Best Patio Dining in the Valley

Get a load of this weather! To enjoy the 80-degree days and cool evenings, pull up a chair at one of our favorite Valley patios. (Rosé optional.)

BEST PATIOS | CHANDLER

Sivlik Grill at Whirlwind Golf Club

Sivlik Grill (pictured) at Whirlwind Golf Club’s indoor and outdoor clubhouse restaurant is open daily for breakfast and lunch service inspired by Southwestern and Native American flavors and spices. (Standouts include the Huevos Sivlik, the stuffed French toast, the buffalo burger with peanut butter and pepper jelly and the signature Sivlik wings in flavors like Scorpion Nectar.) Sivlik Grill’s patio can seat about 50 guests and is accompanied by oversized canopy umbrellas. It overlooks the putting green and beautifully manicured fairways of the golf course, as well as offers panoramic views of Estrella Mountain and South Mountain. This space is also seasonally equipped with charming patio string lights to accommodate private evening functions under the stars.

BEST PATIOS | SCOTTSDALE

Isabella’s Kitchen

At Isabella’s Kitchen, pick a seat at the sprawling Backyard Patio for a romantic sunset view and to get cozy by the firepits. Dig into pizzas, pastas, salads, sandwiches, bruschetta, antipastas and much more, made using only the freshest ingredients. Wine lover? Isabella’s boasts a long list of whites and reds by the bottle or glass.

BEST PATIOS | SCOTTSDALE

Quill Creek Café

Quill Creek Café at Grayhawk Golf Club, the centerpiece of culinary action at the club, offers one of the most appealing patio dining options in the Valley highlighted by mountain and golf course views. A wall of windows brings the outdoors in and king-size doors swing open to reveal a newly renovated fireplace encircled by all-new outdoor living furniture from traditional four tops to cozy couch-and-coffee-table seating. The renovations are intended to give guests the flexibly to gather with family and friends and enjoy the space as they would like—drinks and apps, hearty steak feasts or intimate dinners for two.  

BEST PATIOS | SCOTTSDALE

The Vig McDowell Mountain

Yard games, stellar views and live music make this patio mighty memorable. The Vig McDowell Mountain (pictured on homepage) is the newest addition to The Vig lineup; other locations include Arcadia, Fillmore, Uptown and McCormick Ranch. Here, weekend brunch is a hit thanks to eats like tres leches French toast and the meaty Hangover Helper.

BEST PATIOS | GILBERT

Nico Heirloom Kitchen

This Gilbert standout serves up West Coast-inspired seasonal Italian cuisine, including some of the Valley’s best pasta plates. Inside, get cozy in leather tufted booths; outside, enjoy twinkle lights, a handsome blue-and-white palette and people-watching along Gilbert Road.

TIP: Don’t miss out on Chef Gio Osso’s famous grilled octopus.

BEST PATIOS | SCOTTSDALE

Prado at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

Prado offers an array of authentic Spanish tapas and wood-fired entrees paired with fine wines and signature sangrias. Guests are invited to savor in the intimate lounge, rustic dining room or on the heated patio—fireside—overlooking Camelback Mountain.

BEST PATIOS | PARADISE VALLEY

LON’s Last Drop

Fans of the beloved LON’s have a neighbor to enjoy in the more casual Last Drop bar. Relax with an innovative cocktail or a local brew fireside (there are five fireplaces, in fact) on the patio. The all-day menu includes small plates, sandwiches, salads, and wood-fired pizzas.

BEST PATIOS | SCOTTSDALE

The House Brasserie

A Pinterest dream come to life, Old Town’s The House Brasserie is vintage-chic, candlelit and cozy. The menu offers world cuisine—with a dash of Grandma’s kitchen for good measure.The shady patio offers the perfect spot to sip hand-pressed cocktails and eclectic wine and beer offerings.

BEST PATIOS | PHOENIX

Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain

Savor an ever-changing, farm-to-table menu of locally sourced produce and meat under a canopy of trees and twinkle lights. Be sure to also visit The Farm’s two other alfresco outposts: Morning Glory Café for breakfast and The Farm Kitchen for a casual picnic lunch.

TIP: Sample some of Arizona’s best wines!

BEST PATIOS | PARADISE VALLEY

El Chorro

This historical hot spot is known for its famous sticky buns as much as it is its expansive patio that still remains intimate thanks to its lovely fauna and cozy fire features. In addition to classic plates like beef stroganoff, El Chorro offers full gluten-free brunch and dinner menus.

BEST PATIOS | SCOTTSDALE

Rhythm + Wine

This family-owned wine bar in Scottsdale offers seasonal dishes, a well-curated wine list and comfort to its guests. Rhythm + Wine’s popular outdoor bar and patio offers an intimate dining experience under the stars and is the perfect setting for private events, wine dinners and for enjoying live music.

TIP: Bring your pup for Bow Wow happy hour Sundays from 3 to 6 p.m.

BEST PATIOS | TEMPE

House of Tricks

Cozy up on the patio of a 1920’s cottage. Dine among grape-covered arbors, beautiful trees, potted flowers and café lights in a location that is proximate to the Arizona State University campus. Highlights of the seasonally inspired menu may include almond-crusted rack of lamb or jalapeño-goat cheese grits.

BEST PATIOS | GILBERT

Joe’s Farm Grill

The picnic-table paradise for the whole family (including Fido) offers hearty burgers, salads, pizzas, shakes and much more deliciousness under towering trees. It’s the perfect spot for a relaxed Friday-night dinner as the kiddos take laps in the grass or a Sunday morning breakfast with the whole crew (the pancakes are delish!)

BEST PATIOS | PHOENIX

Different Pointe of View

Reserve your spot for a romantic date night atop North Mountain, as you savor the city’s twinkling lights and Arizona’s colorful sunsets. For an intimate VIP experience, RSVP for the Insider’s View Dinner Series at Different Pointe of View. P.S.: This happens to be Arizona’s longest-running AAA Four-Diamond restaurant.

BEST PATIOS | PHOENIX

Gertrude’s Restaurant

Dine among roadrunners, squirrels and stunning flora and fauna at this Desert Botanical Garden eatery. Apart from scoring mega points for its surrounding, Gertrude’s delivers an impeccable ever-changing menu boasting local flavors and ingredients and social media-worthy presentation.

BEST PATIOS | SCOTTSDALE

Café Monarch

In the ultra-romantic candlelit courtyard of Café Monarch, dig into a seasonal, chef-inspired four-course prix fixe menu, which changes weekly. Sample dishes include citrus-crusted Chilean seabass and shrimp ceviche gazpacho. The intimate, dreamlike setting is complemented with vines, fountains and glowing lanterns

Tip: Outdoor seating is in high demand; make reservations well in advance.

BEST PATIOS | SCOTTSDALE

Rita’s Kitchen

Rita’s Kitchen at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa offers firepits, twinkle lights and sunset views–all the makings of a blissful patio experience. A favorite for Sunday brunch or happy hour, don’t miss the avocado shrimp toast and any of R Bar’s spring-y margs.

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