Here are 20 restaurants in the Raleigh area that offer outdoor seating.
by Cady Smith
Not ready yet to dine indoors at a restaurant? Fear not. We’ve rounded up 20 restaurants that have found a way to offer customers a socially distanced dining experience al fresco. From patios, to rooftops, to courtyards, put these restaurants on your radar for an outdoor meal. Fall will be here before you know which always proves to be a perfect time to eat out and outside.
Dine on this Tuscan-inspired restaurant’s outdoor patio in the heart of downtown Raleigh. Open for dinner from 5 to 9 p.m., enjoy authentic Italian cuisine like Penne Caprese, Farfalle al Salmone and Rigatoni con Pollo alla Panna while feeling like you might just be in the Italian countryside.
Carolina Ale House
Stop by Carolina Ale House for classic dishes like their Crispy Shrimp Platter or Slow-Roasted Carolina Baby Back Ribs while you sit outside. Pair your food with some of their signature cocktails like the Strawberry Basil Rum Smash, Carolina Min-Tea or Southern Belle Sangria.
Cortez Seafood + Cocktail
Open for patio dining, vibrant Cortez on Glenwood South boasts oysters and other seafood dishes made of local North Carolina fish like Grilled Whole N.C. Mackerel and N.C. Snapper Ceviche-the ultimate food group to enjoy outside.
Gringo A Go Go
In the mood for delicious Mexican cuisine, including chilaquiles, enchiladas, tostadas and house cocktails like Fresh Watermelon Margaritas? Downtown Gringo A Go Go’s outdoor patio is now open.
This downtown restaurant’s spacious patio is open again, located in the Warehouse district, for dinner throughout the week and brunch on the weekend with a selection of savory dishes like Blue Crab Claws, Huevos Rancheros and a Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich.
For a taste of Louisiana in North Carolina, New Orleans-inspired Hummingbird is welcoming customers back to enjoy their handful of tables outside. Try their Soppressata Pizza, Gnocchi, Muffaletta, Pan-Seared Fish and house cocktails like the signature Hummingbird Fizz.
Bonjour! Scott Crawford’s French bistro, Jolie, has opened their moonlit outdoor rooftop. Guests can enjoy French cuisine during brunch and dinner such as escargot, egg en cocotte, ratatouille tarte tatin and chicken fricassée.
With an ever-changing menu, Margaux’s Restaurant is sure to be a dinner favorite. They are now open for an indoor and outdoor dining experience with a limited number of people being seated.
New American-style Midtown Grille is an excellent choice for Sunday brunch with Country Benedict, Midtown Omelette and Brunch BLT as they welcome customers back for dine-in on their patio during lunch, dinner and brunch.
MoJoe’s Burger Joint
Open for patio dining, MoJoe’s is known for their award winning burgers, wings and sandwiches. Try their Carolina BBQ Sandwich, Old Raleigh Burger or Thai-Chili Wings.
Rosewater Kitchen & Bar
Looking for a place to have brunch, dinner or drinks? Rosewater is now open for dining on their outdoor garden patio. Savor smoked salmon tartine, tri-tip rotisserie and savor craft cocktails like their signature Rosewater Martini, Rose Fashioned and Capulet’s Rose.
With a selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes, downtown Lebanese restaurant, Sitti is an excellent choice for authentic Lebanese cuisine. Sit in their beautiful tucked away outdoor courtyard while you experience their classic Hummus Noir, Soujouk and Samkeh Harra.
This Latin American restaurant has a large variety of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free dishes, making it a wonderful choice for authentic Caribbean cuisine, and they are now open for dine-in on the patio at their location in Raleigh.
Sola Coffee Cafe
This family-owned cafe features a wide selection of coffees, smoothies, fresh pressed juices and quick bites like sandwiches and salads. Enjoy a pour-over coffee or espresso on their outdoor patio during a cool early end-of-summer morning.
The Station at Person Street
With a beautiful patio that is now open, try the Station at Person Street’s N.C. Hot Catfish Sandwich, Cajun Crab Dip and Papaya Salad with Coconut Shrimp.
For ultimate Mediterranean vibes, this Greek kitchen and bar has a city-favorite open-air rooftop that will have you feeling like you’re on a Santorini vacation. Try their classic dishes like Pastitcio, Moussaka and Lamb Tips & Orzo and don’t forget the wine. OPA!
Trophy Brewing Co.
With 12 beers always on tap along with cocktails and wine, Trophy’s patio is open for business. Their menu features specialty pizzas like Local Celebrity, The Daredevil and Farmer’s Market along with fresh salads, including Arugula and Greek.
This French bistro nestled in the heart of Durham has welcomed customers back to their two outdoor seating arrangements: their outdoor garden and front patio. Dine on classic French courses like sauteed salmon dijon and duck confit salad.
Most known for their extensive whiskey list which includes bourbon, rye and single malt, Whiskey Kitchen has opened their outdoor patio seating area. Try the Shipley Burger, Ribs Platter or Shrimp N’ Grits.
Relax on Wilson’s covered patio while you try their popular flatbreads and sandwiches like Grilled Pimento and Steak & Arugula. Wash it down with a locally brewed beer from Lynnwood Brewing Concern.