Fort Worth's 9 Best Patios

By Farah Fleurima  |  May 7, 2014

In this, the last month of nice outdoor weather, it’s best to get your patio preening out of the way while you can. After all, unless June is similarly agreeable (we hope!), we won’t be seeing mild temps in the mid-80s and low-90s until around October. You’ve seen what Dallas' patios have to offer, now let’s explore Fort Worth’s outdoor options.

  • Rodeo Goat

    Vibe: This patio’s decor reflects the interior’s same eye for utilitarian simplicity and straightforwardness. Because it’s really all about the burgers and shakes in this joint, didn’t you know? Live music acts regularly take the stage under strings of twinkling lights.
    View: The stage and the restaurant
    Must-Order: The mushroom patty-starring Oh Whitney and the Whiskey Pick - a shot of Jameson with a pickle-brine chaser.

    2836 Bledsoe St.; 817-877-4628

  • Grace

    Vibe: The outdoor space along the sidewalk at this fine-dining icon is sexy and urbane. You can’t help but feel very Downtown as you sink into cushy seats, a feeling that’s no doubt heightened by Blaine Staniford’s unforgettable modern American cuisine.
    View: Downtown’s vibrant Main Street.
    Must-Order: Get a load of East Coast oysters and eat like a baller; accompany with bubbles to complete the effect.

    777 Main St.; 817-877-3388

  • Bird Cafe

    Vibe: True to its historic building digs, the feel of the patio is clubby and casually handsome. Makes one want a firm handshake of a drink, like a bourbon on the rocks.
    View: The grandeur of the gorgeous architecture at Fourth and Commerce Streets.
    Must-Order: Patio lounging is a fine occasion for Bird Cafe’s stick-meats menu; seared ahi tuna seems ideal for a springtime nosh.

    155 E. Fourth St.; 817-332-2473

  • Little Red Wasp

    Vibe: Escapist, what with the cuteness of the tables and bright-red chairs tucked in a cozy space just past a row of hedges. Hard not to feel transported to another place altogether.
    View: A quiet, brick-paved stretch of Main Street in the shadow of the Ft. Worth Convention Center.
    Must-Order: A hearty plate of chilaquiles with a michelada.

    808 Main St.; 817-877-3111

  • Woodshed Smokehouse

    Vibe: Rustic smokehouse and picnic tables with cool, modern touches. The patio is foodie- and dog-friendly.
    View: The Trinity Trails walking path and the splendid Trinity River.
    Must-Order: Anything smoked for that cookout feel: pulled pork, lamb and beef brisket, ribs, even salmon and red fish are on offer.

    3201 Riverfront Dr.; 817-877-4545

  • Pacific Table

    Vibe: Dreamy, with strings of lights crisscrossing a mix of tables and cushy sofas to luxuriate in.
    View: A private, cozy, brick-walled courtyard that feels like it’s yours and no one else’s.
    Must-Order: Any of Pacific Table’s sushi rolls and sashimi options make for easy eating on this resplendent outdoor space.

    1600 S. University; 817-887-9995

  • Ferré Ristorante

    Vibe: As grand and elegant a feel as you’d expect from a restaurant right across the street from the lovely Bass Performance Hall.
    View: The bustle of street life pacing under the stunning, soaring angels with trumpets that grace the side of the performance venue.
    Must-Order: A seat outdoors just calls for a bright Caprese salad followed by linguini scampi. Don’t forget a refreshing glass of Pinot Grigio.

    215 E. Fourth St.; 817-332-0033

  • Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant

    Vibe: Celebratory. By far one of Ft. Worth’s most expansive and breathtaking patios, Joe T.’s has been drawing city visitors in droves for famed Tex-Mex classics.
    View: Jaw-droppingly beautiful Mission-style architecture amid trees and lush shrubbery. You’ll think you’re dining in the Alamo.
    Must Order: The fajitas are a must here, as is the salsa, and when in Rome, order the margarita.

    2201 N. Commerce St.; 817-626-4356

  • Ellerbe Fine Foods

    Vibe: Breezily elegant with Southern flair, this former gas station is in the heart of Ft. Worth’s visually charming Cultural District.
    View: Homes and small retailers along Magnolia Avenue.
    Must Order: The prosciutto-laced savory Italian French toast or the grilled chicken Waldorf salad for lunch; pancetta-wrapped rainbow trout delights at night.

    1501 W. Magnolia Ave.; 817-926-3663