When the weather warms up, patio dining in Salt Lake City is very much a part of everyday eating. From trendy gardens to extravagant rooftop restaurants, it seems everyone enjoys outdoor dining more than ever before. So whether you’re looking for a unique ambiance or just to get some fresh air, we’ve pulled together our favorite restaurants in Salt Lake City that offer outdoor seating.
Where to Find the Best Patio Dining in SLC
This is not an exhaustive list of all restaurants that just happen to have patio seating, but rather a Female Foodie-approved guide that features both great food and atmospheric outdoor dining that we are confident you’ll enjoy. Here are the 45 best places to eat in Salt Lake City for patio dining, ranked according to the quality of food they offer.
45. Ruth’s Diner
Ruth’s Diner is a locally loved and very historic restaurant situated in a picturesque trolley cart at the mouth of Emigration Canyon. The patio at Ruth’s is just as welcoming as the inside of the trolley cart restaurant, complete with beautiful leafy trees, twinkle lights, plenty of seating, and live music if you’re lucky. The menu highlight at Ruth’s is always the mile-high biscuits, which we love enjoying with copious amounts of butter and jam.
44. The Dodo Restaurant
The Dodo is just off of 2100 South and 1300 East with a great patio complete with plenty of shade thanks to the surrounding trees and pergola. The Dodo is a mainstay in the Salt Lake City dining scene for a casual lunch or dinner, but we usually skip both and head straight for dessert. Try their signature Toll House Pie with whipped cream, the banana cream pie with a side of caramel sauce, or (our favorite) the coconut coffee cake with caramel sauce. And if you’re grabbing some food with friends, the best dishes tend to be the stroganoff or the off-the-menu dirty bird salad.
43. Oasis Cafe
Oasis Cafe is next up for outdoor dining in Salt Lake City, with its secret garden that you’d never stumble upon from the street. This patio is a restful space, right on the edge of downtown, and is available for any occasion. Enjoy their many menu items for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and take in the beautiful sanctuary you won’t find anywhere else in the city. We highly recommend the huevos rancheros, the veggie and potato hash, or the tiger prawn bucatini for dinner. We also recommend asking your server about their daily specials and vegan options.
42. Lucky 13
Lucky 13 is one of our go-to spots for out-of-the-norm hamburgers and has great outdoor seating too. Serving over a dozen deluxe hamburgers and offering spacious porch seating, this pub and grill is a great place to enjoy yummy comfort food with friends or co-workers (as long as you all have your IDs). Be sure to order the Celestial Burger with house-smoked bacon, or if you’re feeling adventurous order the Nut Butter Burger (peanut butter burger!) or the Breath Enhancer (garlic burger). The burgers are delicious and their names are witty. What more could you want?
41. Even Stevens (Sugar House)
One of our favorite spots for outdoor dining in Salt Lake City is Even Stevens in Sugar House. Not only do they serve great food, but this patio is fun, completely covered, and always has a water bowl available for dogs. Whether you’re stopping by for breakfast, a late lunch, or dinner, you won’t be disappointed with the menu or the outdoor seating. We love the Do Gouda sandwich with shaved New York steak, smoked gouda, sweet onion marmalade, red onion, and greens on sourdough or the Hash Burrito, or if you’re feeling something green, the Chicken, Berry, & Oats salad is delicious.
40. Spitz (Downtown & Sugar House)
Our next location for prime patio dining in Salt Lake City can be found downtown or in the center of Sugar House at Spitz. As a fun and casual spot, Spitz is a great place to kick back and watch the city life go by. Downtown you’ll enjoy the urban scene of the city, while in Sugar House you’ll find a spacious outdoor dining experience. At either location, you’re sure to enjoy some of the tastiest Mediterranean food around. You’re here for the Street Cart Fries, topped with garlic aioli, feta, onion, green pepper, tomato, olives, and peperoncinis with your choice of protein. We also recommend sharing an order of doquitos (Mediterranean taquitos).
39. From Scratch
Located on the one-of-a-kind Gallivan Avenue, From Scratch offers patio dining in Salt Lake City just outside their restaurant. Without fences or pergolas, you’ll love the urban atmosphere of eating on the sidewalk of such a beautiful street. Even if you go for lunch under the afternoon sun, nearby skyscrapers and trees will keep you cool enough to enjoy your meal. Literally everything here is created from scratch (even their ketchup) so whether you order their pizza, burgers, salads, housemade desserts, you’re guaranteed to leave happy. But be sure to order the risotto cake for an appetizer. You can thank us later.
38. Finn’s Cafe
Outdoor dining in Salt Lake City wouldn’t be complete without Finn’s Cafe, a secret garden tucked away in the heart of Sugar House. The unique part of Finn’s cozy patio seating is the Norwegian floral decor and greenery. With a surrounding fence and pergolas above, flowers and shrubs are in full bloom from spring and through early fall, making Finn’s the perfect escape from the busy city life with tasty fare to keep you company. Grab your friends and head to Finn’s for breakfast or lunch. You’re here for eggs benedict, chicken and waffles, or their Jule Kake French Toast (a flavorful Norwegian Christmas bread with raisins, citron, and cardamom). The hash browns here are the true star of the show.
37. Cafe Trio
If you’re looking for trendy patio dining in Salt Lake City complete with cozy heat lamps and lights, look no further. Trio offers one of the most stunning patios in the city with plenty of dining space outdoors. Not only do they have a few tables in front of their establishment, but they also feature a more secluded patio within a wooden pergola decorated with beautiful greenery. There’s no better place to dine outside for lunch or later into the cool summer evening. Our menu favorites are the rosemary flatbread to start and the pomodoro spaghetti as an entree. We also recommend the shrimp scampi if you love seafood like we do.
36. Avenues Proper
Gathering on the patio is quite the experience at Avenues Proper in Salt Lake City. This gastropub is the perfect spot for delicious brunch on the weekends or even a fun, small plates dinner with your friends. Avenues Proper offers a moderately sized patio that’s covered all day, making it enjoyable for any and every meal. The menu does tend to change from time to time so check out their website for the latest details. Make sure the pommes frites, Brussels sprouts, and pork belly tacos hit your table.
35. Public Kitchen (Temporarily Closed)
If you want to eat on a patio that will make you feel like you’re dining on your own front porch, pull up a chair at Public Kitchen. Hailing from the owners of Public Coffee, this small but cozy brick-and-mortar has a simple and cozy patio to match their simple and cozy restaurant and their simple (and delicious) menu. Past favorites have included the poached eggs and potatoes, french toast, and their signature avocado toast. Public Kitchen is undergoing renovations and is anticipated to reopen in 2023.
34. Proper Burger Company
If you need a solid burger in Salt Lake City with a patio that does the job then Proper Burger Company is the perfect spot for you. Owned by the same creators behind Avenues Proper, this straightforward burger joint has a simple patio just outside the front of their restaurant with a good assortment of patio chairs and tables, so that you can have your
burger cake and eat it too. Our favorite order here is the Proper Style burger, made with caramelized onions, American cheese, zucchini pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, and proper sauce.
Chungas is one of our favorite spots in Salt Lake City for consistent, delicious tacos, and they also offer patio dining right outside their doors. This outdoor dining is cozy and simple, making the star of the show their flavorful and memorable al pastor taco. Enjoy your favorite tacos right outside and you’ll be close by when you want to order seconds and thirds. You simply must order the al pastor tacos with pineapple, cilantro, and onions. And don’t forget to order some of their salsa chipotle or guacamole to enjoy with chips!
Tradition is one of the most underrated restaurants in Salt Lake City, but that doesn’t mean we have forgotten about their patio. Located across the street fom Liberty Park, Tradition has a simple but cozy patio with just a few tables and chairs. You’re in a vibrant, fun part of town at this location, which makes dining under their light-strung pergola a highlight. The cuisine here is comfort food and our favorite items are the funeral potatoes, meatloaf, fried chicken, and a homemade slice of pie when they have it!
31. Stoneground Kitchen
Looking for outdoor dining that’s hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Salt Lake City? You’ve found it! The patio at Stoneground Kitchen is one of the best outdoor spaces in the city with a modern rustic atmosphere, cover from the sun, and water misters for those warm summer nights. There’s no better patio dining in Salt Lake to enjoy made-in-house Italian food that is fresh, flavorful, and filling. Menu favs: you’re here for their housemade pastas like their lasagna or black tagliatelle. We also recommend their beet insalada and Black & Blue pizza.
30. SOMI Vietnamese Bistro
Next up on our list of patio dining in Salt Lake City is Somi Vietnamese, serving all of the Vietnamese classics along with some exciting new dishes. You’ll find Somi in the heart of the Sugar House outdoor dining scene with a gated patio on the side of their establishment. Somi’s minimal outdoor seating is modern and trendy, matching the overall atmosphere of Sugar House. Whether you’re on a first date or out with a group of friends, you’re bound to enjoy Somi’s food and outdoor dining experience. The best things on the menu are the pork belly sliders, crispy spring rolls, grilled short rib vermicelli and their Bo Luc Lac (shaking beef). If you have room, order their fried bananas with vanilla ice cream, berries, and chocolate sauce for dessert.
29. Sweet Lake Biscuits & Limeade
Brunch patio dining in Salt Lake City is best experienced at Sweet Lake Biscuits & Limeade. With one of the most trendy-chic and yet casual atmospheres in the city, you’ll love eating your favorite breakfast comfort foods at Sweet Lake. They have a moderately sized patio making it the perfect place for a refreshing morning of great food and great company. From drinks to entrees, there’s something delicious for everyone to try. If it’s your first time visiting, order the Hoss and wash it down with one of their delicious homemade limeades (the classic mint limeade is to die for).
28. East Liberty Tap House
Enjoy your next outdoor dining experience in the huddle of shops and restaurants at 9th and 9th on the patio of East Liberty Tap House. This neighborhood hangout is a vibrant location with some of our favorite fare and outdoor dining options. Complete with heaters, umbrellas, and string lights, you won’t regret eating brunch or dinner here between spring and fall. They offer a moderately sized patio and the best part? Animals are always welcome! As far as food goes, you’re here for the chorizo fries and the tap house burger. The house veggie burger is also worth your time and money.
27. Pig & A Jelly Jar
Be sure to enjoy outdoor dining at an often forgotten breakfast and brunch spot in Salt Lake City, Pig & A Jelly Jar. With great scrambles and southern specialties, this spot serves some of the best homemade biscuits that you can enjoy outside in the fresh air. Their porch is located just blocks from Liberty Park, is moderately sized, and is the perfect brunch experience. Try the house made biscuits and jams (like strawberry coconut and blueberry lavender) and their $5 chicken and waffle special.
26. Ekamai Thai
Ekamai Thai is next up on our guide to outdoor dining in Salt Lake City. Ekamai’s outdoor seating is quaint but comfortable, and sits across the street from Sugar House Park. With beautiful rust-colored shade sails above, this patio is covered and perfect for anyone who loves people (or dog) watching. Ekamai serves some delicious dishes filled with new and exciting flavors so don’t wait to enjoy them in the great outdoors. Be sure to order the curry dumplings appetizer. It’ll have you licking your plate clean! You’ll also want to order their drunken noodles and Khao soi entree.
25. Hub & Spoke Diner
Hub and Spoke is a great location for patio dining in Salt Lake City and comfort food, particularly during breakfast. Offering moderate outdoor seating, Hub and Spoke has beautiful views right in the heart of Sugar House. Dinner is also incredibly dreamy with their trendy string lights and music. No matter when you go, you’re bound to enjoy their outdoor dining experience as well as their memorable menu. We recommend ordering their crab salad eggs benedict or the Kentucky hot brown. If you really have an appetite, dive into a slice of their pie or homemade donut holes.
24. Sapa Sushi
Next up for patio dining in Salt Lake City is Sapa Sushi Bar, an unassuming establishment on State Street serving some of the best sushi in town. Sapa’s impressive patio space is complete with trees, greenery, statues, and even imported Vietnamese buildings that are hundreds of years old. It’s a chic sushi restaurant that is unlike any other so it’s definitely worth a visit! Menu favorites: be sure to try the UFO, Lowrider Roll (off the menu and spicy), or the Maui Wowie.
23. The Copper Onion
Next up for patio dining in Salt Lake City is the one and only Copper Onion. This outdoor dining spot gives you the perfect city experience with skyscraper views, potted plants, twinkle lights, and sun shields. Copper Onion offers spacious outdoor seating and satisfying cuisine that can be enjoyed with friends, family, or co-workers. Don’t wait to visit The Copper Onion for dinner during the week or brunch on the weekends. If you’re not sure what to order, go for the wagyu beef stroganoff and the Copper Onion Burger.
22. Kimi’s Chop & Oyster House
Let’s talk about our swanky and comfortable outdoor dining at Kimi’s Chop & Oyster House. This patio is covered with green and boasts plenty of shade, an open and spacious pergola, and is decorated with comfortable cushioned porch chairs, lights, and flowers. Kimi’s is definitely in the running for most comfortable, spacious, and memorable patio dining in Salt Lake City. Run don’t walk to dine outdoors with a date, friends, or family, and indulge in the fresh and flavorful food that awaits you at Kimi’s. Order the fresh oysters to start and then dive into the chanterelle mushroom soup. We also recommend their egg rolls, the cashew crusted sea bass and any specials your server may offer.
Serving locally sourced American fare, Provisions is next on our guide to patio dining in Salt Lake City. Offering a dappled patio with beautiful string lights, greenery, and a modern atmosphere, you can enjoy charcuterie boards, fresh duck rolls, or hamachi crude for dinner or a variety of breakfast entrees for Sunday brunch. Treat yourself to these menu items and their dreamy patio ASAP. Start with the wood roasted cauliflower or ahi tuna tartare, then order the Provisions cheeseburger or the grilled hanger steak.
20. Ginger Street
Calling all city slickers and anyone who enjoys the cuisine of Southeast Asia! Ginger Street has the Salt Lake City patio dining experience for you. Ginger Street offers a moderately sized patio with partial cover, depending on where you are seated. You’ll love slurping and twirling your way through curry or stir fry while overlooking the hustle and bustle of State Street in SLC. Menu favs: you’re here for the steam pork buns, orange chicken, yellow curry, and Thai basil stir fry.
19. Pretty Bird (Downtown & Sugar House)
Pretty Bird, now with two locations in Salt Lake City, serves hot chicken that will send you straight to heaven. You’ll often find a line out the door and for good reason: this chicken is flavorful and cooked to absolute perfection. Both locations have comfortable, minimal outdoor seating with a modern atmosphere you’re sure to love. Get the fried chicken sandwich, served with slaw, homemade pickles, and pretty bird sauce on a buttered bun.
18. Log Haven
Log Haven is one of the best upscale restaurants in Salt Lake City. Located just east of the city up Millcreek Canyon, this log mansion is typically frequented for special occasions including Valentine’s Day, birthdays, anniversary dinners, and even weddings. It’s hard to not enjoy a meal when you’re surrounded by natural beauty, and whether you’re dining here in the peak of summer or in the winter, the experience and ambiance are both undeniably magical. Don’t miss the Korean fried cauliflower, the Alpine nachos, or the bison steak au poivre.
17. The Rose Establishment
The Rose Establishment is our next pick for outdoor dining in Salt Lake City. This quaint and trendy patio is a fun place to grab some of our very favorite brunch foods. With minimal seating just to the side of their restaurant, you’ll find your brunch experience to be cozy and casual. Menu favs: Be sure to order The Standard, two herbed potato cakes topped with eggs, pork-belly bacon, house smoked tomato jam and a side of baby kale salad. We also recommend the bruschetta tartine for a breakfast unlike any other.
16. Harbor Seafood & Steak Co.
No guide would be complete without the outdoor dining experience offered by Harbor Seafood & Steak Co. This patio is open year-round with four private, heated greenhouses during the cold months, and open outdoor seating during the warmer ones. Not only will you enjoy the freshest seafood and highest quality steaks in Salt Lake City, but you’ll also enjoy watching the edge of Sugar House come to life. Start off with their caprese flat bread before diving into their scallops and wagyu filet mignon.
15. Feldman’s Deli
Feldman’s Deli is the only authentic Jewish Deli in the Salt Lake Valley, and although their patio is minimal and only seats a few four-person tables, if you’re looking for our favorite sandwich in Salt Lake City and you’d like to enjoy it on a patio, then this is the place. The menu at this family-owned and operated restaurant features authentic Jewish cuisine from pastrami sandwiches to matzo ball soup to eggs benedict (brunch only) made with latkes instead of the traditional English muffins. If you can only get one thing here, order the Sloppy Joe (it’s nothing like the sloppy joe you grew up with) made with corned beef, pastrami, Thousand Island dressing, and coleslaw served on Jewish Rye.
14. Roots Cafe
Say hello to a secret garden dining experience at Roots Cafe in Salt Lake City. This moderately large outdoor dining space is complete with hanging greenery, umbrellas, sun shades, and heat lamps for those cooler evenings. They even set up a huge yurt outside during busy winter months so you can enjoy this patio all year round! Roots Cafe specializes in locally grown products and offers healthy plates that are truly satisfying. Breakfast or lunch will be well-spent when you visit Roots Cafe. Start with one of their fresh juices (big fans of “the cleanser”) and pick from the hero ranchers, pesto breakfast sandwich, mixed berry crepes, or one of their delicious buckwheat pancakes.
13. Red Iguana
Both Red Iguana and its sister restaurant Red Iguana 2 serves some of the best Mexican food in town, but a little-known fact is the decently-sized patio available for diners at Red Iguana 2. The patio is almost completely covered and feels almost like it’s inside, but if you’re looking for a fun patio vibe when the weather’s bad or you don’t want to be in the direct sunlight, then Red Iguana 2 is your move. Red Iguana is known for their mole dishes, and our favorite of them all is the Puntas de Filete a la Nortena—a top sirloin tip dish made with sauteed bacon, jalapeno strips, and onions, all served on top of their delicious can’t-get-anywhere-else almond mole. Looking for tacos? The Tacos La Iguana are our favorite.
12. Laziz Kitchen
As a small and intimate establishment in Salt Lake City, it’s no surprise that Laziz Kitchen has the coziest outdoor dining space around. Built on the east side of the restaurant, the Laziz patio offers minimal outdoor seating and incredible Lebanese fare, making it a great location for lunch with friends or a dinner date under the moonlight. No matter who you’re eating with, you’ll enjoy flavorful entrees and fresh sides that will leave you feeling full and happy. Start off with their cauliflower florets before diving into their Laziz Mediterranean platter. Don’t leave without trying their spiced labneh—it’s a game changer in the best way.
11. Current Fish and Oyster
When people ask us where to get the best seafood in Salt Lake City, we send them straight to Current Fish and Oyster. This downtown SLC restaurant not only serves delicious food but the patio is one of the best in town, complete with the perfect amount of shade, trees, and even twinkly lights to set the mood after the sun goes down. Favorite menu items include the seared calamari, fish & chips, and the delectably flavorful cioppino (seafood stew).
In true Female Foodie fashion, this guide is written and ranked by restaurant quality (that means the food!), but at Finca you can have your cake and eat it too because not only is their Spanish menu laced with delectable things to eat, but their patio is truly one of the most beautiful in Salt Lake City. The gates and entire outdoor dining area are adorned with ivy and green plants galore, which makes this outdoor dining experience one of the best in town. Order the croquetas or Spanish tortilla for appetizers, the Moroccan lamb skewers for our favorite tapa, and never leave Finca without indulging in an order (or two) of their life-changing, homemade cinnamon sugar churros with a chocolate dipping sauce that’s simply to die for.
9. Beaumont Bakery
Next up on our guide to patio dining in Salt Lake City is the beautiful Beaumont Bakery & Cafe. This patio porch is located at the front of the restaurant but is secluded by trendy plant boxes rather than a fence. It’s a great location to enjoy fresh air while enjoying your favorite pastries, sandwiches, or salads. This patio is moderately sized, making it a great place for brunch with your significant other or lunch with your close friends. You’ll want to order the avocado toast (one of the prettiest versions we’ve ever seen of avo toast), the Beaumont burrito, or the orange and beet salad. Don’t forget to order some pastries on your way out as well!
Salt Lake City wouldn’t be complete without Caputo’s in the heart of downtown, and their modest but beautiful flower-adorned patio is one of our favorites in the city. Caputo’s is your one-stop shop for European grocery items including imported cheeses, meats, craft chocolates, and even smaller but not-to-be-forgotten items like good canned tomatoes, finishing salt, and tinned fish. Adjoining the market is a deli, where you can order an array of delectable sandwiches and salads. Our favorite sandwich on the menu is The Caputo, which has the perfect array of Italian cold cuts and cheese featuring prosciutto, mortadella, salami, and provolone. If you want something warm and hearty get The Meatball for one of the best meatball sandwiches you will ever have.
7. SLC Eatery
Just a hop, skip, and a jump from the thick of downtown you’ll find SLC Eatery on Main Street. They specialize in New American fare with dishes that taste just as pretty as they look. Their patio has an urban feel in its alley-like setting, but still maintains the beautiful and sleek vibe like the inside of the restaurant. If you haven’t eaten at SLC Eatery before, we recommend ordering the Utah scone, Eatery Burger, and anything on their regularly rotating dim sum-style cart that will make a lap or two through the restaurant while you’re dining.
Pago was one of the first farm-to-table restaurants in Salt Lake City and to this day it’s still one of our favorite places to eat. Their small yet intimate patio is beautiful and perfect for when outdoor dining permits. The menu at Pago rotates seasonally but our favorites include the strawberries and beets, short rib rotolo, and the Pago burger made with bacon, cheddar, pickled onion, arugula, and black garlic aioli.
5. Nomad East
If you’re looking for a great place to enjoy delicious thin-crust pizzas and some of the best salads in the city with a great patio to round things out, head straight to Nomad East. Away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, this beloved neighborhood restaurant is one of our favorite restaurants in SLC. Always order at least one of their salads—the smoked salmon is our favorite but the wedge salad and family salad (greens, roasted and pickled vegetables, seeds, lemon vinaigrette) are also killer. For pizzas, we are over the moon for the Betty White (garlic cream, mozzarella, fontina, arugula, and pickled gold raisins), and the Pretty in Pink (pink sauce, stracciatella, red pepper flakes, fresno chile, and oregano).
Outdoor dining reaches a whole new level with Lola’s patio. You will love watching 9th and 9th come alive while enjoying the best handcrafted Mexican cuisine in Salt Lake City. Lola offers a mid-sized patio on the steps leading up to their front door so if there’s a table available, be sure to snag it! We recommend coming hungry—there’s a lot to be eaten and enjoyed at Lola. Menu favs: be sure to order the carnitas tacos (made with Berkshire pork), and the carne tacos (made with carne asada and homemade pickled vegetables). We also love their watermelon salad.
Next on our guide to patio dining in SLC is Manoli’s on 9th. Everything, from the decor to the atmosphere, is excellent at Manoli’s. And the patio dining is no exception. Not only will you find unbeatable dishes you’ll dream about for weeks, but you’ll also find modern and trendy outdoor dining you’ll love. They have a medium sized seasonal patio that’s perfect for warm-night dining. The menus here change seasonally, but some of our favorite dinner mainstays include the yemista, tyropita, garides, and the paidakia.
HSL is one of the very best places you can eat in Salt Lake City for both amazing food and an outstanding ambiance, and their small but beautiful patio showcased in front of the restaurant is one of our favorites in SLC. You’re here for small plates and you’ll want to try them all, so make sure and come with a friend or significant other so you can sample a little bit of everything. Must-try menu items include the buttermilk biscuit, General Tso’s cauliflower, the fried chicken, and the HSL burger.
Instantly transport yourself to Northern Italy when you dine outside at Veneto in Salt Lake City. This authentic Italian restaurant is one of the best restaurants you can dine at in SLC, complete with a beautiful and elegant patio to make your al fresco dining experience the best it can possibly be. Make sure to go for the full experience here by starting with appetizers, then twirling your way through some pasta, then a main, and (of course!) dessert. You’ll want to carve out at least two hours to dine here and get the most out of one of the most memorable meals you will have in the entire city.