There may be no better city in which to dine al fresco than in Memphis, thanks to moderate temperatures for much of the year. While spring - which we say starts in late February - and fall - which ends in mid-November are the perfect seasons for dining outdoors, our favorite Memphis restaurants know how to beat the summer heat and humidity. The city's best patios sport misters, fans, and river breezes to combat the heat and humidity summer throws at us, meaning that outdoor dining is close to a year-round option in Memphis.
Our list of favorites covers every neighborhood and atmosphere, from chic and airy spots including Twilight Sky Terrace at the Madison Hotel in Downtown's central business district to Celtic Crossing, an authentic Irish pub in the Cooper-Young neighborhood of Midtown. Overton Square - and entertainment and dining district that's currently the city's hippest, hottest spot, boasts a number of great outdoor dining options, including Bablu, a taco and tapas restaurant, and The Second Line, a New Orleans-themed restaurant inspired by Chef Kelly English's days of working in that city's most beloved eateries. In East Memphis, the sophisticated Acre offers a gorgeous slate-floored, rock-walled patio lit with tiny votive candles tucked into the recesses of the wall - a perfect spot for a romantic dinner under the stars.
Check out our ten favorite outdoor dining spots - they are just the start of exploring the city's rock-star dining scene.