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Updating the Bay Area Patio Heatmap: New Patios For Outdoor Dining and Drinking

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A patio map in January? No, we're not crazy, but the weather this month is. If you've gone through all the stages of grief over the loss of the rainy season and finally arrived at acceptance, there's nothing left to do but enjoy the dry, sunny weather as long as it lasts. Though there aren't a slew of new patio spots open in winter, here's the absolute latest on where to eat outside in style—especially on a January weekend that promises highs in the 70s.


What new patio did we miss? Let us know in the comments.

1/23: Added: The Vestry, Iyasare, Sparrow Bar & Kitchen; Dropped: Bar of Arrr, Rustic

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The Vestry

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Concert venue The Chapel's sister restaurant sports a simple and satisfying menu and rare open patio right off Valencia Street for prime people-watching.

Iyasare

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Former Yoshi's chef Sho Kamio has a new spot with rustic Japanese takes on miso-cured pork chops, sea urchin fettuccine, and hibachi-grilled beef tongue available on their 25-seat patio (complete with heat lamps).

Sparrow Bar and Kitchen

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Sparrow sports a hidden back patio with a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of backyard good vibes (and heat lamps). Head out back for their stellar brunch or an afternoon beer and snack.

Virgil's Sea Room

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This pleasant back patio is right next door to El Rio's outdoor oasis, so you can listen in on live music or thank your stars you're at Virgil's instead. With heat lamps and Dolly Parton on the jukebox, you can't go wrong at this bar.

Ragazza

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An enclosed gazebo is a new addition to the wonders awaiting you at Ragazza's lush back patio, where you can enjoy pizza and vino amid climbing vines and greenery.

Emperor Norton's Boozeland

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Emperor Norton's outdoor area feels like an urban hideout from the world. Grab a high chair in this walled concrete hideaway for a no-nonsense open air experience.

El Techo de Lolinda

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The only thing better than a patio is a rooftop, and Lolinda has got quite a beauty. With sweeping views of the Mission, this popular spot sports craft cocktails, Latin American-inspired street food and a sunny brunch.

Nopalito

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Nopalito's Inner Sunset location has a back patio that's still a well-kept secret. With seats for 25-30 (including three orange beer tables) and jasmine and passionfruit vines, this spot is open come good weather (just call ahead to make sure if you're patio bound).

Dante's Table

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Welcome to "Paradiso," aka Dante's lovely patio, where you can snag relaxed neighborhood Italian fare and cocktails along with climbing vines and a convivial atmosphere.

Rosa Mexicano

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This upscale Mexican food chain is a FiDi outdoor dining destination complete with tableside guacamole prep and frozen pomegranate margaritas.

Jamber Wine Pub

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Grab a seat at Jamber's quaint front patio for a full array of bar bites (think pretzels, fish and chips and meatloaf) and a jug of local beer.

The Corner Store

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The Corner Store's 40-seat enclosed patio area is nothing to shake a stick at. Grab a date and a milkshake for the new-retro feel (or come for their brand-new happy hour).

Mission Rock Resort

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This waterfront behemoth is built for warm weather, with bayside views, an oyster bar, and a deck made for bloody mary (or piña colada) mornings.

Brotzeit Lokal

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Brotzeit Lokal's claim to fame isn't its 16 brews on tap or hearty bar eats, but rather the spacious patio that faces the estuary for stellar views and bay breezes to go along with your beer.

Toast Kitchen + Bar

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Toast Kitchen + Bar offers a rare spacious front patio perfect for people-watching along with your wine and elevated American fare.

Forge Pizza

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A huge waterfront patio sets The Forge apart from the crowd. With fire pits, a dog-friendly attitude and a full complement of California-style pizzas, this is a go-to for warm weather on the bay.

Lungomare

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Lungomare brings still more Italian to Oakland, and comes correct with a front patio area that's perfect for sunny days on Jack London Square.

Moxy Beer Garden

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Plenty of covered outdoor seating makes Moxy perfect for beating the heat, and seven kinds of grass-fed burgers can't hurt either.

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The Vestry

Concert venue The Chapel's sister restaurant sports a simple and satisfying menu and rare open patio right off Valencia Street for prime people-watching.

Iyasare

Former Yoshi's chef Sho Kamio has a new spot with rustic Japanese takes on miso-cured pork chops, sea urchin fettuccine, and hibachi-grilled beef tongue available on their 25-seat patio (complete with heat lamps).

Sparrow Bar and Kitchen

Sparrow sports a hidden back patio with a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of backyard good vibes (and heat lamps). Head out back for their stellar brunch or an afternoon beer and snack.

Virgil's Sea Room

This pleasant back patio is right next door to El Rio's outdoor oasis, so you can listen in on live music or thank your stars you're at Virgil's instead. With heat lamps and Dolly Parton on the jukebox, you can't go wrong at this bar.

Ragazza

An enclosed gazebo is a new addition to the wonders awaiting you at Ragazza's lush back patio, where you can enjoy pizza and vino amid climbing vines and greenery.

Emperor Norton's Boozeland

Emperor Norton's outdoor area feels like an urban hideout from the world. Grab a high chair in this walled concrete hideaway for a no-nonsense open air experience.

El Techo de Lolinda

The only thing better than a patio is a rooftop, and Lolinda has got quite a beauty. With sweeping views of the Mission, this popular spot sports craft cocktails, Latin American-inspired street food and a sunny brunch.

Nopalito

Nopalito's Inner Sunset location has a back patio that's still a well-kept secret. With seats for 25-30 (including three orange beer tables) and jasmine and passionfruit vines, this spot is open come good weather (just call ahead to make sure if you're patio bound).

Dante's Table

Welcome to "Paradiso," aka Dante's lovely patio, where you can snag relaxed neighborhood Italian fare and cocktails along with climbing vines and a convivial atmosphere.

Rosa Mexicano

This upscale Mexican food chain is a FiDi outdoor dining destination complete with tableside guacamole prep and frozen pomegranate margaritas.

Jamber Wine Pub

Grab a seat at Jamber's quaint front patio for a full array of bar bites (think pretzels, fish and chips and meatloaf) and a jug of local beer.

The Corner Store

The Corner Store's 40-seat enclosed patio area is nothing to shake a stick at. Grab a date and a milkshake for the new-retro feel (or come for their brand-new happy hour).

Mission Rock Resort

This waterfront behemoth is built for warm weather, with bayside views, an oyster bar, and a deck made for bloody mary (or piña colada) mornings.

Brotzeit Lokal

Brotzeit Lokal's claim to fame isn't its 16 brews on tap or hearty bar eats, but rather the spacious patio that faces the estuary for stellar views and bay breezes to go along with your beer.

Toast Kitchen + Bar

Toast Kitchen + Bar offers a rare spacious front patio perfect for people-watching along with your wine and elevated American fare.

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