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19 Great Places to Eat and Drink Outside in San Francisco

All the best patios and parklets for outdoor dining

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Bucking the historical trend, San Francisco’s summer hasn’t been all Fogust vibes this year. (Which perhaps, shouldn’t come as a surprise.) Hopefully, without major heat wave casualties, the Bay Area could go from chilly fog to the somewhat seasonable warmth of the fall. Eating outdoors, especially during the Great Parklet Boom, is one small way to enjoy the weather. All throughout San Francisco, there are waterfront walks, pleasant parks, and righteous restaurants perfect for lunch in the sun or dinner on the patio. Rooftops are a must-try, of course, though lines could swell as temperatures climb. No matter where or how, these 19 restaurants are clutch for eating outdoors.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Palette Tea House & Dim Sum 彩籠

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From the same legendary dumpling team as Koi Palace and Dragon Beaux, Palette has the good fortune to inhabit historic Ghirardelli Square. Take a seat outside on the plaza for colorful soup dumplings, scallop siu mai, and salted egg lava bao.

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, and breathe in the 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 California Italian cuisine, Michael and Lindsay Tusk’s more casual restaurant (that’s compared to the Michelin-starred Quince) is an essential option. The 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 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 patio, where old tables have a prime view onto 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 during San Francisco’s “summer” 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 parklet also stretches out down Divis if you need more room for your group to sprawl out.

The Page

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With a fireplace and walls hung with an ever-changing selection of art, the Page’s parklet could hardly be any more cozy. There’s live music outside everyday and the team makes it easy to order without having to step foot inside thanks to QR codes at every table.

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.

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.

This cool Korean barbecue spot in the Sunset not only has a sweet back patio, 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 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.

Zazie
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. 

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

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. 

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 bar before you’ll land out on the 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 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 outdoor space for groups to gather, eat, and drink, in the Bayview.

Palette Tea House & Dim Sum 彩籠

From the same legendary dumpling team as Koi Palace and Dragon Beaux, Palette has the good fortune to inhabit historic Ghirardelli Square. Take a seat outside on the plaza for colorful soup dumplings, scallop siu mai, and salted egg lava bao.

Sessions at the Presidio

Sessions

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, and breathe in the eucalyptus trees.

Sessions

Cotogna

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

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 California Italian cuisine, Michael and Lindsay Tusk’s more casual restaurant (that’s compared to the Michelin-starred Quince) is an essential option. The 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

Fish tacos from Cholita Linda Jenya Chernoff Photography

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 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 patio, where old tables have a prime view onto 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 during San Francisco’s “summer” 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 parklet also stretches out down Divis if you need more room for your group to sprawl out.

The Page

With a fireplace and walls hung with an ever-changing selection of art, the Page’s parklet could hardly be any more cozy. There’s live music outside everyday and the team makes it easy to order without having to step foot inside thanks to QR codes at every table.

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.

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.

um.ma

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

This cool Korean barbecue spot in the Sunset not only has a sweet back patio, 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

Mission Rock Resort

Feast on oysters and crab Louie beneath cheerful umbrellas on this 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
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 parklet at Hook Fish Co. will more than double the restaurant’s seating 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. 

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

Prubechu

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