Enjoy the warm, sunny days with a cold drink and some fresh dishes outside. Seattle's restaurants offer sidewalk seating, rooftop gardens and waterside patios. Brunch through happy hour, grab sunglasses and sunscreen and relax over a meal with friends and family. Here are a few favorite Seattle restaurants to dine al fresco.
Anthony’s Pier 66
On Seattle’s waterfront, Anthony’s Pier 66 has a lovely patio overlooking the Bell Harbor Marina, with beautiful views of Elliott Bay, downtown Seattle and Mount Rainier. The restaurant creates simple preparations of fresh seafood for dinner nightly. You’ll also find Anthony’s Bell St. Diner and Anthony’s Fish Bar, two more casual spots that are open for lunch and dinner.
Ballard Pizza Co.
Share a pizza outdoors at the South Lake Union location of Ethan Stowell's Ballard Pizza Co. The latest addition to this local pizza chain is in the heart of Seattle's fastest changing neighborhood. People-watch (and dog-watch; Amazon's nearby campus and dog-friendly policy means plenty of pups in the neighborhood) while enjoying a beer and pie.
Ivar’s Acres of Clams
Another spot on the waterfront, on Pier 54, Ivar’s Acres of Clams recently finished a massive renovation, which included adding a brand-new outdoor patio. Snag a table at the very end, you’ll be able to see up and down the entire waterfront. Find seafood favorites for lunch and dinner, including the restaurant’s famous clam chowder.
Head to the Lake Union location of this steakhouse for dining on the outside deck, where you can watch the sailboats and seaplanes come and go on busy Lake Union. The restaurant is open daily for dinner, where you’ll find plenty of options for steak as well as fresh seafood, salads and small plates. Daniel’s also has a vegetarian menu.
Pike Place Market has a number of spots with outdoor dining, including the elegant French spot Maximilien. Enjoy their panoramic views on the patio—if you can, time it to see sunset. Eat lunch or dinner daily, or enjoy Sunday’s “Le” Brunch, with French classics including crepes and Benedicts.
This small Belltown spot has a patio through the back of the restaurant. Come early to nab a table, where you’ll enjoy dappled sunshine, great drinks and bar food with a Latin flair—find things like sandwiches, tacos, burgers, oysters and small plates. Beat the heat (both spice and sun) with the Innkeeper’s Gimlet or Vincey Rum Punch.
Capitol Hill’s Monsoon has a rooftop bar surrounded by trees and overlooking the cute 19th Ave. E micro ’hood. Dine on Vietnamese dishes made with a Pacific Northwest flair for weekday lunches, nightly happy hour and dinner or weekend dim sum brunch. Be sure to try one of the restaurant's inventive cocktails.
Hard Rock Café
Downtown’s Hard Rock Café has a rooftop terrace overlooking Pike Place Market and downtown Seattle. Grab some friends and some drinks and enjoy an afternoon lounging in the sunshine. Stop in for happy hour—as you head upstairs, be sure to check out all the local music memorabilia scattered around the restaurant’s walls. Also check out the event calendar for the live music lineup.
The Alki Beach location of this local Southwestern food spot has a small patio to dine outside—but if those seats are full, the huge roll-up garage doors means it feels like you're outside even when, technically, you aren't. Share some guacamole with friends while also dining on enchiladas (try the butternut squash), tacos and more.