See the best places around KC to dine al fresco and while away summer days and nights.
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.
Grille at Park Place
The Grille at Park Place offers not one but two areas where guests can dine outdoors. The main level patio looks out over Barkley Square, making it a prime spot to catch one of the district’s weekly summer concerts while enjoying The Grille’s classic American dishes. The restaurant also features a rooftop with lounge and cocktail seating, fire pits, a full bar and a shareable appetizer menu. Its retractable walls and roof make it accessible 365 days a year.
Boasting one of the best views of the Country Club Plaza and J.C. Nichols Fountain 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—or one of the restaurant’s signature specialty martinis. It’s also the frequent site of live music.
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.
Gram & Dun
The Country Club Plaza is home to a number of gorgeous outdoor dining options, but Gram & Dun keeps us coming back with its spacious patio surrounded by a perimeter of flowers. People watch during a much-needed shopping break or soak up the sun while savoring brunch, served Saturdays and Sundays.
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.
Can’t abscond to Paris for a weekend of dining? Aixois is the next best thing, from its classic French cuisine to its relaxed, café-style patio. Grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine from the Crestwood Shops favorite and unwind as you look out at the perfectly manicured lawn.
Like its Summer Shandy, Leinenkugel’s KC’s patio is tailor-made for summer. Extending into the Kansas City Live! Block, booths and high-top tables offer an ideal vantage point for watching the many performances that come through or to simply snack on the restaurant’s food, a mix of the brand’s Wisconsin heritage and Kansas City’s farm-to-market scene—think brawts, burgers and beer-battered fish and chips.
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