Ten Spots


For Outdoor Dining

Bottega Restaurant & Café

The vast patio of Frank Stitt’s Italian-inspired restaurant is the best place in town to see and be seen at lunchtime or for an after-work cocktail and snack. The bar even opens onto the space, so you don’t have to venture inside to order a drink.

2240 Highland Ave. S; 205-939-1000; bottegarestaurant.com

Veranda on Highland

Chef Tom Robey’s Creole spot seats a lot of diners, but each small room in the place has an intimate feel. The same goes for the tiny patio in front. The best time to snag a coveted outdoor table is on Sunday during the weekly jazz brunch.

2220 Highland Ave. S; 205-939-5551 verandaonhighland.com

Tip Top Grill

The burgers only cost a few bucks, but this Bluff Park joint offers a postcard view from the very peak of Shades Mountain that’s worth a lot more. But if you have a fear of heights, you might want to stay inside; they’re not kidding about “tip top”—it’s a long way down.

588 Shades Crest Rd., Hoover 205-978-8677

Garage Café

Southside’s famed dive bar is well-known not for its drinks but for its enormous and fascinating back patio. Grab a chair or wander around peering at the antiques and other mysterious objects in the storage rooms. Even when it gets cold outside, there’s a firepit to keep you nice and toasty.

2304 10th Terrace S. 205-322-3220; garagecafe.us

Chez Fon Fon

There’s a little-known courtyard behind this Parisian gem that’s the perfect place to linger over drinks and perhaps sample the excellent moules et frites. There’s even a court for playing boule, bocce’s French cousin.

2007 11th Ave. S; 205-939-3221 fonfonbham.com

Rogue Tavern

An eclectic restaurant that’s a tasty spot for a casual lunch or dinner, Rogue morphs into one of the city’s best live-music venues after the sun goes down. No matter when you go, check out the brick-walled and open-roofed back patio. It’s a great place to chill out.

2312 2nd Ave. N; 205-202-4151; roguetavern.com


Highland Avenue’s hipster headquarters has one of the most crowded patios in town—even in the winter, when temporary walls and gas heaters make it nice and warm. Before the walls go up, four-legged friends are welcome outside, too.

2921 Highland Ave. S 205-328-4733 rojobirmingham.com

Pinches Tacos

The outdoor porch is probably the best place to sit at Homewood’s authentic Southern California-style taqueria. It’s especially nice during Sunday brunch, which features bottomless Mimosas, or on Monday nights, when Margaritas are half-off.

300 Hallman Hill E., Ste. 109, Homewood; 205-536-6511 pinchestacos.com

Little Savannah

Though it serves some of the city’s finest food, Little Savannah always feels like somebody’s welcoming and distinctively decorated home kitchen. Grab a table on the deck out back to enjoy the sunshine along with chef Clif Holt’s fresh Southern food. Cocktail whiz Steva Casey also mixes some of the city’s best drinks.

3811 Clairmont Ave. S

205-591-1119; littlesavannah.com

Sol y Luna

Next time you’re dining out with a large group for a birthday or other celebration, grab the big table on the back patio at this Lakeview spot. The haute versions of Mexican classics are always tasty, and the Margaritas are to die for.

2811 7th Ave. S.

205-322-1186; solylunabirmingham.com

One Response to “Ten Spots”

  1. Cocina Superior and Brio also have terrific places to be outside this time of year. From the patio seating to the sidewalk tables, you get a good veiw of the beautiful Brookwood area all around you.
    Jackson’s and Lovoy’s in Soho run a close second to the Brookwood locations. It is great for meeting friends after work and just relaxing with a great meal.

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