Not much compares to Fort Worth’s districts full of rich, diverse culture which includes a variety of quality restaurants to choose from. These exceptional Cowtown restaurants paired with the gracious North Texas climate make for a more than ideal al fresco patio dining experience almost all year round. Fresh air, delicious food, ideal views, and rich Fort Worth culture – what more could you ask for. Here are our top 15 restaurant patios in Fort Worth to visit this summer and really almost all year round.
1. Reata Restaurant
310 Houston St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Since 2002, Reata’s terraced decks provide multi-level, multi-angle views of downtown which makes for a lovely al fresco dining experience no matter what time of the day. As an extra bonus, the Dome provides a climate-controlled environment outside so even in a little less than ideal weather conditions, you can enjoy outdoor dining. You can even make reservations for your family or friends if Reata is not booked for a private event.
2. Joe T. Garcia’s
2201 N Commerce St, Fort Worth, TX 76164
When you step into Joe T. Garcia’s substantial outdoor patio gardens, you will be transported to a floral oasis. This mom-and-pop shop has been a Fort Worth staple for eight decades for many reasons – great service, exceptional environment, and delicious food. Just remember that credit cards are not accepted here so bring cash, break out your checkbook, or use one of the nearby ATMs.
3. Rogers Roundhouse
1616 Rogers Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76107
This casual bar and Tex-Mex kitchen ideally designed the patio area to feel “like an extension of your own backyard” which makes us want to upgrade our backyard. Their dog-friendly patio area includes picnic tables, nicely placed TVs, yard games to play when waiting for your food, and even a setup for live musical guests. Enjoy refreshing, always-rotating tap beers and margaritas while checking out the amazing “Fort Worth” mural with the newest musical guest blazing in the background.
4. BoomerJack’s – Cityview
6001 SW Loop 820, Fort Worth, Texas 76119
The next best patio in Fort Worth is at BoomerJack’s, a local sports bar & grill restaurant. Unlike other supposed “sports bars” that have just a few tv screens sprinkled around, BoomerJack’s has TVs everywhere (wall-to-wall) and even outside. It is also family-friendly with affordable prices, decent portions, and delicious food even picky-eaters will enjoy. This patio is large and back-yard styled as well as dog-friendly. Heaters are even provided for chillier days so you can enjoy outside patio dining in varying weather conditions.
5. HG Sply Co
1621 River Run #176, Fort Worth, TX 76107
This American restaurant serves clean, natural, and affordable food that anyone and everyone can enjoy – including vegetarians, vegans, those with dietary restrictions, and those with no limits. Sit back on the patio and enjoy your wholesome meal with a classic drink all while overlooking the Trinity River.
6. Woodshed Smokehouse
3201 Riverfront Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Sitting right on the banks of the Trinity River, this notable BBQ smokehouse brings together an exquisite experience. The location is ideal for views and the feeling of cool air, the patio is casual and lively, and the food is a step above with its daily-rotating selection of meats and proteins cooked over a variety of woods and other sources. You can also eat here knowing that Woodshed Smokehouse is also committed to being environmentally friendly by offsetting emissions by using strategically placed fans, canopies, and trees instead of using an AC unit.
7. Heim Barbecue On the River
5333 White Settlement Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76114
This award-winning restaurant is Fort Worth’s first original craft BBQ shop. Heim Barbeque provides a spacious and inviting patio with picnic tables along the Trinity River to provide a serene environment. This paired with its unique “farm-to-smoker” barbeque that is slowly cooked over post oak fires makes for a fun, welcoming experience that feels like summer no matter what time of year it is.
8. Salsa Limón Distrito
5012 White Settlement Rd, Fort Worth, Texas 76114
This high-quality, upscale, modern-style restaurant serves, what they like to call, “unapologetically Mexico City style tacos.” Set in the River District, Salsa Limon’s patio and food, transport you to the lively streets of Mexico with picnic tables, potted cacti, trees for shade, and when the sun sets, adorned twinkling lights. Bring the whole family out (including the dog) to enjoy some fresh air, mouth-watering tacos, and lively vibes.
9. BoomerJack’s – North Fort Worth
Western Center, 6701 Fossil Bluff, Fort Worth, TX 76137
BoomerJack’s again makes the list due to its family-friendly atmosphere, affordable food, large backyard-style, and dog-friendliness. It’s the perfect place for sports fans during a game or for friends and family for a fun night out.
Sundance Square, 301 Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
True to its name, Waters Restaurant offers a signature menu of first-rate, fresh seafood with signature cocktails and wines. This nautical restaurant debuts a tree-topped patio right in Sundance Square where you can enjoy great views and a lively environment. You can also eat here feeling good knowing that the seafood is sourced ecologically and sustainably.
11. Tia’s On The Bluff
1301 E Bluff St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
This restaurant is as close to home as you can feel going out to eat. It is a family-owned authentic Mexican restaurant operating inside a large renovated family home. Enjoy dining inside or on its spacious backyard patio with two large palm trees, grass, and tables spaced out. Overall, you get deliciously authentic Mexican food and a comforting neighborhood atmosphere.
6701 Fossil Bluff, Fort Worth, TX 76137
Brunch, wine, coffee, beer, cocktails, homestyle lunch and dinner – all this and more is available at Brewed on Magnolia Avenue. Enjoy these delicious bites and refreshing drinks outside on Brewed’s brick-top patio that includes picnic-style tables and fire-pit with semi-circular seating.
13. Winslow’s Wine Cafe
101 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107
This intimate-style neighborhood restaurant and wine retailer is one of Magnolia Avenue’s original wine bars. Patrons feel at home here in this intimate establishment that has a delicious menu that changes along with the season’s freshest ingredients. Enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner, or just sip a glass of wine near Winslow’s tabletop fire pits on the patio for a lovely experience.
14. BoomerJack’s – West 7th St.
2600 West 7th Street Fort Worth, TX 76107
This BoomerJack’s patio is unique from the previous ones in that it has a more intimate, yet still lively patio scene at this West 7th street location. While not as large as its other patios, this location offers a nice view of downtown that, during the night, allows you to take in the fresh and lively atmosphere.
1001 Foch St, Fort Worth, TX 76107
This gastropub/sports bar imaginatively integrates food and alcohol for deliciously unique combos that enhance its extensive menu. Enjoy the cool vibe and casual atmosphere indoors or on the patio with a large group of friends for game day, a late night out, or a weekend hangout.
Verdict: No matter which Fort Worth restaurant you go to, it’ll be a win!
Whether you’re a Fort Worth native or if you’re planning a trip through Fort Worth soon, keep these amazing restaurant patios in mind when planning your day. No matter if you’re planning for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or just a night of drinking – these high-quality patios are definitely Fort Worth the visit. See what we did there?
Did your favorite Fort Worth patio make the list? Or do you see a patio that we are missing? Maybe you think two patios should be switched. However you’re feeling comment below!
We reviewed and ranked these restaurant patios based on how they performed across several factors including aesthetics of their patios (furniture style, layout, size, color scheme, etc.), patio views (appealingness of views and amount of space available to view), atmosphere (uniqueness, family-friendliness, welcoming vibe, and location – like next to a river), quality of food (uniqueness of food style, flavor, presentation, pricing vs portion size, etc.), and quality of service (from online ratings and reviews). Recent online reviews and photos helped us determine how to score each location across these factors.
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