Dining Outdoors in Memphis: The City's 10 Best Patios

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.



Aldo's Pizza Pies specializes in hand-tossed pizzas, a wide variety of beer - 30 different draughts and 30 bottled options - and is quickly becoming known as the patio dining spot downtown. Situated on scenic Main Street in a cavernous space...  Read More

During lunch, it's a walk-up and order spot, with the line moving quickly as customers build-their-own burritos, tacos and salads – with the help of the friendly and often teasing food builders. One can get more complicated at lunch;...  Read More

The Second Line is chef Kelly English's more casual, New Orleans-influenced spot that's right next door to his Restaurant Iris. As with Iris, English took an old Midtown house with lots of character and a nice porch and space for outdoor...  Read More

The Terrace at the River Inn has upgraded to become a year-round spot - and brings a casual yet upscale nightlife offering to Harbor Town. Big glass windows are either thrown wide open to welcome the weather - or closed to ward it off - and...  Read More

Babalus Tacos & Tapas is a Southern mini-chain, if you will; the original is in Jackson, MS, the Memphis location in Overton Square was restaurant dos, and Birmingham gets numero tres. The food is super-fresh, the ambiance rocking, and the...  Read More

Acre is an example of a great restaurant that serves up an awesome signature steak - a grilled angus ribeye served with garlicky rosemary 'crushed' potatoes in a red wine reduction. Y-U-M. The menu changes frequently based on what's available...  Read More

eighty3 is the Madison Hotel's chic bar and restaurant (on the ground - there's another up on top of the hotel - Twilight Sky Terrace). eighty3 added outside dining in 2014, and it's been a hit. The space feels intimate, but actually seats a...  Read More

Central is one of our favorites, thanks to the huge patio that's open during fine weather (often with a band tucked into the corner), the homemade potato chips with bleu cheese dressing, which our table of six agreed recently were the work of...  Read More

Everything about Celtic Crossing feels authentically Irish pub, and walking into the bar is like going through a wormhole into another dimension. Like any respectable pub, the decor offers a mix of tables and chairs, there's always a football...  Read More

The newest entry in the downtown hotel rooftop scene, Twilight is a super-chic space with commanding views of the Mississippi. Perched atop the boutique Madison Hotel, the refurbished rooftop space now includes comfy seating for lounging,...  Read More


Meet Sally Walker Davies

Sally Walker Davies is enchanted by Memphis' music, history, and characters. From the artsy South Main Historic District to the grittiness of her favorite live music clubs to the sophisticated...  More About Sally

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