’Tis the season … patio season, that is. Warm weather means it’s time eat, drink, and be merry outdoors. Fortunately, Tulsa is bursting with options for great patio dining. The sun is shining and the flowers are blooming, so take some time to get outside in the least outdoorsy way possible at 12 of our favorite al fresco locales.
Blue Rose Café, located at 1924 Riverside Drive
The best place to enjoy the Arkansas River, Blue Rose is all about the patio atmosphere. Plus, its salads are outstanding.
The Coffee House on Cherry Street, located at 1502 East 15th Street
If your mood calls for a boost of the caffeinated variety, the Coffee House on Cherry Street boasts a cozy patio and some of the best lattes in town.
Doc’s Wine and Food, located at 3509 South Peoria Avenue
From the iron awnings to the shaped topiaries, the atmosphere at Doc’s contributes greatly to the overall patio experience at this Brookside spot. In the mood for something light? Try the tuna tartare. Or if you’re looking for something not so light, the hangover burger should do the trick.
East Village Bohemian Pizzeria, located at 818 East 3rd Street
When dining at East Village, well traveled patrons might comment how much this spot reminds them of European restaurants. The tables are close. The vibe is worldly, and the Neapolitan wood-fired pizza is outstanding. It’s a great recent addition to the downtown scene.
El Guapo, 332 East 1st Street
This was the first rooftop patio in Tulsa, and it’s still a favorite locale to enjoy casual Tex-Mex fare. The restaurant recently opened another location at 8161 South Harvard Avenue. Though its patio lacks the environment of the downtown cantina, it offers an option to enjoy chips, salsa, and margaritas al fresco in South Tulsa.
Mi Cocina, located at 1342 East 15th Street
This Dallas chain is now a Cherry Street staple. The Mambo Taxi drink, Rico salad, and brisket tacos are crowd favorites.
Queenie’s Café and Bakery, located at 1834 Utica Square
Queenie’s has perhaps the most coveted patio in Tulsa during the lunch hour, so get there early! This Utica Square café and bakery does not take reservations, but its fantastic sandwiches, salads, and—of course—baked goods are worth the wait to snag a spot at one of the few patio tables.
R Bar and Grill, located at 3421 South Peoria Avenue
This spot is recognized as one of the best patios in Tulsa, and it’s consistently packed during happy hour, late nights, and weekend brunch.
Rusty Crane, located at 109 North Detroit Avenue
If you’re going to watch the Drillers, the Rusty Crane is the best place to enjoy a pre- or post-game beverage or meal. Bonus: If baseball isn’t your thing but you want to catch a game’s fireworks, you can watch the aerial display from this downtown patio spot.
Stonehorse Café, located at 1748 Utica Square
The word has long been out about this Tulsa institution, so definitely make a reservation if you’d like to enjoy this patio at Utica Square.
Summer’s Fifth Night, located at Utica Square
True, it’s not an actual patio, but we’d be remiss to leave off this must-do Tulsan activity. Every Thursday from June 2 through August 25 from 7:00–9:00 p.m., you can pack a picnic and enjoy dinner and drinks at Utica Square’s outdoor concert series. You can view the concert line up here.
Zanmai, located at 1402 South Peoria Avenue
This patio boasts one of the best views of downtown. Check it out while enjoying a seaweed salad and sushi rolls of your choice. The drink menu is impressive as well.