Fresh air and fresh eats await at our top ten easy, breezy dining spots.
Feast on the Summer Grill Shack menu, a.k.a. whole animal roasts, at Revel’s cozy twenty-seat back patio (pictured). Pigs, goats, and lambs have all had their day.
Tom Douglas’s casual-chic Pike Place Market restaurant, Seatown, serves locally sourced dishes (Beecher’s cheddar and asparagus omelet, Dungeness crab BLT, Penn Cove oysters on the half shell) on a sidewalk patio overlooking Elliott Bay.
Scoring a table on the just-opened rooftop deck at Tamara Murphy’s Terra Plata earns you a stunning view of the cityscape (and the chance to snoop around her fledgling chef’s garden).
Ten tiny tables line the slim sidewalk patio at Capitol Hill’s Artusi; daily rotating cocktail slushies complement chef Jason Stratton’s sought-after nibbles.
The quaint wooden deck at Madrona’s Bottlehouse is made for sipping wine on summer nights — especially those that involve live music.
The romantic vine-covered courtyard at Eastlake gem Serafina is prime real estate for a third date or sweet Sunday brunch.
The Hot Spot
As if the Elliott Bay view weren’t enough, The Pink Door’s perennially packed Post Alley patio comes with a market-fresh menu filled with mouth-watering options.
A Bold Choice
Bright orange tables and chairs color the unassuming back patio of Jerry Traunfeld’s Poppy; they’re almost as festive as the Indian thali plates he serves.
For waterfront dining, the sprawling deck at Ballard favorite Ray’s Cafe never disappoints, especially when you’re in the mood for calamari, shrimp and crab cakes, and steamed clams.
The fully shaded patio at French-inspired bistro 35th Street Kitchen + Bar provides a respite from the sweltering sun on really warm days.
Photo: Tim Burke / Courtesy of Revel