Grab some fresh air at these outdoor dining places.
Fresh air is the perfect accompaniment to any meal at these outdoor eating spots.
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.
FROM THE SEA
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.
AN ELEVATED EXPERIENCE
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.
NO PASSPORTS NECESSARY
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.