On a sunny Seattle day, there’s nothing better than putting aside all of your “should-dos,” and plopping yourself on a patio with a cold drink. From Olympic Mountain views to green garden escapes, no one does outdoor seating like the Emerald City. Here’s where to go for Seattle restaurants with al fresco dining.
Seattle Restaurants with Al Fresco Dining
Pan Pacific Seattle Lobby Bar
Experience creative Pacific Northwestern cuisine on the Pan Pacific Seattle’s seasonal patio, with uninterrupted Space Needle views. Take in the scenery while enjoying locally sourced dishes like mussels steamed with smoked tomatoes and herbs—along with a knockout collection of Washington-made wines, ales and spirits. Don’t miss the Pan Pacific Sour, with rhubarb bitters and whiskey. Pan Pacific Seattle Lobby Bar: 2125 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121. ; 206-264-8111.
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
Brimmer & Heeltap
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
Rooftop Brewing Company
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
Nestled in the heart of Belltown, this petite tapas bar’s patio is enclosed by exposed brick walls, lending it a warm, and inviting atmosphere. Come at night to dine under tiny, twinkling lights. Pinxto: 2219 4th Ave; 206-441-4042
The Independent Pizzeria
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 Indian, New-American hybrid in Capitol Hill is known for its inventive thali plates—colorful platters to share, filled with everything from clam and leek chowder to nigella-poppy naan. The patio is dotted with bright orange tables and chairs, giving it a fun, modern flare. Poppy: 622 Broadway E.; 206-324-1108
Photo courtesy of @raysboathouse.