There’s nothing better than sitting outside on a beautiful day in Texas enjoying a nice cocktail and some bites at a local Restaurant Patio nearby!
We’ve asked around and even found some ourselves to discover and give you a list of the best Patio Restaurants in Plano, Frisco, Little Elm, Allen and Collin County.
Most are indoor and outdoor restaurants with outdoor seating.
Now you can enjoy the sunshine and do some people watching on one of the fabulous patios, especially for a great Breakfast or Brunch nearby!
We have made mention of those which have outdoor play areas and playgrounds for Kids and those with larger patios for more space and those which may be close to a Road but are surprisingly quiet.
Best Patios in Collin County as Recommended by Plano Moms
The Boardwalk at Granite Park
Address: 5872 – 5880 TX-121, Plano, TX 75024
Known for: A Kids Playground, tons of choices of eating places and nice outdoor deck for a stroll
The Boardwalk at Granite Park Plano has a pretty pond and fountain and a bonus Kids’ playground along with great choices for restaurants with outdoor seating. At night, the area is perfect for a stroll thanks to overhead lighting. Dining options are plentiful here – with something for everyone.
The Granite Park Plano area has many great choices – Union Bear, Chips, Fork & Fire, and Blue Mesa. Each of these restaurants usually has enough room and is not crowded if you go before 6:30
Blue Mesa: 8200 Dallas Pkwy, Plano, TX 75024. Tex-Mex favorite Blue Mesa Grill has happy hour from 3-6:30 p.m. and a nice Patio area outside!
Chip’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers’ happy hour is 3-7 p.m. weekdays and one of our favorite local Burger joints.
Fork and Fire in the Boardwalk area also has a good patio
Union Bear Brewing Co’s happy hour is 3-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or try their $50 burger box, which includes four burgers and fries.- faced away from traffic so you don’t hear anything.
“Great vibe, good bear, outdoor TVs, fire pits. It’s great”Sarah, Plano TX
Katy Trail Icehouse Outpost
Address: 4700 W Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75093
Known for: The Katy Trail Icehouse Outpost’s Austin-style beer garden is one of Plano’s best patios due to its festive atmosphere. Katy Trail Icehouse Outpost is also canine-friendly. There is a nice outside environment which is pet friendly. They have Music and TVs and it’s a great place to watch football
Address: 4001 Preston Rd # 502, Plano, TX 75093
The Lakeside location has a great kid-friendly place to play that we wrote all about Also check out 5760 Legacy Dr, Plano, TX 75024. Don’t forget to try the delicious Mambo Taxi!
Address: 4005 Preston Road, Suite 518, Plano 75093
Known for: An upscale French-inspired steakhouse and a great view of a small lake and fountain
They have a huge patio which was very social distanced. We did Mignon last night – a huge patio and very social distanced! Enjoyable evening!Courtney, Plano TX
Address: 7501 Windrose Ave Ste D190, Plano, TX 75024
Known for: A large patio facing the Legacy West fountains with neighboring restaurants Mesero and Tommy Bahama – which makes this a great spot for unparalleled people-watching at North Italia.
Their Italian-themed weekend brunch is popular, as is their happy hour 3-6 p.m. weekdays!
Box Garden at Legacy Hall
Address: 7800 Windrose Ave, Plano
Known for: Choices, choices, choices – tons of eating options and places to sit and comfortable outdoor sofas!
The popular outdoor Box Garden has a fun outdoor stage and an artificial grassy space with tons of picnic tables and space to distance and play. It is safe and fenced in and quiet, despite the parking garage and road alongside.
Happy Hour is between 3-6 and they have tons of outdoor seating not just on ground level but also across the three-story food hall with over 20 different eating outlets.
We love these restaurants and stores in Legacy West Plano.
Shops at Legacy
Address: 7501 Lone Star Drive B150, Plano, TX 75024
Known for: The View and the Margaritas!
Overlooking the Shops at Legacy fountains, Mexican Sugar’s patio is a great place to pass the time. The latin flavor of their cuisine and drinks menu makes this one of our favorites. Happy hour is 3-6 p.m. weekdays!
Love and War in Texas
Address: 601 E Plano Pkwy, Plano, TX 75074
Known for: Imagine you are in Austin listening to really good Live Country Music (for free) at their patio especially on Weekends. At Love and War, you can taste Texan regions literally with a huge drinks and food menu.
Address: 641 Powell Lane, Plano TX 75075
Known for: It’s Amazing burgers, including the Beyond Burger and it’s outstanding patio space which is surprisingly quiet!
We should be focussed on the patio, but truly their burgers are where it’s at. Many are named after local celebrities and come with all the extras! Rodeo Goat is two doors down from Flying Fish. Check out their happy hour 4-7 p.m. weekdays. It’s one of the best local Burger Places in Plano.
Address: 649 Powell Lane, Plano TX 75075
One of our best seafood eateries (you have to try their catfish!) you can get your seafood broiled, fried, grilled or steamed. Flying Fish’s patio backs up to a natural creek and is surprisingly quiet!
Shops at Willow Bend – The District
Address: 2405 Dallas Parkway, Suite RS1, Plano TX 75093
Known for: Terra Mediterranean has a view of the water features and open areas at The District at Willow Bend and fun play areas for Kids and Adults, just outside. We spotted corn-hole last time we were there. If you want great falafel, gyros and kabobs with your mojito and sangria – this is your place.
Turkish Café and Lounge
Address: 8412 Preston Road, Suite 450, Plano 75024
Known for: How does a vast wooden deck with a little international flair and a waterside view? Try happy hour at Turkish Café and Lounge Every weekday from 4-7 p.m. when specials include half-price appetizers and drinks specials
Address: 8401 Preston Rd, Plano
Known for: Great for Dog Owners! Their patio welcomes our furry friends.
Lazy Dog has a huge menu and lunch specials daily and weekend brunch from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., featuring a mimosa flight and a breakfast burger AND a curated menu for fur babies too!
Address: 1006 E 15th St, Plano TX 75074
Known for: Wood-fired pizzas and great cocktails
Home to the 32 Degrees Bar, Urban Crust’s third-floor patio is a hip, open-air rooftop dining area which is small and mighty. Their weekday Happy hour coupled with live acoustic music Thursdays or a DJ spin Top 40 hits on Fridays and Saturdays makes this a must-visit!
The Fillmore Pub
Address: 1004 E 15th St, Plano, TX 75074
Known for: A popular fixture in historic Downtown Plano, The Fillmore Pub offers various beers and specialty drinks like their Classic Negroni. Check out $8 lunch specials from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays while their weekend Pub Brunch features show-stoppers like Kahlua French Toast. It’s the closest Plano has to an old-fashioned Bar like “Cheers” or a British Pub. The Fillmore’s patio does face bustling 15th Street (a no-no on our list of “bests”), but the great people watching and scenic view of McCall Plaza, especially once live music returns, make this patio visit-worthy.
A fan favorite place to go in downtown Plano
Once you’ve made your way through our favorite Plano patios above, swing by any of the below restaurants, all of which have a patio worth checking out.
II Brothers at Preston Creek Shopping Center
Bavarian Grill in Ruisseau Village
Bellagreen at Preston Towne Crossing. They have a cute patio with artificial grass and lawn games.
Breadwinners at Preston in Plano, small covered patio. Great food
Casa Mama in the Village at Los Rios
Craftway Kitchen – patio faces the parking lot, but it’s comfortable, great service and a wonderful menu. It’s located at Lakeside on Preston just south of Spring Creek.
CRÚ Food and Wine Bar at The Shops at Legacy
Earls Kitchen at Legacy West: 7401 Windrose Ave D100, Plano, TX 75024
Haywire at Legacy West: 5901 Winthrop Street Ste 110, Plano, TX 75024
The Holy Grail Pub in Headquarters Village
Mexican Bar Co. at The District at The Shops at Willow Bend
Mi Dia from Scratch: 3310 Dallas Pkwy #105, Plano, TX 75093 (known as West Plano Village)
Good patio (and great food too!)Mallory, Frisco TX
Senor Locos Tex-Mex in Woodside Village at 701 W Parker Rd, Plano, TX 75023.
A little road noise but a cute patio on Parker, near Central Expressway. Old-fashioned Tex-Mex decor, Burgers and Street tacos!
Sixty Vines: 3701 Dallas Pkwy, Plano, TX 75093: great patio (closed in) with beautiful decor and an even better and bigger wine list.
Snuffers: 4901 W Park Blvd #521, Plano, TX 75093 A fan favorite! Don’t forget to order some yummy cheese fries!
Taverna Rossa: 4005 Preston Rd #512, Plano, TX 75093. Small patio and great pizza!
And if you are looking for the best patio restaurants in Richardson, we love The Fifth Fireside | Patio Bar – on Lookout/Custer, which has a nice patio in a quiet area 2701 Custer Parkway, Suite 700, Richardson, Texas and Frankies: 2701 Custer Pkwy, Richardson, TX 75080
Urban Rio: 1000 14th St #100, Plano, TX 75074
Patios in Frisco and Little Elm
Address: 3685 The Star Blvd Suite 210, Frisco, TX 75034
A fun sports bar and part-night club with a cute rooftop patio overlooking the Cowboys HQ and field in the middle of the Star Boulevard complex in Frisco.
Address: 6725 Winning Dr, Frisco, TX 75034
Known for: Tupelo Honey has Southern charm and an eye-catching, expansive patio (great for people watching) – with lounge seating, bar, and outdoor grill, located in the Star complex in Frisco.
Address: 3625 The Star Blvd, Frisco
Known for: a second story patio with a view of the Dallas Cowboys Headquarters District!
Also try out Cane Russo at The Star – Great patio and people watching.
There are several places at the Star Complex with large patios.
Address: 210 E Eldorado Pkwy, Little Elm 75068
Known for:A tropical Texas paradise….in Little Elm, overlooking beautiful Lake Lewisville. This is a traditional Tex-Mex with a Polynesian twist Hang loose and groove to Hawaiian and Surf style music in any of their three bars. The decked patio overlooks the Lake where you can watch the sunset among tiki torches, bamboo walls, grass-thatched bars and thousands of colored lights. Couple a Mango Margarita with a lavish Pu Pu Platter while you wait.
We also love: Eight11 Place: 7080 Main St, Frisco, TX 75034
The Common Table: 6740 Winning Dr #1005, Frisco, TX 75034
The Colony and Grandscape area
Address: 5805 Grandscape Blvd, The Colony TX
Known for: Being family friendly and a fun rock n’roll venue
Lava Cantina is a Creole Restaurant with a Mexican twist, located right off of Highway 121 in The Colony, Texas. Expect incredible live music viewed from their Patio on their stage throughout the week — including acoustic Happy Hour, Latin Night, Sunday Jazz Brunch, top-notch 70s, 80s, and 90s cover bands and rock n’roll, and amazing National Touring Acts!
Check out more about what you will find at Grandscape here
Patio Restaurants in Allen
Patios in Watters Creek
Cru Food & Wine Bar has a small patio that faces the greenbelt area of the shopping where movies play on inflated screens and concerts are performed (depending on time of year). It is pretty to look at and away from the traffic.
Grimaldi’s has a small patio that faces the greenbelt area of the shopping where movies play on inflated screens and concerts are performed (depending on time of year. It is pretty to look at and away from the traffic.
Cheesecake Factory has a balcony and terrace seating that has a nice view of a water feature.
Lion & Crown Pub has 2 outdoor patio options, one of which includes a walkup bar window.
Best Patio Restaurants in North Dallas
Lekka: 17606 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75252. It’s a favorite which has a huge and nicely laid out patio
Coffee House Cafe: 6150 Frankford Rd, Dallas, TX 75252 has a small, covered patio with a fireplace and slated walls at this Preston Frankford intersection.