On June 5, Seattle restaurants were given the OK to reopen for dine-in service - and a lot of guidelines to follow when they did. (You can learn more about those guidelines here.) Somewhat understandably, there’s been a bit of confusion about the whole situation - though one thing Infatuation readers don’t seem confused about is their desire to eat outside whenever they do head back to their favorite restaurants.
So we made this guide.
We’ll continue to update it as spots re-open around the city, and if there’s a patio you think needs to be included, email us at email@example.com. Still don’t feel ready to return to a restaurant? For our full guide to the city’s takeout and delivery options, check out the Ultimate Seattle Delivery & Takeout Guide.
So far, we’ve never spent a summer without sitting at this Mexican spot’s patio at least once, and with good reason. Agua Verde’s fun covered outdoor space overlooks Lake Union, and it’s a pretty perfect backdrop for drinking prickly pear margaritas and eating coconut tempura fish tacos. You can even pull up to the dock with your boat and grab takeout.
The University Village location of one of the best Vietnamese spots in town has patio seating available. Just note that none of their other locations are open for dine-in service.
Bainbridge Island’s newest Vietnamese restaurant has a back patio with plenty of seating available where you can enjoy things like chicken karaage banh mi, shrimp wontons, black pepper noodles with soft shell crab, and japchae.
We love this Fremont brewery first and foremost for their coconut porter that tastes like Girl Scout cookies. But we also love it for their calm patio deck that’s a great stand-in for your own if you don’t have a backyard. And, they’ve added some extra seating on their driveway.
This excellent cocktail bar in Sunset Hill opened their plant-covered patio for dine-in service. They have limited availability from 4-9:30pm from Wedesday-Saturday, and you can call them up at 206-327-9408 to make a reservation out there.
Bangrak Market serves excellent Thai food, from skewered pork to comforting khao soi. But one of the best parts about this colorful space is their adjoining covered patio. And, until the end of July, they’re offering $3 bottles of Thai beer with a food purchase when you dine in.
There are very few places you can get a lobster roll in Seattle. So you can now rejoice that Bar Harbor has reopened not just for takeout, but for dine-in service on their back deck in South Lake Union.
Bar Del Corso’s back patio is now open again (they’ve also just started making pizza again for takeout). A few seats out there are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Right now they’re open from Wednesday to Saturday, 1-3pm, but on June 22, they’ll extend those to 4-9pm.
This great wine bar has outdoor seating on their greenhouse along with some indoor seating open for dine-in. Go to their website for more information.
Can Bar’s White Center patio with rows of assorted doors, firepit counter, and string lights make this one of our favorite spots to have a beer and some bar snacks. Right now the patio is only open on weekends from 12-10pm.
The South Lake Union location of this Mexican has a big patio, good margaritas, and tacos on homemade tortillas. They’re open from 4-8pm. And if you’re a fan of their Pioneer Square location like us, that patio is opening soon, too.
Christos has both outdoor and indoor dining available. They’re open Monday through Friday from 3pm-10pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 10pm.
You can now enjoy potato chips, gummy worms, and IPA from both your sofa and Chuck’s patio. This convenience store crossed with a beer bar is one of the best spots to grab a casual drink. Right now, they’re open on a reservation basis for their patio only - and they’ve even expanded seating to the parking lot to allow for more customers to be seated safely.
This outdoor space for Citizen Cafe’s patio is a sensory overload in the best way, with picnic tables, two firepits, cornhole, a deck with a separate bar, a pergola, and even a basketball hoop. Right now, they’re open from 4-9pm daily.
This upscale Italian spot on the water in Kirkland is known for pasta, pizza, and being able to book their private boat to sail you to your dinner table across Lake Washington. While we’ll have to wait for the boat to become available again, they are open for patio seating and taking reservations.
Everyone in Seattle at least once has looked at that fun-looking umbrella-lined balcony at Pike Place and considered ditching their plans to go drink up there. Now it’s possible since Copacabana’s patio is open again.
This steakhouse and seafood spot owned by the Schwartz Brothers Bakery team is right on the water in Leschi, with a bunch of available tables on their patio overlooking Lake Washington.
Eastlake Bar & Grill’s patio is open with some clear greenhouse-like tents installed around tables. You might have questions about how this all works, so you can call the restaurant at 206-957-7777 for information.
This Mexican spot in Fremont has a colorful patio that’s open at limited capacity, and you can order things like margaritas and shrimp tacos.
This Mexican bar’s patio and dining room are open for dine-in service Wednesday through Sunday from 4-10pm.
The patio at Elliott’s is huge, has an incredible view of the sound, and is one of the best places to drink wine and eat seafood - especially while there aren’t any tourists around. They’re accepting reservations, have adjusted their hours, and are only using single-use menus.
This Mexican seafood spot in Georgetown is the sister bar to Fonda La Catrina, and they have a secluded back patio ideal for post-sunset margarita-drinking and ceviche-eating. Fonda La Catrina’s also open, so an outdoor One-Two Punch is possible here.
This wine bar on Stone Way replaced Thackeray last year, and they serve pasta, pizza, and sandwiches. There’s an open patio space at the front where you can post up with a pie and a bottle of merlot.
Fiddler’s Inn is a dog-friendly bar in Wedgwood that serves pub food that’s way better than it has any right to be, like nachos made with store-bought chips, and loaded baked potatoes. Their back picnic table-lined patio is open, and reservations are encouraged but not required.
Fonda La Catrina’s back patio looks like the little house deck you always wanted. Come here to eat some cheesy steak tacos among the colorful tablecloths and exposed brick. Right now, they’re open Wednesday through Sunday between 12-9pm.
Fresh Flours is an excellent bakery that serves espresso, macarons, and really good pastry bars stuffed with sweetened red beans. Their West Seattle location has a dog-friendly patio that’s open for outdoor latte-drinking.
Hannyatou, the sake bar next door to their sister restaurant Kamonegi, has their back patio open and lined with string lights and trees. It’s a relaxing spot for a glass of sake and some onigiri.
Le Messe (now known as Haymaker East) serves incredibly good homemade pasta, specifically if it involves a broth-like parmesan sauce and braised pork shank. Their Eastlake patio is available with limited seating, and if you look over at just the right angle, you can catch a view of the lake. Note that reservations are required, even for the patio.
The West Seattle Haymaker also has a patio (and terrific pasta) - though the only view you’ll have is of a car periodically making its way down California Avenue. Reservations are required for the patio and the dining room.
Hill City is a fantastic place to order a beer, sit at a picnic table outside, and eat some poke from across the street from Sam Choy’s. Even though there are just a few tables, this spot never gets too crowded so it’s a nice place to keep in mind for something last minute.
Humble Pie is a pizza spot in the ID with a good-sized patio complete with picnic tables and a chicken coop. It’s open for dine-in service, and they’ve changed the layout a bit to make everything safer for staff and guests.
Jerk Shack is open for dine-in service as a ticket-only dinner club, and part of their seating extends onto their relaxing back patio. Their jerk-fried chicken and some 75-degree sunshine are two things everyone could use a little more of right now.
This excellent Korean steakhouse is open for dine-in service on their cozy patio with a limited menu - though you can expect some of their greatest hits, like their kalbi-marinated short rib steak and spicy chorizo rice cakes. Reservations are recommended for a spot out on the patio since there are only a couple spots due to the limited capacity.
King’s Hardware is open for dine-in service with limited seating, masks required, along with outdoor seating on their patio.
Lady Jaye is taking reservations for patio dining where you can enjoy smoked meats, cocktails, and soft serve.
You’ve probably been on the patio at Linda’s before, likely on a warm night, dancing around with an alcohol Mountain Dew slushie melting in your hand. You can once again recreate this moment since Linda’s large outdoor space is back open again, from 4pm-12am Wednesday-Friday, and 2pm-12am Saturday and Sunday.
Little Water Cantina has the best view in Eastlake. Their balcony patio is an ideal spot to look out over Lake Union while drinking margaritas and eating molten cheese dip.
If you’re at Loretta’s for the sole purpose of getting one of their iconic double tavern burgers, you might have missed out on their very chill back patio. Right now, it’s open on a first-come, first-served basis if you feel like eating said burger outside instead of in your car.
If the city of Seattle renamed the entire summer season “The M Bar Months,” nobody would second guess that decision. This is the best rooftop bar in the city, and even though you’d think it’s even harder to get in with limited capacity seating, there are plenty of available reservations online, from Tuesday-Saturday from 4-9pm.
As a Seattleite, it’s your right to drink craft beer and stare out onto a body of water. And you can do just that at Magnuson Cafe. This brewery on Magnuson Park that has a big deck, a great view of Lake Washington, and bar food like burgers and fish and tacos is now open again.
Mamnoon is open for dine-in service with outdoor seating on a first-come, first-served basis. They’re also taking reservations for five or less people. For more information, check out their Instagram.
This pub on the Queen Anne side of the Fremont drawbridge has a big front patio that’s open for dine-in service. It’s ideal for grabbing a pint of beer while watching cars drive over (or more realistically, wait for) said drawbridge.
Ounces, a beer bar in West Seattle, has every patio feature possible. That includes some seating that’s covered, some seating in the sun, string lights, and turquoise umbrellas. It’s a pretty large size, it’s pet-friendly, and it’s now back open.
This Mexican spot in Wallingford from the Barrio team has great blood orange margaritas, tacos with fillings that range from baja fish to vegan chorizo and cashew queso, and a makeshift patio full of lawn furniture and picnic tables. It’s available for walk-ins only right now.
Pacific Inn serves the best fish and chips in town, and eating them on their patio deck is a PNW summer activity that’s up there with hiking, a bike ride on the Burke-Gilman, and finally deciding that it’s time to buy an air conditioner. Since their patio’s on the smaller side, expect to wait a bit for a table.
We love this brewery in Ballard for their tangerine hefeweizen and for their movie nights. And right now, the beer garden in the back is open with 27 available tables (12 of which are covered). Just like before, you’re still able to order Mean Sandwich to be delivered right to the patio.
The thing with patio-only seating is that if it rains, your plans are cancelled. But Perihelion’s patio is virtually weather-proof. It’s covered, and the tables are firepits, so you can still sit here if the sky opens up and starts drizzling. This Beacon Hill brewery serves some of the greatest bar food in town, from homemade pretzels to a pretty spectacular burger.
Populuxe’s beer garden is one of the largest in the entire city, let alone Ballard’s brewery district. They’ve spaced out tables to be really far from each other, and have a set of rules in place to ensure everyone’s safety.
Postdoc is a Redmond brewery that’s located on the border of Marymoor, and is our preferred place for a beer after physical activity at the park. Their patio deck has a good view of some trees and grass, which you might be missing right now.
In terms of breweries with big patios, you can add Ravenna to the list. It’s dog-friendly, there’s always a food truck hanging out if you’re hungry. They’re open from 2-10pm on Monday-Friday, and 12-10pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
It doesn’t really matter how many flashy patios in Seattle have opened up over the past few years - Ray’s is one of the classics we always come back to. There’s nothing quite like splitting a bottle of cold wine out here while eating crab cakes, looking out onto the water, and getting the worst face sunburn of your entire year. Right now, they’re open daily from 11:30am-9pm.
This classic Seattle Korean spot was closed for renovations for a while, but now they’re back with a brand new patio that’s open for dine-in service from Tuesday-Saturday between 5-8pm.
Rhein Haus, the German bar on Capitol Hill, is our favorite place to play bocce ball and swat bees away from our beer cheese. While the bocce court is temporarily unavailable, the outdoor biergarten is a great spot to kill an afternoon. Note that they’re only taking walk-ins at this time.
If you want seafood but aren’t quite sure yet what you’re in the mood for specifically, RockCreek is a good place to go. They serve everything from oysters on the half shell to (delicious) shrimp and grits, and even their fish-less cauliflower farro salad is a home run. Right now, they’re open for dine-in service Tuesday through Saturday from 4-9pm.
Rooftop Brewing Company recently renovated the space to seat even more people safely, and we love that their “Glorious Basker” is both an excellent blood orange wheat ale and a nickname you can give yourself for the summer. To find out more information about their outdoor patio policy, check out their Instagram.
This Italian spot located in one of Ballard’s oldest historic homes has a fantastic porch for pasta-eating. The food here is excellent, and they’re currently open Wednesday through Sunday starting at 5pm.
Sawyer’s back patio is open for dine-in service. You can sit out there and enjoy things like rotisserie porchetta with flatbread and hazelnut remoulade (worth it for the sauce alone), spicy tuna on crispy rice, and cookie dough semifreddo popsicles. In addition, they also set up a few call-ahead tables on their first-floor garden terrace known as the “Sawyer Food Court.”
As the sister spot to Marination Ma Kai, Super Six knows the power of a good patio. They have plenty of picnic tables available for you to eat Hawaiian food and drink frozen mai tais. They’ve also installed a giant weatherproof tent in the parking lot for additional seating.
Tamari Bar is one of our favorite places for drinks-and-snacks, especially at their outdoor picnic tables. Choose between delicious izakaya dishes like pork dumplings with garlic oil, seared sushi rolls, chicken karaage, mackeral bao, poutine with parmesan and spicy pork, and more. They have a lot of precautionary measures in place, so check out their Instagram for more information.
The Maple’s beer garden is one of the great Secret Patios Of Seattle. It’s a secluded spot in Maple Leaf that serves excellent cocktails and tasty pub food, like shepherd’s pie and fish and chips with lemony gremolata. The patio’s open on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Masonry’s patio is open at limited capacity, and only available with a reservation. They’re also offering buckets of beers as a special they’re calling “Bucket Bar.” Note that their hours have been reduced to Thursday-Sunday from 3-8pm.
The Woods is the official taproom for Two Beers Brewing Company and Seattle Cider Company - both of which make excellent beer and cider. It’s also the official permanent location for Bread And Circuses, a food truck that serves things like beer mac and cheese, fried gnocchi, and Italian roast pork sandwiches. Right now, the patio’s open at 50% capacity.
This Magnolia brewery recently made the move to Ballard, and they have a cool new patio that’s currently open to show for it. This is the place to drink if you’re into tart sours - those make up around 75% of Urban Family’s beer lineup.
The White Swan Public House has joined forces with sister spots Radiator Whiskey, Matt’s In The Market, and 100 Pound Clam to operate at their patio stand that overlooks Lake Union. It’s one of the best places to eat seafood and drink sparkling wine in the summer, and they’re serving everything from cornmeal fried fish to shrimp po’boys.