Our Favorite Outdoor Dining

Campagne Campagne's patio doesn't provide the same glamorous view as the dining room, but it lets you enjoy the elevated temperatures while you enjoy the elevated French cuisine. 86 Pine St., 728-2800, www.campagnerestaurant.com. PIKE PLACE MARKET El Puerco Lloron Hide from the tourists, your co-workers, and your diet when you down carnitas tacos on the Crying Pig's rickety tables. 1501 Western Ave. (on the Hillclimb), 624-0541. PIKE PLACE MARKET Elliott's Oyster House Tourists, oysters, tourists, oysters: The pros and cons of eating at Elliott's seem evenly balanced until a warm evening arrives, and the view over Elliott Bay tips the scales. 1201 Alaskan Way (Pier 56), 623-4340, www.elliottsoysterhouse.com. DOWNTOWN Grand Central Baking Company On sunny days, Occidental Square can feel like a surprising retreat from the business district; pick up a sandwich and join the sunbathers at the bakery's outdoor tables. 214 First Ave. S., 622-3644, www.grandcentralbakery.com. PIONEER SQUARE Ivar's on Pier 54 The cheapest waterfront dining in Seattle: sitting on the pier, pecking at your basket of fish and chips, dodging seagulls. Pier 54, Alaskan Way, 624-6852, www.ivars.net. DOWNTOWN Noodle Ranch Take a green-curry break from your pinball tournament at Shorty's to laugh at the Belltown drunks from Noodle Ranch's tiny front patio. 2228 Second Ave., 728-0463. BELLTOWN Waterfront Seafood Grill Keep your seafood simple hereā€”the scenery this restaurant's deck serves up is baroque enough. 2801 Alaskan Way (Pier 70), 956-9171, www.waterfrontpier70.com. BELLTOWN 35th Street Bistro When your Old Fremont neighbors see you sitting outside this bistro, don't let their dour glares intimidate you. Despite Sarkozy, France is still a socialist country. 709 N. 35th St., 547-9850, www.35bistro.com. FREMONT Cactus You might just pick up more than your margarita when you score a seat on the patio of this singles-dense Mexican restaurant. 4220 E. Madison St., 324-4140, www.cactusrestaurants.com. MADISON PARK Coastal Kitchen Coastal Kitchen's hidden back patio: like you needed one more reason to line up outside for weekend brunch. 429 15th Ave. E., 322-1145, www.chowfoods.com/coastal. CAPITOL HILL Hangar Cafe The fenced-in backyard of this breakfast-lunch spot is a prime location for planespotters. Yes, they do exist. 6261 13th Ave. S., 762-7226. GEORGETOWN La Rustica Forget Alki: Just around the corner, La Rustica serves reasonably priced, tasty pastas on its deck, with a sliver of a view of the Sound and far fewer out-of-towners. 4100 Beach Dr. S.W., 932-3020. WEST SEATTLE Mama Williebell's BBQ Skip the charcoal briquettes and invite some friends to split a three-meat combo on Madrona Park's picnic tables. 853 Lake Washington Blvd., www.shoisgood.com. MADRONA Meskel Patios like Meskel's were made for late summer evenings, bottles of Harar beer, and picnics of injera and doro wot. 2605 E. Cherry St., 860-1724. CENTRAL DISTRICT Pasta Bella You'll always leave this Italian-American restaurant with leftovers, and if you get to sit on the deck, perhaps a tan to boot. 1530 Queen Anne Ave. N., 284-9827, www.pastabellaseattle.com. QUEEN ANNE Ponti Grill Just call your view from this seafood restaurant's canalside patio, which looks out onto the bridges of King County, "industrial chic." 3014 Third Ave. N., 284-3000, www.pontigrill.com. FREMONT Ray's Boathouse Cafe On the upstairs deck at Ray's Cafe, you can remind yourself why you moved to Seattle: the superb fish, the magnificent views, the sort-of decent cost of living. 6049 Seaview Ave. N.W., 789-3770, www.rays.com. BALLARD Rosebud Restaurant & Bar The Rosebud's back patio gets crowded and chatty up to three times a day: sunny brunch time, happy hour time, and late-night martini time. 719 E. Pike St., 323-6636, www.rosebud-restaurant.com. CAPITOL HILL St. Clouds The tree-filled, grassy outdoor dining area at St. Clouds is like the backyard where you and your classmates all liked to hang out, except you have to pay for the drinks and the food is much, much better. 1129 34th Ave., 726-1522, www.stclouds.com. MADRONA Serafina Just say "Tuscany" and people start thinking romantic thoughts. One look at the leafy vines, white tablecloths, and flowering plants walling in Serafina's patio may have the same effect on your date. 2043 Eastlake Ave. E., 323-0807, www.serafinaseattle.com. EASTLAKE The Station You know how we just called Ponti "industrial chic"? This place tops it: former gas station, small plates, chalkboard tables. That's chic. Oh, there's a patio, too. 4910 Leary Ave. N.W., 782-8466, www.myspace.com/the_station. BALLARD Taqueria la Pasadita A taco truck with killer al pastor tacos and messy tortas (the good kind of messy). A parking lot is outside, isn't it? Don't be so nature-centric. 2143 N. Northgate Way. NORTHGATE Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria This pizzeria's sidewalk patio always fills up starting at what seems like 9 a.m., and everyone always seems to be having the kind of time you'd like to be having. Damn them. 4918 Rainier Ave. S., 721-3501. COLUMBIA CITY Volterra Yeah, we know the Italian food at Volterra is top drawer, but fess up: Are you sitting on Volterra's front patio to see the Ballard nightlife or to be seen by it? 5411 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-5100, www.volterrarestaurant.com. BALLARD Coho Cafe Off-work suits (of both sexes) in party mode hit Coho Cafe's patio for seafood, drinks, and gawking. 8976 161st Ave. N.E., 425-885-2646, www.cohocafe.com. REDMOND The Islander Walls hide the deck in back of this friendly, if WASPy, pub from the parking lot, so no one will see you enjoying a couple of summer ales with your chicken sandwich. 7440 S.E. 27th St., 232-6676, www.the-islander.com. MERCER ISLAND XXX Root Beer Drive-In Check out the classic cars that cruise by your picnic table while you consume thousand-calorie floats and reminisce about the days when XXX meant, um, extra-good. 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd., 425-392-1266. ISSAQUAH Yarrow Bay Grill Contemporary seafood, timeless view: The lakeside patio at this seafood restaurant lets you look over Lake Washington toward the big city. 1270 Carillon Point, 425-889-9052, wwwybgrill.com. KIRKLAND

 
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