With al fresco dining season finally in full swing, open air restaurants across the country are bringing completely different kinds of vibes to the table.
Why eat indoors when you can sit beachside, or atop some of the chicest rooftops in New York City? Here, we’ve got you covered when it comes to where to eat outdoors. Click through the gallery for options in the country, in the mountains, lakeside, on the beach, and in the chicest cities around.
Mr. Purple: Located on the 15th floor of the Indigo Hotel, this Lower East Side spot epitomizes New York City's new version of downtown glamour. Head there for cool drinks, chic views and bar food, ranging from flat breads to salads and hummus.
Bâoli Miami: This Miami hotspot epitomizes the clubby, tropical vibes of its city. Think: lots of lights, greenery and people watching. Go for year-round amazing weather, and stay for the atmosphere. The menu offers both mediterranean options and sushi.
The Dawson: With its expansive patio, Chicago's The Dawson makes for the perfect weekend brunch al fresco. Try the ham and cheese panzanella, or the shishito peppers with mushrooms for a lighter option.
Laduree: Located in SoHo, in New York City, Laduree's outdoor garden might just be the most magical place to enjoy a cocktail and macarons in the entire city. Go for brunch, and order the rose and raspberry french toast with a pot of tea for the chicest Instagram post yet.
Westward: It doesn't get much better than lakeside dining during the summer. Westward, located in Seattle, provides exactly that. Go for the Mediterranean inspired fare, but the special, seasonal menus, such as the current Winemarkers series, are also worth a try.
Narcissa: Hidden in the East Village, this New York City spot, with an outdoor garden, will make you feel like you're in a hidden oasis--in the best possible way. The gorgeous brick walls give the space a rustic, artsy feel. Opt for fresh, light menu items like the slow baked orata or carrots wellington.
Contigo: Largely considered one of the best restaurants to eat al fresco in Austin, Texas, by both locals and travelers, Contigo focuses on a fun atmosphere with Texan-inspired food.
Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar: Sit outdoors at this sprawling, indie, bar in Washington D.C. Go early to avoid the crowds--but if late nights are your thing, this is definitely one of the best places to be in D.C.
Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar
Josephina: Street tacos + farm-to-table fare + flora and fauna. Need we say more? Open May 21st at the back of The Pines restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, Josephina is a pop-up destination that stands out because of its unique menu and summer vibes.
Alto at the Ace Hotel New Orleans: This rooftop venue offers lunch, dinner and drinks and is one of the best places for views of the historic city. The atmosphere will make you seriously reconsider New Orleans as a chic destination.
El Barzon: Located in Detroit, El Baron serves both Italian and Mexican dishes. Their outdoor patio is lush and filled with greenery and waterfalls: a true oasis in the booming, and ever-evolving city.
Commissary: Technically, this Los Angeles based spot isn't completely al fresco. What it is, though, is a completely chic place in a greenhouse that can be enjoyed rain or shine. Inside The Line Hotel, it offers a veggie-heavy menu. Try the cobb salad with turkey and blue cheese or one of the interesting cocktails.
La Piscine at Hotel Americano: Consider this outdoor, rooftop pool and restaurant atop the Hotel Americano, the ultimate view of New York City during al fresco season. With sweeping views and open air, the menu delicious includes grill-based items like chargrilled octopus, grilled branzino and tzatziki.
The Beachcomber: If beaches are your thing, there's no better place to eat al fresco than the Beachcomber cafe in Orange County, California. Enjoy seafood based breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert options seaside, such as the ahi tacos or lobster linguine pasta.
Bridgewater Bistro: Sit on a pier overlooking the Columbia river at this Astoria, Oregon location. Watch the sunset over small plates at happy hour, which includes everything from dungeness crab cake to house-smoked salmon and brie on flatbread.
Poseidon Del Mar: This Oceanside, California based restaurant literally sits on the beach, and may just be one of the best places to watch the sun go down with a drink in hand. Try one of the options from the expansive, affordable cocktail menu, such as the Swedish Mule or the Crystal Margarita.
Blue Dragon: Under the Hawaiian stars and lush, tropical trees, Blue Dragon functions as an event space just as much as it does an outdoor restaurant. There's live music every night, and various special dinners also happen frequently. Try the ahi stuffed avocado, or one of the many fresh summer vegetable rolls.
Lon's at Hermosa Inn: Enjoy the fresh mountain air and flowers at the patio at Lon's at Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley, Arizona. The menu incorporates Arizona based produce and traditional flavors.
Portico: This cozy Italian restaurant, located in Richmond, Virginia, has all the rustic qualities you could ask for in an outdoor restaurant. There's tons of greenery, and a cute little outdoor fireplace made of brick. For dinner, try the veal picata or ravoli di casa.
The Turtle Club: Located in Naples, Florida, this beachfront restaurant offers all the stunning views that make eating beachside so worth it. The atmosphere is casually yet elegant, and the menu focuses on seafood, steak and wine.