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Memphis offers some of the country’s best dining, and seasonal temperatures that fall brings are the perfect excuse to get out and enjoy our great city. There are so many opportunities to dine al fresco in Memphis — here is a list of some of our favorite restaurant patios (in alphabetical order and organized by neighborhood) to add to your must-try list.
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ACRE is a charming renovated home on South Perkins that has a rustic yet sophisticated atmosphere that flows through each of its dining rooms and onto its quaint outdoor patio. This is a great place to relax over a delicious dinner and enjoy the views of the terrace and lush gardens. Walk-in seating outdoors is limited, so get there early to stake your claim.
Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen
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.
Brookhaven Pub & Grill
Live music, a huge patio, and a great spot to watch your favorite sports, Brookhaven Pub & Grill is a local East Memphis spot that people know and love. Whether you want a cold beer or some delicious appetizers, the patio is big enough for your entire party.
Known for its tasty sandwiches and salads, you can choose from one of Cheffie’s Café‘s signature menu items or “Be the Chef” and design your own sandwich or salad just the way you want it. And now that the weather is nice, enjoy that sandwich or salad on Cheffie’s patio. So, whether you are riding your bike on the Greenline, or you check out their new location at Shelby Farms Park, if you need a quick bite for lunch or are just thirsty for an ice-cold beer, Cheffie’s Café has you covered.
Ciao Bella Italian Grill and Bar
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. If outdoor dining is what you’re after, they also offer a quaint patio seating area perfect for a meal in the fresh air.
Coastal Fish Company
Fine dining meets lake views at Coastal Fish Company. Whether you’re into raw oysters, tasty fish, or sweet desserts, they’ve got it all. You can also get an oyster tower to split amongst friends. OH! And that sunset is to die for!
If you’re from Memphis, you know Elwood’s Shack is a real treat. With dishes like BBQ sliders and pizza, to Angus burgers and even breakfast items, you can get something new every time you visit.
High Point Pizza
Tucked away in the cozy High Point Terrace lies a tasty gem called High Point Pizza. With a jukebox, games like Ms. PacMan and an opportunity to bring your own wine with no corkage fee, there is no denying High Point Pizza is a true neighborhood spot that Memphians love.
Known for its delicious burger and cheese fries, you can enjoy a meal on Huey’s outdoor patio with live music on select nights and happy hour Monday through Friday. Oh, and they have cheese tots. Talk about a game-changer.
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Lost Pizza Co.
Fun, food, family time, and pizza. What’s better? Lost Pizza Co. has a full bar, party room and a pretty awesome patio to enjoy your meal. May we recommend the Mississippi Delta Hot Tamales?
Mosa Asian Bistro
Make yourself at home on the patio at Mosa Asian Bistro. Enjoy your delicious meal on the patio enclosed in a lovely wrought-iron fence with beautiful greenery.
If you’re craving New Orleans styled food, Owen Brennan’s is the spot to go. With menu items like pasta jambalaya, crawfish étouffée and more, you’ll want to go here every weekend. They’re open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ahh, the perfect lunch spot! Paradise Cafe has tasty items like smoothies, homemade soups and sandwiches, you’ll be going here for lunch every day (and you can get something new every single time!) They’re open Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Everyone loves a good night full of margaritas, tacos and cheese dip. Located in Regalia Shopping Center, you can enjoy a tasty night of Mexican cuisine at Salsa. They’re open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Swanky’s Taco Shop
With the tagline “Eat. Drink. Chill.,” it’s easy to see how the Swanky’s Taco Shop patios throughout Memphis stay packed during pleasant spring and summer days. With delicious Tex-Mex food., Swanky’s is open daily for lunch and dinner and has a full bar with happy hour from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. daily.
“Make life sweeter” at Sweet LaLa’s Bakery. Grab a cup of coffee with a pastry or avocado toast, and enjoy a slow work morning outside. They’re open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you want an elegant and sophisticated dinner or happy hour, Alchemy is the spot to go! Might we add that their truffle deviled eggs pair well with their signature cocktails like the Crossing Guard?
Aldo’s Pizza Pies
Aldo’s Pizza Pies serves up New York-style pizza 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. Not near Downtown? Check out the Midtown location.
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 terrific tacos. Dine al fresco on their colorful covered side patio that boasts an indoor-outdoor bar that services the dining room and patio. So, next time you are in the mood for margaritas or chips and guac, this is the place to go. Be sure to check out their East Memphis location as well!
“Look Good. Eat Good.” are the words displayed on the front windows at the Beauty Shop. This hip and trendy restaurant in the Cooper-Young district of Midtown 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 the sidewalk patio. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail and people watch.
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!
Boscos Restaurant and Brewing Co.
Boscos is known for its good eats and handcrafted beers. Brewed only in small batches to offer both freshness and variety, the beer selection on a recent visit included nine different offerings. But the Famous Flaming Stone beer is always on tap. We know it goes just perfectly with their wood-fired oven pizzas! Our favorite place to enjoy Boscos pizza and beer? Well, on their large outdoor wooden deck, of course!
In the historic Cooper-Young district, Café Olé is your one-stop spot for all things margaritas and Mexican cuisine. Be sure to try the famous bacon-wrapped stuffed shrimp, and check out the happy hours that go on every single day!
Some may think Celtic Crossing is just a bar, but they’ve got some authentic Irish food, including the delicious fish ‘n chips. If you’re not feeling that, we recommend the corned beef sliders, steak sandwich or the Irish nachos. Yum! Be sure to check out their website for upcoming events and food and drink specials.
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 its exceptional service and delicious Southern-style BBQ — and all three locations in Memphis offer patio dining.
ECCO on Overton Park
Ecco on Overton Park is an intimate bistro that is largely influenced by European culinary culture. They offer delicious salads, homemade soups and gourmet sandwiches. Following Mediterranean tradition, the fabulous dinner includes cheese plates, house-made pasta, carefully braised meats, and boutique wine and beer.
Hammer & Ale
Known for varieties of local and regional beers, pints, samples and growlers, Hammer & Ale is the perfect place to hang after work or on the weekends. Not only do they have some of the best beer selections, but they’ve also got some snacks you can grab while getting a few drinks.
Lafayette’s Music Room
The Lafayette’s Music Room of today is a reinvention of the classic venue for music and dining that was 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.
Food, happy hour, brunch and famous beer dinners are only a few reasons to make a stop at LOCAL. Might we add that their chicken and waffles are oh-so-delicious?
Memphis Pizza Cafe
If you’re craving pizza and want to head to a hopping part of town, the Midtown location of Memphis Pizza Cafe is the place to be. And, there’s more than just pizza. SB TIP: The calzone is delicious!
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.
The Second Line
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 and 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.
If you’ve never had Slider Inn‘s famous Jameson Slushie, now is the perfect time to try it! And be sure to check out the downtown location, too. The outdoor deck is one of our favorite spots to spend a lazy weekend afternoon with friends. The sliders are great, the fries are great … well, it’s all great.
Soul Fish Café
When Soul Fish Café renovated its Midtown location, 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.
Sweet Grass/Next Door
Offering a country-style cuisine with local ingredients, Sweet Grass/Next Door encourages guests to stop by for a cocktail or snack, or to feel like they can celebrate important memories with a delicious dinner. In addition to incredible food, Sweet Grass offers handcrafted cocktails, fantastic wines and craft beer to complement your meal.
Young Avenue Deli
Young Avenue Deli has 36 drafts and 130 can and bottle selections to choose from. So, you could say this would be the perfect spot for social hour. If you do not want to hang out on the patio, you can always play a round of pool and watch TV on their projector screens indoors, but we know you’ll want to hang outside.
Alfred’s on Beale
Not only is Alfred’s on Beale located right along the downtown strip, but they showcase in live rock music and blues. They offer music every night, so it’s a great place to take friends and family who are in town to give them the full Memphis experience.
Automatic Slim’s is the definition of American food with a Southern twist. Along with its hand-carved bar and spunky decorations, it offers one of the most extensive martini menus in the city. If you’re a big brunch person, the brunch menu is also delicious, and the atmosphere is hard to beat.
Once the warm weather hits, all you want to do is be outdoors. At Carolina Watershed, escape into nature with sights and scenes of waterfalls, cozy seating and stage areas with live music.
The Felicia Suzanne’s patio is one of our favorite outdoor spaces in town. The patio is open from May 1 until mid-November. This season, the patio menu features a selection of oysters (raw and baked), hot and cold appetizers, and desserts. Plus, a full-service bar.
Focusing on craft and specialty cocktails, The Greyhound is the perfect spot for some good ‘ole Southern hospitality. Located at the former Memphis Greyhound Bus Station, you may just get some nostalgia. If you’re hungry, grab a bite to eat to pair with your cocktail.
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.
Maciel’s Tortas Tacos
Name a better duo than fresh Mexican food with a cold, tasty margarita. From quesadillas to nachos and fried tacos, you won’t ever leave Maciel’s Tortas Taco hungry.
The Majestic Grille
Spilling out onto Main Street, The Majestic Grille’s outdoor seating area is the place to be downtown when the weather is nice. Diners can 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.
All fun and no frills is the name of the game at Momma’s Roadhouse. Located right at Highway 55, this downtown spot is great for delicious food, live music and late nights. Enjoy burgers and a cozy atmosphere until 3 a.m.
Terrace at The River Inn
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.
The Vault on GE Patterson offers American food with a Cajun twist. Don’t miss out on their brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with menu items like crawfish mac and cheese or Cajun garlic shrimp and grits.
Make plans to meet your friends outdoors this weekend at one of Memphis’ best dining venues — Bon appétit!
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