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The patio at Cloudburst Brewing’s Shilshole Avenue location.
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Seattle Restaurants and Breweries with Great Patios for Outdoor Dining

Enjoy the rest of the summer while eating al fresco

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The patio at Cloudburst Brewing’s Shilshole Avenue location.
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Though street and sidewalk dining areas (like those in the U District and Ballard) became popular during the pandemic, the city also has plenty of restaurants with great patios that aren’t right next to traffic that are perfect for soaking up the summer sun. For rainy days, Eater Seattle maintains of list of restaurants with covered and heated outdoor patios. There’s also a rooftops map for those looking to eat and drink above the city, and a list for those looking for the best views of the Seattle skyline, the lakes, and the Puget Sound.

The following list offers restaurants and with the best patios for sunny days in Seattle which also offer stellar food and drinks.

As usual, this list is not ranked; it’s organized geographically. Know of a spot that should be on our radar? Send us a tip by emailing seattle@eater.com.

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Lady Jaye

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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.

Cloudburst On Shilshole

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Cloudburst Brewing’s taproom on Shilshole Avenue in Ballard serves a selection of the brewery’s award-winning beers along with a food truck serving dumplings, noodles, and cucumber salad from Sichuan-Yunnan restaurant Plenty of Clouds. There’s a spacious, airy patio, most of which is covered, making it perfect for sunny and rainy days.

A patio with picnic tables covered by corrugated aluminum slats.
The patio at Cloudburst Brewing’s Ballard location.
Jade Yamazaki Stewart/Eater Seattle

Brimmer & Heeltap

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This Ballard bistro serves creative dishes like radishes with salmon roe and creme fraiche, Manila clams in cider broth, and pork chops with fermented greens. There’s a leafy patio that’s perfect for sunny days. The business also has a wine club and a small cafe called Red Arrow Coffee in the backyard.

Beer Star

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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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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.

Citizen

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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 introduced Citizen Campfire for the 21-plus crowd, which includes DJs on the weekends and a series of pop-up events.

Westward

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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.

Terra Plata

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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.
Courtesy of Tamara Murphy

Don Lucho's Restaurant & Pisco Bar

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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.

Marjorie Restaurant

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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.

The Flora Bakehouse

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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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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.

Surrell

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This Madison Valley restaurant with a focus on Washington 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.

Bottlehouse

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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.

The Deck at DeLille Cellars

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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.

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

Lady Jaye

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.

Cloudburst On Shilshole

A patio with picnic tables covered by corrugated aluminum slats.
The patio at Cloudburst Brewing’s Ballard location.
Jade Yamazaki Stewart/Eater Seattle

Cloudburst Brewing’s taproom on Shilshole Avenue in Ballard serves a selection of the brewery’s award-winning beers along with a food truck serving dumplings, noodles, and cucumber salad from Sichuan-Yunnan restaurant Plenty of Clouds. There’s a spacious, airy patio, most of which is covered, making it perfect for sunny and rainy days.

A patio with picnic tables covered by corrugated aluminum slats.
The patio at Cloudburst Brewing’s Ballard location.
Jade Yamazaki Stewart/Eater Seattle

Brimmer & Heeltap

This Ballard bistro serves creative dishes like radishes with salmon roe and creme fraiche, Manila clams in cider broth, and pork chops with fermented greens. There’s a leafy patio that’s perfect for sunny days. The business also has a wine club and a small cafe called Red Arrow Coffee in the backyard.

Beer Star

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.

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

Bongos

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.

Citizen

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 introduced Citizen Campfire for the 21-plus crowd, which includes DJs on the weekends and a series of pop-up events.

Westward

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.

Terra Plata

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.

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

Don Lucho's Restaurant & Pisco Bar

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.

Marjorie Restaurant

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.

The Flora Bakehouse

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.

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

Musang

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.

Surrell

This Madison Valley restaurant with a focus on Washington 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.

Bottlehouse

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.

The Deck at DeLille Cellars

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.

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

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