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.
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.
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.
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 tables, a covered back porch, or a spot around the roaring fire pit.
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. | Partially covered (Merrimon), uncovered (South)
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.