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...

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San Francisco Restaurant Week, April 9 to 18, 2021

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

Spring SF Restaurant Week starts today. Prix-fixe menu price points are $10, $15 or $25 Lunch and $25, $40 or $65 Dinner. For the first time the roster of 150 participating businesses includes 24 C...

San Francisco Police Central District Merchant Safety Awareness

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

This morning the San Francisco Police Department Central District notified merchants to prepare for possible civil unrest with the upcoming verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial. Suggestions include b...

Hinoya Curry | Marina District - San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

On the way back from errands on Saturday, I spotted a parking space on Fillmore @ Pixley. Never one to ignore a parking opportunity in a popular neighborhood, I grabbed it and then looked around fo...

Pascaline Patisserie & Cafe | Sebastopol - Sonoma County

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

When I first learned of Pascaline's opening last year, I figured I'd try it some day. Then I heard that it makes kouign amann and checking it out became a higher priority. However, I would soon lea...

Orange tier isn’t enough to convince these East Bay bars to reopen

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

Not easy to decide when to reopen. I appreciate the thought and care the health and safety of staff and customers that these owners are weighing.

Happy Hour @ Rustic House Oyster Bar | San Carlos

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

Last Wednesday three of us got together for happy hour at Rustic House Oyster Bar and Grill in San Carlos. A first time for each of us, we were pleased with the quality and value found here.

Ayawaska (Peruvian, Petaluma)

by Malcolm Ruthven 8 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 ...

Life Goes On

by DoctorChow 9 months ago

Fifth Ave. in Hillcrest was really hopping on Sunday for a few blocks south of University. Further south there were some scattered colorful outdoor areas here and there, particularly at Laurel. The...

Phase 2 Outdoor Dining begins in NYC...

by gutreactions 1 year 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...

Seattle Restaurants with Covid-compliant "outdoor" Seating

by kaleokahu 5 months ago

Having trouble finding places that still offer restaurant service in these challenging times? Well, courtesy of Seattle Met, here's a good list, and searchable by neighborhood: https://www.seat...

French Restaurants open for outdoor dining

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

MerciSF has updated the list of French restaurants open for outdoor dining as of January 28 for its French, Francophile and the Francophone community. (And reminded me that I still need to try F...

Announcement expected on Monday re: outdoor dining returning to more of California

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

"BREAKING: a source close to CA gov @GavinNewsom confirms to @KCBSRadio that all regional #StayAtHome orders will end tomorrow. ICU capacity projected 15%+ over next 4 weeks. Most counties bac...

Anyone dined in an 'igloo' yet?

by gutreactions 6 months 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...

Chicharrones from Los Piños in Cloverdale

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 13 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 7 months 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 7 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 7 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 1 year 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...