The Best Patio Dining in Seattle

The warm weather months are here, so it’s sunglasses on at these al fresco dining spots
Twilight at Westward on the shore of North Lake Union

Linda’s Tavern [AMERICAN] Hard to believe that when this landmark opened on Capitol Hill nearly 20 years ago, it served only potato chips and nuts. Hooray for the lineup of hangover helpers cranked out by this busy kitchen. The bacon, eggs and crispy hash browns platter tastes even better when enjoyed at the perpetual party on the funky, fun patio tucked away in the back. Music fans will want to check out the rad jukebox. Brunch Sat.–Sun., dinner daily. 707 E Pine St.; 206.325.1220;

Oddfellows Cafe [AMERICAN] [HIDDEN PATIO] There is nothing cuter than an itsy-bitsy, brick-encased back patio in a nook of an expansive café. Often overlooked by Oddfellows devotees, this (what feels like a) private garden, with only six round tables with chairs, is dressed up with murals and enough greenery to transport you out of the city. A single heater and party lights round out the necessities. This Capitol Hill oasis is absolutely perfect for an afternoon glass of wine, paired with the equally leisurely ploughman’s lunch of cheddar, prosciutto, house pickles, greens and a baguette. 1525 10th Ave.; 206.325.0807;

Poppy [NORTHWEST] Savory summer herbs and edible flowers destined for the menu gently scent the air on Poppy’s secluded back patio, where a subtle fence surrounds the poppy orange tables and chairs. We love the ever-changing creations arranged on the thali plates, and every meal should begin with a carefully crafted cocktail from the seasoned bartenders. Dinner daily. 622 Broadway E; 206.324.1108;

Terra Plata [NORTHWEST] Tamara Murphy created an urban oasis on the rooftop of her restaurant’s bustling dining room. Potted herbs used in various preparations perfume the summer air, mingling with the meaty scents coming from the outdoor grill, often run by the chef herself. Alas, the expansive view has been obscured by a new building, but with the dynamite surroundings on the spacious rooftop garden and terrific seasonally driven food, you likely won’t even miss it. Brunch Sat.–Sun., lunch Tue.–Fri., dinner Tue.–Sun., paella Monday nights. 1501 Melrose Ave.; 206.325.1501;

Poquitos [MEXICAN] [ENCLOSED PATIOS] Off the main room at Poquitos, you’ll find a fully glassed-in, atrium-like bar area, complete with high tables and stools, along with a few benches and, of course, several seats at the bar. Although not technically outdoor dining, this oasis of natural light heats up on sunny days and gives the impression of dining in a greenhouse—very tropical, which complements the fresh Mexican dishes, and the house-pressed aguas frescas and seasonal margaritas made with local fruits. Turn up early for happy hour and snag a table, as well as some superaffordable snacks, such as the traditionally prepared grilled corn with crema, lime and Cotija cheese. Capitol Hill, 1000 E Pike St.; 206.453.4216;

Marjorie [SIDEWALK PATIO] When the sun comes up, so do the rolling doors of this offbeat Capitol Hill restaurant, located in the courtyard of Chloe Apartments. The absence of walls doubles the size of the cozy spot by extending it onto an adorable little patio dotted with handmade and brightly colored tables and chairs, greenery and pretty flowers. It’s a romantic environment (especially at night when the candles twinkle) that mimics the beloved patio of the original Belltown Marjorie. Up the nostalgia quotient by ordering the signature plantain chips and a rum cocktail. Capitol Hill, 1412 E Union St.; 206.441.9842;

Elliott’s Oyster House
[SEAFOOD] [WATERFRONT] If a little bit of wind and the occasional scent of boating fuel in the air doesn’t bother you, Elliott’s offers one of the most scenic and action-packed patio views this side of, well, Elliott Bay. Not only is the never-ending deck along Pier 56 a front-row seat to a glistening waterfront, you’ll get to watch the hustle and bustle of aqua commuting in all its glory, from tour boats and the water taxi to tugboats and ferries. This is a fair-weather patio—no shelter or shade, and a limited number of heaters. There’s a good chance you won’t notice any intrusive weather elements if you order a dozen oysters. These are some of the best downtown has to offer. Lunch and dinner daily. 1201 Alaskan Way, Pier 56; 206.623.4340;

Six Seven [NORTHWEST] [WATERFRONT] Grab a table situated over the water on this modern, narrow, glass-walled deck hovering above Elliott Bay at the historic Edgewater hotel. Pacific Northwest seafood abounds on this menu, even at breakfast. Try the Dungeness crab frittata and upgrade to organic, local eggs. At dinner, opt for a classic cedar-plank salmon preparation or locally caught black cod. Breakfast and dinner daily, brunch Sat.–Sun., lunch Mon.–Fri. 2311 Alaskan Way, Pier 67; 206.269.4575;

Hard Rock Cafe [AMERICAN] Pass right on through the touristy main space and head directly up to the rooftop, where the panoramic views of the city and the Sound are truly stunning. We recommend coming here to drink in the vista and a cold brew on the low-slung couches warmed by gas fireplaces, then hit one of the countless excellent restaurants nearby (Matt’s in the Market, Le Pichet, Place Pigalle, Etta’s), where dinner is a better bet. >> Downtown, 116 Pike St.; 206.204.2233;

Lola [GREEK] [SIDEWALK PATIO] The Greek-inspired menu at Lola makes for lovely sidewalk fare. This sidewalk patio, surrounded by a wrought-iron railing on the east side of the street, has a handful of small metal tables, which are big enough to hold the many plates you’ll order, but can be chilly in the morning. Bring a sweater to sit on if you’ve set your sights on a plate of huge pancakes and fabulous house-made sausage. The rays warm things up all through the afternoon. Downtown, 2000 Fourth Ave.; 206.441.1430;