Nothing is lovelier than a great meal outdoors in good weather -- it's the perfect way to celebrate late spring and summer. If you're going to be visiting Utah in the summer months, here are some of the best bets for patio dining in the Salt Lake City area.
Aristo's near the University of Utah serves a selection of Greek restaurant staples, plus some more unusual choices. It's probably the best Greek restaurant in Salt Lake City, with a large patio perfect for summer dining.
Cafe Trio's two locations (Downtown and Cottonwood) both have great patios, one in an urban garden setting and one in the foothills of the Wasatch mountains. Trio is known for exemplary service, reasonable prices and a contemporary Italian menu including wood-fired pizzas and famous rosemary flatbread.
Caffe Molise's elegant patio is an excellent setting for thoughtfully prepared Italian food from the Molise region of Italy.
Caffe Niche serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch with an emphasis on supporting local farms and ranches. The menu emphasizes fresh vegetables and includes lots of vegetarian options. Caffe Niche is a casual, hip and friendly neighborhood restaurant with a creative, fresh approach to food and a lovely shaded patio.
The Dodo in Sugar House has been a Salt Lake City favorite for more than 30 years, with American bistro cuisine and incredible desserts. The Dodo's patio is a great place to enjoy lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch.
Em's, a small, charming neighborhood restaurant in the Capitol Hill Marmalade District, has a pleasant shaded patio and an eclectic cafe menu.
In business for almost 100 years, Log Haven in Millcreek Canyon is unmatched for beautiful ambiance. The restaurant's waterfall patio is an idyllic dining location. Log Haven is one of Salt Lake City's most romantic restaurants and was named one of the 100 most romantic restaurants in the country by Open Table. The restaurant is not just for couples, though. During the summer, guests can bring their dogs and dine in Log Haven's amphitheater.
Gracie's has two patios and a beautiful view of downtown Salt Lake City. Gracie's calls itself "Salt Lake City's one and only gastropub." Besides its large menu of beer, wine, and cocktails, Gracie's offers lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.
The Grand America's Garden Café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner al fresco on a white Bethel granite patio, surrounded by lushly landscaped beds. The Garden Cafe offers buffet and plated options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch. The Grand America's opulent setting, scrumptious food, and impeccable hospitality are perfect for special occasions.
Like a true sanctuary, Oasis Cafe is located in the heart of the city but tucked away like a well-kept secret. The restaurant's beautiful, tranquil patio is filled with flowers, perfect for an urban getaway. The eclectic American menu features lots of vegetarian and vegan options along with meat, poultry, and seafood.
Ruth's Diner serves homestyle cuisine in a mountain setting two minutes up Emigration Canyon. Their patio boasts lovely views, and their mile-high biscuits are not to be missed. Ruth's Diner has been in business for more than 80 years. It's one of the Utah restaurants to be featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives."
Perched on the south edge of Pioneer Park, the Tin Angel has easy access to fresh, local ingredients - the Downtown Farmer's Market is right across the street. The Tin Angel is nestled into a pioneer-era home with a peaceful patio facing the park. With its eclectic new-American menu and funky, original surroundings, The Tin Angel is a welcome break from the ordinary.
Tuscany SLC is tucked into quiet Knudsen's Corner in Holladay amidst towering Cottonwoods. Tuscany has been a romantic dining favorite in Salt Lake City since 1997 and serves Italian cuisine in a rustic but elegant setting. Its elegant tree-shaded patio is one of Salt Lake's loveliest.