These Are the Most Beautifully Designed Outdoor Dining Experiences in America

Slide 1 of 13: A mash-up of vintage mirrors, barbed-wire chandeliers, industrial-style chairs with a slate gray finish, patina-chic midcentury-modern lawn chairs, and furnishings born out of fallen branches makes dining at Jacoby feel timeless. During the pandemic, its owners revamped the outdoor seating—overlooking the Colorado River—to socially distance as well as add more seats.
Slide 2 of 13: Far from kitschy, this decorative ode to country music star Dolly Parton—open at Graduate Nashville since July—translates into ’60s-inspired florals and magenta hues, along with fringed umbrellas and pin-striped sofas. Petal pink walls with gold trim in the rooftop bar’s inside portion are paired with magenta velvet ottomans, pink-and-white tartan-print armchairs, and Asian rugs.
Slide 3 of 13: This opulent osteria in downtown Charleston founded by ex–New Yorkers Caitlin and Michael Toscano (she worked at Per Se, he opened Perla) is the definition of refined relaxation. Outdoor seating is in a garden walled in by the restaurant building’s historic red-brick, with potted palms, and a towering tree providing shade and atmosphere.
Slide 4 of 13: This artful dial back to midcentury-modern design—a hallmark in Palm Springs—at the posh Parker Palm Springs includes Bertoia side chairs, white-washed slump block, and built-in orange-cushioned banquettes. Open walls at Norma’s outdoor-dining terrace frame a variety of palm trees.

Slide 5 of 13: Inspired by Motor City’s industrious roots, the outdoor dining at Townhouse’s downtown Detroit location, surrounding a glass-enclosed atrium, features a plant wall, cherry red side chairs, and birdcage-like light fixtures. Mature trees and flower boxes add further warmth.
Slide 6 of 13: Blond brick walls and jade green bistro chairs in the Draycott’s outdoor dining space put a fresh California spin on the ambiance of a European bistro. Owned by Matt and Marissa Hermer, who own restaurants in London, this one’s actually in homage to London’s Draycott, with family-friendly, all-day dining in a chic environment.
Slide 7 of 13: Named for Ernest Hemingway’s granddaughter, this new whimsical, boho-chic spot entices locals to slip into rattan furnishings and sip cocktails (devised by Bar Lab founders Elad Zvi and Gabe Orta) or natural wines, paired with seafood snacks like shrimp ceviche. Designer Danya Hachey’s work is also at Broken Shaker, inside Freehand Hotel.
Slide 8 of 13: This high-end Mexican-cuisine destination in Scottsdale’s Fashion Square (another one is in West Hollywood, California) keeps things cozy on the patio at night with marble-laid outdoor firepits and glowing wall sconces. Orbs suspended overhead contribute an elegant streak while greenery is elevated—hung above seating in wooden built-ins and backlit just right.
Slide 9 of 13: Blessed with year-round sunshine, this eatery rarely shutters its outdoor seating, snug in a lush garden setting and riffing on—just like the menu—Mediterranean influences. Seating under the pergola bypasses casual for refined booths in a milk-chocolate hue and cane-back armchairs, under the glow of lattice-tubed pendant lighting. New during COVID, “Bel-Air Under the Stars” features private firepits and all the fixings for s’mores while you sip wine.

Slide 10 of 13: Perched above the Chicago River in River North, two blocks from Merchandise Mart, the terrace at this multistory, seafood-focused eatery flaunts one of the best views in town. Although only open since June, the terrace quickly vaulted into a must-dine spot, due in no small part to celeb couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic’s ownership and to seafood towers that are works of art.
Slide 11 of 13: Tucked outside of Roman and Williams Guild—the SoHo storefront for the design team behind interiors at Highline Hotel New York; Facebook’s employee dining; and Freehand properties in Chicago, New York City, Miami, and Los Angeles—the café’s outdoor dining features life-size “flower boxes” to safely divide diners. French-inspired pastries and cocktails are in perfect pitch with indigo blue exterior walls, and decorative columns, paired with woven bistro chairs.
Slide 12 of 13: Buenos Aires–born Daniel del Prado’s innovative Tex-Oaxacan cuisine at his two-year-old eatery has earned accolades from locals who enjoy moles, tacos, and tostadas on the patio. Born out of an aging gas station, the revamp includes an effort—with the canopy—to mimic steel canopies motorists would pull under to pump gas.
Slide 13 of 13: Green- and khaki-striped umbrellas add a “beach club” vibe to Seattle’s waterfront (overlooking Lake Union’s North Shore), combined with open walls to the indoor dining area as well as flush ferns and potted plants. Diners are welcome to arrive by boat or kayak, and use the restaurant’s dock.

Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile (Austin, Texas)

White Limozeen (Nashville, Tennessee)

Le Farfalle (Charleston, South Carolina)

Norma’s at Parker Palm Springs (Palm Springs, California)

Townhouse Detroit (Detroit, Michigan)

The Draycott (Pacific Palisades, California)

Margot Natural Wine Bar at Nikki Beach (Miami, Florida)

Toca Madera (Scottsdale, Arizona)

Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air (Beverly Hills, California)

RPM Seafood (Chicago)

La Mercerie (New York City)

Colita (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Westward (Seattle, Washington)

Source: Read Full Article