Eight Dallas Restaurants with Great Patios and Great Food: It's Rarer Than You Think

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Mesa's impressive patio
Well, fellow Texans, we've breezed past that lovely time of year when it's cool enough to wear long sleeves with flip flops, yet we're not quite to the miserable heat of summer in Texas. Right about now is when you want to get outside on a nice patio -- read: not on a curb or practically in the street -- with some delicious food (not a mediocre bar burger) before two-showers-a-day season starts.

And remember: if you don't take a patio selfie, it never happened.

Mesa
The best-kept secret on Jefferson is no longer a secret. Because Beyonce. And a certain redheaded celebrity. If you can still find a spot on Mesa's unique back patio constructed of reclaimed cedar planks, I strongly recommend you enjoy a horchata cocktail and the best mole in town (there, I said it). And the real best-kept secret about Mesa? It's the brunch. You're welcome.

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image via HG Sply Co.'s instagram
HG Sply Co.
We don't have beaches or mountains around these parts, but we do have that beautiful Texas sky with sunsets that can take your breath away, and a rooftop with a view of downtown surrounded by big, fluffy clouds is nothing to sneeze at. The sizeable rooftop patio at HG SPLY on Greenville Avenue is perfect for a drink while people-watching and dining on what crossfitters consider diet food. The rest of us just want to try something called The Burgerstack.

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Sit outside with an avocado margarita and some guacamole...
Meso Maya
It's not Tex-Mex, but if you're into that you'll certainly find a lot to like at Meso Maya's downtown location near the Perot Museum. Bustling at both lunch and dinner, Chef Nico Sanchez delivers Mexican and Mayan recipes that are familiar, yet unique. Strung with lights and surrounded by towering brick walls and rod iron balconies, the interior courtyard at Meso Maya feels like an escape from the city, even if it's just your lunch break.

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Don't you just love how the sun hits those beers?
Meddlesome Moth
Get your gastropub on at Meddlesome Moth for brunch, lunch, dinner or late night eats. The patio at The Moth is a little oasis off Oak Lawn in the Design District, and if the cement walls don't make you forget about the traffic outside, perhaps a few of the 40 draught beers or 85 beers by the bottle will do the trick. Personally, I'm a fan of the burger, which chef Synatschk surrounds with inventive menu items that change with the seasons.

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Oak's patio: climate controlled when necessary.
Oak
Across the street from The Moth is Oak, where Chef Richard Gras is turning out inventive, modern and seriously beautiful dishes befitting of Dallas' Design District. The side patio space was an addition to the original restaurant footprint, and it features one important thing: a bit of air conditioning. That, some intriguing cocktails and a deliciously classy happy hour makes Oak's outdoor space perfect for this list.

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A burger and a patio: never a bad idea.
Bolsa
We awarded the title of Best Patio to Bolsa, but I'll be the first to assert that a patio alone does not make a particularly great place to dine outside. We also given Bolsa a Best Burger nod, called it the Best Place To Take A Date, and well, we've certainly told you about the chicken. Bolsa's patio just screams first date, but the food and cocktails will bring you back for more, dining partner optional.

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image via Toulouse's facebook page
Toulouse Cafe & Bar
Fancy a quick trip to France? Francophiles will delight in the Parisian Patio at Toulouse on Knox Street, where pups are welcome and Chef Yoann Lardeux turns out classic French fare like soufflés, salads niçoise and pommes frites along with specials scribbled in chalk on boards scattered about. Casual yet chic enough to impress, Toulouse is an outdoor pleasure you can indulge in any day of the week.

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image via Rise's facebook page
Rise No. 1
Not to dwell on soufflés, or the French for that matter, but another outdoor space worth mentioning happens to be next on the list. Rise features a delicious selection of the fluffy, eggy, delicate specialty, as well as a few salads, a unique take on tomato soup and possibly the best cheese cart in town. Tucked inside Inwood Village, the covered patio at Rise is great place to escape with a sparkling cocktail and conversation to match.

That list should help you get started enjoying the fresh air while it's still fresh. Don't dilly dally; summer is almost here and dining in the nude is still illegal last time I checked.

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Location Info

Mesa Restaurant

118 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

HG Sply Co.

2008 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Meso Maya

1611 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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14 comments
CitizenKane
CitizenKane

HG Supply is dog friendly (the street level patio).........

justaskin
justaskin

are any of these patios dog friendly? 


3rddegree
3rddegree

the food served on hg sply co's patio is borderline inedible which is such a disappointment given the ambiance and potential. the chicken on the nachos tastes boiled and the pulled pork sandwich is served on a supergrain bun. If anyone has eaten anything worth eating up there, please share.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Fooddick here:


"Right about now is when you want to get outside on a nice patio"....really?  Is that how downtwoners and Park Cities residents get back to nature?   Let's see, it's 91 out right now, humid and a slight breeze; which makes it feel like 100.  I'm sorry, that doesn't sound fun, it sounds shallow, kinda boring and kind of like a timewaste.   What are you going to look at?  The one hill south of downtown, or the only tree within 80 miles!?  Then you are going to get yer ass whipped by people in flat billed hats....oy veh.  


Fooddick out trendy Dallasites; only one full step behind the Northeast, and two behind the West Coast. 

foodbiatch
foodbiatch

The patio at Toulouse is dog-friendly, but not the others, as far as I know.

foodbevlaw
foodbevlaw

@3rddegree The bowls can be excellent.  The one with duck ("Hunted"?) is wonderful.  The burger is great, too.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@3rddegree


with that aside, then some shithead in an Affliction shirt is either going to try to fight or eff your girlfriend.....mmmm, sounds AMAZING! fun?

fishfishglassfish
fishfishglassfish

@kergo1spaceship Calm down! I love patios because I thrive in the heat and love the sunlight. I'm usually kayaking in this weather or cycling. How is sitting outside to eat considered 'shallow' just because *you* deem it necessary to hide inside in the dark A/C? 


Sincerely, not-rich food-lover with puppy and a Honda Fit.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@kergo1spaceship These are the very same people that drive M-B, BMW, Jaguar, Porsche, Aston Martin and like convertibles with the TOP DOWN on 95 degree days with 75% humidity.

J_A_
J_A_

It was pretty darn nice up until last weekend

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