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Best Patios in Dallas

GLF Readers Picked Their Top Spots to Dine Outdoors

Al fresco in Frisco? Dining outdoors in Dallas? We gotcha covered! You’ve survived another scorching summer in North Texas! And now, just in time for cooler weather around the corner, here are our readers’ picks for patio dining:

Earl’s Legacy West
Sippable craft cocktails, shareable plates, and romantic up lighting during evening hours make Earl’s the kind of patio where you’ll want to linger. Fans also love its nonalcoholic beverage options, including cold brew coffee and a nice selection of house-made craft sodas.


Stan’s Lakeview Draft House
Don’t you wish you had your own lake house with a huge deck out back, overlooking the water? Well, at Stan’s, you practically do. Live music makes it memorable, too.


Harry’s at the Harbor
Situated in the beautiful Italian-esque Adriatica Village complex in nearby McKinney, Harry’s patio boasts relaxing views of the water—perfect for cocktailing with friends or just enjoying a little “me” time.


Lazy Dog
This open-air, dog-friendly patio with plenty of available shade offers complimentary water bowls to your pooch. You can even order Fido a bowl of chicken and rice for just $4.95.


Handcrafted original artwork (for looks and for sale), generously-sized patios, and live music on the weekends give Lekka a fun, quirky vibe.


Fernando’s Mexican Cuisine
Upscale Tex-Mex cuisine, stellar margaritas, friendly service and a killer weekend brunch with $4 Bloody Marys and Margarita Swirls make Fernando’s a local patio-available favorite.


Casa Milagros
An intimate patio featuring quaint string lighting and seasonally blooming plants have made Casa Milagros a consistent favorite among readers. It’s like a little taste of Mexico—right in Richardson.


Wildflower Patio and Grill
Formerly known as Marcus Café, Wildflower has modern Texas cuisine and a flower-filled patio that make this a no-brainer choice for Happy Hour, Date Night, or relaxing weekend evenings.


Mi Cocina (Watters Creek)
A beautiful patio with umbrellas, lush greenery and a nice view of the creek keep this patio well-populated. Enjoy the ducks as they swim by—while you’re hoisting a Mambo Taxi Margarita (or two).


The Rustic
Local, craft beers, Texas wines and spirits, live music and a large patio with picnic tables give The Rustic a taste of Austin, Dallas-style. Don’t miss the Cactus Fritters or Wild Boar Meatballs—perfect to share while you’re soaking in the social scene.

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