Now that it’s spring it’s time to enjoy the outdoors. How about combining sunshine and breeze with a delicious meal at one of the many patio restaurants in the Phoenix area?
Stroll over and absorb the ambiance of Paris at Zinc Bistro at Kierland Commons. Nestled in a bustling corner, customers can sit outside at tables adorned with white table linens and watch the busy shoppers stroll by, arms loaded with shopping bags as they dart in and out of favorite stores. For a more tranquil outdoor atmosphere, sit in the serenity of the bistro’s courtyard, with its trickling fountain and greenery. The bistro’s waitstaff are dressed in black and white uniforms, and provide diners service with poise and elegance.
Zinc’s menu includes crispy salads, Chicken Coq u Vin, Boulleabaisse and desserts such as crème brulee and a chocolate soufflé. To end the meal, sip the rich French press Illy coffee, which is ground and pressed fresh for each customer. Dog-friendly patio. 5034 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.603.0922
Pizzeria Bianco is a great place to eat after visiting the world-class exhibits at the Arizona Science Center. Set in Phoenix’s historical Heritage Square, this famous locale has all the charm of the 1800s, when the area was built. Patio diners can enjoy the tree-lined pathways bordered by grass, manicured hedges and bougainvillea. The red-brick Victorian buildings of the restaurant and square include galleries, museums and two creativity centers for children and adults alike—all one-of-a kind places to visit after lunch at Pizzeria Bianco.
For lunch the menu includes wood-fired artisanal pizzas, sandwiches and salads, all prepared with fresh, organic tomatoes. Don’t miss the savory antipasti, a large plate of wood-roasted vegetables, sopressata and a mini-eggplant parmigiana. A fine selection of wines, as well as full-bodied coffee, complete the meal. 623 E. Adams St., Phoenix; 602.258.8300
Overlooking Camelback Mountain, the sun-dappled patio at The Henry makes any lunch a pleasure. The Henry’s inside décor is a work of art itself. The different types, colors and designs on the wallpaper—including filigree, arabesque and vintage—alongside the complementary fabric patterns covering overstuffed chairs and couches all work together to create an atmosphere of eclectic beauty.
The menu includes juicy hamburgers, healthy salads and entrées such as roasted pork loin. After lunch, linger over soothing hot coffee, taking it all in. 4455 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.429.8020
The Farm at South Mountain
Sit surrounded by rows of vegetables, herbs and flowers; a large pecan grove; and happy families and dogs enjoying soothing sunshine and a soft breeze. The Farm at South Mountain’s idyllic space includes three places to eat. Morning Glory Café is open for breakfast and lunch. The menu includes morning specialties such as omelettes, eggs, pastries and fresh fruit. The coffee is self-serve and warmly satisfying. The Farm Kitchen is a casual place where customers order at the counter and take their food outside where they can either sit at café tables or at picnic tables. This is the perfect place to take young children who want to eat fast and then play outside while parents eat. Quiessence is the fine dining restaurant for romantic evenings. After eating explore Botanica, a shop that sells one-of-a kind hand-made items like jewelry, soaps, lotions and gourmet foods. Dog-friendly patio. 6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix; 602.276.6360
Experience Spain at Prado at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. To get to the patio, go through the main restaurant with its Spanish master-inspired paintings and its Moroccan-influenced, colorful, exotic pillows on comfy couches. The patio offers a breathtaking view of a palatial Spanish garden, complete with ceramic tiles, fountains, orange and cypress trees, flowers and shady pathways. The food equals the quality of the scene. For an appetizer, try the lobster avocado salad, delicately spiced to bring out the tastiest of flavors. The menu also includes such choices as tapas, paella, steak and calamari. 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale; 480.627.3020
Luci’s at the Orchard
Luci’s has a happy, family-friendly atmosphere. Formerly a ranch house set in an orchard, the property has turned into a neighborhood gathering place. Lean back under the patio’s sun-dappled shade trees and soak in its cheerful garden of grass and flowers. Order up at the counter—the servers will then bring your food to you. The menu includes an eclectic choice of hamburgers, salads, burritos, biscuits and gravy, chilaquiles and more. After lunch don’t miss the ice cream or tempting array of goodies at the bakery counter. Dog-friendy patio. 7100 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.633.2442