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 so many opportunities to dine al fresco in Memphis and here is a list of some of our favorite outdoor spaces to add to your list!
Memphis Patios Perfect for Outdoor Dining
East Memphis & Suburbs
This charming renovated home on South Perkins 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.
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.
Live music, a huge patio, and a great spot to watch your favorite sports, Brookhaven is a local place in East Memphis that people know and love. Whether you’re wanting a cold beer or some delicious appetizers, the patio is big enough for your entire party.
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.
Known for its tasty sandwiches and salads, you can choose from one of their signature menu items or, you can “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. 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.
Where can you enjoy a delicious wood-fired pizza, a craft cocktail and a game of bocce? Hog & Hominy is the answer. In addition to the wood-fired pizzas, don’t overlook the snacks and contorni sections of the menu.
Known for their delicious burger and cheese fries, you can enjoy this meal on their outdoor patio with live music on some nights of the week and happy hour Monday through Friday. Oh, and now they have cheese tots. Talk about a game changer.
Sandwiches, sweets, side and a whole lot of love is what Sam’s Deli has to offer! From deviled eggs, to potato salad, to gyro sliders, that is just the beginning of the tasty menu items.
With the tagline “Eat. Drink. Chill.,” it’s easy to see how Swanky’s patios throughout the Memphis area 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.
Tucked away in the cozy High Point Terrace, lies a tasty gem called High Point Pizza. With a juke box, games like Ms. PacMan and Galaxy and you can bring your own wine with no corkage fee, there is no denying that is a true neighborhood spot that even people outside love.
If you’re from Memphis, you know that Elwood’s Shack is truly a real treat. With things like BBQ sliders, to pizza, to Angus burgers and even a breakfast menu, you can get something every time you visit and you still wouldn’t have tried the entire menu.
Fun, food, family time and pizza. What’s better? They have a full bar, party room and a pretty awesome patio to enjoy your meal. May we recommend the Mississippi Delta Hot Tamales.
This popular East Memphis restaurant added a porch in their renovations, and also included 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.
If you’re craving pizza and you 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 might we add. Hint, their calzone is delicious!
Make yourself at home on the patio at Mosa Asian Bistro. Enjoy your delicious meal on the patio, which is enclosed in a lovely wrought-iron fence with beautiful greenery.
If you’re wanting 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 one of their signature cocktails, like the Crossing Guard.
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. Not near Downtown? Check out their 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 also boasts an indoor-outdoor bar that services the dining room and the patio. So next time you are in the mood for margaritas, 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 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.
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!
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. 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!
In the historic Cooper-Young district is your one-stop spot for all things margaritas and Mexican cuisine. Be sure to try their famous bacon-wrapped stuffed shrimp and to check out their happy hours that go on every single day!
Some may think that 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 events happening 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 exceptional service and delicious Southern-style BBQ — and all three locations in Memphis offer patio dining.
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 pastas, carefully braised meats, and boutique wine and beer.
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.
Food, happy hour, brunch and their 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.
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 their new location Downtown. 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.
When Soul Fish Cafe renovated their 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.
Offering a country style cuisine with local ingredients, Sweet Grass/Next Door encourages guests 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 compliment your meal.
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.
Young Avenue Deli has 36 draft and 130 can and bottle selections to choose from. So, you could say this would be the perfect spot for social hour. If you’re not wanting to hang out on the patio, you can always play a round of pool and watch tv on their projector screens, but we know you’ll want to hang outside.
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 that 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. Also, if you’re a big brunch person, their brunch is 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 that have live music.
Felicia Suzanne’s patio is one of our favorite outdoor spaces in town. 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.
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.
Name a better duo than fresh Mexican food with a cold, tasty margarita. From quesadillas, to nachos, to fried tacos, you won’t leave hungry.
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.
All fun, 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.
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.
Make plans to meet your friends outdoors this weekend at one of Memphis’ best dining venues — Bon appétit!
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