Memphis offers some of the best dining in the country, and the warm spring temps are the perfect excuse to get out and enjoy our great city. There are ample opportunities to dine al fresco in Memphis — and here is a list of some of our favorite outdoor spaces to add to your list!
25+ Memphis Patios Perfect for Outdoor Dining
690 S. Perkins, Memphis, TN 38117 • (901) 818-2273
Hours: Monday through Friday lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Monday dinner, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday dinner, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Closed Sunday
Opened in 2011 by local chef Wally Joe, this charming renovated home on South Perkins boasts inventive cuisine and a rustic yet sophisticated atmosphere that flows through each of its dining rooms and onto its quaint outdoor patio. Acre’s patio is a great place to relax, delight in your dinner and drinks and enjoy the views of its terrace and lush gardens in spring. Seating outdoors is limited and first come-first served, so it is recommended you get there early to stake your claim.
4770 Poplar Ave. #102, Memphis, TN 38117 • (901) 730-0763
6641 Poplar Ave., Ste. #109, Germantown, TN 38138 • (901) 737-2088
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Swanky’s was founded on the idea of fresh selections, a relaxed atmosphere and accommodating service, and has labeled its one-of-a-kind flavor Tenn-Mex cuisine. Swanky’s has grown to four locations over the last 10 years and both its East Memphis and Germantown locations offer patio seating. And with the tagline “Eat. Drink. Chill.,” it’s easy to see how its patios stay packed during pleasant spring and summer days. Swanky’s is open daily for lunch and dinner, boasts a full bar and serves happy hour from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. daily.
5101 Sanderlin Ave., Ste. #122, Memphis, TN 38117 • (901) 683-0441
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Monday through Friday Happy Hour 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
In fall 2014, Napa Café introduced a new look to their restaurant. This popular East Memphis restaurant added a porch, a modern indoor bar area and rooms for private dining. Tucked away in the corner of the Sanderlin Centré, the front porch is the perfect place to enjoy an al fresco dinner under the stars.
565 Erin Drive, Memphis, TN 38117 • (901) 205-2500
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Ciao Bella Italian Grill and Bar is a mainstay in East Memphis serving fine Italian and Greek cuisine. Its dining room has all of the charm you’d expect from an Italian restaurant and the full-service bar is a happening spot, as well! If outdoor dining is what you’re after, they also offer a quaint patio seating area perfect for a meal in the fresh air.
850 South White Station Road, Memphis, TN 38117 • (901) 683-8889
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Make yourself at home on the patio at Mosa Asian Bistro. Michelle Pao Levine and her father, Eddie Pao, are the co-owners of Mosa. This restaurant recently made national foodie news in a Yahoo.com article entitled “The Best Chinese Food Restaurant in Every State.” In it, Mosa was named Memphis’ No. 1! Enjoy your delicious meal on the patio, which is enclosed with a lovely wrought-iron fence with beautiful greenery.
483 High Point Terrace, Memphis, TN 38122 • (901)343-0488
Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Located in the heart of the High Point neighborhood, Cheffie’s Café is known for their tasty sandwiches and salads. Choose from one of their signature menu items or, as they say, “Be the Chef” and design your own sandwich or salad creation just the way you want it. And now that the weather is nice, enjoy that sandwich or salad on Cheffie’s patio. Nestled under the shade of trees, Cheffie’s patio has a back porch feel that makes it perfect for a casual meal with family and friends. So, whether you are riding your bike on the Greenline, need a quick bite for lunch or are just thirsty for an ice-cold beer, Cheffie’s Café has you covered.
707 West Brookhaven Circle, Memphis, TN 38117 • (901)207-7396
Hours: Monday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Full dinner menu available Friday & Saturday until midnight with nightly specials. Bar opens at 4 p.m. daily. Pizza Happy Hour Tuesday through Friday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Brunch, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where can you enjoy a delicious wood-fired pizza, a craft cocktail and a game of bocce? Hog & Hominy would be the answer. The second restaurant opened by chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman in Brookhaven Circle, Hog & Hominy is a tribute to the pair’s roots – both Southern and Italian. In addition to the wood-fired pizzas, don’t overlook the snacks and contorni sections of the menu. The poutine (hand-cut fries, neckbone gravy, chili oil and caputo cheese curd), beef & cheddar dog (made in-house and served on a pretzel bun with yellow mustard) and the collards (with belly ends, pepper vinegar, and hominy) are must-orders.
712 West Brookhaven Circle, Memphis, TN 38117 • (901)347-3569
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
In the backyard of Andrew Michael lies a hidden gem. What was once the kitchen garden of this Italian restaurant has now been transformed into an elegant patio oasis in the middle of East Memphis. Dine under the stars in this hidden garden setting with your favorite date. Be sure to try one of the handmade potato gnocchi, ravioli and other specialty pastas — they are well worth every carb!
4698 Spottswood Ave., Memphis, TN 38117 • (901) 609-8680
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
If you are looking for a casual no-frills, patio to enjoy a little sunshine, Mulan East is the spot. Plus. flip through their massive menu and decide whether you’re in the mood for Japanese, Chinese, Szechuan or Thai food, or a little of each!
752 S. Cooper St., Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 725-7437
100 S. Main St., Ste. #101, Memphis, TN 38103 (Downtown) • (901) 577-7743
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Aldo’s opened its doors in Downtown Memphis in 2012 and expanded to Cooper-Young for its second location. Aldo’s serves New York-style pizza pies in a casual neighborhood hangout setting. Both locations have a full bar and an extensive menu of pizzas by the slice or pie, as well as sandwiches, salads and more. Outdoor seating downtown allows for great people-watching along Main Street or be entertained by the Cooper-Young spirit from the Midtown rooftop patio. So head to your nearest Aldo’s patio and check out today’s daily slice.
862 South Cooper St., Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 725-0722
4720 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38117 • (901) 590-0323
3160 Village Shops Dr., Germantown, TN 38138 • (901) 755-6988
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Midtown and East Memphis locations. Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Germantown location.
When Soul Fish Cafe renovated their midtown location last year, they wisely added a covered patio that has quickly become a midtown favorite. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a sweet tea with a plate of catfish and some of their to-die-for Southern sides. And save room for a slice of one of their old-fashioned cakes.
2119 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 207-5097
Hours: Monday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight
The Lafayette’s Music Room of today is a reinvention of the classic venue for music and dining that was so popular in the ’70s. Superstar musicians such as Billy Joel, KISS and Barry Manilow were some of the first to perform on its famous stage. Fast-forward and, once again, this Midtown favorite offers round-the-clock fun. They have an ongoing live performance schedule and an enticing menu. Relive this gem of a bygone era both indoors and out on a grand porch overlooking Overton Square.
2249 Central Ave., Memphis, TN 38104. • (901) 272-9377
147 E. Butler St., Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 672-7760
4375 Summer Ave., Memphis, TN 38122 • (901) 767-4672
6201 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38119 • (901) 417-7962
Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at all locations
Central BBQ is an ideal place for authentic Memphis flavors, and what better setting for enjoying great barbecue than the great outdoors! This family-friendly restaurant is known for exceptional service and delicious Southern-style BBQ — and all three locations in Memphis offer patio dining.
2102 Trimble Place, Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 529-7017
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Belly Acres’ motto is “citified farm fresh.” This farm-to-table eatery offers gourmet burgers prepared with grass-fed beef and creative, homemade toppings. This Overton Square favorite features a fun, farm-themed atmosphere both inside and out, and the patio is perfect for people-watching while sipping a milkshake!
2120 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104 • (901)432-2222
Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m. to midnight
Located in the heart of Overton Square, Bosco’s is known for its good eats and handcrafted beers. Brewed only in small batches so they can offer both freshness and variety, the beer selection on a recent visit included nine different offerings. But their Famous Flaming Stone beer is always on tap. This award-winning beer is brewed using a traditional German technique: stones heated in their wood-fired ovens are lowered into the beer during the brewing process, giving the beer its unique caramel character. We know it goes just perfectly with their wood-fired oven pizzas! Our favorite place to enjoy Bosco’s pizza and beer? Well, on their large outdoor wooden deck, of course!
2115 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 274-0100
6450 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38119 • (901) 410-8909
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Overton Square is hoppin’ and a big part of that fun is thanks to the tapas-inspired Babalu. We go for the tableside prepared guacamole, delicious cocktails and the terrific tacos. Dine al fresco on their colorful covered side patio that also boasts an indoor-outdoor bar that services the dining room and the patio. So next time you are in the mood for margaritas along with chips & guacamole, this is the place to go!
928 South Cooper St., Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 274-2556
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Ben Smith’s unique approach to Pacific Rim cuisine at Tsunami continues to delight Memphians after 19 years. This Midtown favorite has received local and national accolades — and anyone looking for the “best of” Memphis flavors should try the sea bass at Tsunami. This was the first Project Greenfork-certified restaurant in Memphis and continues to be a leader on the local foodie scene. They do have a small, outdoor dining area where guests can enjoy milder temps and the hustle and bustle of hip Cooper-Young.
966 Cooper St., Memphis, TN 38104 • (901)272-7111
Hours: Lunch is served Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner is Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday Brunch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Look Good. Eat Good.” are the words emblazoned on the front windows at the Beauty Shop. This hip and trendy restaurant in the Cooper-Young district of midtown Memphis does both, as it conjures up images of a ‘50s-style beauty shop, formerly Priscilla Presley’s curl-and-dye spot. Dine inside under an old-fashioned hooded hair dryer, or if the weather is nice, opt for a table on their sidewalk patio. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail and people watch.
2117 Peabody Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 725-1155
Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Located on the corner of Peabody and Cooper, Slider Inn is always hoppin’ – even at 3 a.m.! The outdoor deck is one of our favorite midtown spots to spend a lazy weekend afternoon with friends. The sliders are great, but the lobster roll is not to be missed. Live Maine lobsters are shipped in three times a week to make this signature classic. And don’t get us started on the Jameson slushies — just order one! We guarantee it will be your favorite drink of the summer.
2144 Monroe Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38104 • (901) 590-2829
Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Located just off Overton Square, The Second Line is the casual cousin to Chef Kelly English’s renowned Restaurant Iris. Chef Kelly offers up classic Louisiana favorites — often with his signature twist. Whether dining indoors or on their backyard patio, start with the finger lickin’ Besh BBQ Shrimp and their sinful andouille + crawfish + pimento cheese Fries. As for the po’ boys on the menu, we can’t decide which one we like the best. We suggest ordering a few for the table to split and share.
2166 Central Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 504-4342
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Closed Monday
Railgarten might just be Midtown’s favorite playground. This eclectic spot — with hammocks, picnics, live music, ping pong, ice cream, al fresco dining, tiki drinks, sand volleyball and a funky diner — is fun for all ages. The name and gritty vibe are an homage to the Lenox railway station that once stood on this spot, and the train tracks that run along the back of the property that are still in use to this day.
145 South Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901)522-8555
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday brunch, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Saturday dinner, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday brunch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday dinner, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Spilling out onto Main Street, The Majestic Grille’s outdoor seating area is the place to be downtown when the weather is nice. Diners will enjoy not only the food, but also the bustling excitement of our vibrant downtown entertainment district. Open for regular service, chef and owner Patrick Reilly occasionally hosts special events like his famous paella parties on the patio.
80 Monroe Ave., Suite L-1, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 523-0877
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday Lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday Dinner, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Closed on Sundays and Mondays
Felicia Suzanne’s patio is one of our favorite outdoor spaces in town. Owner Felicia Willett has created a stunning garden oasis next door to her popular restaurant. The patio is open from May 1st until mid-November. This season, the patio menu will feature a selection of oysters (raw and baked), hot and cold appetizers and desserts. Plus a full-service bar, of course! If downtown on a Thursday night, stop by for their Tacos and Tunes. This weekly event features $2 tacos, drink specials and music by local musicians all out on the patio.
7 West Carolina Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 290-1140
Hours: Wednesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Friday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
In the heart of downtown, Loflin Yard is a place like no other. Think: bar meets restaurant meets backyard. With two community green spaces, either the “Front Yard” or the “Back Yard,” Loflin Yard is the perfect gathering spot to enjoy outstanding food and cocktails. Their laid-back fare includes po’ boys, wings and even large family-style plates made for sharing. This hip eatery also features live music on weekend nights.
50 Harbor Town Square, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 260-3366
Hours: Open daily, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Guests of the Terrace at the River Inn can enjoy this intimate rooftop restaurant in any season, but its folding windows make spring and summer a perfect occasion to take in the spectacular sunset views of the Mighty Mississippi and the Downtown Memphis skyline. Located above the River Inn at Harbor Town, Terrace at the River Inn is open for dinner — with a fine selection of wine, beer and specialty cocktails — seven days a week beginning at 4 p.m.
Make plans to meet your friends outdoors this weekend at one of Memphis’ best dining venues — Bon appétit!