One of the best things about the Fort Worth climate is that it's possible to dine al fresco almost year-round. Find a table at one of these Fort Worth patios to enjoy the weather, good food, drinks and the best in Texas hospitality.
Little Red Wasp
This buzzy downtown establishment is the friendly little sister to upscale Grace Restaurant across the street. Both have quaint patios where you can sip on a cocktail and enjoy a tasty app while watching the hum of downtown action.
Branch & Bird
The restaurant at the Sky Lobby level of the Frost Tower building has a commanding view of most of downtown Fort Worth. Whether you’re in for the petite breakfast menu at sunrise, lunch, happy hour or dinner, you’ll find yourself captivated by this high rise view.
Coffee? Tea? Beer? Wine? Brewed on Magnolia Avenue has all the above, along with breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. The outside fire pit with a semi-circle of seating and nearby picnic-style tables is the perfect place to eat, drink and gather.
HG Sply Co.
The clean-eating restaurant in WestBend is suitable for vegetarians, vegans, carnivores and any other dietary issues. It offers something for everyone, and the comfortable patio overlooks the Trinity River.
Joe T. Garcia’s
The original mom-and-pop restaurant on the Northside has been a staple in Fort Worth for eight decades, and out-of-town guests love the extensive outdoor patio gardens. Go in the evening for family-style service or grab lunch or Sunday brunch where everyone can order off the menu. Just remember, they don’t take credit cards, but Joe T.’s may be the last place in town that will honor your check!
Gemelle is a contemporary Italian-American eatery with a full bar, garden patio and bocce ball courts. With the iconic LOVE neon sign and garden patio, it's a great spot for Insta-worthy photo ops. Sip on a frozen Aperol spritz while nibbling on Detroit-style pizza and the Beef Tri Tip Tartare. Weekly live music rounds out the fun.
Felipe Armenta’s restaurant on the Trailhead in Clearfork has dazzled food critics both locally and state-wide. But the best feature of the third in Armenta’s chain of four eateries is the wide open outdoor space. Three fire pits and a plethora of large standing heaters combine on the huge ground-level patio to provide comfort almost any day of the year. Between the twinkly lights and the weathered wood tables and chairs, it's a great place to enjoy a meal and a few cocktails before or after heading out on the Trinity Trails.
The terraced decks at the multi-level stalwart in Sundance Square provide what’s arguably the best view of downtown Fort Worth from multiple angles. As an added bonus, the dome provides a climate-controlled way to enjoy indoor dining outdoors. Unless there’s a party, you can reserve a table on weekends.
Owner of Curly’s Frozen Custard on Camp Bowie, Bourke Harvey has branched out near University Village with a restaurant that honors Fort Worth’s long affiliation with the railroad. Wooden picnic benches shaded by umbrellas and twinkly lights make the outdoor space both practicable and beautiful.
Salsa Limon Distrito
Part of the charm of Salsita is that the Ramirez siblings seem to know just where to put their brick and mortar locations. The River District is the perfect backdrop for the patio, where you can enjoy Mexico City-style tacos al fresco.
Winslow’s Wine Café
Before the proliferation of wine bars on Magnolia Avenue, there was Winslow’s, the small restaurant/wine retailer in an old gas station named for the co-owner’s blue heeler dog. The tabletop fire pits on the patio pair well with dinner, wine or brunch. Join the wine club and get discounts on bottles consumed on the patio, in the restaurant, or for take-out.
Tim Love’s 'little shed' on the Trinity has several real wood-burning fireplaces on the patio facing the river. The back porch includes its own bar and the gravel areas are specifically dog-friendly –– there’s even a fancy menu for your pooch.