6 patios perfect for open-air dining in the Queen City


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Spring is here, and it’s the perfect time for getting outdoors to enjoy a meal and relax with a drink. Stop by these restaurants with beautiful patios to savor the season.

(1) Napa

110 Perrin Place, 704-900-8535

Celebrate spring with a meal in the rustic natural setting at Napa on Providence, winner of the 2019 Diners’ Choice Award through OpenTable for Outdoor Dining in Charlotte. The spacious and inviting front patio is available for guests to savor scratch cooking from locally sourced ingredients with French and Italian influences. Enjoy generous salads, hearty entrees, artisan pizzas and one of Charlotte’s best wine selections during lunch, happy hour and dinner. You can also host your next party in the pergola-shaded back patio, available exclusively for private events. Get a taste of Napa Valley in a comfortable dining experience with a vineyard aesthetic right here in Charlotte.

(2) Café Monte

6700 Fairview Rd., 704-552-1116.

At Café Monte French Bakery and Bistro, your experience will be world class. Enjoy the quick counter service or full-service approach, with fresh food and farm-to-table specialties served with French provincial style at brunch, lunch and dinner daily. Founded in 2007, Café Monte was created to be your “escape from the everyday.” From the heart of the restaurant, the dedicated kitchen staff works with the highest quality ingredients to deliver an exceptional value and culinary experience. The staff in the front of the restaurant is charged with delivering that product in a warm and hospitable setting, which produces dining like none other. The ambiance and the setting provide the perfect background to treat you like family.

(3) SouthPark Grill

4300 Congress St., 704-900-6945.

Looking for upscale open-air dining? You’re in luck—SouthPark Grill has not one, but two patios for you to choose from. Both patios offer a warm, intentional ambience, featuring twinkling string lights and umbrellas to shield you from too much Carolina sunshine. Expect a high quality, classic American menu featuring prime steaks, fresh seafood and made-from-scratch desserts.

(4) Village Tavern

4201 Congress St. Suite 190., 704-552-9983.

Proudly serving Charlotte since 1989, Village Tavern Scratch Kitchen-Craft Bar stands out for its passion and perfection of classic American cuisine. Be it for business lunches, gatherings or date night, Village Tavern is a place for all occasions. They are committed to providing the highest quality food, wine and service at an affordable price, while creating unforgettable dining experiences with exceptional hospitality. Every day has something special to offer, with half-price bottles of wine on Mondays or half-price glasses of wine on Wednesday, so you can enjoy a favorite or try something new from the award-winning wine list.

(5) JP Charlotte & SoCo Bar

601 S. College St., 704-335-2064,

For open air dining with a skyline view, look no further than JP Charlotte and SOCO Bar. Located at The Westin Charlotte, this Queen City restaurant offers New American cuisine featuring farm-fresh, locally sourced produce and meats. Look to the perfectly curated bar menu for local craft beer selections and handcrafted cocktails to sip on while you enjoy warm spring evenings. Or you can host your next private event there, whether it’s a small seated event or a large cocktail reception.

(6) Ruth’s Chris

6000 Fairview Rd., 704-556-1115.

Step up and out for your next special occasion with Ruth’s Chris Steak House of Charlotte–SouthPark, where the elegant patio blends the experience of fine dining with the relaxed atmosphere of the outdoors. Guests can partake in a delicious selection of happy hour cocktails and appetizers, special menus and the full dinner menu in the refined space, available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Nothing’s better than enjoying a glass of wine and a sizzling steak on the warm, inviting patio—a perfect spot for date nights, celebrations, milestones, business meetings or just a regular dinner. Experience fine dining the way it was meant to be.


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