The sun on your face, aromas of your next meal blowing by your table and some of the state’s greatest views await you at outdoor dining spaces across Oklahoma.
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As the weather warms, restaurant patrons are overflowing into outdoor dining spaces. Patio dining is a must in Oklahoma, where fresh air, breathtaking views and robust flavors all come together for a one-of-a-kind experience. Head to the Sooner State to linger riverside over brunch, settle in at twilight for a romantic dinner overlooking a downtown skyline or grab your favorite drink and hit a starlit dance floor to the sounds of local live music.
Climb up to the rooftop patio at Packard’s New American Kitchen in Oklahoma City and enjoy a local beer overlooking the breathtaking downtown skyline. The incredible flavors of expertly prepared dishes are enhanced by the dreamy string lights hanging overhead and occasional live entertainment. Packard’s has a reputation for keeping the bar scene vibrant, making this an ideal destination for dinner or late night drinks.
On Grand Lake, there’s no better way to dine than in the open air. Shangri-La Golf Club, Resort & Marina at Monkey Island provides a variety of ways to enjoy the great outdoors at mealtimes. Stroll into the Summit Restaurant at twilight to soak in the opulence of world-class cuisine, magnificent views of the golf course and the gentle breeze coming off the water. Head to the patio at the Buffalo Bar to indulge in a wood-fired pizza or slow roasted pork taco while watching the game on the big screen. For a more casual atmosphere, park your boat at Island Joe’s Kentena and head to the patio for heated seating, live entertainment and one-of-a-kind seafood. The experienced patio diners at Island Joe’s cap off the experience with a dazzling combination of vodka, tequila, triple sec, gin, rum and cranberry the locals call Monkey Island iced tea.
Modern décor, live entertainment and an artistic atmosphere make the Museum Café one of Oklahoma City’s hottest spots for outdoor dining. Step up to the stylish rooftop bar for live music, Oklahoma-brewed beer and delightful hors d’oeuvres with Cocktails on the Skyline, the café’s weekly celebration of stunning downtown Oklahoma City. Dancing is encouraged on the rooftop, but if you want to eat in a more relaxed setting, duck into the first floor patio. Hidden behind shrubs and shaded with bright red umbrellas, it’s the ideal location for lingering at brunch or relishing a romantic dinner.
A lively campus crowd and some melt-in-your-mouth Tex-Mex fare make patio dining at The Mont in Norman an unforgettable experience. Pull up a chair and let your worries blow away with the breeze on this beautifully landscaped outdoor space. Located near the University of Oklahoma campus, The Mont has been drawing a crowd since 1920 when it first opened as The Monterrey. Today, their award-winning Sooner Swirl and famous chili con queso featuring a blend of cheese, peppers, sausage and spices combine for a must-try experience.
There are few outdoor dining spaces in the state that deliver a more inviting combination of food and surroundings than the Sundance Café at the Quartz Mountain Resort, Arts & Conference Center in Lone Wolf. Step through the luxurious dining room at the cafe and you’ll be welcomed to the spacious patio with stunning views of Lake Altus-Lugert and the Wichita Mountains. As you enjoy the lake view, you’ll experience first-class service and unmatched cuisine. For the best views, visit when the sun is at its highest, and indulge in delightful entrees like strawberry pecan salad, salt and pepper calamari, and stuffed baked potatoes.
A plate of mussels on the half shell and an ice cold caipirinha on the patio at Café do Brasil in Oklahoma City are all you need to feel like you’ve been transported to South America. This midtown Oklahoma City hot spot features authentic Brazilian cuisine and cocktails best enjoyed alfresco. The filezinho a palito makes for perfect patio food, a treat that starts with cubes of sundried flank steak sautéed with onions and peppers, flambéed with white wine and served alongside French bread. Relax on the first floor patio or head upstairs to the restaurant’s rooftop live music venue, Bossa Nova at the Top. Let the time pass with ice cold cocktails, live entertainment and stunning downtown views.
The patio at Dilly Diner boasts on of the best way to wake up in Tulsa. The staff will be squeezing your orange juice as you peruse the menu, which ranges from homemade granola and muffins to brioche French toast and chorizo burritos. As you wait for your food, sip some coffee and let your kids run in and out of the small playhouses alongside the shaded tables. Bright colors, sweet twinkle lights and a variety of seating options make it the ideal outdoor breakfast spot. When you’re not diving face first into a plate of pancakes with the other patio dwellers, Dilly Diner’s location in the middle of the trendy Blue Dome District will keep you busy people-watching.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more quaint place to dine outdoors in Oklahoma than Riverside Café in Medicine Park. With a glass of iced tea in your hand and a complimentary wheat loaf delivered to your table, you’ll be free to overlook Medicine Creek, a picturesque waterway teeming with trout and ducks, flowing beneath you. Snack on Wichita Mountain Oysters as you look over an expansive menu of salads, steaks and sandwiches. The setting among a strip of historic structures in this nostalgic resort town accompanied by ample shade and fabulous views of the water make Riverside Café a perfect place for outdoor dining.
Premier riverside dining in Tulsa happens on the outdoor two-story deck at Blue Rose Café. Pause for a drink at the high top tables on the bottom level then climb the stairs to have a seat and order some grub. The patio stays buzzing with activity late into the night with live entertainment, cold drinks served at the outdoor bar and incredible views of the Arkansas River. A hot stack of fries smothered in bacon, blackened chicken and a blend of cheeses is the perfect snack to accompany the ideal surroundings.
Located just a few short minutes from the heart of Beavers Bend State Park, you'll find some of the best pizza in the entire state at Grateful Head Pizza Oven & Tap Room. Featuring a great draft beer selection, delicious chicken wings and cheesy pies on the menu, Grateful Head also has a popular outdoor beer garden draped in patio lights. The patio is covered in picnic tables and there is plenty of room to enjoy live music on the weekends. The atmosphere is only made better by a cold brew on a hot summer night, and the garden is even comfortable in the cooler months thanks to the outdoor heaters.
A central community gathering place, Vintage 22 keeps hungry guests well-fed and entertained. This Ada hotspot on Main Street features an outdoor patio, where patrons can enjoy a glass of wine, artisan pizzas and pressed paninis. Start with a gourmet cheese plate and indulge in a chocolate mousse torte while participating in a rount of trivia, or sit back and relax while musicians play live. Even in winter months, Vintage 22 attracts hordes of visitors with its large patio space, fireplace, s'mores and hot cocoa.