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30+ outdoor dining spots in Asheville

Make the most of good weather by taking your meals al fresco on one of Asheville’s many beautiful patios.

Outdoor dining in the sunshine at Mother South Slope

Let the sunshine (and the warmth) in.

Photo by @motheravl

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Is it just us, or does eating outside make food taste better?

Catch some rays or laze in the shade at one of these 30+ Asheville patios. Pro tip: Don’t miss the shade or coverage level we’ve included for each of these locations.

Al fresco for cold weather

All Souls Pizza | 175 Clingman Ave. | Partially covered
Enjoy the recently opened covered + heated patio space or dine out in the sun while you nosh on specialty wood-fired pizzas.

Bargello | 7 Patton Ave. | Partially shaded + covered
Get in a little downtown people-watching from an elegant outdoor seat, take in some warmth from a raised fire pit, and get your fill of Italian and Mediterranean dishes.

The Bull and Beggar | 37 Paynes Way, #007 | Covered
Fine dining al fresco doesn’t have to end when the temperature drops — grab a patio seat under the heaters.

Leo’s House of Thirst | 1055 Haywood Rd. | Partially covered
Grab a glass + a few small plates, then choose a seat from a garden full of heater-adjacent tables, a covered back porch, or a spot around the roaring fire pit.

Mother | 244 Short Coxe Ave #110 | Uncovered
The South Slope spot lets you dine out in the sunshine but keeps the heaters on to make sure you’re toasty.

Sunny Point Cafe | 626 Haywood Rd. | Partially covered
The breakfast + lunch restaurant’s name is apt for the abundance of sunshine-enveloped seating (plus, lots of covered open-air tables too) — not to mention heaters and a heated patio.

crowds at all day darling asheville outdoor patio

All Day Darling offers a little fresh air.

Photo by Jason B. James, via @alldaydarlingasheville

Finer fare

Jettie Rae’s Oyster House | 143 Charlotte St. | Fully covered
Oysters and fresh seafood are best enjoyed from a table with a little fresh air — covered and cozy or letting the sunshine in.

Jargon | 715 Haywood Rd. | Fully covered
A covered and heated patio allows for outdoor dining no matter the season — perfectly paired with a selection from an award-winning wine list.

Rhubarb | 7 SW Pack Square | Partially covered
The covered patio or sidewalk seats under the shade of a large tree are the perfect atmosphere for elevated Appalachian cuisine.

RendezVous | 184 New Haw Creek Rd. | Fully covered
Tables on the extensive covered patio overlook the pétanque courts, so grab some French comfort food before you play a game.

Isa’s Bistro | 1 Battery Park Ave. | Partially covered
A classic little cafe table on the sidewalk patio might just transport you to Paris.

Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian | 641 Merrimon Ave. + 1981 Hendersonville Rd. | Fully covered
Get cozy in a covered patio that protects from the elements at the Original Vinnie’s, or dine out in the sun at either location.

two cocktails on the patio at pillar rooftop bar asheville nc

Raise a glass to rooftop views at Pillar.

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Rooftop views

Antidote | 151 Coxe Ave. | Partially covered
The vintage vibes of the indoor space are charming, but the two outdoor seating areas — a garden patio and the partially covered rooftop bar — might draw you out in the open air.

Capella on 9 | 10 Broadway St., 9th floor | Partially covered
Here you’ll find sweeping views of the city and the mountains, an aerial perspective of Pack Square Park, and tapas-style dining.

Hemingway’s Cuba | 5 Page Ave., 4th floor | Partially covered
With a westward sightline of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this is an enviable sunset spot + a location adjacent to some beautiful local architecture.

The Montford | 199 Haywood St., 8th floor | Partially covered
The contemporary spot for craft cocktails and small bites showcases beautiful mountain views, thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass + lots of open-air space.

Pillar Bar | 309 College St., 6th floor | Partially shaded
The Asheville skyline is a perfect backdrop for a bite + a sip from the comfort of a cushioned couch or chair.

The Social Lounge | 29 Broadway St. | Fully covered
The intimate, brick-lined rooftop bar offers views of the treetops and the downtown streets to complement your cocktails and dinner from Strada.

Low-key locations

12 Bones Smokehouse | 5 Foundy St., Ste. 10 + 2350 Hendersonville Rd. | Partially covered
Barbecue tastes better when you’re sitting at a picnic table, feeling the sunshine and fresh air.

All Day Darling | 102 Montford Ave. | Partially shaded
The historic Montford spot features tree-shaded spaces for your enjoyment of baked goods and coffee, seasonal fare, and signature cocktails.

Chai Pani | 22 Battery Park Ave. | Partially shaded
The bright yellow umbrellas on Battery Park Avenue can save you from too much sunshine while you people-watch and dine on Indian street food.

Early Girl Eatery West | 444 Haywood Rd. #101 | Fully covered
The little patio on Haywood protects you from the elements while you sample Southern fare.

Haywood Common | 507 Haywood Rd. | Partially covered
Grab a patio seat for comfort food or take a turn around the building for a table in the sun (where you can also order a beer from the adjacent spot, The Whale).

Laughing Seed Cafe | 40 Wall St. | Partially covered
Order vegetarian or vegan dishes from a patio spot under a ceiling of string lights or an orange-umbrella-covered table on the sidewalk.

Mountain Madre | 13 W. Walnut St. | Partially covered
There are a few covered seats out front, but the Mexican kitchen also has a colorful, hidden back patio for more private dining.

Twisted Laurel | 130 College St., Asheville + 10A S. Main St., Weaverville | Partially shaded (Downtown), partially covered (Weaverville)
Downtown’s large front patio features sunshades to give a little relief from the heat, and the Weaverville location’s front and back patios are mostly covered for dining even mid-rainstorm.

patrons enjoying outdoor dining at hillman beer in asheville nc

Pull up a picnic table seat.

Photo by Christina Redman, via @hillmanbeer

Bars and breweries

Bottle Riot | 37 Paynes Way, #009 | Partially covered
Grab a glass or a bottle from the extensive wine list, then choose your seat on the covered porch or open-air patio.

Burial Beer Co. | 40 Collier Ave. + 10 Shady Oak Dr. | Partially covered
Both the South Slope Taproom and Forestry Camp include plenty of outdoor options, in the sunshine, shaded by trees or umbrellas, or under a covering.

French Broad River Brewery | 101 Fairview Rd. | Partially covered
Get yourself a slice from the attached French Broad River Pizza and take a seat in the sun or cozy up on the heated patio.

Hillman Beer | 25 Sweeten Creek Rd. | Partially shaded
Sit out back to hear the peaceful, flowing waters of Sweeten Creek, or do some Biltmore Village people-watching out front.

Salt Face Mule | 450 Weaverville Hwy. | Fully covered
The patio has a perfect view of the mini golf course — get invested in a game over your dinner and rinks.

Sweeten Creek Brewing | 1127 Sweeten Creek Rd. | Partially covered
Bear’s BBQ Smokehouse will provide the eats for you to enjoy on the covered patio or at a picnic table.

White Labs Brewing Co. | 172 S. Charlotte St. | Partially covered
A slice of pizza under an umbrella or at a patio table is somehow more tasty.

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