
The Deck at DeLille Cellars is an offshoot of the winery’s new restaurant.
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2. Don Lucho's Restaurant & Pisco Bar

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7919 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 257-1333
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Maple Leaf’s Peruvian restaurant serves up some excellent lomo saltado and has built not one, but two patios since the pandemic started, with the intention of keeping them around all year long. There are 16 tables, which are covered and heated whenever it gets too brisk, plus some big screen TVs for diners to enjoy on game days.

3. Bongos

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6501 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 420-8548
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This hidden triangle feels a world away from busy Aurora Avenue right next door. Bongos dishes up excellent Caribbean sandwiches and plates on its sand pit of a patio, and is the perfect place to tuck into a citrus-braised pork sandwich, or a plate of Jamaican chicken curry.

4. Westward

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2501 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 552-8215
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Tables on an outdoor patio line up on the northern shore of Lake Union, providing amazing views from this impeccably designed, seafood-focused favorite. The restaurant from Renee Erickson’s Sea Creatures group serves up a robust selection of oysters and inventive cocktails. Open for reservations, and there’s a takeout menu via Toast.

5. Dreamland Bar and Diner

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3401 Evanston Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 402-4902
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This funky Fremont diner serves all-day breakfast and a selection of solid cocktails, including guava Moscow mules and vegan grasshopper slushies. All make for good outdoor drinking on the restaurant’s spacious and well-decorated patio. Tables are first-come-first serve, and the wait time can be extensive on the weekends, so best to get there early.

6. Citizen

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706 Taylor Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 284-1015
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Lower Queen Anne’s all-day cafe is a popular place in the warmer months to chill outside and play cornhole. On the menu is a selection of brunch items, including some solid waffles and sandwiches. The cafe also recently introduced Citizen Campfire for the 21-plus crowd, which includes DJs on the weekends and a series of pop-up events.

7. Mbar

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400 Fairview Ave N 14th Floor
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 457-8287
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Sporting an epic rooftop patio with views of Lake Union, the Space Needle, and myriad cranes soaring above the booming SLU neighborhood, Mbar is one hell of a spot to soak up the sun. It’s made even more memorable with a robust Middle Eastern menu of mezze and kebabs, as well as some thoughtfully crafted cocktails.

8. Surrell

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2319 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112

This Madison Valley restaurant with a focus on wine and tasting menus may have one of the more sought-after patios in the city at the moment. There’s a fully covered garden, with beautiful wood tables, and the staff is attentive to any need. Surrell also has some private dining and a wine club at the moment, with occasional tastings; reservations available via Tock.

9. Terra Plata

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1501 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 325-1501
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At this Capitol Hill restaurant from respected chef Tamara Murphy, dishes such as Muscovy duck breast, chilled cavatelli with English peas, and roast pig shine alongside a robust list of cocktails, best enjoyed while hanging out on the comfortable roof deck. Diners who are able to nab a seat out there are surrounded by Murphy’s edible garden.

The covered rooftop patio at Capitol Hill restaurant Terra Plata with wooden communal tables and a surrounding garden
Diners can sit on the rooftop deck at Terra Plata.
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10. Bottlehouse

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1416 34th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 708-7164
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The small but enchanting Madrona patio at Bottlehouse, one of the city’s top wine bars, is a charming area to relax with a glass of rosé — frozen, if the weather is warm enough — and a cheese plate. The service is always welcoming and it’s rarely hard to get a table.

11. Marjorie Restaurant

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1412 E Union St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 441-9842
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This longtime Capitol Hill bistro from famed chef Donna Moodie is well known for its lovingly prepared dishes that support local farms and its steel drum plantains. The restaurant’s patio is an ideal setting for a romantic night out, part of the reason why Marjorie continues to be one of the more reliably excellent dining destinations in the neighborhood.

12. Musang

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2524 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 708-6871
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Star chef Melissa Miranda has developed a dynamic menu at her acclaimed Beacon Hill Filipinx spot with dishes such as arroz valenciana, short rib kare kare, and black cod escebeche, plus plenty of well-executed cocktails. The outdoor patio isn’t enormous, but it is leafy and charming, like hanging out in someone’s backyard. Proof of vaccination required for entry.

13. Lady Jaye

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4523 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 457-4029
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West Seattle’s smokehouse has a sizable patio with a fire pit and plenty of shade. One can embrace the restaurant’s theme with a smoked bologna sandwich and smoked old fashioneds, while admiring a painted mural that depicts a “Mount Rushmore” of country music greats. Proof of vaccination required for entry.

14. The Flora Bakehouse

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1511 S Lucile St
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 762-0418
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The sweeter sibling to vegetarian mainstay Cafe Flora has staked out a prime location in Beacon Hill with a variety of wonderful baked goods, including chocolate sea salt croissants, kouign-amann, cinnamon rolls, and unicorn horn meringues. It also recently opened up a handsome new rooftop deck, with both covered and open-air seating options.

A rooftop deck at a Seattle cafe with customers sitting at tables, a pink railing, and a pink-accented servers’ station to the right
The Flora Bakehouse recently opened a new rooftop deck.
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15. Beer Star

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9801 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 453-3088
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White Center’s all-ages beer hall (with a Tacoma outpost) has 40 taps a-flowing, featuring everything from beer to kombucha to cold-brew coffee. Beer fanatics can bring their kids and dogs and stretch out on the large patio, which seats dozens. On the food menu, there are burgers from Lil Woody’s and pizza from Southside Pizza Pie.

Picnic tables on the patio at Beer Star on a sunny day, with orange umbrellas and strings of lights.
Beer fanatics can stretch out on Beer Star’s large patio.
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1. The Deck at DeLille Cellars

14300 NE 145th St Suite 100, Woodinville, WA 98072
The Deck at DeLille Cellars with customers sitting at tables under blue umbrellas and the space’s name behind a host station.
The Deck at DeLille Cellars is an offshoot of the winery’s new restaurant.
Tock

DeLille winery’s new lounge is adjacent to its Woodinville tasting room (formerly the Old Redhook Brewery) — and there’s a separate deck with picturesque views. Alongside bottles and glass pours is a light menu of cheese and charcuterie plates, some salads and sandwiches, steamed mussels, and rotating entrees, including short ribs. Proof of vaccination is required for entry.

14300 NE 145th St Suite 100
Woodinville, WA 98072

2. Don Lucho's Restaurant & Pisco Bar

7919 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Maple Leaf’s Peruvian restaurant serves up some excellent lomo saltado and has built not one, but two patios since the pandemic started, with the intention of keeping them around all year long. There are 16 tables, which are covered and heated whenever it gets too brisk, plus some big screen TVs for diners to enjoy on game days.

7919 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

3. Bongos

6501 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

This hidden triangle feels a world away from busy Aurora Avenue right next door. Bongos dishes up excellent Caribbean sandwiches and plates on its sand pit of a patio, and is the perfect place to tuck into a citrus-braised pork sandwich, or a plate of Jamaican chicken curry.

6501 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

4. Westward

2501 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103

Tables on an outdoor patio line up on the northern shore of Lake Union, providing amazing views from this impeccably designed, seafood-focused favorite. The restaurant from Renee Erickson’s Sea Creatures group serves up a robust selection of oysters and inventive cocktails. Open for reservations, and there’s a takeout menu via Toast.

2501 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103

5. Dreamland Bar and Diner

3401 Evanston Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

This funky Fremont diner serves all-day breakfast and a selection of solid cocktails, including guava Moscow mules and vegan grasshopper slushies. All make for good outdoor drinking on the restaurant’s spacious and well-decorated patio. Tables are first-come-first serve, and the wait time can be extensive on the weekends, so best to get there early.

3401 Evanston Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

6. Citizen

706 Taylor Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Lower Queen Anne’s all-day cafe is a popular place in the warmer months to chill outside and play cornhole. On the menu is a selection of brunch items, including some solid waffles and sandwiches. The cafe also recently introduced Citizen Campfire for the 21-plus crowd, which includes DJs on the weekends and a series of pop-up events.

706 Taylor Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

7. Mbar

400 Fairview Ave N 14th Floor, Seattle, WA 98109

Sporting an epic rooftop patio with views of Lake Union, the Space Needle, and myriad cranes soaring above the booming SLU neighborhood, Mbar is one hell of a spot to soak up the sun. It’s made even more memorable with a robust Middle Eastern menu of mezze and kebabs, as well as some thoughtfully crafted cocktails.

400 Fairview Ave N 14th Floor
Seattle, WA 98109

8. Surrell

2319 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

This Madison Valley restaurant with a focus on wine and tasting menus may have one of the more sought-after patios in the city at the moment. There’s a fully covered garden, with beautiful wood tables, and the staff is attentive to any need. Surrell also has some private dining and a wine club at the moment, with occasional tastings; reservations available via Tock.

2319 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112

9. Terra Plata

1501 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
The covered rooftop patio at Capitol Hill restaurant Terra Plata with wooden communal tables and a surrounding garden
Diners can sit on the rooftop deck at Terra Plata.
Courtesy of Tamara Murphy

At this Capitol Hill restaurant from respected chef Tamara Murphy, dishes such as Muscovy duck breast, chilled cavatelli with English peas, and roast pig shine alongside a robust list of cocktails, best enjoyed while hanging out on the comfortable roof deck. Diners who are able to nab a seat out there are surrounded by Murphy’s edible garden.

1501 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

10. Bottlehouse

1416 34th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

The small but enchanting Madrona patio at Bottlehouse, one of the city’s top wine bars, is a charming area to relax with a glass of rosé — frozen, if the weather is warm enough — and a cheese plate. The service is always welcoming and it’s rarely hard to get a table.

1416 34th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

11. Marjorie Restaurant

1412 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122

This longtime Capitol Hill bistro from famed chef Donna Moodie is well known for its lovingly prepared dishes that support local farms and its steel drum plantains. The restaurant’s patio is an ideal setting for a romantic night out, part of the reason why Marjorie continues to be one of the more reliably excellent dining destinations in the neighborhood.

1412 E Union St
Seattle, WA 98122

12. Musang

2524 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Star chef Melissa Miranda has developed a dynamic menu at her acclaimed Beacon Hill Filipinx spot with dishes such as arroz valenciana, short rib kare kare, and black cod escebeche, plus plenty of well-executed cocktails. The outdoor patio isn’t enormous, but it is leafy and charming, like hanging out in someone’s backyard. Proof of vaccination required for entry.

2524 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

13. Lady Jaye

4523 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

West Seattle’s smokehouse has a sizable patio with a fire pit and plenty of shade. One can embrace the restaurant’s theme with a smoked bologna sandwich and smoked old fashioneds, while admiring a painted mural that depicts a “Mount Rushmore” of country music greats. Proof of vaccination required for entry.

4523 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

14. The Flora Bakehouse

1511 S Lucile St, Seattle, WA 98108
A rooftop deck at a Seattle cafe with customers sitting at tables, a pink railing, and a pink-accented servers’ station to the right
The Flora Bakehouse recently opened a new rooftop deck.
Belathee Photography

The sweeter sibling to vegetarian mainstay Cafe Flora has staked out a prime location in Beacon Hill with a variety of wonderful baked goods, including chocolate sea salt croissants, kouign-amann, cinnamon rolls, and unicorn horn meringues. It also recently opened up a handsome new rooftop deck, with both covered and open-air seating options.

1511 S Lucile St
Seattle, WA 98108

15. Beer Star

9801 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
Picnic tables on the patio at Beer Star on a sunny day, with orange umbrellas and strings of lights.
Beer fanatics can stretch out on Beer Star’s large patio.
Beer Star/Facebook

White Center’s all-ages beer hall (with a Tacoma outpost) has 40 taps a-flowing, featuring everything from beer to kombucha to cold-brew coffee. Beer fanatics can bring their kids and dogs and stretch out on the large patio, which seats dozens. On the food menu, there are burgers from Lil Woody’s and pizza from Southside Pizza Pie.

9801 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

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