Some of Dallas’ best restaurants have found a way to lasso the beauty of summertime al fresco dining without subjecting guests to smoldering heat. From relaxing dinners to cocktail hour, Dave Perry-Miller presents his favorite restaurant patios.
Tucked inside the historic Belmont Hotel is BarBelmont, a hilltop terrace that affords views of the Dallas skyline. BarBelmont is a hot spot for artists, art lovers and the avant-garde. This is the perfect spot to visit for a signature cocktail such as an icy martini, or indulge in fare from onsite restaurant Smoke.
You know you’re visiting a Texas-sized patio when the restaurant owners actually call it a backyard. The oversized patio at The Rustic features picnic tables, mature oak trees and live music. The Southern menu features locally sourced steak and seafood, and the patio is open year-round.
The patio at Patrizio in Highland Park Village is filled with flowers and greenery, creating a relaxing atmosphere for you to enjoy the restaurant’s delicious Italian dishes. The patio offers plenty of shade with oversized table umbrellas, and guests beat the heat with strategically placed power fans.
Located on Travis Street, the patio at Cafe Madrid is the place to be if you’re longing for an intimate setting similar to the cozy cafes found throughout Spain. Cafe Madrid serves Spanish tapas and wine, and the restaurant offers live music, including classical guitar and flamenco.
Satisfy your craving for Tex-Mex with Mi Cocina’s Lakewood location. The salsa is hot, but the guests are cool thanks to the patio’s umbrellas and shading. Mi Cocina in Lakewood features a mural of the birds and butterflies of White Rock Lake, painted by artist Luis Sottil.
What’s your favorite patio in Dallas? We invite you to share your thoughts in the comments below.