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‘Tis the season for open air dining! Stop by these restaurants’ impressive patios to celebrate springtime.
4720 Piedmont Row Dr. brioitalian.com. 704-571-4214.
BRIO offers a fun, comfortable and casual setting that is perfect for satisfying any craving and offers an experience to celebrate every day. With a fun and refreshing approach to food and the overall dining atmosphere, BRIO is designed to keep guests of all ages engaged with both indoor and outdoor seating. A local favorite, BRIO’s large outdoor terrace features fire pits, comfortable lounge seating and interactive games including giant Jenga sets and a ping pong table. Guests can enjoy BRIO’s delicious food while staying entertained and taking in the fresh air. Perfect for date nights, a casual night with friends or spending quality time with family, BRIO has something for everyone! BRIO Piedmont is located at Piedmont Row, two blocks west of SouthPark Mall. The restaurant offers lunch, dinner and social hour, as well as a children’s menu. Brunch is offered Saturday and Sunday until 3 p.m.
(2) Dilworth Tasting Room
300 E. Tremont Ave. dilworthtr.com. 704-595-3337.
This welcoming, European-inspired spot is nestled in the heart of Charlotte’s historic Dilworth neighborhood. Owner Jaffer Kovic opened Dilworth Tasting Room in 2017 in hopes of balancing the classic, comfortable elegance of days past with a modern twist. Take in the lush greenery of the outdoor patio garden, complete with a koi pond and twinkling string lights overhead. Don’t miss out on the well-curated wine selection and incredible food prepared by Chef Brett Levan—particularly, the robust charcuterie boards. You can also choose from craft cocktails, Pure Intentions coffee, small plates, and handmade pastries. Looking for something more filling? Consider a larger entrée like one of Dilworth Tasting Room’s steak, chicken or dumpling dishes. If you need a recommendation for your order, your attentive and responsive server would be happy to talk you through the changing menu and wine offerings to find the perfect choice to fit your mood.
(3) RuRu’s Tacos & Tequila
715 Providence Rd. rurustacosclt.com. 704-332-7933.
Tucked away off of Providence Rd. in the heart of Myers Park, you can find “The Villa,”a sizable Tuscan- inspired estate formerly belonging to Mrs. Blanche Reynolds-Gormajenko — which is now home to RuRu’s Tacos and Tequila. RuRu’s focus on using the freshest possible ingredients makes its Mexican-inspired dishes and beverages some of the best in the city. Throw in its expansive patio with a large outdoor bar, courtyard fountain and twinkling overhead lights for an incredible outdoor dining experience. Whether it’s a group of friends enjoying music on the patio, a private meeting in the Tequila Room, or “bringing The Ru to you” with a variety of catering options, RuRu’s is the hot spot for swanky tacos in the Queen City.
(4) Ruth’s Chris
6000 Fairview Rd. ruthschris.com/restaurant-locations/charlotte-south-park. 704-556-1115.
You can stop searching — we’ve got your dinner plans right here! Visit Ruth’s Chris Steak House at one of two convenient Charlotte locations in SouthPark or Uptown, where you can order sizzling cuts of USDA Prime Beef, seasoned with tried-and-true techniques and cooked to perfection. Or perhaps you’d prefer seared shrimp, lobster tail, jumbo lump crab cake, or a signature salad topped with bacon and bleu cheese. Either way, be sure to stop by either upscale location to take advantage of their $9 Sizzle, Swizzle, Swirl Happy Hour featuring a selection of handcrafted cocktails and light bites for you to choose from. And if you’re looking for something special to do on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day this year, Ruth’s Chris has a special menu for each to help you celebratethose you love most. Call to make your reservations today.
(5) Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant & Freehouse
4151 A Park Rd. halleyspub.com. 704-525-7775.
For 22 years, Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant & Freehouse has been a gathering place for the Charlotte community—a place where guests could enjoy fresh, made-from-scratch food in a lively atmosphere. Order from a wide selection of both local and international beers, choose from an extensive wine list (including half-priced bottles on Wednesdays and Sundays), or try something off of the new cocktail list. Eat in the fresh air on the spacious and dog-friendly patio, in the handsome dining room, at the friendly bar, or in the infamous pub room complete with dart boards, chess, checkers, backgammon and more.
(6) SouthPark Grill
4300 Congress St. southparkgrill.com. 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. You can stop by for live music in the Lounge area during dinner hours on Fridays and Saturdays. SouthPark Grill is restauranteur Greg McIntosh’s latest contribution to Charlotte’s culinary scene; stop by and try it for yourself today.
(7) Village Tavern
4201 Congress St. Suite 190. villagetavern.com. 704-552-9983.
Close your eyes and imagine a warm summer evening spent on a spacious outdoor patio overlooking Symphony Park, with string lights twinkling overhead and the distant sounds of waterfalls from the Rotunda Building (or the not-so-distant sounds of live music on Thursdays and Friday nights, beginning in May). Now open your eyes and make your way to Village Tavern to make this a reality! Make your reservation today to enjoy fine dining from Village Tavern’s Scratch Kitchen and choose from more than 60 bottles off the restaurant’s extensive, award-winning wine list. Relax by the fire pits with a drink from the Craft Bar on one of the comfortable outdoor couches. Whether you’re hosting a large party or event, or you’re just looking for a warm and inviting place for your next night out, Village Tavern is the place to go.
(8) JP Charlotte & SoCo Bar
601 S. College St. jpcharlotte.com. 704-335-2064,
For open air dining with a skyline view, look no farther than JP Charlotte and SOCO Bar. Located at The Westin Charlotte, this new addition to the Queen City restaurant scene features New American cuisine with a hint of local flair. Expect brick fired steaks, burgers and flat breads, all infused with seasonal produce and local ingredients. Look to the perfectly curated bar program for local craft beer selections and specialty seasonal cocktails, and sip on one of the above during Live Music Fridays throughout spring and summer. Or you can host your next private event here, taking advantage of the BBQ meat smoker, whole pigs and more Southern specialties for your special occasion. Call to make your reservation today, or visit the website today for more information about private dining.