Best outdoor patios in Durham
Posted May 19, 2014
Durham, N.C. — Looking for great patio dining environs now that the weather is warming up? There are a plethora of options to choose from in Durham. What sets an exterior restaurant dining experience apart from the others? Mindful service is essential. Also of importance is a great view and ideal atmosphere or location.
Below are a few establishments which combine these elements adroitly.
Fairview Dining Room at The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club – Few patios in Durham can boast scenic views, diverse and well-trained wait staff, and highly awarded cuisine, but the Fairview Dining Room certainly can. The patio service and kitchen is attentive and responsive, even to special dietary needs. Executive Chef Jason Cunningham harmonizes local products and global delicacies skillfully. The prix fixe menu is an excellent value for early dinner diners between 5:30-6:30 p.m., with selections of three courses for $35. Their Wine Spectator recognized wine list has a range of offerings to complement dinner and dessert.
Brightleaf Square Area Restaurants – Durham is uniquely identified by the panorama of bustling patios with happy diners in the Brightleaf Square District. Alivia’s maintains a full patio with covered outdoor dining and station. El Rodeo and Piazza Italia offer representative ethnic food and busy service against a charming backdrop. Parker and Otis has consistently pleasant staff with fast-casual convenience and covered balcony dining.
Guglhupf Bakery, Restaurant, and Café – Guglhupf expanded with a café in 2004 and dinner service in 2009. The welcoming and eclectic patio dining offers a relaxed and convenient option for diners looking for a breath of fresh air. Aside from the historic baked goods are salads and savory options for every taste.
Tobacco Road Sports Cafe – Tobacco Road Sports Café has the ultimate Diamond View experience during games, multiple TV screens, and a bar on the patio. They have expansive balcony service and hours for dining and relaxing whether a game is in full swing or not.
Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub – Recently expanding to a building-length covered patio with plenty of green space for neighborhood gathering and more, this is one to try on the outdoor dining scene.