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Fable’s outdoor dining patio.
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18 Cozy Places to Eat and Drink Outside in San Francisco

All the best patios and parklets for outdoor dining

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Fable’s outdoor dining patio.
| Fable | Emily June

In San Francisco, Fogust rolled right into Fogtember, followed by a bit of sun in a soundly Fogtober. By no means should any Karl-related weather patterns cause dining plans to go awry; thanks to the parklet boom over the last few years, and the upcoming changes to the Shared Spaces rules, there are tons of spaces to enjoy eating outdoors. In fact, we took the liberty of clarifying which of the restaurants on this list have heated patios and which don’t, just to keep the fog-sensitive amongst us all the cozier. (Though, there are better restaurants with outdoor dining for those with a big group.) Here are 18 bars, pizzerias, and burrito outlets with outdoor dining options — heated and otherwise.

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Sessions at the Presidio

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Never forget that San Francisco has a national park within the seven by seven, and several lovely restaurants within that beautiful natural setting. Sessions is a gastropub with generous indoor and outdoor space, so guests can sip craft beer, dig into cheese dumplings, bask in the warmth of heaters, and breathe in the scent of eucalyptus trees.

Sessions

Cotogna

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Is there anything better than enjoying a plate of fresh pasta or spit-roasted meat al fresco? Well, ok, maybe there’s something. But in any case, if you’re craving Cal-Italian cuisine, Michael and Lindsay Tusk’s more casual restaurant (that’s compared to the Michelin-starred Quince) is an essential option. The heated parklet is one of the best in town, wrapped in warm woods and draped with lush greenery. Just remember: never skip dessert.  

The parklet at Cotogna, one of the best in San Francisco Patricia Chang

Cholita Linda

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Oakland-based fish taco star Cholita Linda slid into the former Mijita spot at the Ferry Building bringing with it a menu of tacos, sandwiches, and larger plates. Step outside, grab a table wrapped in bright floral oilcloth and dine under the glow of the Bay Bridge at night. Just don’t forget to order a cold cerveza, to balance out the heat lamps, to toast to the city’s twinkling lights.

Fish tacos from Cholita Linda Jenya Chernoff Photography

Red's Java House

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Classic San Francisco is alive and well and eating a cheeseburger served on a roll at Red’s Java House. The waterfront business has operated since the 1930s, under the name Red’s since 1955. There’s nothing fancy about the food — fish and chips are a popular order — and not much fuss about the unheated patio, where old tables have a prime view of the water and the Bay Bridge.

Biergarten

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This entirely outdoor beer garden brings a touch of German charm to the heart of Hayes Valley. Your drink options are simple — there are five kinds of German beer on tap plus a few selections by the bottle and four kinds of wine — and the food similarly keeps things tight with pretzels, brats, and the like. Even the portable tables harken to traditional beer gardens abroad, and yes, there are heaters for those cooler San Francisco nights.

Horsefeather

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Horsefeather’s outdoor area is more atrium than al fresco, but for those who get chilly quickly that could be a plus. Enjoy golden hour vibes under the glass ceiling amongst the hanging greenery, with a Golden Hour gin cocktail and some shareable bites to eat. The bar and restaurant’s heated parklet also stretches out down Divis if you need more room for your group to sprawl out.

Park Chalet Garden Restaurant

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Grab a pitcher of Riptide Red, snag a sunny spot in the grass and watch the afternoon disappear. This little oasis is a great place to relax after a romp on Ocean Beach or in Golden Gate Park. It's dog- and kid-friendly, too. Outdoors is unheated, but a beautiful indoor patio is worth checking out for those sensitive to the cold.

Rintaro

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Tucked away on a quiet street on the edge of the Mission, Rintaro serves as a little izakaya oasis in the city and the restaurant’s tree-shaded front courtyard might be the best place to experience the menu of fresh sashimi, silky tofu, and smoky yakitori. Heaters are, thankfully, on deck.

This cool Korean barbecue spot in the Sunset not only has a sweet back patio, complete with powerful heaters, but it’s actually setting out grills on those picnic tables so diners can get the full Korean barbecue experience with fire and smoke — think short ribs, rib eye, and pork belly, and all of the works.

The back patio at Um.ma set up for outdoor grilling Um.ma

Mission Rock Resort

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Feast on oysters and crab Louie beneath cheerful umbrellas on this partially-heated waterfront patio in Dogpatch. There’s plenty of room, plus a view of some boats and other waterfront-y stuff that you can’t find inland. It’s best at brunch when the sun is shining in one of San Francisco’s least foggy neighborhoods.

Mission Rock Resort

Zazie is an San Francisco classic for brunch; it’s also a winner for its charming patio, which is desirable day and night. Lush vines climb up the walls, giving brunch a garden party vibe. Don’t worry, there are heat lamps for when the fog inevitably rolls in. There’s also a simple but sizable parklet out front for more outdoor dining options — though it is often crowded with diners and dogs.

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Zazie

Hook Fish Co

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The Outer Sunset location of Hook Fish Co. has a handsome wooden parklet out front for on-site outdoor dining, perfect for its location near the beach. Order your responsibly sourced fish tacos and ceviche online or inside and enjoy your food while you take in the ocean breeze (all the breezier without any heaters). 

The parklet at Hook Fish Co. will more than double the restaurant’s seating Hook Fish Co.

Delfina Restaurant

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Delfina first opened in the Mission District in 1998, but the restaurant had been dark since March 2020. Now, the owners have merged with their next door pizza shop to reopen the Italian restaurant in full-force. While the interior design of the business is nothing to scoff at, the outdoor seating is plentiful, well-covered, and heated. 

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Prubechu

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Prubechu Guamanian restaurant took over the parking lot just alongside its building, moving the Chamorro party outside in the heart of the Mission. It’s a big patio setup, perfect for the occasional pig roast, though you may need to ask for your heater to be turned on. 

Outdoor seating during Prubechu’s first day of offering dine-in service Prubechu

Fable updated its outdoor patio in 2020 and created a lush, inviting environment with birds of paradise, palms, and climbing bougainvillea plants filling every corner. The brunch remains ever-popular, and the new-ish additions of lunch and “charcuterie & wine time” happy hour creates more excuses to enjoy the manicured outdoors, but with heat lamps.

Casements Bar

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You do have to push through the dark interior of this modern Irish bar before you’ll land out on the heated back patio. But it’s worth the extra steps, encased in graffiti and grabby murals and stuffed with barrels spilling over with succulents and other plants. The cocktail menu is built around the idea of sustainability featuring Jin Jiji gin from India, Paranubes rum out of Oaxaca, and the woman-owned and produced Yola Mezcal. 

Blue Plate

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Blue Plate has been a neighborhood favorite for years and the patio remains a classic spot for garden dining. Enjoy a glass of wine and dinner under a canopy of yellow flowers from a nearby tree, perfect for an intimate date — all under an outdoor heater.

All Good Pizza

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Outdoor beer gardens will never not be an easy place to recommend for being outdoors, but pair it with a good pizza, and it becomes golden. All Good Pizza easily has the slices and the heated outdoor space for groups to gather, eat, and drink, in the Bayview.

Sessions at the Presidio

Never forget that San Francisco has a national park within the seven by seven, and several lovely restaurants within that beautiful natural setting. Sessions is a gastropub with generous indoor and outdoor space, so guests can sip craft beer, dig into cheese dumplings, bask in the warmth of heaters, and breathe in the scent of eucalyptus trees.

Sessions

Cotogna

Is there anything better than enjoying a plate of fresh pasta or spit-roasted meat al fresco? Well, ok, maybe there’s something. But in any case, if you’re craving Cal-Italian cuisine, Michael and Lindsay Tusk’s more casual restaurant (that’s compared to the Michelin-starred Quince) is an essential option. The heated parklet is one of the best in town, wrapped in warm woods and draped with lush greenery. Just remember: never skip dessert.  

The parklet at Cotogna, one of the best in San Francisco Patricia Chang

Cholita Linda

Oakland-based fish taco star Cholita Linda slid into the former Mijita spot at the Ferry Building bringing with it a menu of tacos, sandwiches, and larger plates. Step outside, grab a table wrapped in bright floral oilcloth and dine under the glow of the Bay Bridge at night. Just don’t forget to order a cold cerveza, to balance out the heat lamps, to toast to the city’s twinkling lights.

Fish tacos from Cholita Linda Jenya Chernoff Photography

Red's Java House

Classic San Francisco is alive and well and eating a cheeseburger served on a roll at Red’s Java House. The waterfront business has operated since the 1930s, under the name Red’s since 1955. There’s nothing fancy about the food — fish and chips are a popular order — and not much fuss about the unheated patio, where old tables have a prime view of the water and the Bay Bridge.

Biergarten

This entirely outdoor beer garden brings a touch of German charm to the heart of Hayes Valley. Your drink options are simple — there are five kinds of German beer on tap plus a few selections by the bottle and four kinds of wine — and the food similarly keeps things tight with pretzels, brats, and the like. Even the portable tables harken to traditional beer gardens abroad, and yes, there are heaters for those cooler San Francisco nights.

Horsefeather

Horsefeather’s outdoor area is more atrium than al fresco, but for those who get chilly quickly that could be a plus. Enjoy golden hour vibes under the glass ceiling amongst the hanging greenery, with a Golden Hour gin cocktail and some shareable bites to eat. The bar and restaurant’s heated parklet also stretches out down Divis if you need more room for your group to sprawl out.

Park Chalet Garden Restaurant

Grab a pitcher of Riptide Red, snag a sunny spot in the grass and watch the afternoon disappear. This little oasis is a great place to relax after a romp on Ocean Beach or in Golden Gate Park. It's dog- and kid-friendly, too. Outdoors is unheated, but a beautiful indoor patio is worth checking out for those sensitive to the cold.

Rintaro

Tucked away on a quiet street on the edge of the Mission, Rintaro serves as a little izakaya oasis in the city and the restaurant’s tree-shaded front courtyard might be the best place to experience the menu of fresh sashimi, silky tofu, and smoky yakitori. Heaters are, thankfully, on deck.

um.ma

This cool Korean barbecue spot in the Sunset not only has a sweet back patio, complete with powerful heaters, but it’s actually setting out grills on those picnic tables so diners can get the full Korean barbecue experience with fire and smoke — think short ribs, rib eye, and pork belly, and all of the works.

The back patio at Um.ma set up for outdoor grilling Um.ma

Mission Rock Resort

Feast on oysters and crab Louie beneath cheerful umbrellas on this partially-heated waterfront patio in Dogpatch. There’s plenty of room, plus a view of some boats and other waterfront-y stuff that you can’t find inland. It’s best at brunch when the sun is shining in one of San Francisco’s least foggy neighborhoods.

Mission Rock Resort

Zazie

Zazie is an San Francisco classic for brunch; it’s also a winner for its charming patio, which is desirable day and night. Lush vines climb up the walls, giving brunch a garden party vibe. Don’t worry, there are heat lamps for when the fog inevitably rolls in. There’s also a simple but sizable parklet out front for more outdoor dining options — though it is often crowded with diners and dogs.

Zazie
Zazie

Hook Fish Co

The Outer Sunset location of Hook Fish Co. has a handsome wooden parklet out front for on-site outdoor dining, perfect for its location near the beach. Order your responsibly sourced fish tacos and ceviche online or inside and enjoy your food while you take in the ocean breeze (all the breezier without any heaters). 

The parklet at Hook Fish Co. will more than double the restaurant’s seating Hook Fish Co.

Delfina Restaurant

Delfina first opened in the Mission District in 1998, but the restaurant had been dark since March 2020. Now, the owners have merged with their next door pizza shop to reopen the Italian restaurant in full-force. While the interior design of the business is nothing to scoff at, the outdoor seating is plentiful, well-covered, and heated. 

Albert Law

Prubechu

Prubechu Guamanian restaurant took over the parking lot just alongside its building, moving the Chamorro party outside in the heart of the Mission. It’s a big patio setup, perfect for the occasional pig roast, though you may need to ask for your heater to be turned on. 

Outdoor seating during Prubechu’s first day of offering dine-in service Prubechu

Fable

Fable updated its outdoor patio in 2020 and created a lush, inviting environment with birds of paradise, palms, and climbing bougainvillea plants filling every corner. The brunch remains ever-popular, and the new-ish additions of lunch and “charcuterie & wine time” happy hour creates more excuses to enjoy the manicured outdoors, but with heat lamps.

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Casements Bar

You do have to push through the dark interior of this modern Irish bar before you’ll land out on the heated back patio. But it’s worth the extra steps, encased in graffiti and grabby murals and stuffed with barrels spilling over with succulents and other plants. The cocktail menu is built around the idea of sustainability featuring Jin Jiji gin from India, Paranubes rum out of Oaxaca, and the woman-owned and produced Yola Mezcal. 

Blue Plate

Blue Plate has been a neighborhood favorite for years and the patio remains a classic spot for garden dining. Enjoy a glass of wine and dinner under a canopy of yellow flowers from a nearby tree, perfect for an intimate date — all under an outdoor heater.

All Good Pizza

Outdoor beer gardens will never not be an easy place to recommend for being outdoors, but pair it with a good pizza, and it becomes golden. All Good Pizza easily has the slices and the heated outdoor space for groups to gather, eat, and drink, in the Bayview.

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