- Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas Morning News

Sun’s out, fun’s out.


Dining outside is a serious hobby for Dallasites. It’s a way of life. A vibe. A passion. And it’s our pastime even if the weather is chilly or hot. But when the sun’s out and it’s 75 degrees, that’s prime patio time.

Get yourself to one of these 15 great patios in Dallas for a breath of fresh air.

Patios are listed in alphabetical order. Parking tips are included, where needed.

If you don’t live or work in Dallas proper, check out our list of the best patios in Fort Worth; and our list of the best patios in D-FW’s suburbs.

Katy Trail Ice House in Uptown Dallas

This backyard bar will go down in history as one of the best places to stay too long and drink too much. It’s popular in the heat of the summer because there are fans and trees; it’s popular in the chill of winter because there are heaters and booze. Katy Trail Ice House is a no-brainer in the spring and fall, when the Texas weather is pleasant. Dogs and kids are welcome.

  • Katy Trail Ice House is at 3127 Routh St., Dallas. Self-parking is available but can be tough to get. Valet parking is usually available.

Mi Cocina in Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park

Dallas-born restaurant Mi Cocina has set up shop in the middle of Klyde Warren Park, quite possibly one of the most iconic spots in the city. Dinner inside the restaurant or on the patio is an option, or grab a Mambo Taxi from the to-go window and walk it out into the park. A margarita under the skyline: That sounds like a quintessential Dallas evening, doesn’t it?

  • Mi Cocina has more than 20 restaurants in North Texas. This one is at 2000 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas. Valet parking is available at the restaurant, or $10 self parking spots are available near Klyde Warren; here’s a map.

The Rustic in Uptown Dallas

Going someplace with a group? Head to The Rustic, where the backyard is so big, your whole happy hour team can easily find a picnic table or a circle of chairs. Country singer Pat Green is a co-owner in this bar, so sometimes he or his country-music friends show up for concerts.

  • The Rustic is at 3656 Howell St., Dallas.

S&D Oyster Company in Uptown Dallas

It used to be a secret, but it isn’t anymore: The French Quarter-themed courtyard at S&D Oyster Company, found if you walk all the way to the back door, is one of the loveliest places to sit right in the middle of the city. Put on your shades, then order a dozen oysters and an ice-cold martini.

  • S&D Oyster Company is at 2701 McKinney Ave., Dallas.