See the best places around KC to dine al fresco and while away what remains of summer.
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.
Boasting one of the best views in the city, Café Trio’s beautiful and expansive deck is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner and take advantage of the restaurant’s frequent deals, like this one: Aug. 31-Sept. 14, get $25 off when you spend $75.
Get (a little) out of town and head to Independence’s Vivilore’s courtyard patio, filled with lush potted plants and landscaping. With chef-owner Whit Ross’ new American cuisine, a trip to the restaurant feels like an energizing vacation. You can even do some shopping, as Vivilore also contains a retail space featuring fine art and antiques.
Cool down on a warm day with a cocktail sipped al fresco. Zocalo. Margaritas are the go-to at Zocalo, and they’re only $4.50 during the restaurant’s happy hour 3-7 p.m. weekdays. Equally welcome on the patio? Bottomless beverages during brunch, including $9 mimosas, bloody marys and bellinis.
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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