12 Favorite Places to Eat Outdoors in Greater Phoenix

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Joseph Maddon
Del Frisco's Summit Bar

Del Frisco's Grille

Although this Dallas-based corporate restaurant, built around modern-day comfort food, has a pleasant patio (with cool vertical garden) at ground level, you'll probably want to take the stairs to the second-floor Summit Bar -- a sleekly designed, al fresco hangout offering splendid views of Piestewa Peak. Admittedly, from this vantage, you can also see Biltmore Fashion Park and cars racing down Camelback, but there's something fun about being at the heart of the action yet slightly above it. Grab a couch, a table near the glassed edge, or a seat at the rectangular bar for cocktails and appetizers, brunch, lunch or dinner. Happy hour is coming soon.

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Joseph Maddon
House of Tricks

House of Tricks
When you're hungry for quaint and cozy, nothing beats this converted 1920s bungalow, fronted by a patio that sports a fountain, fire pit and grape arbor, not to mention a veritable jungle of flowers and plants. Kelly Fletcher's Modern American menu, which wanders the globe (choose among apps such as smoked Korean-style baby back ribs, harissa-spiced PEI mussels and asiago arancine with tomato jam), is worth the expensive trip, but when you've got a budget to stick to, opt for the terrific happy hour, offered at a roofed al fresco bar built between two towering shade trees. You can't lap up this much charm or sophistication -- at this price -- anywhere else in town.

Location Info

Venue

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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

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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6 comments
Dwayne
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What about Four Peaks?

druuh
druuh like.author.displayName 1 Like

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

AZnikkib
AZnikkib

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

wherewasi
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.

AZnikkib
AZnikkib

 @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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