Dallas skyline from NYLO Dallas Soda Bar
Lounging on a patio while eating and drinking can be the perfect way to end a hard day or enjoy a beautiful one. While there are some excellent indoor eateries in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, it also has no shortage of outdoor patios to enjoy. We rounded up some of our favorites and collected information from Yelp reviewers to make sure the majority of patrons feel the same way we do.
Some of these patios are in Downtown Dallas while others are in the suburbs. Some are rooftops while others are on (or under!) the ground. With these picks either the food is exceptional, the view is breathtaking, or the atmosphere is relaxing (or all three). Let the count down begin...
10. The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge (Fort Worth): If you like to watch live music with a sunset backdrop this is the place for you! They serve craft beer and cocktails alongside burgers and salads, although the focus is more on the atmosphere than the food. They do serve brunch Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM with options like a Hangover Pizza and a Texas Benedict, which is worth checking out.
“In for some music, cabaret or other live acts? The music hall is one of the best places in Fort Worth for catching a great sounding show. The space was clearly designed for acoustics and perspective and in both of these areas they succeeded. There's no bad seat in the house and the quality of entertainment that the Live Oak brings in is impressive.” - Brad M. on Yelp
9. The Katy Trail Ice House Outpost (Plano): This patio is one of the most beautiful in Plano, with abundant trees and a Texas vibe. There are TV’s playing sports and games patrons can play, like corn hole, while downing cold beers and cocktails. The food is average, Texas bar food - burgers, barbecue, and tacos, but people come here for the atmosphere. They do also have a pretty good brunch. Best of all - this is one of the fest places in the DFW are that is dog-friendly (and are actually set up to handle having dogs).
“There is something quintessentially Texan about the Outpost. Go for the patio, barbecue, and the game on a Sunday afternoon. The patio is family and dog-friendly. There are plenty of big screens. You'll find a great mix of Texans in a pleasant communal atmosphere.” - Dave G. on Yelp
8. The Reata (Fort Worth): Sporting Old Western decor and serving up Southwestern fare, the Reata is a perfect place to unwind after a long day at work. Situated in Downtown, the rooftop affords breathtaking views that are hard to beat in Fort Worth. The restaurant itself is huge, making it a perfect place for a work meeting or a wedding. For dinner, there are fancy options like steaks, mashed potatoes, and pork chops as well as seafood. Don’t forget to check out their brunch with options like eggs benedict, lobster florentine, and $3 mimosas!
“Welcoming someone to town? This is a great place to go! The Texas theme is implemented nicely from the authentic equestrian wall pieces to the gargantuan portions. The restaurant has a great rooftop where you can enjoy your meal at a table or a drink at the bar. Everything I have tried here has been excellent, including the desserts!” - Sasha L. on Yelp
7. NYLO Dallas Soda Bar (Dallas): This is a popular nightlife establishment with a breathtaking view of Downtown Dallas. Known for bumping House music most of the time, SODA Bar is situated in a cozy nook near the rooftop pool of the NYLO Dallas South Side Hotel. In addition to cocktails, wine, and beer, patrons can order light meals and plates to snack on while enjoying the skyline. This is a great place to start a night out on the town or take visiting guests!
“Love the view. And drinking by a pool is always nice, especially at night! They have decent music playing, and the rooftop bar is super cool. There's a fire pit, two cabanas, six or eight high top tables and a few seats at the bar. They also have several high tops inside by the TVs, which are also very cool. This whole vibe is like something in Beverly Hills.” - Jess M. on Yelp
6. Parigi (Oak Lawn): This brunch or dinner spot has a European bistro vibe and serves French, Italian, and American cuisine. They change their menu twice a month, and always with locally sourced meats, cheeses, and sustainably raised seafood. Brunch is served both Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 - 2:30 and includes pancakes, french toast, eggs benedict, and lox and bagels, alongside fish, chicken, risotto, and pappardelle. An impressive patio atmosphere is just the icing on this delicious cake!
“Parigi serves a fabulous fresh menu, which changes regularly. I have absolutely loved everything I have ever ordered here! In my opinion, it's one of the Dallas's best! It's lovely atmosphere really reflects a French/ Italian/ European feel. This adorable little restaurant has the option of indoor/ outdoor seating.” - Katherine M. from Yelp
5. Cafe Malaga (McKinney): This little tapas bar serves Mediterranean cuisine in a restored 130-year-old house with beautiful gardens and patios. The atmosphere is relaxed and unique with a friendly staff and live music outside on the weekends. Try their paella (30% off all day on Thursdays and Sundays) or one of the many other tapas like lamb chops with apples and raisins or bacon wrapped dates and asparagus.
“My husband and I love coming to this place, especially during warmer weather so we can sit outside. It's a cute, unique place off of the square. The staff is always friendly, and they have live music outside on the weekends. Definitely recommend the Paella and Sangria.” - Ashley R. on Yelp
Cafe Malaga's Outdoor Patio
4. Quarter Bar (Uptown - Dallas): This place is known for having one of the best happy hours in Dallas with cheap drinks and half-price appetizer specials. Visitors can enjoy the rooftop view on some of their comfy couches or tables. Their menu consists of mainly sandwiches, burgers, and bar food, and their beer and wine list is extensive. They have nightly specials so check their website before you head over.
“I really enjoyed the rooftop deck. And when I mean rooftop, it's literally on a house roof that they built a deck on. This building is very old, dark, a little dingy, small rooms with multiple hallways and staircases. It feels like an old multiple family home in Europe that was turned into a multi-story bar. Good ambiance on a rooftop is always a great place for me.” - Nick N. on Yelp
3. Tei An (Arts District): Their handmade soba and fresh, perfectly cooked Japanese fare make Tei An an excellent stop for a date night or dinner with friends. With a rooftop patio that overlooks the Dallas skyline, it’s ambiance is modern and romantic. Try their Soba Sampler, Uni 4-Ways, or the Duck with Dashi Broth and thank us later. As with any place in the Bishops Arts District, the parking is a bit of a hassle, but they have a valet service downstairs that we recommend using.
“Very authentic Japanese food. We had the tonkatsu ramen and the curry udon. Tastes like my mom's cooking, and that's the highest compliment I can give. Each bowl comes out on its own tray marched out by a different server per tray. There was real Japanese white pepper and spicy red pepper and oil to sprinkle in to your individual taste. There are also wooden ladles to scoop out the soup in your ramen bowls. Overall, 10/10 on presentation.” - Hideko T. on Yelp
2. HG Sply Co (Dallas): The menu at HG Sply Co is based on the Paleo Diet, which means that all food is fresh, organic, and largely excludes processed dairy and grain (basically - anything our early ancestors could have hunted and gathered). Don’t be fooled into thinking their menu is bland, though. With options like Texas Sausage Frittata, Jalapeño Bratwurst, and a variety of meat, grain and veggie bowls, their food selection is neither boring nor cliche. Located in lower Greenville, HG Sply Co’s rooftop overlooks the Dallas skyline and offers not only tables but couches and fire pits for lounging.
“If you're looking for a night out with great food and drinks, but you want to watch your waist line, you go to HG Sply Co. Known for its Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan, menu, HG Sply Co has something for every belly and palate.” - Sarah M. on Yelp
1. Dakota’s Steakhouse (Downtown Dallas): Established in 1984, Dakota’s has an interesting story behind it. The site was once occupied by the First Dallas Baptist Church who put a legally binding clause in the deed that prohibits the future owner from selling alcohol on former church grounds. To get around this, they dug below street level and put their restaurant and patio below ground creating a romantic oasis. Food choices include upscale options like grilled sirloin, clam chowder, and bone in pork chop. Perfect for a business meeting and known for their excellent service, Dakota’s is a must-visit in Dallas.
“Hands down one of the top 5 places to eat in Dallas. [There is a] huge difference between the lunch and dinner menu, and both are worth a try. At lunch, I would recommend getting a combination of several different plates and going in family style (the jalapeño chicken mac'n cheese is a must-try) and with dinner, the steaks are always A+, but don't be afraid to play on their seafood menu as well.” - Drew D. on Yelp
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