Food Scene

Restaurants in Tempe with great patios

What does great weather, delicious food and the perfect outdoor patio have in common? They are all available right here in Tempe! Patio dining is in full swing and it’s not stopping anytime soon. Whether you’re enjoying one of the many spring festivals or events at Tempe Beach Park or in town for a spring training game, make time to grab brunch, lunch or drinks at one of these outdoor patios in Tempe!

House of Tricks
114 E. 7th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-1114
You could go to House of Tricks for their patio alone, but it’s the amazing food that will keep you coming back again and again. This legendary Tempe restaurant is located in two side by side historic cottages and most of the tables are located among beautiful plants and trees in their courtyard. They feature “hours of tranquility” at their outdoor bar instead of just your run of the mill happy hour. Their contemporary American menu changes seasonally, they use local ingredients whenever possible and their wine list is one of the best around. This restaurant does close every July, but you can look forward to new menu items and special deals in August.

Postino Annex
615 S. College Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 927-1111
In the shadow of Sun Devil Stadium lies Postino Annex. This local chain of wine cafés first opened in a vacant 1940s post office in 2001 by owners with a passion for unique wines and simple, delicious food. Tempe’s Postino Annex is on the corner of Sixth Street and College Avenue. also in a historic building that was once a red brick schoolhouse and an art studio.. The large sunny patio has bright yellow umbrellas and an indoor and outdoor bar. Postino Annex is the perfect place to gather with friends and the service is so terrific, you’ll always feel welcome.

Four Peaks Brewing Company
1340 E. 8th St. #104, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 303-9967
Located in a historic creamery, the pub has a fun atmosphere and an open air feel, making it the perfect place to hang out and grab a beer and bite to eat with friends. Four Peaks offers twelve unique mainstay beers and a variety of seasonal beers throughout the year. The welcoming patio wraps around the front of the building so there’s plenty of room for all your friends to join you. Visitors can schedule a tour of the brewery to get an up close look at the behind the scenes process. Learn about how they make your favorite beer, what goes into the process, how it’s stored and how they can it.

15 E. 6th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 557-8226
C.A.S.A., which is located on the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and Sixth Street, is always an excellent choice. The  patio regularly features live music, and they offer over 30 beers on tap. This patio bar is completely outside with an upper deck. The patio is equipped with a state of the art “Typhoon Misting System” that will cool you down on even the hottest of days.  C.A.S.A is the perfect place to get a good view of the always entertaining Mill Avenue.

Pier 54
5394 S. Lakeshore Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 820-0660
Calling all you outdoor lovers, Pier 54 is just the place for you. It’s hard to find a better place in Tempe where you can enjoy great food and feel like you’re on a vacation. Pier 54 is located on Lakeshore Drive in south Tempe in the heart of The Lakes neighborhood. This outdoor restaurant and bar offer a unique panoramic view of a beautiful, man-made lake that is an ideal setting for this time of year. Pier 54 offers a cozy and casual dining experience perfect for a leisurely lunch or a sunset dinner.

Pedal Haus Brewery
730 S. Mill Ave. #102, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 314-2337
Pedal Haus Brewery at Seventh Street and Mill Avenue features hand-crafted beers, a delicious gastropub menu and a huge outdoor patio. Pedal Haus features Tempe’s biggest patio, which includes a massive fire pit and an outdoor beer garden packed with games like corn hole, ladder ball and ping pong. Built to be a haven for lovers of bikes, good food and great beer, Pedal Haus always delivers a good time.

Culinary Dropout at the Yard Tempe
149 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 240-1601
The Yard is a revamped warehouse space on First Street and Farmer Avenue, and is home to Culinary Dropout, an expansive gastropub with a cool come-as-you-are vibe. Their over-sized patio is a destination unto itself with a well-stocked bar, corn-hole games, ping pong tables and live music on the weekends – all illuminated by twinkling lights. They serve a rotating selection of beers, from classics to Arizona brews. Their inventive lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menu range from hearty fare such as meatloaf to lighter items like the garden kale salad.

Culinary Dropout at the Yard Tempe AZ
Culinary Dropout at the Yard Tempe

5250 S. Lakeshore Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 756-0508
Yes, we live in the middle of the desert. But did you know you can dine overlooking the water without having to drive all the way to San Diego? The Watershed is located in South Tempe, right off of Lakeshore Drive. This locally owned restaurant features a lakeside kitchen and huge patio. Their outdoor patio seats over 200. It’s a relaxing restaurant that serves a mix of Southwestern and American fare.

Top of the Rock Restaurant
2000 W. Westcourt Way, Tempe, AZ 85282 | (602) 431-2370
Located at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes resort, Top of the Rock Restaurant has been recognized as one the most romantic dining destinations in the country by the Huffington Post and Open Table. The restaurant interior is surrounded by windows which offer diners a 360 view of Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale. If the weather is nice enough, sit outside on their patio around a fire pit with a nice glass of wine and watch the sunset over the valley.

Snakes & Lattes
20 W. 6th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 361-6644
Snakes & Lattes has great food from burgers to poutine, and beverages, from coffee creations to beer and cider. But, the best part is that you can combine your meal with your pick of hundreds of board games. They have classics like Clue and Mall Madness to the newest in strategy games. And, you can enjoy games with friends on their shady patio.

Rustler’s Rooste
8383 S. 48th St., Phoenix, AZ 85044 | (602) 431-6474
There is no better place to have a true Arizona experience than to dine at Rustler’s Rooste. Here, you’ll find an indoor slide and waterfall, cowboy hat-adorned staff, live country music every night, and western fare such as rattle snake! With all that Rustler’s Rooste has to offer, there is just nothing that can compare to their patio. The vantage point from their patio is unlike anything you have ever seen. Not only do you get unparalleled views of the city lights, but you catch the most amazing neon sunsets here!

Spinato’s Pizzeria 
96 S. Rockford Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 967-0020
After years of serving Tempe patrons in small tight quarters, Spinato’s Pizzeria got a major revamp and a new location that is almost three times the size of their original location. Not only is it updated with a new modern interior, but they included an outdoor space overlooking Rio Salado that is Tempe’s newest slice of patio heaven. No pun intended. Check out the old Spinato’s classics and some new menu items at this location.

Casey Moore’s Oyster House
850 S. Ash Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-9935
Casey Moore’s is one of the most famous Irish pubs in and around Arizona. It’s a great place with an inviting cozy patio, tucked away in a cool neighborhood and it’s rumored to be haunted. True to its name, Casey Moore’s is known for their oysters, but there are lots of other delicious items on the menu like the crab cakes and fish ‘n’ chips. The bar looks and feels like a true Irish pub and has a huge selection of draught beers, bottled beer, whiskeys and spirits.

Caffe Boa
398 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-968-9112
Founded over 25 years ago, Caffe Boa is a staple in the Tempe community. This patio is nestled on Fourth Street and Mill Avenue and has more of an intimate setting. Tucked under a canopy of beautiful greenery, this patio blocks out the hustle and bustle of the Downtown area making it the perfect date night location. While taking in the patio, enjoy handmade pastas and fresh seafood, crafted from the finest organic, natural ingredients. Also make sure to check out Caffe Boa’s extensive wine and cocktail list!

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1041, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-2920
Located at Tempe Marketplace, Thirsty Lion boasts a fantastic menu, a full bar with a large selection of beers on tap, and an spacious patio. It overlooks the interior shopping area, so it’s great for people watching and deciding which stores to head to next. Stick around Friday and Saturday evenings for free live music at The District Stage located by Dave & Buster’s.

Sunbar Patio
  • Sunbar Tempe
  • 24 W. 5th St., Tempe, AZ 85281
  • We can’t talk about patio dining without mentioning the newest member of the Tempe outdoor scene, Sunbar Tempe. Basically, the entire restaurant and bar is an outdoor patio. They have both covered and non-covered booth options surrounding the outside of the restaurant and in the center they have a gigantic outdoor bar. They also have an indoor/outdoor bar and a private dining tables available too, perfect for a group or more intimate setting.

Fate Brewing Company
201 E. Southern Ave., #111, Tempe, AZ 85282
Fate Brewing Company is no stranger to the Valley. With two locations in Scottsdale, Fate Brewing Company is making a name for itself in Tempe and should be at the top of your list of outdoor restaurants to try. This patio is probably one of my favorites in terms of ambience. It’s not located on Mill Avenue or South Tempe, it sits right in between for a more relaxed yet vibrant vibe.

Alicia Kentz
Written Alicia Kentz

Alicia is an ASU Alumna and Tucson native who is unapologetically herself. When she is not sharing her passion for Tempe, she is a devoted dog mom and reality TV enthusiast who has a weakness for charcuterie boards and wine!


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