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 the best patios in Birmingham. 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!
85 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.
This casual neighborhood oyster and burger joint’s covered patio will shield you from the intense summer sun. Named after Miss Fancy, the retired circus-performing elephant of 1920s Avondale, Fancy’s on 5th is the perfect spot to people watch while enjoying a laid-back meal and a cold beverage. (Read our review of Fancy’s on 5th here.)
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!
A reclaimed auto service station, Rowe’s is known for its fabulous brunch and drinks. Come enjoy their daily happy hour on this patio in the heart of Avondale.
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.
Come hang out on the roomy patio of the new Wooden Goat restaurant, overlooking the diverse passersby in Avondale. The Southeast Asian cuisine mixed with the industrial style décor create the perfect patio lunch or dinner in this fabulous weather.
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.)
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.
It says it in the name! For fresh and amazing sushi, delicious rice bowls and incredible Brussels sprouts, look no further than Maki Fresh. And don’t overlook their incredibly tasty and healthy breakfasts.
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.)
For brightly colored plates of crisp salad, fruit, pasta salad and chicken salad with assorted crackers, O’Carr’s is the perfect place. Check out their thick, creamy and drop-dead-delicious milkshakes that will cool you off on the hottest of summer days!
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!
Spend some time enjoying great pizza at Mafiazoa’s sprawling, covered patio. The welcoming vibe will make you want to grab a glass of wine and stay awhile.
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.
The fresh, organic food, with gluten-free and vegan options, at this quaint little spot in Crestline is sure to keep you coming back for more. Dine under the twinkling string lights on the cute patio in this sublime weather.
Locally grown, fresh ingredients are Urban Cookhouse’s specialty. That and their dangerous Half-Baked Cookie! Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Enjoy a cold brewskie 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.
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.
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.
In the middle of the growing Loft District downtown, Rogue Tavern’s enclosed patio allows you sit outside, rain or shine. Live music adds to the fun once the sun goes down.
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.
With some of the best coffee in town, Urban Standard has an array of food — from grits bowls and salads to Asian-inspired noodle dishes and cupcakes — to go with the laid-back, modern vibe. Enjoy your cup of joe in the sidewalk seating of this hip neighborhood.
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 are highlights of the menu at Yo’ Mama’s downtown. The sidewalk seating at this joint allows for some of the best people watching in the city.
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 cute and colorful Mexican restaurant at Pepper Place is the ideal spot to cool down with a margarita on a hot summer day. Keep your eye out for the Cantina on wheels food truck around the city as well, featuring some of the restaurant’s star dishes.
No reservations 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.)
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.
Billy’s is all about comfort! Sit down, relax and enjoy a tasty meal while watching the game or chatting with friends at this casual, family-friendly, neighborhood joint.
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.
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A twist on traditional pub food and industrial décor 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 here.)
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 best fine dining in the city. The upstairs patio is a great place for a night filled with great food and drink off Highland Avenue.
Recently receiving its eighth consecutive James Beard Foundation Award nomination for Most Outstanding Restaurant in America, Highlands is Birmingham’s most decorated and renowned restaurant and is a fabulous place to treat yourself and your taste buds!
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.
For some good ol’ pizza and a funky, mind-blowing atmosphere, check out Mellow Mushroom.
American cuisine with a Latin flair is Rojo’s claim to fame. Check it out for some great dishes!
One of the best and largest beer lists in the city is paired with great Irish-inspired dishes to make The J. Clyde the the pub-tastic spot that it is. Daily happy hours and a fabulously large, covered patio only add to the greatness.
Tucked away inside a local bookstore, this cozy little neighborhood café offers great eats. Grab a bite to eat then peruse the selection of used and new books at the Little Professor book store.
Beer and pizza: it’s like peanut butter and jelly. They were just meant for each other. Grab a pizza pie and a pint, add some live music on the covered patio and you won’t be disappointed with this easygoing eatery!
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 American and European comfort foods at this groovy SOHO spot. With daily specials and a lengthy drink menu, Jackson’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?
PT’s casual atmosphere can make anyone feel at home! Make sure to check out trivia night on Wednesdays for tons of fun!
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!
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!
Amazing BBQ is Jim ‘N Nick’s’ specialty, but the cheese biscuits are what take the prize for their best dish! Take the whole family to this crowd-pleasing spot.
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.
Fresh food served in a laid-back atmosphere is the norm at The Boot at Preserve Village. This charming neighborhood patio will make you want to stay for hours. And, if you need a post-meal walk, head to the nearby Moss Rock Preserve for a nice little hike!
If it takes a brewmaster to make it, you’ll find it here. Wonderfully crafted beer, wine and coffee, as well as great snacks, are available at this neighborhood hub, so take a seat on the sidewalk and enjoy!
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.
This hip tapas spot is the perfect place to grab some grub before heading to your concert at Iron City or bar-hopping in this trendy enclave. Try a little of everything with the affordable small portions offered!
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.
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.
Adding a funky spin on a classic ‘50s diner, Sky Castle has become a go-to spot for Birminghamians. With creative cuisine, loads of TVs, lounge seating, delicious cocktails and an awesome patio, you’ll have everything you need for a night of fun and relaxation! (Read our article on Sky Castle here.)
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.
For great food served hot and fresh — along with a healthy side of sports viewing — stop by O.T’s!
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Their scratchmade, scrumptious breakfast food will have you asking for seconds when you visit this neighborhood breakfast spot. Take a seat on the patio and scarf down an egg-ceptional meal!
Kale Caesar salad is Avo’s unique twist on a healthy classic. Add the lamb burger on top for an all-around great meal. And make sure to lounge under the twinkle lights with a cocktail on the chic patio.
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!
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.
With the best selection of scotch, bourbon and whiskey in town, you’re guaranteed to have a good time when you take a seat and enjoy one neat at this Mountain Brook bar.
Traditional American grub, plenty of TVs for sports watching and an awesome drink list will make any mealtime spent at Billy’s fun for everyone.
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.
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.
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