Outdoor Seating

When it's warm, we want to eat outside. Fortunately Chowhounds know the best places with outdoor seating, from bars to restaurants to coffee shops. Weigh in on your favorite spots.

12 Photos to Inspire Your Patio Refresh in Time for Summer

Patio decor may not be the most pressing matter right now, but if you're lucky enough to have an outdoor space and the wherewithal to give it a spring makeover, now is a great time to freshen it up...

Anyone dined in an 'igloo' yet?

by gutreactions 22 days ago

Due to Covid protocols, restaurants have been trying all sorts of outdoor enclosures for safe dining. Igloos, tents, little greenhouses. Thinking of doing an igloo meal locally. What to look for? W...

Phase 2 Outdoor Dining begins in NYC...

by gutreactions 7 months ago

Phase 2 reopening kicks off today in New York City. It allows for outdoor dining at restaurants with proper Covid restrictions, of course. Finally! Are you anxious to get back out? Where will you b...

Chicharrones from Los Piños in Cloverdale

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 12 years ago

What is it about chicharrones that gets people so excited? For a 5 de Mayo weekend wine-tasting, I picked up some chicharrones and queso fresco from Los Piños market in Cloverdale for the occasion...

PizzaLeah | Windsor - Sonoma County

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

The weekend before Election Day, I figured I should provision myself to hunker down for a week or so in case there was social unrest ahead. I bought fresh ingredients to cook at home, got cash, and...

Railroad Station Bar and Grill, Cloverdale

by tom246 6 years ago

Coming back from Lakeport in the middle of the afternoon somewhat limits your food options. After traversing the route back to 101 I remembered a recent review in the PD about Railroad Station Bar ...

Vina Enoteca | Stanford Barn - Palo Alto

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

As a fan of Tootsie's at the Stanford Barn since Day 1, I was delighted to learn from a friend that Rocco and team have opened Vina Enoteca, taking over California Cafe's space. I hope to get in th...

Northern Ducks | Mid-Market, San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

Northern Ducks opened a month ago in the Twitter building, taking over Dirty Water's space. It bills itself as a dim sum lounge with full bar and outdoor seating in the courtyard. The food offering...

What's open for a patio lunch today, new, and amazing?

by Googs 2 months ago

Preferably near Yonge & Queen, but will travel for exceptional. (I don't get out much these days.) It's pretty sad that CH doesn't have any location options for Toronto aside from the whole dam...

GTA Patios in the age of Covid-19

by caviartothegeneral 7 months ago

With patios opening up in Toronto this week, I am looking forward (with a bit of trepidation) to reports on what's happening, where to go, where not to go ... so I thought I would start a new threa...

Favorite Business Outdoor Dining Spots during COVID

by sktenney 2 months ago

Taking an author out to lunch or dinner anywhere in DC. Looking for a restaurant having very good vegetarian food along with a more formal atmosphere in an outdoor setting...this is hard! I am no...

Reservations for The French Laundry Fall 2020

The Chowhound Team
by The Chowhound Team 3 months ago

Hi all, With dining opening in the Bay Area and an exchange of French Laundry reservations possible again, we have created this post dedicated to that purpose. We have locked the previous Fre...

Your current wishlist in Toronto

by prima 5 months ago

Thanks for the encouragement, Googs. Which restaurants are on your current wishlist? What will you order?

Signs of restaurants reopening in Fairfield County, CT...

by gutreactions 8 months ago

We crossed the Westchester line into Greenwich, CT. yesterday afternoon to observe the partial reopening of restaurants in Fairfield County. Outdoor seating is now allowed, with restrictions. Drove...

The Tri-Tipery in Ballico?

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

Recently The Tri-Tipery in Ballico was recommended to me for . . . yes, you guessed it . . . Tri-tip. First, I searched for a website, which clued me in to this being a fast-casual spot that serves...

Philly Cheesesteak @ Koala's Fine Food in Guerneville

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

Yesterday's news filled me with gratitude for the voters in the City of Brotherly Love . . . and a craving for a Philly cheesesteak. Not easy to find a good one in California, let alone wine countr...

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Madonna Inn - Copper Cafe

by glbtrtr 2 months ago

If you are looking for lunch classics, can't miss stopping at the Madonna Inn south of San Luis Obispo on Highway 101 - and their Copper Cafe. Had a great BLT, stacked high with bacon and a fine ho...

Portofino North Beach

by capt. alsie 2 months ago

I haven't seen any mention yet of this little gem. Run by local Frank Balastiere and his wife, the parklet isn't much to look at, but all the money is on the plate, as my Dad used to say. Stopped f...

Coffee shops with patios, heated and unheated

by prima 3 months ago

Unheated patio Krave on St Clair W 5 Elements 521 (on the Danforth , hope it is still open) Heated patio Boxcar Social at Summerhill

Ayawaska (Peruvian, Petaluma)

by Malcolm Ruthven 3 months ago

Someone from Peru recommended Ayawaska to me as being quite good. So today I drove to Petaluma and got Lomo Saltado Clasico (take-out) from Ayawaska. I had half of the order for dinner (the pic is ...

Estero Cafe | Valley Ford - Sonoma County

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

Way back in February, in the before times, I started my day with brunch at Estero Cafe in the hamlet of Valley Ford. My mission was to indulge in the chicken fried steak, prepped in-house using Ste...