May 14

Dine Al Fresco

SLU’s restaurant patios are abuzz as warmer weather approaches.

Prime patio season is on its way to South Lake Union. A few restaurants are reopening their doors with new dine-outside options (Ba Bar, anyone?) and it’s a great time to find a spot to dine (and drink) al fresco in the neighborhood. Whether you’re looking to nosh on fried chicken and waffles at Skillet or sip a negroni at Cinque Terre, SLU is full of outdoor dining options.

Photograph of restaurant outdoor patio with large white umbrellas over tables.

In addition to the neighborhood restaurants that feature patios and outdoor dining, don’t forget about the Regrade Streateries. Open from 8am to 8pm daily, these outdoor areas are safe, covered spots to enjoy a meal from nearby restaurants. Find them at Sixth Avenue between Lenora and Virginia and Seventh Avenue between Blanchard and Lenora.

Check out these local restaurants and cafes that have outdoor dining on offer.


Ba Bar


Café Hagen

Casco Antiguo

Cinque Terre

Duke’s Seafood

Evergreens (Boren + Thomas)

Hurry Curry of Tokyo

Great State Burger

Joe & The Juice

Lady Yum

Local Public Eatery

Mamnoon Street





Rachel’s Ginger Beer


Sam’s Tavern

Seeking Kombucha


Starbucks (Terry + Republican)

TeKu Tavern

Thai Thani Kitchen

White Swan Public House

Wild Ginger McKenzie

Willmott’s Ghost

Looking for more open restaurants? Check out updated business directory at What are some of your top picks for neighborhood restaurants serving up food and drink outdoors? Share your favorites on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Story by Ethan Chung & photographs courtesy of Skillet & Cinque Terre Ristorante.

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