12 Favorite Places to Eat Outdoors in Greater Phoenix

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Nikki Buchanan
The House Old Town Brasserie
At last! Blissfully cool mornings, evenings with a hint of chill and daytime temps that mean we can lunch on a shaded patio without swimming in sweat. This right here, this seasonal slice of heaven is why we endure traffic, tourists and summer.

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Here are 12 places to enjoy The Great Outdoors at its greatest. Although a few of them are spendy, most are easy on the wallet and at least three of them are kid-friendly.


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Joseph Maddon
El Zocalo
El Zocalo

Named for Mexico City's iconic central plaza, this charming Mexican food restaurant, housed in Chandler's historic Monroe building, has become a gathering spot in its own right, and there's no doubt the pretty patio has a lot to do with it. Lushly landscaped with vines, trees and exotic flowers, it's a traditional Mexican courtyard, replete with fountains, murals and private nooks -- a good place to laze away the afternoon over margaritas or settle in for a romantic supper (everything from steak to street tacos) under the twinkly lights.

Joe's Farm Grill

Design buffs love the 60s-era, futuristic look of the farm grill's butterfly roof and mid-century modern decor, retro-fitted onto the converted farmhouse in which owner Joe Johnston grew up. But for those of us who just want to eat upscale burgers, fries and shakes outdoors, this funky-cool burger stand, specializing in "common food done uncommonly well," is aces for its old school charm. Huge (and seemingly ancient) tamarisk trees skirt the edge of a grassy yard dotted with picnic tables, citrus trees and flowers, offering shade and endless opportunity for kids to be kids. Parked in the middle of Agritopia -- a 12-acre urban farm planted with fruit trees, lettuces, herbs and vegetables (all used in the farm grill's kitchen, by the way) -- Joe's brings our agrarian past and future together in such a sweet way.

Location Info

The Farm at South Mountain

6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Joe's Farm Grill

3000 E. Ray Road, Gilbert, AZ

Category: Restaurant

El Zocalo Mexican Grille

28 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Del Frisco's Grille

2425 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The House at Secret Garden - CLOSED

2501 E. Baseline Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

House of Tricks

114 E. 7th St., Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Lon's at the Hermosa

5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant

T. Cook's

5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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how in the hell could you leave out Hula's on this list??

wherewasi topcommenter

You're spot on with T. Cook's and Lon's.  I haven't been to most of the others you highlight, though the pictures look nice.  Del Frisco, while it does have a great patio, I find, quite frankly, the food just isn't that good and it's pricey.  We'll see what happy hour offers.  We went there several times when they first opened, but always left not-quite-happy.


I used to love the Cork and Cleaver's patio.  I am losing hope that they will re-open.  It's been 2 years now.


 @druuh I dunno. Sorry! Hard to hit them all. I've already thought of about 5 others that should've also been included.


 @wherewasi Know what you mean about Del Frisco's. I've only eaten there once but was completely unimpressed. Great service though, and I do love that second-floor view!

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