SN Eats: Our Favorite Outdoor Dining Spots For Summer

’Tis the season to dine al fresco! Perhaps you’re looking for a new spot around town; or, perhaps you’re stitching together itineraries for an upcoming trip. Whatever the case may be, we’ve got you (and your appetite) covered. From waterfront happy hour hangouts to locals-only brunch spots, we’ve rounded up our favorite outdoor eateries in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami so you can take your summer outings to a whole new level. Eat, cheers, and thank us later!


  • Waverly Inn. A favorite for weekend brunching, this West Village spot is known near and far for frequent celebrity sightings and its intimate dining space. 

  • Bar Primi. Think boujee pasta bites, East Village style. Grab a seat under its inimitable red awning and cheers the night away. 

  • Sel Rrose. A taste of Paris on the LES, Sel Rrose specializes in craft cocktails and not-to-miss fresh raw bar menu items. Plus—$2 oyster Happy Hour, Monday through Friday. 

  • Olmsted NYC. Tucked away on a quiet Prospect Heights street, Olmsted NYC lures a crowd night after night for its seasonal menus and chic patio moments. 

  • Leland Eating & Drinking House. This family-owned Brooklyn establishment is beloved for its streetside dining experience and tasty Mediterranean bites—from brunch to dinner.

  • Pinto Garden. A rustic West Village hangout, Pinto Garden specializes in Thai plates and decorative cocktails—both of which photograph perfectly under colorful blooms on the back patio. 

  • Pilot. Located in Brooklyn, this ship-turned-restaurant welcomes patrons to shuck oysters, sip bubbly, and savor views of Manhattan skyscrapers. 

  • Casa La Femme. The West Village’s take on “dinner and a show,” Casa La Femme is a neighborhood favorite for diet-friendly fare and belly dancing entertainment. 

  • Laudurée. A  NYC favorite for sweet treats and afternoon tea, Laudurée’s whimsical SoHo pâtisserie will transport you to the streets of Paris in an instant. 

  • Wayla. This LES hangout is simply a must for homestyle Thai cuisine and an uber chic ambiance. Think: mismatched furniture, string lights, abounding greenery, and vintage rugs.


  • Mandolin Aegean Bistro. Serving up lessons in Mediterranean cuisine dish after dish, this dinner spot is a plane ticket to Greece—and you’ll never have to leave Miami. 

  • Verde at Pérez Art Museum Miami. With views overlooking Biscayne Bay, it’s hard to find a more picturesque spot for all your brunch, lunch, and small party affairs. 

  • Macchialina. Perfect for date night or G-N-O, Macchialina is a no-brainer if you’re craving Italian bites in South Beach.

  • Makoto. Makoto’s Bal Harbour outpost is Miami’s inimitable sushi eatery specializing in modern Japanese cuisine—best enjoyed at its brand new outdoor bar.

  • Amara at Paraiso. Sitting pretty on Biscayne Bay, Amara stays busy serving up seafood-heavy lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch plates. 

  • Under The Mango Tree. A pre-beach pitstop, Under The Mango Tree, boasts an organic menu of acai bowls, smoothies, and health-conscious fare. 

  • Casa Florida. This pretty-in-pink outdoor oasis has brunch and cocktails down to a T. Dine, sip, and play among palm trees and an abundance of photo-ready spots. 

  • Chug’s Diner. This Cuban-American eatery is a fan favorite for many reasons—authentic cafecito, elevated brunch classics, and tasteful greenery, to name a few.

  • Ariete. The Michelin-star concept keeping Coconut Grove buzzing, Ariete continues to elevate Miami’s culinary scene to undiscovered levels. 

  • Kush Wynwood. You’re destined to satisfy your burger cravings at any of Kush’s six Miami outposts—and its loaded Wynwood menu will be proof.


  • Harriet’s Rooftop Bar. Perched atop 1 Hotel West Hollywood, Harriet’s Rooftop Bar is the perfect spot for panoramic city views and herbaceous spirits. 

  • Little Prince. Locally-sourced small plates and artisanal spirits are Little Prince’s bread and butter—and they're ready to be enjoyed simultaneously.

  • Butcher’s Daughter. A fan favorite that needs no introduction, Butcher’s Daughter makes clean eating and al fresco dining simpler than ever. 

  • Manuela. Manuela’s farm-to-table SoCal fare is a favorite for Los Angeles foodies. Take your cocktails at the bar, and indulge in fresh plates on the patio afterwards.

  • Perch. One of L.A.’s chicest rooftop hangouts, Perch is the answer to all of your weekend plans. 

  • Agnes. A non-negotiable for charcuterie enthusiasts, this Old Pasadena cheesery is a local favorite for extended brunch, lunch, dinner and artisanal spreads. 

  • Ka’Teen. Dining at Ka’Teen’s lush green Hollywood space and indulging in its traditional Mexican plates might as well be a ticket to the jungles of Yucatán. 

  • 1 Pico. Coastal bites, beachfront views, and unforgettable cocktails are just a few of the reasons 1 Pico is a Santa Monica gem. 

  • Alta Adams. Decorated head-to-toe in flowering jasmine, Alta Adams’ back patio is where Southern cuisine meets Los Angeles hospitality. Plus—takeaway cocktails! 

  • Ballast Point Brewing. This high rise deck has Long Beach’s sunset views on the horizon and classic American bites and beer on the menu.