Al Fresco Dining

Sip, bite, and soak up the sun

Warm summer evenings are the perfect time to take advantage of dining out under the sun (or the stars). While there are many Eastside bars and restaurants that offer outdoor seating, here are a few that stand out.

McMenamins — Anderson School, Bothell
When the McMenamin brothers transformed Anderson School into a hotel and community center, they wanted visitors to have the freedom to drink in classrooms, but the large courtyard in the middle of the school is more enticing on warm summer nights. A small cottage-like bar called The Shed has an outdoor fireplace you can sit and sip next to when the sun goes down.

Daniel’s Broiler, Bellevue
Perched on the 21st floor of the Bank of America building in the Bellevue Place complex, Daniel’s Broiler has a million-dollar view of the city and Lake Washington. On a clear day you can see the Seattle skyline. The restaurant’s two outdoor decks are popular during summer months.

Beach Café at The Woodmark Hotel, Kirkland
The Beach Café has one of the closest, prettiest views of Lake Washington. Situated right on the water at Carillon Point, the café serves fresh seafood and burgers. Order a frosty beer or a chilled glass of wine and watch the seaplanes.

Sip, Issaquah
Sip restaurant may be known for its wine selection. But slurping down a signature blackberry mojito on the outdoor patio is a delight.

520 Bar and Grill, Bellevue
When Joseph and Randi Brazen knew they wanted to open a bar and restaurant in Bellevue, they went to the U.K. to tour pubs. Despite the rainy weather in both regions, the Brazens made sure that 520 Bar and Grill had a relaxing and informal outdoor dining space. The charming patio is the perfect place to sit back and unwind after work.

Bake’s Place, Bellevue
If you like jazz with your meal, Bake’s Place’s spacious outdoor patio is hard to beat. If you go, don’t underestimate the happy hour menu. It’s perfect for small bites on a warm evening.

Novelty Hill-Januik Winery, Woodinville
Novelty Hill-Januik Winery was built for outdoor lounging. The modern space has a fire pit, tables, and benches. The gardens have an interesting color scheme. Bright reds and greens — the colors of ripe grapes — are dotted throughout. There’s also Bocce ball for restless visitors. Friday through Sunday the staff makes brick oven flatbread pizzas!

Barking Frog at Willows Lodge, Woodinville
Barking Frog opens up to a beautiful intimate patio. In the center there’s a stunning angular water fountain. The upscale bistro is known for serving seasonal Northwest dishes. If you go, be daring and try something different.

Red Hook Brewery, Woodinville
For a little backcountry excursion, ride a bike to Red Hook Brewery. The brewery’s restaurant serves tasty pub-style meals on an outside patio.

Trellis Front Porch, The Heathman Hotel, Kirkland
The summer opening of the Trellis Front Porch (Kirkland’s largest porch), is always a treat. Guests soak up the sun while enjoying handcrafted cocktails and seasonal bites from the chef’s Woodinville farm. Order the Trellis Crush if you love sweet peaches, basil, and gin.

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