Grab some fresh air at these out­door din­ing places.

Fresh air is the per­fect ac­com­pa­ni­ment to any meal at these out­door eat­ing spots.

Where Seattle - - CONTENTS - By Ha­ley Shap­ley

The weather get­ting warmer and Seat­tleites en­thu­si­as­ti­cally shed­ding their parkas in fa­vor of a pair of shorts means pa­tio sea­son is fi­nally upon us. Whether you’re look­ing to en­joy a leisurely weekend brunch, a happy hour cock­tail or din­ner with a view, get your dose of vi­ta­min D at these spots with out­door op­tions.


With a lo­ca­tion right on an in­let of the Pa­cific Ocean, Seat­tle pre­dictably boasts se­ri­ous seafood chops. Pair that with an out­door lo­ca­tion on the wa­ter and you’ve got the mak­ings of a stand­out din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. At Ivar’s Acres of Clams, a lo­cal in­sti­tu­tion since 1938, it’s tough to de­cide whether it’s the fish or the ren­o­vated pa­tio that’s the star of the show. Call it a tie while you nosh on seared Alaskan hal­ibut from your front-row seat to the fer­ries criss­cross­ing the Puget Sound. Just down the road be­side Myr­tle Ed­wards Park, Aqua by El Gau­cho stuns with a spa­cious deck on Pier 70 over­look­ing showy El­liott Bay, mak­ing it a choice lo­cale to sa­vor ex­quis­ite wine and seafood near the source. Over in Walling­ford, lovely lake­front eatery West­ward serves up North­west fare and sweep­ing views of Lake Union. It’s ideal for wa­ter sports en­thu­si­asts—sim­ply tie up your boat or kayak to their pri­vate dock be­fore head­ing to the din­ing deck for a pad­dling break.


Out­door space + a lit­tle el­e­va­tion + sum­mer weather = jack­pot. A sleek and ex­pan­sive pa­tio among down­town’s sky­scrapers is the claim to fame at fifth-floor Fro­lik Kitchen + Cock­tails. Or­der a pear ginger mule and grab a seat by one of the fire­places, or chal­lenge fel­low fresh-air rev­el­ers to a game of shuf­fle­board. Over in South Lake Union, Mbar’s 14th-floor rooftop pa­tio is worth a visit. While you’re nib­bling on a lo­cal baguette and in­dulging in a sig­na­ture cock­tail like Dali’s Frosted Donut, don’t for­get to look around— you’ll spot Lake Union, the Space Nee­dle, Queen Anne and the Olympic Moun­tains. The Nest at the top of the Thomp­son ho­tel is also no slouch in the vis­tas depart­ment, with its rooftop ter­race of­fer­ing a stun­ning look at the Puget Sound and Pike Place Mar­ket. Paired with a glass of Cham­pagne, it’s heav­enly.


With one of the most di­verse food scenes in the coun­try, Seat­tle lets you es­cape to a far­away land while still firmly planted in city lim­its. Come for the rugby match and stay for the good eats at Bal­lard’s Kan­ga­roo & Kiwi, sport­ing an Aus­tralia-meets-New Zealand vibe. In the string-light-adorned court­yard, chow down on Aussie meat pies and sip lo­cal brews. If sun­shine’s got you in the is­land mind­set, sink your par­adise-crav­ing toes in the pa­tio sand at Bon­gos, where the Caribbean sand­wiches are de­lec­ta­ble—try The Desi, fea­tur­ing cit­rus-braised pork. And for Hawai­ian-Korean fu­sion cui­sine, take ad­van­tage of the am­ple out­door seat­ing at Mar­i­na­tion Ma Kai in West Seat­tle, a brickand-mor­tar it­er­a­tion of the pop­u­lar food truck Mar­i­na­tion.


Like a stylish friend’s well-dec­o­rated back­yard deck, some of Seat­tle’s out­door din­ing spots ex­ude co­zi­ness. The cute-as­can-be pa­tio at Mar­jorie on Capi­tol Hill is one of them. With brightly col­ored chairs, pots of fresh laven­der, and even blan­kets and heat lamps when the tem­per­a­ture isn’t co­op­er­at­ing, this is the place to come for a sweet at­mos­phere and must-taste steel drum plan­tains. At the back of Percy’s & Co. in Bal­lard, take a seat at one of the wooden pic­nic ta­bles sur­rounded by hang­ing ferns and or­der an apothe­cary-themed li­ba­tion. Don’t for­get to add a house-made tinc­ture for brain power or im­mu­nity at no ex­tra cost. And with plenty of fo­liage and flow­ers, the charm­ing pa­tio at Cic­chetti in East­lake is small and in­ti­mate, a just-right space to share Mediter­ranean tapas with some­one spe­cial.

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