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The Top 10 Spots for Outdoor Dining in Phoenix

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by Robrt Pela
Updated May 31, 2022

Eating outdoors in the often-sultry desert isn’t just an option—it’s a pleasure. In Phoenix, many restaurateurs have ushered al fresco dining to cool new heights. Savor locally inspired plates with a view of the McDowell Mountains or sip sangria amongst the palms. Here are the city’s best restaurants for dining outside.

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4.6
4.6 (582)
$30 and under
Asian
Downtown Phoenix
About the restaurant

This gathering place is distinctive for its grove of palm trees—and its founders’ warm and inclusive brand of hospitality. An ever-changing menu features sushi, inventive salads, such as the refreshing chilled tofu and cucumber combo, and a selection of pan Asian dishes, served near fire pits in the winter. Lingering means a second round of mandarin sangrias—a Palma house specialty.


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KentCvip
Dined 4 days ago
My husband, sisters and I booked a table for brunch to celebrate our annual reunion. Our table was in a shaded corner of the outdoor patio and the atmosphere was delightful. The cocktails and food we ordered were all fantastic and we especially enjoyed the frozen blood orange margaritas. Our servers and the General manager, Ben, went above and beyond to accommodate us. The nearby fan over our table wasn’t working, so we jokingly asked if they could send someone to fan us and feed us grapes. We all had a laugh, but moments later, Ben returned with a rotary fan that he plugged in and placed by our table. Shortly after he can back with a tray of chilled fruit and laughingly said “I can’t feed them to you, but please enjoy these grapes and berries.” It was the above and beyond service along with the good humor of the staff that made our experience unforgettable.
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4.6
4.6 (1834)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Old Town Scottsdale
About the restaurant

The House is home to chef Brandon Jedd’s French-influenced modern American cuisine, a host of fine wines, and specialty brews. Hospitality here extends to a brick-floored outdoor dining area with private cabanas, dozens of shade trees, and Scottsdale’s oldest pine, reportedly planted in 1943 as the former homeowner’s Christmas tree. The Old Town Scottsdale favorite features small-plate specialties such as chicken-filled lettuce cups and halibut cheeks—and the heirloom cauliflower steak is an entrée not to be missed.


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KarynW
Dined 3 days ago
This restaurant was so enjoyable- everything from the ambience, service, drinks and of course the food. Highly recommend!
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4.7
4.7 (4730)
$30 and under
Unspecified
North Central Phoenix
About the restaurant

Fans of desert sunsets and cityscapes love this Phoenix perennial, which opened doors in 1987, and is known for breathtaking valley views. Even eating indoors here can give guests a top-of-the-world vibe, thanks to colossal floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining room and bar. But North Mountain views aren’t enough to score AAA Four-Diamond credentials. For that, one needs stellar cuisine and fine service, which Different Pointe of View offers in spades. Enjoy steaks, chops, and salads on a sunken flagstone dining area outside, decked with desert plants, or atop private bar tables aimed at the twinkling city lights.


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JoeRvip
Dined 5 days ago
This is probably the best meal that I've had in the Phoenix area. Everything from the service, ambience, and food was outstanding. Service was attentive without being obtrusive. The ambience and view of the city at night were amazing. The food was excellent and in portions which were not too large. We had the pork tenderloin and the New York Strip, both of which were exquisitely prepared. At the end of our meal, our server provided two small chocolate treats to complete an excellent dining experience. The on-duty manager stopped to enquire as to our experience. I highly recommend this restaurant for a nice dinner or a special occasion.
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3.7
3.7 (1006)
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
North Scottsdale
About the restaurant

There’s eating outside, and then there’s eating at Cielo, where the McDowell Mountains appear to join you at your table. The swish terrace at the Adero resort’s aptly named signature restaurant—“cielo” is Spanish for “sky”—is among the best places in town to show off local Sonoran beauty. Nestled up against nature, the outdoor dining room offers distinctive entrees made from locally grown bounty such as beet hummus and wild mushroom arancini. Daily happy hours are a thing, and locals know to whisper the words “dark sky” to their server on Tuesdays for an additional discount.


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VincentH
Dined on Apr 12, 2024
The patio overlooking Fountain Hills was extraordinary! The views were amazing.
A photo of Rita's Cantina & Bar, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1883)
$31 to $50
Southwest
Paradise Valley
About the restaurant

Camelback Inn’s relaxed, Southwestern restaurant isn’t just for resort guests; locals have been lining up for its Sonoran comfort food for years. The iconic all-day spot offers traditional Mexican cuisine and margaritas served in a glass-fronted room—or on the large outdoor patio surrounding the resort’s private dining casitas. It’s easy to miss the pretty patio water feature and alfresco tables shaded by wide blue umbrellas, because the view from every table is angled toward gorgeous Camelback Mountain.


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sewpurple
Dined 7 days ago
The food as always was wonderful. However, the service was not what we have experienced in the past. We track down our waitress for refills on water and tea.
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4.5
4.5 (2774)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Downtown Phoenix
About the restaurant

Outdoor dining is practically Ocotillo’s raison d’etre. This well-loved brunch-and-dinner spot stands out for its alfresco bar, patio picnic tables, and backyard couches. The menu teems with elegant but approachable fare that’s perfect for outdoor dining: Roasted cauliflower is a standout, as is the smoked brisket and a show-stopping salad, topped with chicken liver mousse.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Dined here for my birthday with family and everything was fantastic. Our server Bret was attentive and gave great recommendations.
A photo of The Vig - Fillmore restaurant
4.6
4.6 (330)
$30 and under
American
Downtown Phoenix
About the restaurant

While The Vig’s indoor dining area provides much to love, including a cool house music soundtrack and plenty of large-screen TVs, it’s the wide and roomy patio that steals the scene here. Cozy up to an outdoor fireplace and order a Vig Burger, a cheddar, avocado, and caramelized onion masterpiece. Or dig into a classic southwest chopped salad—a crunchy mix of romaine, black beans, roasted corn, and watermelon radish, among other regional ingredients—while playing bocce ball on an alfresco court. Sometimes, there’s live music by local musicians—but there’s always a bar serving build-your-own mimosas.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
They had live music as well, and the outside seating was appreciated
A photo of Cibo restaurant
4.8
4.8 (561)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Downtown Phoenix
About the restaurant

People walking past this charming Fifth Avenue bungalow sometimes mistake it for a private home—hosting an extra lively patio party. While locals come to this Southern Italian spot for wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, they’re just as fond of the stunning skyline views and cozy firepit out back. Plenty of shade means outdoor dining is always an option, even during the day; happy hour features an array of small-plate specials, such as arancini and meatballs served with crusty bread, plus discounted drinks.


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Londonsvip
Dined 5 days ago
We have dined at Cibo twice in 2 weeks and we can’t wait to go again. The patio is so charming, the flowering trees and tiny lights makes you feel like you’re actually in Italy. The food is delicious and beautifully presented. They have both white and red pizzas, great pastas, many salad options and amazing antipasti. The wait staff are exceptional, very friendly, helpful and so nice. It is such a pleasure to dine there.
A photo of Fuego at The Clarendon restaurant
$30 and under
Unspecified
North Central Phoenix
About the restaurant

This Latin-fusion bistro adds much-needed glamor to Midtown’s Fourth Avenue. Surrounded by mid-century modern architecture and twinkling lights, Fuego’s comfy terrace is shaded by shrubs and full of life: There’s live music every evening, and friendly servers to bring you one of chef Carlos Ortiz Sanchez’s empanadas or a plateful of succulent short rib enchiladas. There’s always a new craft cocktail or top-shelf wine to try, and frequent dinner specials to keep things interesting.


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VinceR
Dined on Dec 17, 2023
Food is excellent and ambience is device. Unfortunately 12/16/2023 was their last day of business.
A photo of Southern Rail restaurant
$31 to $50
American
North Central Phoenix
About the restaurant

The expansive patio at this beloved midtown restaurant is a staple for locals, who gather on one of two outdoor spaces for chef Justin Beckett’s excellent gumbo and fried chicken. Outdoor ceiling fans and misting systems keep patios cool during the hotter months; for the rest of the year (it does occasionally get chilly in the desert) there are space heaters and a fireplace. But no matter the season, there’s always a 12-seat bar to belly up to. Open five days a week, Southern Rail offers American fare and a strong list of local wines.


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IanK
Dined on Dec 23, 2023
What a wonderful restaurant 😍 so sorry to see it close. Classic southern foods with flair! Delicious fried chicken and so many other wonderful dishes will be missed.
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