Patios to Peruse

Summer in the Northwest begs for outdoor lounging. Opt outside at these four local patios, and soak up some golden rays, or moonlight views, with that meal or cocktail.

The Porch at W Bellevue

Billed as an urban retreat above the bustle of the street, the W Bellevue’s chic outdoor lounge offers covered and uncovered seating on comfortable couches and porch swings. On chillier nights, guests can warm up by one of the fireplaces. The Porch is even dog-friendly — how’s that for an urban oasis? Note: This patio is fully shaded — bring a jacket for cooler evenings.

Water’s Table at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington

One of the very few lakefront-dining options on Lake Washington, Water’s Table in Renton is a cut above the average patio. Its elevated second story status and northwesterly views of Mercer Island, the Seattle skyline, and the distant Olympics provide the perfect backdrop for a warm summer night. The patio offers more than 50 seats, a full Asian-inspired restaurant menu, and beverage list. Note: It can get very warm while the sun is setting — don’t forget your sunglasses, and maybe a hat.

Bake’s Bar & Bistro in Bellevue

Voted “Best Nightlife” by 425 readers, the patio at Bake’s is the perfect place to unwind for the evening. Lined with leafy trees, the patio offers a variety of sunny and shady seats. Live music, giant Jenga, and a full menu make for entertaining possibilities.

Café Juanita in Kirkland

With one of the region’s best fine-dining restaurants inside, outside on the patio, things feel downright relaxed. A white brick fireplace and chimney guard one corner, with dappled light filtering through surrounding trees. While somewhat abbreviated from the main menu, the patio menu still offers house specialties, like the octopus and braised rabbit, plus an excellent selection of sparkling cocktails, bubbly, and rosé. Note: Same-day reservations accepted weather permitting — open Tuesday-Saturday from 5 p.m.

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