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The days are long and sunny, and the evenings are cool and inviting. What better way to take advantage of the year’s best weather than with some al fresco dining! Today, we’ve compiled our big (BIG!) list of some of Birmingham’s best patios. Organized by neighborhood, this is your go-to resource all spring and summer long for huge patios, postage-stamp patios, sidewalk seating, porch dining, covered patios and dog-friendly patios, too. Bookmark this page for easy access to the best patios around. We didn’t cover the entirety of the Magic City, but we got a very good start!
100+ Patio Dining Spots in Birmingham
The brewery is known for its hip and casual feel. Bring your friends — and your dog — and enjoy a brew at this beloved spot that kickstarted the revitalization of the hip Avondale neighborhood.
With no indoor seating, this permanent food truck in the dog-friendly, back courtyard of Parkside Cafe makes for a perfect stop on a starry night. Their Asian fusion cuisine has a cultlike foodie following, so make sure not to pass up a free table when you come to visit.
This laid-back neighborhood bar was in Avondale right at its resurgence, so some say it started the revitalization of the now-booming neighborhood. Grab a brew and enjoy good conversation and laughter with friends at this chill spot.
This popular pizza joint is a great family-friendly eatery for lunch or dinner. Not only are the pizzas superb, but so are the fresh salads and homemade sodas!
Ever had a grilled cheese with mac and cheese in the middle? MELT is famous for its tasty and eccentric versions of grilled cheese sandwiches, which always taste better in the shade of MELT’s screened-in patio! There’s even a place to eat if you want to bring your dog!
Catch a caffeine buzz at Saturn’s in-house coffee shop, Satellite. This chrome-accented, futuristic-themed coffee shop and bar is the perfect place for coffee connoisseurs and bar hoppers to enjoy some artisan beverages.
Known for having the best BBQ in the South, SAW’s Soul Kitchen is the ideal place to visit for a memorable meal! Mingle with Post Office Pies customers on the patio the eateries share between their buildings.
When the weather doesn’t cooperate, but you still want to enjoy the breeze of a patio, head to Avondale Common House and their covered patio. Perfect for both large parties and intimate dates, the patio at Avondale Common House is a great spot to chow down or sip a beverage and enjoy the views of Avondale.
Chow down on some chicken salad and wash it down with a big glass of sweet tea while visiting this Southern-style café’s patio. If you’re still hungry, there is an abundance of tempting treats to feed your sweet tooth at this spot in Cahaba Heights.
Fresh farm-to-table ingredients and inventive cocktails are the focus of this restaurant with an approachable neighborhood vibe. Their slogan, “Not pretentious. Just delicious.” comes to mind when enjoying a meal on their inviting, dog-friendly patio.
There is nothing better than enjoying a generous portion of barbecue on a sunny day. Stop by and treat yourself to this delicious mom-and-pop-style smokehouse cuisine on the outdoor patio.
Enjoy the shaded side patio at this favorite neighborhood restaurant. Burgers, salads, sandwiches, pasta and more adorn this large and diverse menu, so there is something guaranteed to please the picky eater, as well as the culinary connoisseur. (Read our article about Mudtown here.)
If you are in the mood for fresh Gulf seafood with Southern soul, the Fig Tree has what you desire. Ignite your taste buds with a dish enjoyed al fresco on their charming patio.
Enjoy fresh, traditional Mexican fare at El Zun Zun. From their delicious chips and salsa to their tasty margaritas, the patio at El Zun Zun will be your go-to spot for date night and girls night out this fall.
The Olive Branch’s specialty is authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Enjoy outdoor dining on their patio or make yourself at home in the eatery’s open-kitchen dining room.
Located in the heart of Cahaba Heights is Crestline Bagel. Pick up a hot cup of joe and a tasty bagel, then head to their patio for a beautiful view of all the plants, flowers, and decor that Leaf & Petal has on display.
This large covered patio is usually filled with tables of people from all walks of life. From pita and hummus, gyros, kabobs, falafel, Greek salad and more, they’ve got all the Mediterranean favorites!
New to the Cahaba Heights area is Martin’s, a laidback smokehouse with tons of outdoor space. Serving up some of the most delicious BBQ and sides in the Birmingham metro, Martin’s is the perfect place to enjoy some tasty food and picture-perfect weather.
This rustic and charming, screened-in, outdoor eating area is a romantic spot to enjoy this eatery’s authentic Cajun dishes. Take in the spirit of Louisiana soul food with an elevated epicurean approach in an elegant Crestline setting. (Read our article on Dyron’s here.)
Known for its crowd-pleasing Mexican food, La Paz draws queso-hungry locals to enjoy margaritas, chips and salsa, and quality time with one another. And bring your furry friends to enjoy their Fido-friendly patio!
There’s no such thing as too much fried chicken! Miss Dots is the place to hunker down with a group of friends and enjoy a box of succulent and crispy fried chicken.
Restaurant by day and bar by night, Otey’s is the best place for great pub food and fun drinks with your friends!
You’ll smell SAW’s barbecue from a mile away. Don’t forget to ask for the white sauce and extra napkins when you kick back to enjoy some of their finger-lickin’ dishes.
Great margaritas, cheese dip and tacos will have you addicted to this shabby-chic restaurant in the heart of Crestline. Its open-air façade and sidewalk seating often play host to parties spilling onto the sidewalk on any given night.
Locally grown, fresh ingredients are Urban Cookhouse’s specialty. That and their dangerous Half-Baked Cookie! Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
This quaint bistro nestled in Crestline is the perfect spot to grab a tasty bite or a handcrafted cocktail. Ollie Irene, and their precious patio space, is a staple to this bustling community!
Enjoy a cold brewski and some classic American eats at the Crestwood Tavern. A friendly atmosphere will draw you into this cool, laid-back spot and keep you coming back for more!
Grab a table where gas pumps once stood at an old filling station for a perfect place to eat out with friends. Pizza, burgers, salads and an extensive beer menu will keep everyone full and happy.
Bring a book, a friend, or simply nothing at all and sip on a delicious cup of locally-sourced coffee at Crestwood Coffee Company. Whether you enjoy your coffee hot or iced, we know you’ll love spending your afternoon on their beautiful patio.
A French bistro plus American cuisine equals Bistro 218. It’s a touch of France in the heart of Birmingham’s rapidly growing downtown scene that’s sure to please!
This venue is an awesome place to meet a big group of friends with tons of seating on both the downstairs and rooftop patios. Creative dishes and drinks define this example of a forward-thinking eatery spurring urban renewal.
Edgar’s has great eats for breakfast and lunch! Or enjoy their signature pastries for an afternoon pick-me-up or for special occasions. But get there early, as this downtown bakery often sees lines out the door.
This Mediterranean-style restaurant will leave you doing a happy dance with their many flavors of hummus, delish gyros and fun ambiance. Sit outside and enjoy Alabama’s weather or sit inside and enjoy the funky décor.
Enjoy Italian-inspired cuisine at Harvest in the newly renovated Redmont Hotel. With their sleek, modern interiors, fabulous food and sidewalk patio, it is a culinary home run.
This laid-back pub has a wide selection of rotating craft beer to choose from. Enjoy your ice-cold brew on the patio with a healthy side of live music.
Arcade games, TVs, excellent and creative bar food, and a huge drink menu — enough said! Visit this hip bar and grill downtown for a guaranteed night of fun.
This fun pizzeria is an excellent place to enjoy one of their many specialty pizzas and array of craft beers while experiencing downtown Birmingham.
Located across the street from Railroad Park, this is Pepper Place coffee hot spot Red Cat’s second location. This unique coffee shop has become a local favorite. Enjoy their artfully crafted lattes and Railroad Park people-watching on Red Cat’s sidewalk patio.
Sit outside on Revelator’s sidewalk patio and relax while sipping on a freshly brewed cup of joe in the glow of the Alabama Theatre and Lyric Theatre’s twinkling marquees! (Read our article on Revelator Coffee Company.)
Situated in the heart of downtown Birmingham in the historic and newly renovated Thomas Jefferson Tower, Roots & Revelry’s rooftop patio is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail among the sparkling lights of the Magic City, along with a healthy dose of Chef Brandon Cain’s comfort food with an elevated twist. (Read our article on Roots & Revelry here.)
Enjoy a blast from the past at The Atomic Bar & Lounge, where the delicious cocktails and vintage retro décor stir up nostalgic good vibes. Order up a full-body costume and play some board games while you sip on your cocktail at this homey yet happening spot! (Read our article on The Atomic Bar & Lounge.)
This epicurean Elysium features stalls that offer flavors from around the world, including Ethiopian, Hawaiian, Japanese, Nepalese, Mexican, Vietnamese, Puerto Rican, corners of Europe and, of course, classic Southern and American fare. (Check out our Ultimate Guide to The Pizitz Food Hall.)
This sidewalk-style Italian café is bringing the best of Italy to Birmingham. A place that serves both traditional Italian dishes and a fantastic Sunday brunch will always get our vote.
For a cozy feel, flavorful foods and a fine selection of wine, the Wine Loft is the place to go. Make sure to bring your furry friend to their pooch-friendly patio for an afternoon of people watching on the sidewalk!
Southern favorites like chicken ‘n waffles and shrimp ‘n grits highlight the menu at Yo’ Mama’s downtown. The sidewalk seating at this joint allows for some of the best people watching in the city.
Whether you’re looking for a tasty brunch or a cozy dinner, The Essential on Morris Avenue should be your go-to spot. With a covered patio and plenty of outdoor seating, this restaurant is a treat for locals and tourists alike.
This Cuban-inspired rum bar will whisk you away into a new culture with their gorgeous decor and delicious food. Make plans to dine on their patio surrounded by palm trees, vibrant colors, and great company.
Tucked in a cozy corner of picturesque English Village, Chez Lulu’s atmosphere and cuisine will make you feel like you’re sitting on the streets of Paris!
Spend some time under the red and gold awnings at English Village’s Continental Bakery. These scratch-made artisan breads and pastries make the carbs well worth it. Feel free to bring your pooch along, too, as the outside area is dog-friendly.
Overlook Cahaba Road on the patio of this classy cocktail and oyster bar. After perusing the gallery next door, relax with a great drink at this new social hangout in English Village.
This small but might patio in English Village is sure to be a hit this summer. New to the area, Bobby Carl’s table boasts fresh food and drinks that will definitely make this patio a must-visit spot for locals and tourists.
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A twist on traditional pub food and industrial decor define this cool spot. People watch from the patio or visit when the garage doors convert the front dining room to an indoor-outdoor haven! (Read our article on 5 Point Public House Oyster Bar.)
Be sure to check out Al’s Deli & Grill in the heart of historic Five Points South, where American and Mediterranean finger-lickin’ late-night eats are their specialty. They serve up this goodness all day and all night in a down-to-earth diner with outdoor seating.
Grab a seat with a view of the famous Five Points Fountain on Black Market’s patio. Enjoy their brunch, fabulous cocktails and inventive bar food, such as the Greek Egg Rolls (which we highly recommend)!
Consistently named one of the best places to eat in Birmingham, this Five Points restaurant offers both a sophisticated dining room and a more casual café. The outdoor seating area is coupled with award-winning cuisine, great service, an extensive wine list and refreshing cocktails to keep you soaking up the Birmingham sun as long as you can stand it.
Known for their French cuisine, but don’t be surprised by Chez Fonfon’s amazingly delicious burgers and fries. And don’t miss the chance to play a game of boule on the back patio, which is reminiscent of a village scene in Provence.
Located in the historic Merritt House, this upscale venue is known for some of the city’s best fine dining. The upstairs patio is a great place for a night filled with great food and drinks off Highland Avenue.
This late-night joint, open from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., naturally attracts the service industry crowd. When the Magic City’s restaurant managers, bartenders and waiters hang up their aprons and close down their eateries, they head to this beloved watering hole, where the to-die-for corned beef Reuben with hand-trimmed, house-cured beef brisket and their patty melt have both garnered local accolades. (Read more about Marty’s in our article on Birmingham’s Best Dive Bars.)
For some good ol’ pizza and a funky, mind-blowing atmosphere, check out Mellow Mushroom.
Visiting O’Henry’s Coffees is always a great idea. With their freshly baked pastries, dependable WiFi and perfectly brewed coffee, this locale, adjacent to Rojo on Highland Avenue, will help make any day better.
This new 90s-inspired bar that sits directly behind McFly’s Bird Shoppe boasts a fun and beautiful patio space that’s hidden from the street. Grab your friends and get ready for a night full of childhood nostalgia and great drinks!
American cuisine with a Latin flair is Rojo’s claim to fame. Check it out for some great dishes!
This Birmingham treasure was once named one of the “Top 10 Coolest Bars in the World” by GQ Magazine. With its rustic interior and funky, outdoor setting among timeworn antiques and twinkle lights, the Garage continues to be a beloved pub with delicious drinks and a great sandwich menu.
There’s nothing like sitting on a patio sipping your favorite wine and munching on a charcuterie board. Sound like an ideal evening to you? Head to Freddy’s Wine Bar and indulge yourself.
Chow down on some chicken salad and wash it down with a big glass of sweet tea while visiting this Southern-style café’s patio. If you’re still hungry, there is an abundance of tempting treats to feed your sweet tooth at this spot in Cahaba Heights. (Read our article on Ashley Mac’s here.)
Mix Italian charm and Southern hospitality and you get GianMarco’s! Fresh, housemade pasta, succulent braised meats and inventive specials offer endless culinary adventures here. Enjoy the quaint porch at the cabin-like wine bar out back for a new experience!
Chomp on some tasty Mexican fare at this groovy SOHO spot. With daily specials and a lengthy vegan menu, Tostada’s is another great option for a day or night out.
Appreciate the beautiful jewel-like colors of fresh fish on your plate at Jinsei Sushi. Perfectly executed modern Asian cuisine is the standard here.
Little Donkey is an authentic slice of Mexico right in the heart of Homewood! It’s Southern- and Mexican-influenced dishes are delightful and make a great meal.
This old-world European café and market will make you feel right at home. With a small outdoor seating area, why not take your plate outside and enjoy the fresh summer air?
Sit back, relax and enjoy a cold brew and croissant on O’Henry’s patio at either their downtown Homewood location or at their spot near Brookwood Mall.
If you’re in the mood for a slice of ‘za to enjoy while the weather is nice, head over to Dave’s Pizza and grab a seat outside. The cafe lights and live music will have you relaxed in no time.
This Homewood favorite has all of the light and healthy fare you’ve been searching for. Bring the girls and sit under twinkle lights while enjoying a glass of wine and a guilt-free meal! (Read our article on Real & Rosemary here.)
SAW’s BBQ in Edgewood has been serving up barbecue and racking up accolades since 2009. This is some can’t-miss barbecue, ladies and gents. And the quaint Edgewood sidewalk patios, with locals chatting each other up, is a great place to enjoy soul food and soul-nourishing camaraderie.
With a warm-industrial yet comfy feel, Seeds offers some of the best coffee in the Birmingham area. And the large patio is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of joe!
Shiki’s relaxing atmosphere accompanied by their scrumptious Asian cuisine and sprawling patio equals a great meal for you and your loved ones.
For some casual dining in a newly renovated spot, SoHo Social has everything you need from the classic burger to a queso appetizer worth ordering. SB Tip: The RoseDale cocktail is our favorite! (Read our article on SoHo Social here.)
The patio at the newly-expanded Hero Doughnuts is the perfect spot to chow down on a tasty treat or one of their hearty sandwiches. Located across from Homewood Central Park, this patio is equal parts relaxing and busy.
Like the original Crestline Village location, the Taco Mama in Homewood has a fun environment to enjoy delicious food and spend time with loved ones.
This favorite local eatery in the heart of downtown Homewood is always packed with people from all walks of life. Enjoy a salad, sandwich or hearty meal on their busy patio.
This adorable space in Homewood is a favorite for those looking for a healthy meal or treat. Order a fruit bowl, a smoothie, or just a healthy immunity shot and enjoy the views. Snap a picture on their swings located on their patio!
There will be no calorie counting on your visit to this hearty breakfast joint. Start your day off right with some biscuits and gravy from this Southern breakfast mecca.
This steakhouse has a fabulous side patio that will accommodate all of your friends and family as you savor your favorite grilled dishes!
The Front Porch restaurant is newer to the Ross Bridge community, but that has not stopped it from becoming a local favorite. This family-oriented eatery has a relaxed atmosphere that is both inviting and casual.
Amazing BBQ is Jim ‘N Nick’s’ specialty, but the cheese biscuits take the prize for their best dish! Take the whole family to this crowd-pleasing spot.
Head out to the scenic Moss Rock nature preserve for a hike, then follow it up with a sun-soaked breezy afternoon with an ice-cold margarita and chips at Moss Rock Tacos & Tequila, the new Mexican eatery in The Preserve in Hoover.
This classic sports bar is sure to have the sporting event you’re looking for featured on one of its many screens. With TVs on the patio, you’ll be able to enjoy the fresh air and see all the highlights you missed while enjoying delicious eats.
Sip on a margarita and don’t forget the cheese dip at this local favorite Mexican restaurant, where the wraparound deck is anchored by a massive tree and shaded under the canopy of its leafy branches.
Known for their delicious fish tacos, this restaurant and bar features delicious options of your favorite Southern and New Orleans-inspired cuisine.
Come to this classic mountaintop burger shack. The down-home chicken fingers, burgers, fries and milkshakes are delicious, but the breathtaking view you get while snacking takes the cake!
Pizza, wine and sunshine! Located near the beautiful Moss Rock Preserve, Vecchia satisfies any pesky pizza craving.
Unique because it has only five fresh and enticing options under each menu category, FIVE offers creative cocktails, delicious eats and a terrific atmosphere for brunch, lunch and dinner.
Hot chicken has made it’s way to Birmingham and Hattie B’s is one of our tip picks for the Southern dish. Plus, their large patio complete with community tables is ideal for a family-filled eating experience! (Read our article on Hattie B’s here.)
Check out the Greg Brady, a burger with mac and cheese and BBQ potato chips! Polish off your meal with a dessert of fried Oreos.
Grab a spot on their massive patio and order up some barbecue so tasty that you won’t mind that it’s dripping down your chin!
Watch the hip, bustling Lakeview area from this two-tiered patio. This local favorite features daily specials, good beer and, of course, great specialty pizzas.
This exciting bar has live music playing weekly, and the food is just as amazing as the musicians that rock the stage!
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Using fresh, local ingredients, Brick & Tin is one of the best eateries for enjoying food that hasn’t traveled very far to get to your plate!
With its stylish interiors and laid-back atmosphere, Char Bar No. 7 is the perfect place to enjoy a great meal and a fun environment with your friends and family, and don’t miss their covered patio seating!
This white-tablecloth restaurant serves elevated classic American fare in an elegant, yet unpretentious atmosphere. Enjoy a tasty plate and a fabulous seasonal cocktail on the sidewalk seating for a relaxing evening.
The Grand Bohemian is a hotel like no other in Birmingham, and their in-house restaurant is no different. With fabulous food, beautiful décor and an exquisite patio with views of the village, Habitat Feed & Social is a one-of-a-kind patio dining experience.
The “ladies who lunch” flock to this Mountain Brook favorite for scrumptious salads, soups, sandwiches and fresh housemade baked goods. The restaurant is designed to evoke the feeling of dining al-fresco in the cobblestone streets of Europe.
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ elegant in-house restaurant is a great place to end your long walking tour through the gardens’ blossoms and greenery. Enjoy your meal in the shade of the covered patio.
Grab some of the best authentic Mexican fare in the city at Lane Park’s Sol Y Luna. This modern restaurant serves up some delicious tapas and margaritas! Both covered and uncovered, their patio is a great spot to relax and enjoy a tasty meal or drink. Cheers, friends!
Wood-fired, thin-crust, Neopolitan pies are the specialty at Bettola, and you won’t forget it once you taste their delectable dishes. Choose from their extensive wine list and chow down on their classic Italian comfort food for a fun — and satisfying — night out.
This award-winning eatery is well known to food lovers in the Magic City and beyond. The regional cuisine will give you a renewed appreciation for the complexity of our Southern cuisine and show you why it remains one of the biggest names in the Birmingham restaurant scene.
A short walk from the heart of Pepper Place will lead you to Blueprint on 3rd, a vibrant restaurant cooking up some of the most unique and delicious meals in the Magic City. Their back patio is a hidden gem that is loved by locals and tourists alike!
No reservations are needed at this rustic, casual restaurant. Inspired by the live-fire traditions of Portugal, Spain and the American South, OvenBird’s dishes are intricate, inventive and unforgettable. (Read our article on OverBird owner Idie Hastings here.)
If you’re in the mood for a local beer or a refreshing glass of wine, head to Hop City. With over 60 on-tap selections to choose from, there is no place like Hop City. Their patio is the perfect spot to enjoy a gorgeous Magic City afternoon!
These cats really know their coffee. Next time you need to get your java fix, grab an artfully crafted latte, take a seat outside and sip to your satisfaction at this awesome coffeehouse.
Enjoy a refreshing brew and unique bar bites under the Alabama sunshine at Back Forty. Diners will enjoy views of the historic Sloss Furnaces.
With Chef Abhi’s authentic and delicious Nepalese, Thai, Indonesian, Japanese, Filipino and Indian cuisine, you are sure to fall in love with these fabulous dishes. Be sure to try their well-known noodle bowls and enjoy a craft cocktails while relaxing on the outdoor patio. (Read the full story behind Abhi at the Summit.)
This zesty Tex-Mex restaurant has always been a fun and funky environment. Their patio, situated at the apex of The Summit, is a great place to take in the fresh air while enjoying one of their awesome cocktails.
After you grab a taco at neighboring Taco Mama, top it off with a sweet, icy popsicle made in the Magic City!
Taco Mama is a fun, family-friendly Mexican cantina that is perfect for an al fresco outing. And make sure to try their Q-Burrito!
Urban Cookhouse believes in buying local and eating urban! With their fresh ingredients and fun atmosphere, it is a perfect place to enjoy a fresh salad on the patio.
Traditional American grub, plenty of TVs for sports watching and an awesome drink list will make any mealtime spent at Billy’s in Liberty Park fun for everyone.
Chef Jeremy Downs marries old-school Southern goodness with high-quality seafood for a menu that his Vestavia regulars would rather keep a secret. Grab a patio spot for al fresco dining in the heart of Vestavia! (Read our article on Bistro V here.)
This pleasant little neighborhood deli has been beloved by locals for over 30 years. With a large sandwich list and larger beer selection, it’s the perfect eatery for a simple, yet delicious, meal with friends and family.
The original IZ Cafe along Rocky Ridge serves locals homemade breakfasts, crowd-pleasing lunches and delicious dinners, including gourmet to-go options. Enjoy a beer, wine or iced tea with your meal on the patio beside the fountain!
If you are looking for a pizza joint where the kids can enjoy games while you enjoy a drink and conversation, this is the place for you! There is simply nothing better than enjoying a New York-style hand-tossed pizza pie in a relaxed environment.
This eatery in the heart of Rocky Ridge has a sprawling covered patio with huge televisions, perfect for watching a game while enjoying some delicious ‘cue!
Sushi lovers will adore this authentic Japanese cuisine in Vestavia Hills City Center. From sake and sushi to beer and noodle bowls, there’s something for everyone at Samurai Japan.
This seafood market has recently expanded to include a butcher shop and cafe with a gorgeous outdoor patio out front. Don’t miss the to-die-for seafood gumbo made with love by owner Kent Scott.
This fun American-style bar & grill’s burgers big size is rivaled only by its big flavor. The Ridge is a community hangout and a great place to gather with friends to watch your favorite sports team.
Twisted Root has a fun patio for everyone to enjoy. Sit under the twinkling lights while enjoying a hardy burger and one of Twisted Root’s adult milkshakes!
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