The outdoor dining area for JoJo's Restaurant, formerly known as LaCo.

Tucson has already seen its first 90-degree day of the year. Before it gets too hot outside, we thought we'd re-share our giant list of restaurant patios. 

This list of outdoor dining spots is long and all-encompassing. And now, the updated version has even more restaurants on it, including some unexpected spots you might not have remembered or thought of. Bookmark this page and return again the next time you feel like going out to a restaurant. (Or coffee shop or bar.) 

We tried to include all of our favorite patios on this list but if you know of any others we should add, reach out to us at thisistucson@tucson.com

This story was last updated on April 12, 2024.

Coffee shops

Decibel Coffee Works: Located in the MSA Annex outdoor market, this local roaster sources its coffee with an eye toward social responsibility and the environment. / website: decibelcoffeeworks.com / address: 267 S. Avenida del Convento

Raging Sage Coffee Roasters: This classic Tucson cafe has a mid-sized patio with a sidewalk cafe vibe that's lined with leafy trees. / website: ragingsage.com / address: 2458 N. Campbell Ave.

Barista del Barrio: Enjoy a grilled breakfast burrito and a horchata coffee in one of the several quaint outdoor seating areas. / website: baristadelbarrio.com / address: 1002 N. Grande Ave.

Breakfast / brunch

Café a la C'Art: Located on the grounds of the Tucson Museum of Art, this charming breakfast cafe has a Monet-inspired garden patio with lots of leafy plants. / website: cafealacarttucson.com / address: 150 N. Main Ave.

Blue Willow: Since 1978, this midtown restaurant has attracted Tucson brunchgoers with its shaded patio and backyard fountain. / website: bluewillowtucson.com / address: 2616 N. Campbell Ave.

Cup Cafe: Enjoy The Cup's large patio, often with live music on the nearby stage. / website: hotelcongress.com/family/the-cup / address: 311 E. Congress St.

Nook: This breakfast and lunch cafe in downtown Tucson has a hidden patio out back with some lovely plants. / website: nookdowntown.com / address: 1 E. Congress St.

Poco and Mom’s: This New Mexican restaurant is known for its excellent brunch dishes, like the migas and pork tamale breakfast. / website: pocoandmoms.com / address: 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road

•  Village Bakehouse: The Oro Valley bakery has a nice covered patio out front, where you can order a full breakfast or snack on some freshly-baked pastries. website: villagebakehouse.com / address: 7882 N. Oracle Road

LeBuzz: Come for the patio, stay for the breakfast sandwiches. / website: lebuzzcaffe.com / address: 2930 N. Swan Road, 9121 E. Tanque Verde Road

• Baja Cafe: Order one of Baja Cafe's extravagant specials while sitting on their pet-friendly patio. Get a cinnamon roll pancake for the table! / website: facebook.com/bajacafetucson2 / address: 7002 E. Broadway and 2970 N. Campbell Ave.

• Teaspoon: Enjoy the popular bubble waffles on the patio. / website: teaspoontucson.com / address: 7053 N. Oracle Road

• Oralia Coffee + Kitchen: When walking by during a recent Cyclovia, patrons were enjoying coffee and brunch on the Oralia patio. It smelled incredible. / website: oraliakitchen.com / address: 501 N. Sixth Ave.


Mexican food

• El Charro Café: Tucson's most storied Mexican restaurant has three locations, but the original building has one of the largest and nicest patios in downtown Tucson. / website: elcharrocafe.com / address: 311 N. Court Ave.

Ensenada Street Food: This women-owned food truck has a colorful outdoor patio area in front of a former appliance shop. / website: facebook.com/ensenadastreetfood / address: 1602 S. Park Ave.

Reforma: The gourmet Mexican spot at St. Philip's Plaza has ample patio seating shaded by large eucalyptus trees. / website: reformatucson.com / address: 4340 N. Campbell Ave.

Calle Tepa: The east-side Mexican restaurant has a full-service patio out back by the bar area, which is also dog-friendly. / website: calletepa.com / address: 6151 E. Broadway

Guadalajara Original Grill: The Prince location has a leafy adobe patio where you can get that tableside salsa, margaritas and more. / website: guadalajaraoriginalgrill.com / address: 1220 E. Prince Road

Blanco Tacos + Tequila: Take in nice views on the patio while enjoying carne asada tacos and a cocktail. / website: blancotacostequila.com / address: 2905 E. Skyline Dr.

El Coronado: Enjoy views of the sunset at this far-east Tucson spot. / website: elcoronadotucson.com / address: 7385 S. Houghton Road

La Yaquesita: Eat your quesabirria outdoors at La Yaquesita. / website: facebook.com/YaquesitaTacos / address: 500 N. Fourth Ave.

• BOCA: Dine at local celebrity chef Maria Mazon's restaurant, where there's a pet-friendly patio! / website: bocatacos.com / address: 533 N. Fourth Ave.

• El Sur: One of our readers recommended the patio at El Sur, a casual spot with a large menu of Mexican favorites. / website: elsurmexicanrestaurant.com / address: 5602 E. 22nd St.

Slurping ramen on the Obon patio is an essential Tucson experience. 

Asian, Middle Eastern and Indian food

• Obon: Get your pork buns out onto this patio, because it's one of the best in the downtown area. They've also got a nice heater situation for when the nights get chillier. And of course, ramen. / website: obonsushi.com / address: 350 E. Congress St.

Sushi Garden: One of Tucson's most popular sushi spots! Two locations, but head to Broadway for the best patio option. / website: sushigarden.com / address: 3048 E. Broadway and 7395 N. La Cholla

RA Sushi: The Asian fusion joint at La Encantada mall has a spacious patio out front that looks onto the open plaza. / website: rasushi.com / address: 2905 E. Skyline Drive

Govinda’s: This hidden gem restaurant has an oasis of a patio with a koi pond and a waterfall. The vegetarian restaurant is connected to the Hare Krishna temple. / website: govindasoftucson.com / address: 711 E. Blacklidge Drive

Indian Twist: Order some butter chicken or lamb tikka masala on this reader-recommended patio. / website: indiantwistaz.com / address: 4660 E. Camp Lowell Drive

• Med Cuisine: In the former home of El Saguarito, this Lebanese restaurant in midtown has a sprawling patio with a fire pit. / website: medcuisineusa.com / address: 1763 E. Prince Road

Casual spots

• JoJo's Restaurant: JoJo's, formerly LaCo and La Cocina, arguably has one of the best patios in Tucson. Decked out with twinkling string lights at night, JoJo's is the place to be in fall weather. / website: jojostucson.com / address: 201 N. Court Ave.

The Barnyard: This far-east Tucson spot has a massive outdoor space to go along with its burgers, sandwiches and sharables. / website: barnyardaz.com / address: 11011 E. Tanque Verde Road

Main Gate Square: Most of the restaurants in Main Gate Square on the edge of the University of Arizona campus have patios. Check out Gentle Ben's, Bacio, Frog & Firkin, No Anchovies, Turkish Kebab House and Illegal Pete's. / website: maingatesquare.com / address: 814 E. University Blvd.

Raspados El Paraiso: This raspados and antojitos shop has two locations on the east side, but the Golf Links spot has a giant patio in the back. / website: facebook.com/raspadoselparaisotucson / address: 7701 E. Golf Links Road

Eclectic Cafe: This cafe was founded in 1980 and serves up a mix of Mexican food, salads, sandwiches and burgers. / website: eclecticcafetucson.com / address: 7053 E. Tanque Verde Road

Zinburger: Both Tucson Zinburger locations flaunt lush patios, perfect for your burger and chocolate shake. / website: zinburgeraz.com / address: 6390 E. Grant Road, 1865 E. River Road

• Rocco's Little Chicago: Enjoy a Chicago-style pie on the Rocco's patio (and you might even get a quick laugh at their ever-changing sign out front). / website: roccoslittlechicago.com / address: 2707 E. Broadway

Beyond Bread: Head to Beyond Bread for sandwiches, soups and cookies. All three locations have patios! / website: beyondbread.com / address: 421 W. Ina Road3026 N. Campbell Ave.6260 E. Speedway

• Gusto Osteria: Enjoy Italian food on this reader-recommended patio. If you head inside, you'll see lots of art on the walls! / website: click here / address: 7153 E. Tanque Verde Road

• Brother John's Beer, Bourbon & BBQ: Barbecue and beer on this reader-recommended patio! / website: brotherjohnsbbq.com / address: 1801 N. Stone Ave.

Monterey Court: A menu of American classics, lots of live music, artisan shopping AND outdoor dining. / website: montereycourtaz.com / address: 505 W. Miracle Mile

• Corbett's: This restaurant-meets-pickleball destination has an outdoor bar, live music and tons of outdoor seating. / website: corbettstucson.com / address: 340 N. Sixth Ave.

• Doughbird: From restaurateur Sam Fox comes Doughbird, which has a menu of pizza and rotisserie chicken. / website: eatdoughbird.com / address: 2960 N. Campbell Ave.

• Caruso's: Enjoy spaghetti and ravioli on this reader-recommended patio. / website: carusositalian.com / address: 434 N. Fourth Ave.

• Fork & Fire Smokehouse: Enjoy mountain views at this reader-recommended patio. / website: forknfire.com / address: 11835 N. Oracle Road

The lush patio area at Locale Neighborhood Italian is the perfect place to drink a spritzy cocktail or a glass of rose wine. 

Bistros and fine dining

• Locale: Located on the historic grounds of the former Old Pueblo Grille, this modern Italian restaurant is an excellent place to sip an Aperol spritz. The sprawling patio reaches around the building with plenty of shady umbrellas to protect you from the sun. / website: localetucson.com / address: 60 N. Alvernon Way

• Flora's Market Run: This restaurant with an attached market space comes from the folks behind Prep & Pastry — with a patio out front! / website: florasmarket.com / address: 2513 E. Sixth St.

•  Tohono Chul Garden Bistro: This gourmet restaurant is situated on the 49-acre garden and natural desert landscape that is Tohono Chul. / website: tohonochul.org/dining / address: 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte

• Wildflower: The original Fox Restaurant at Casas Adobes Plaza has one of Tucson's most sought-after patios. Be sure to make a reservation in advance. / website: wildflowertucson.com / address: 7037 N. Oracle Road

• Ignite at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain: The cocktail lounge has an epic patio that looks out onto the Tortolita Mountains. / website: click here / address: 15000 N. Secret Springs Drive

• Vivace: Sit on a beautiful patio surrounded by a fountain while indulging fine Italian food. / website: vivacetucson.com / address: 6440 N. Campbell Ave.

• Cielos: Visit Lodge On The Desert's restaurant Cielos for an expansive tiled patio, complete with twinkling string lights. / website: lodgeonthedesert.com/cielos / address: 306 N. Alvernon Way

• The Coronet: The bistro on Cushing Street is located in a historic building with a dreamy Spanish patio. / website: coronettucson.com / address: 198 W. Cushing St.

Maynards: Dine on Maynards' patio, tucked into the historic train depot, for some bites off of a seasonally-inspired menu. (Sister restaurant Cup Cafe also has an expansive patio.) / website: hotelcongress.com/family/maynards / address: 400 N. Toole Ave.

• Wild Garlic Grill: When the California bistro moved to its Foothills location in 2017, it inherited a large patio out back in the stately Plaza Colonial. / website: wildgarlicgrill.com / address: 2870 E. Skyline Drive

• Hub Restaurant & Ice Creamery: The downtown bar and restaurant has cozy seating both inside and out. Get some ice cream for dessert! / website: hubdowntown.com / address: 266 E. Congress St.

• Proof Artisanal Pizza & Pasta: Find pizza and pasta at Proof, which is nestled into the beautiful St. Philip's Plaza. / website: prooftucson.com / address: 4340 N. Campbell Ave.

• Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink: Grab some of Reilly's iconic Brussels sprouts or head out to the beer garden. / website: reillypizza.com / address: 101 E. Pennington St.

• The Monica: Visit this downtown market and restaurant from the El Charro dynasty. / website: themonicatucson.com / address: 40 E. Congress St.

• Ghini's French Caffe: Enjoy brunch and lunch on this pet-friendly patio. / website: ghiniscafe.com / address: 1802 E. Prince Road

• Vero Amore: Get Neapolitan pizza and other Italian favorites at Vero Amore's two locations. / website: veroamorepizza.com / address: 2920 N. Swan Road and 12130 N. Dove Mountain Blvd.

• Catalina Barbeque Co.: You'll find barbecue favorites at this eatery at JW Marriott Starr Pass. The patio is reader-recommended! / website: click here / address: 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.

Flying V Bar & Grill: Dine at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort's eatery, which pays homage to the historic Flying V Ranch. / website: flyingvbarandgrill.com / address: 7000 N. Resort Dr.

Contigo Latin Kitchen: Enjoy both desert views and Spanish fusion recipes while dining at Contigo. / website: eatatcontigo.com / address: 3770 E. Sunrise Dr.

• The Cork: Fresh with new patio furniture, enjoy happy hour alongside steak and seafood on the patio of The Cork. / website: corktucson.com / address: 6320 E. Tanque Verde Road

Food and drink halls

The Boxyard: The shipping container food hall on Fourth Avenue has a bar and food vendors including Mexican, Vietnamese and burgers. / website: theboxyardtucson.com / address: 238 N. Fourth Ave.

Mercado San Agustin and MSA Annex: The Mercado District complex on the west side has proven to be a popular spot, with several food options including Seis Kitchen, Agustin Kitchen, Beaut Burger, Kukai and Westbound. / website: mercadodistrict.com / address: 100 S. Avenida del Convento and 267 S. Avenida del Convento

American Eat Co.: This indoor food hall on the south side has a decent patio area where you can eat your giant Sonoran hot dogs and Japanese-style sammies. / website: americaneatco.com / address: 1439 S. Fourth Ave.

Server Chloe Tribolet takes orders as the sky darkens over the patio at Saguaro Corners, 3750 S. Old Spanish Trail.

Brewpubs 

• Union Public House: This popular gastropub sprawls out onto the beautiful patio of St. Philip's Plaza. / website: uniontucson.com / address: 4340 N. Campbell Ave.

Trident Grill: This popular sports bar has several locations across Tucson, but the best patio is the one at Plaza Palomino, which looks out onto the stately shopping plaza. / website: tridentgrill.com / address: 2910 N. Swan Road

Postino: The Phoenix-based wine bar has a nice wraparound patio set up on the side of its midcentury modern building on Grant. / website: postinowinecafe.com / address: 2500 E. Grant Road

Saguaro Corners: Located at the base of Saguaro National Park East, this east-side gastropub has fabulous views of the Rincon Mountains and you may even spot roaming animals like javelinas. / website: saguaro-corners-restaurant-bar.business.site / address: 3750 S. Old Spanish Trail

Noble Hops: This gastropub's location in Oro Valley has a spacious patio with sweeping mountain views of Pusch Ridge in the Santa Catalina Mountains. / website: noblehops.com / address: 1335 W. Lambert Lane

Chris Jeffrey wrestles with Mogi in the pet area as the two stop in for a beer and a tennis ball at MotoSonora Brewing Co., 1015 S. Park Ave.

Breweries and craft beer bars

 MotoSonora Brewing Co.: This microbrewery on Park Avenue sports a large outdoor beer garden with tables made from wooden barrels and even a dog park. / website: motosonora.com / address: 1015 S. Park Ave.

• Tucson Hop Shop: The midtown beer and wine bar has almost 20 brews on tap as well as a leafy beer garden out back with sculptures from the Metal Arts Village. / website: tucsonhopshop.com / address: 3230 N. Dodge Blvd.

Crooked Tooth Brewing Co.: This Fourth Avenue-area brewery opened a spacious patio with tables made from Whiskey Del Bac barrels. / website: facebook.com/crookedtoothbrewing / address: 228 E. Sixth St.

Borderlands Brewing Company: Spotted with palo verde trees, the Toole Avenue brewery has a vibrant front patio surrounded by red brick buildings. / website: borderlandsbrewing.com / address: 119 E. Toole Ave.

Three Canyon Beer and Wine Garden: This east-side pub features a spacious 1½-acre patio, complete with desert landscaping, picnic tables and fire pits. / website: threecanyon.com / address: 4999 N. Sabino Canyon Road

• Barrio Brewing: Take your pup to the pet-friendly patio at Barrio. / website: barriobrewing.com / address: 800 E. 16th St.

• Iron John's Brewing: This brewpub not only serves Iron John's beer, but also select burgers from the now-closed Monkey Burger and pizza. / website: ironjohnsbrewing.com / address: 5350 E. Broadway

Neighborhood bars

Mojo Cuban Kitchen and Rum Bar: Tucson finally has a Cuban restaurant! And there's a patio bar. / website: mojocuban.com / address: 1929 E. Grant Road

Owls Club: The downtown watering hole has spread out onto its outdoor patio. / website: owlsclubwest.com / address: 236 S. Scott Ave.

•  Saint Charles Tavern: This South Tucson bar has a large patio area in the back with long picnic tables and colorful mural art by local artists. / website: facebook.com/SaintCharlesTavern / address: 1632 S. Fourth Ave.

• Che’s Lounge: The large patio area in the back is still the place to be! / website: cheslounge.com / address: 350 N. Fourth Ave.

Mr. Heads: With 32 beers on tap and a sizable side patio, this Fourth Avenue bar has been a prime patio spot for Tucsonans. / website: facebook.com/mrheads / address: 513 N. Fourth Ave.

• The Moonstone: On the 14th floor of The Graduate Hotel, you'll find rooftop bar The Moonstone, with sunset views and cocktails. / website: click here / address: 930 E. Second St.


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