See the best places around KC to dine al fresco and while away lazy spring days and summer evenings.
Tables on the Jacobson’s colorful patio can be hard to come by in the warmer months, especially on First Fridays. Beat the crowds and nab a seat during the Crossroads restaurant’s “Mingle Hour.” Offered weekdays 3 – 6 p.m., you can score specially priced wine, drafts and craft cocktails as well as delicious small plates.
The beloved Brookside restaurant’s patio is a local favorite, and for good reason. The spacious outdoor dining area is the ideal place to stop during an outing in the neighborhood and grab a bite of Chef Celina Tio’s acclaimed food, including new spring dishes such as steak and fingerling frites.
Chez Elle Creperie
Grabbing a streetside table outside Westside’s Chez Elle Creperie feels a bit like being transported to a Parisian café, especially once you order one of the signature crepes, including sweet, savory and breakfast varieties. Chez Elle opens early Tuesday through Sunday, making it a perfect pick for early risers looking to sip a cup of coffee al fresco, and there’s no need to leave your pup at home—the patio is pet friendly.
Renee Kelly’s Harvest
How often do you get to dine at a castle? More frequently than you might imagine if you’re a fan of Renee Kelly’s Harvest, operated out of Caenen Castle in Shawnee. Surrounded by greenery and accented with beautiful blooms, it’s a natural complement to Kelly’s ever-changing farm to table menu.
Patio season needs to be christened with a cocktail sipped al fresco. Make it a margarita at Zocalo, which is so excited for warm weather it’s throwing a party to celebrate. Stop by the covered patio Saturday, April 4 11 a.m. – sundown for live music and specials that include $3 street tacos, $4 Patron shots and $6 Patron margaritas.
Lights strung over Trezo Mare’s breezy patio give The Village at Briarcliff eatery a warm, romantic feel. Order a glass of vino from its extensive wine list and a bowl of housemade pasta and take in the stunning view of the city for an experience that’s hard to beat.
No need to actually sit outside to take advantage of sunny days at La Bodega. The Leawood location features a sangria bar sitting behind a garage door you’ll find open on nice days, which leads to the restaurant’s outdoor patio, and the Southwest Boulevard restaurant offers one of the brightest, funkiest patios in town.
The Farmhouse’s dishes, filled with fresh, local ingredients, practically beg to be enjoyed in the great outdoors. We’re more than happy to oblige, especially during brunch on Saturday and Sunday when you can eat while watching the hustle and bustle of City Market-goers.
Café Des Amis
This cozy French restaurant boasts a charming deck that lets you dine among the treetops and allows you to soak in vitamin D without having to endure a meal with the sun shining in your eyes.
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