The outdoor dining area for LaCo and Tallboys in Old Town Artisans, Tucson.

It's November in Tucson which means we've said goodbye to three-degree temperatures and said hello to evening weather in the 70s. 

Now that it's no longer a million degrees outside, we can sit on our favorite restaurant patios in perfect weather. 

Our list of outdoor dining spots is long and all-encompassing. And now, the updated version has even more restaurants on it, including some unexpected spots you might not have remembered or thought of. Bookmark this page and return again the next time you feel like going out to a restaurant. (Or coffee shop or bar.) 

We tried to include all of our favorite patios on this list but if you know of any others we should add, reach out to us at thisistucson@tucson.com. Happy fall!  

This story was last updated on Nov. 3, 2021.

Coffee shops

Caffe Passé: This bohemian coffee shop on Fourth Avenue has a large patio in the back that's shaded with mesquite trees and palo verde. / website: cafepassetucson.com / address: / 415 N. Fourth Ave.

Decibel Coffee Works: Located in the MSA Annex outdoor market, this local roaster sources its coffee with an eye toward social responsibility and the environment. / website: decibelcoffeeworks.com / address: 267 S. Avenida del Convento

Raging Sage Coffee Roasters: This classic Tucson cafe has a mid-sized patio with a sidewalk cafe vibe that's lined with leafy trees. / website: ragingsage.com / address: 2458 N. Campbell Ave.

Breakfast / brunch

Café a la C'Art: Located on the grounds of the Tucson Museum of Art, this charming breakfast cafe has a Monet-inspired garden patio with lots of leafy plants. / website: cafealacarttucson.com / address: 150 N. Main Ave.

Toast 101: The space that formerly held 7 Ounce Korean Steakhouse is now a trendy brunch restaurant, with a leafy patio that's walled off from the nearby Speedway. The booths outside are plush. / website: toast101.com / address: 4699 E. Speedway

Blue Willow: Since 1978, this midtown restaurant has attracted Tucson brunchgoers with its shaded patio and backyard fountain. / website: bluewillowtucson.com / address: 2616 N. Campbell Ave.

Cup Cafe: Enjoy The Cup's large patio, often with live music on the nearby stage. / website: hotelcongress.com/family/the-cup / address: 311 E. Congress St.

Nook: This breakfast and lunch cafe in downtown Tucson has a hidden patio out back with some lovely plants. / website: nookdowntown.com / address: 1 E. Congress St.

Poco and Mom’s: This New Mexican restaurant is known for its excellent brunch dishes, like the migas and pork tamale breakfast. The location on Tanque Verde also has a sizable patio out back. / website: pocoandmoms.com / address: 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road

•  Village Bakehouse: The Oro Valley bakery has a nice covered patio out front, where you can order a full breakfast or snack on some freshly-baked pastries. website: villagebakehouse.com / address: 7882 N. Oracle Road

TallBoys: This breakfast spot has moved from Fourth Avenue to an area that shares a beautiful patio with LaCo. / website: tallboys.business.site / address: 201 N. Court Ave.

LeBuzz: Come for the patio, stay for the breakfast sandwiches. / website: lebuzzcaffe.com / address: 2930 N. Swan Road, 9121 E. Tanque Verde Road

Mexican food

• El Charro Café: Tucson's most storied Mexican restaurant has three locations, but the original building has one of the largest and nicest patios in downtown Tucson. / website: elcharrocafe.com / address: 311 N. Court Ave.

Ensenada Street Food: This women-owned food truck has a colorful outdoor patio area in front of a former appliance shop. / website: ensenadastreetfood.com / address: 1602 S. Park Ave.

La Botana: This midtown spot has a casual bar vibe almost like BK Carne Asada, but with a sizable patio, plus margarita deals. / website: labotanatacos.com / address: 3200 N. First Ave.

Reforma: The gourmet Mexican spot at St. Philip's Plaza has ample patio seating shaded by large eucalyptus trees. / website: reformatucson.com / address: 4340 N. Campbell Ave.

• El Antojo Poblano: This food truck on St. Mary's Road has a nice enclosed area with patio seating and some of the best Central Mexican food in Tucson. / website: facebook.com/El-Antojo-Poblano-en-Tucson / address: 1114 W. St. Mary's Road

Calle Tepa: The east-side Mexican restaurant recently added a full-service patio out back by the bar area, which is also dog-friendly. / website: calletepa.com / address: 6151 E. Broadway

Guadalajara Original Grill: The Prince location has a leafy adobe patio where you can get that tableside salsa, margaritas and more. / website: guadalajaraoriginalgrill.com / address: 1220 E. Prince Road

Blanco Tacos + Tequila: Take in nice views on the patio while enjoying carne asada tacos and a cocktail. / website: blancotacostequila.com / address: 2905 E. Skyline Dr.

El Coronado: Enjoy views of the sunset at this far-east Tucson spot. / website: elcoronadotucson.com / address: 7385 S. Houghton Road

Asian and Indian food

Slurping ramen on the Obon patio is an essential Tucson experience. 

• Obon: Get your pork buns out onto this patio, because it's one of the best in the downtown area. They've also got a nice heater situation for when the nights get chillier. And of course, ramen. / website: obonsushi.com / address: 350 E. Congress St.

Sushi Garden: One of Tucson's most popular sushi spots still does all-you-can-eat sushi, cocktails and more. Two locations, but head to Broadway for the best patio option. / website: sushigarden.com / address: 3048 E. Broadway and 7395 N. La Cholla

RA Sushi: The Asian fusion joint at La Encantada mall has a spacious patio out front that looks onto the open plaza. / website: rasushi.com / address: 2905 E. Skyline Drive

Govinda’s: This hidden gem restaurant has an oasis of a patio with a koi pond and a waterfall. The vegetarian restaurant is connected to the Hare Krishna temple. / website: govindasoftucson.com / address: 711 E. Blacklidge Drive

Indian Twist: Order some butter chicken or lamb tikka masala on this reader-recommended patio. / website: indiantwistaz.com / address: 4660 E. Camp Lowell Drive

Middle Eastern

• Med Cuisine: In the former home of El Saguarito, This Lebanese restaurant in midtown has a sprawling patio with a fire pit. / website: medcuisineusa.com / address: 1763 E. Prince Road

• Mazaj Cafe: You might have smoked hookah out on the patio of this midtown restaurant, but they also have a full menu with gyros, shawarma, kebabs and more. / website: facebook.com/pages/category/Hookah-Lounge/Mazaj-cafe / address: 903 E. Fort Lowell Road

Casual spots

The patio area at Edna's Eatery features lots of natural shade trees, and lush plants. 

• LaCo: LaCo, formerly La Cocina, arguably has one of the best patios in Tucson. Shared with TallBoys in the morning and decked out with twinkling string lights at night, LaCo is the place to be in fall weather. / website: lacotucson.com / address: 201 N. Court Ave.

Pennington Street Food Court: Three downtown restaurants — Raptor Canyon Cafe, Urban Fresh and Cafe 54 — are sharing a nice covered patio area that stretches down Pennington Street. Order from any of the restaurants and take your food out to the sidewalk cafe. / address: 73 E Pennington St.

Edna's Eatery: This cafe is located in the lush Tucson Botanical Gardens and is named after Edna Johnson who was a housekeeper, friend and gardener to the Gardens' founders. Garden admission fees are required to eat at Edna's. / website: tucsonbotanical.org/cafe / address: 2150 N. Alvernon Way

The Barnyard: This far-east Tucson spot has a massive outdoor space to go along with its burgers, sandwiches and sharables. / website: barnyardaz.com / address: 11011 E. Tanque Verde Road

Main Gate Square: Most of the restaurants in Main Gate Square on the edge of the University of Arizona campus have patios. Check out The Dutch, Gentle Ben's, Bacio, Frog & Firkin, No Anchovies, Sinbad's and Illegal Pete's. / website: maingatesquare.com / address: 814 E. University Blvd.

Raspados El Paraiso: This raspados and antojitos shop has two locations on the east side, but the Golf Links spot has a giant patio in the back. / website: facebook.com/raspadoselparaisotucson / address: 7701 E. Golf Links Road

Eclectic Cafe: This cafe was founded in 1980 and serves up a mix of Mexican food, salads, sandwiches and burgers. / website: eclecticcafetucson.com / address: 7053 E. Tanque Verde Road

Zinburger: Both Tucson Zinburger locations flaunt lush patios, perfect for your burger and chocolate shake. / website: zinburgeraz.com / address: 6390 E. Grant Road, 1865 E. River Road

• Rocco's Little Chicago: Enjoy a Chicago-style pie on the Rocco's patio (and you might even get a quick laugh at their ever-changing sign out front). website: roccoslittlechicago.com / address: 2707 E. Broadway

Bistros and fine dining

The lush patio area at Locale Neighborhood Italian is the perfect place to drink a spritzy cocktail or a glass of rose wine. 

• Locale: Located on the historic grounds of the former Old Pueblo Grille, this modern Italian restaurant is an excellent place to sip an Aperol spritz. The sprawling patio reaches around the building with plenty of shady umbrellas to protect you from the sun. / website: localetucson.com / address: 60 N. Alvernon Way

• Flora's Market Run: This restaurant with an attached market space comes from the folks behind Prep & Pastry — with a patio out front! / website: florasmarket.com / address: 2513 E. Sixth St.

•  Tohono Chul Garden Bistro: This gourmet restaurant is situated on the 49-acre garden and natural desert landscape that is Tohono Chul. / website: tohonochul.org/dining / address: 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte

• Wildflower: The original Fox Restaurant at Casas Adobes Plaza has one of Tucson's most sought-after patios. Be sure to make a reservation in advance. / website: wildflowertucson.com / address: 7037 N. Oracle Road

• Ignite at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain: The cocktail lounge has an epic patio that looks out onto the Tortolita Mountains. / website: ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/arizona/dove-mountain/dining/ignite / address: 15000 N. Secret Springs Drive

• Vivace: Sit on a beautiful patio surrounded by a fountain while indulging fine Italian food. / website: vivacetucson.com / address: 6440 N. Campbell Ave.

• Cielos: Visit Lodge On The Desert's restaurant Cielos for an expansive tiled patio, complete with twinkling string lights. / website: lodgeonthedesert.com/cielos / address: 306 N. Alvernon Way

• The Coronet: The bistro on Cushing Street is located in a historic building with a dreamy Spanish patio. There's also the newly opened Meyer Avenue Cafe. / website: coronettucson.com / address: 198 W. Cushing St.

Maynards: Dine on Maynards' patio, tucked into the historic train depot, for some bites off of a seasonally-inspired menu. / website: hotelcongress.com/family/maynards / address: 400 N. Toole Ave.

• Wild Garlic Grill: When the California bistro moved to its Foothills location in 2017, it inherited a large patio out back in the stately Plaza Colonial. / website: wildgarlicgrill.com / address: 2870 E. Skyline Drive

• Hub Restaurant & Ice Creamery: The downtown bar and restaurant has cozy seating both inside and out. Get some ice cream for dessert! / website: hubdowntown.com / address: 1011 N. Tyndall Ave.

• Proof Artisanal Pizza & Pasta: Find pizza and pasta at Proof, which is nestled into the beautiful St. Philip's Plaza. / website: prooftucson.com / address: 4340 N. Campbell Ave.

• Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink: Grab some of Reilly's iconic Brussels sprouts or head out to the beer garden. / website: reillypizza.com / address: 101 E. Pennington St.

Food and drink halls

The Boxyard: The shipping container food hall on Fourth Avenue has a bar and food vendors including Mexican, Vietnamese and Indian food. / website: theboxyardtucson.com / address: 238 N. Fourth Ave.

Mercado San Agustin and MSA Annex: The Mercado District complex on the west side has proven to be a popular spot for quarantine diners, with several food options including Seis Kitchen, Agustin Kitchen, Beaut Burger, Kukai and Westbound. / website: mercadodistrict.com / address: 100 South Avenida del Convento and 267 South Avenida del Convento

American Eat Co.: This indoor foodhall on the south side also has a decent patio area on the side where you can eat your towers of mariscos sitting on a cushy booth. / website: americaneatco.com / address: 1439 S. Fourth Ave.

Brewpubs 

Server Chloe Tribolet takes orders as the sky darkens over the patio at Saguaro Corners, 3750 S. Old Spanish Trail.

• Union Public House: This popular gastropub sprawls out onto the beautiful patio of St. Philip's Plaza. / website: uniontucson.com / address: 4340 N. Campbell Ave.

Trident Grill: This popular sports bar has four locations across Tucson, but the best patio is the one at Plaza Palomino, which looks out onto the stately shopping plaza. / website: tridentgrill.com / address: 2910 N. Swan Road

Postino: The Phoenix-based wine bar has a nice wraparound patio set up on the side of its midcentury modern building on Grant. / website: postinowinecafe.com / address: 2500 E. Grant Road

Saguaro Corners: Located at the base of Saguaro National Park East, this east-side gastropub has fabulous views of the Rincon Mountains, and you can often spot roaming animals like javelinas. / website: saguaro-corners-restaurant-bar.business.site / address: 3750 S. Old Spanish Trail

Noble Hops: This Oro Valley gastropub has a spacious patio with sweeping mountain views of Pusch Ridge in the Santa Catalina Mountains. / website: noblehops.com / address: 1335 W. Lambert Lane

Breweries and craft beer bars

Chris Jeffrey wrestles with Mogi in the pet area as the two stop in for a beer and a tennis ball at MotoSonora Brewing Co., 1015 S. Park Ave.

 MotoSonora Brewing Co.: This microbrewery on Park Avenue sports a large outdoor beer garden with tables made from wooden barrels and even a dog park. / website: motosonora.com / address: 1015 S. Park Ave.

• Tucson Hop Shop: The midtown beer and wine bar has almost 20 brews on tap as well as a leafy beer garden out back with sculptures from the Metal Arts Village. / website: tucsonhopshop.com / address: 3230 N. Dodge Blvd.

Ten55 Brewing Company: Thanks to a grant from the Downtown Tucson Partnership, this microbrewery installed a walled patio into the parklet in front of its restaurant. / website: 1055brewing.com / address: 110 E. Congress St.

Crooked Tooth Brewing Co.: This Fourth Avenue-area brewery opened a spacious new patio in September with tables made from Whiskey Del Bac barrels. / website:  facebook.com/crookedtoothbrewing / address: 228 E. Sixth St.

Borderlands: Spotted with palo verde trees, the Toole Avenue brewery has a vibrant front patio surrounded by red brick buildings. / website: iloveborderlands.com / address: 119 E. Toole Ave.

Three Canyon Beer and Wine Garden: This east side pub features a spacious 1.5-acre patio, complete with desert landscaping, picnic tables and fire pits. / website: threecanyon.com / address: 4999 N. Sabino Canyon Road

Neighborhood bars

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Owls Club: The downtown watering hole reopened in March and spread out onto its outdoor patio.  / website: owlsclubwest.com / address: 236 S. Scott Ave.

•  Saint Charles Tavern: This South Tucson bar has a large patio area in the back with long picnic tables and colorful mural art by local artists. / website: facebook.com/SaintCharlesTavern / address: 1632 S. Fourth Ave.

• Che’s Lounge: The large patio area in the back is still the place to be! / website: cheslounge.com / address: 350 N. Fourth Ave.

Mr. Heads: With 32 beers on tap and a sizable side patio, this Fourth Avenue bar has been a prime patio spot for Tucsonans over the summer months. / website: facebook.com/mrheads / address: 513 N. Fourth Ave.


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