12 Favorite Places to Eat Outdoors in Greater Phoenix

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Joseph Maddon
T. Cook's at the Royal Palms

T. Cook's
For some crazy reason, T. Cook's never gets much play for outdoor dining, but it absolutely should. Backed up against Camelback Mountain, surrounded by lush lawns, flowers and a small, on-property grove of citrus trees, every inch of this gracious restaurant and the ultra-private resort around it is drop-dead gorgeous. New York financier Delos Cooke built himself a Spanish Colonial mansion here in the late 20's, and this local Grand Dame still has the whiff of old money and Old World charm. There are two fireplace-furnished patios and a charming courtyard for soaking up sunshine and balmy breezes, but the courtyard is strictly first-come, first-served, so plan accordingly.


Windsor bills itself as a neighborhood bar and restaurant, and it is exactly that, a comfy urban hangout that caters to its well-heeled neighbors, many of them arriving on foot or by bicycle. Although the covered patio (more of a breezeway, really) doesn't offer knock-out views, everyone loves it just the same -- probably because it feels a bit like the way-cool patio at a hipster friend's home, you know, decorated by Crate & Barrel and featured in Sunset Magazine. The Modern American menu follows suit, featuring charcuterie, deviled egg dip and chips, a kale Caesar salad, and, of course, a Backyard Burger.

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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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