Situated on the outskirts of Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, and jutting Westward into Shilshole Bay, Ray’s Boathouse offers stunning views of the water, and the Olympic Mountain Range (see photo above). On a cool Summer night, it’s the perfect spot to catch a sunset and to feast on fresh, expertly prepared salmon, sablefish and clams. Ray’s Boathouse: 6049 Seaview Ave. NW; 206-789-3770
Slinging Neapolitan-style pies from a lovely corner of Lake Washington, The Independent Pizzeria features a small, intimate patio great for a weekend date night. Fans recommend the Syracuse—a perfect, salty-sweet marriage of grana, capers, olives and peppers. The Independent Pizzeria: 4235 E. Madison St.; 206-860-6110.
This gorgeous Ballard gastropub’s back patio includes fun pops of turquoise and orange, a fire pit and plenty of lush greenery, making it feel like you’ve just stopped to mingle and graze in your hip neighbor’s backyard. Regulars rave about the craft cocktails, and the understated but scrumptious thick-cut bread and butter. Brimmer & Heeltap: 425 NW Market St.; 206-420-2534
This small, family friendly brewery features a laid-back rooftop beer garden, indoor tasting room and free popcorn—always. Grab a treat from the food truck, an aptly named “Glorious Basker” from the bar, and throw on your sunnies to enjoy a warm day in the city. Rooftop Brewing Company: 1220 W Nickerson St.; 206-457-8598
We might be a bit biased, but nothing beats being able to walk a couple of steps from a balcony suite to the Lobby Bar for a quick bite. Enjoy a specialty cocktail, or a glass of Washington-made on the patio, while soaking in views of the Seattle skyline.
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