Happy summer solstice! It’s officially the first day of summer, and while that makes me extremely excited (warm weather is just around the corner) it also makes me a bit sad (the days only get shorter from here on out for the next 6 months). Since Seattle summer weather is only from July 5th through September 30th, we have less than 3 months to take advantage of the sunshine and patio weather! I’ve put together 17 of my favorite outdoor patios and rooftops for summer dining and happy hour for summer 2017 so you can enjoy all 88 days.
Ray’s Cafe – This place feels a bit like home to me, perhaps because two of my cousins work here! I’ve been coming to Ray’s for as long as I can remember, seeing as my childhood home is only about a 5 minute drive. Some people enjoy the deck for happy hour, but personally I love having an 8:00 or 8:30 reservation for dinner so you can sit outside and have dinner while watching the sunset. They also provide blankets for when the sun goes down and it gets a little chilly! The views of the Olympics cannot be beat from here.
Percy’s & Co – When most people think of Percy’s they picture their gorgeous exposed brick walls and green space everywhere, but did you know they have a patio in the back you can enjoy? This is a great spot to grab a drink after hitting up the Ballard Farmers market, or before you grab dinner close by. There aren’t many spots outside so be sure to come with a small group to have an easier time grabbing a spot at a table!
Revel – If you visit Revel any time of the year, I highly recommend summer. When their patio is open, they have their Grill Shack, which takes any meat imaginable and grilled over an open fire. It’s delicious and the decor and ambiance is impeccable.
Pecado Bueno – Two words: $3 margaritas. Also, even though I’m not a vegetarian, I love to get their butternut squash tacos. They’re so incredibly flavorful and delicious, I’d highly recommend them. The patio in Fremont is spacious with tons of options for outdoor dining.
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Ivars Salmon House – This is another restaurant I think of when I think about my childhood. I remember coming here with my parents and eating fish, chips, and 8 gallons of tarter sauce while feeding the seagulls when I was little. Their fish and chips are glorious (you can choose from alaskan cod, halibut, or salmon) as is their homemade chowder (I prefer the white but have also heard the salmon chowder is rather tasty). Enjoy the views of downtown Seattle and lake union. Usually people are kayaking by or you’ll see the Duck Boat floating around.
Agua Verde – My favorite spot in the city to rent kayaks from has an incredible Mexican restaurant above it! Their enchiladas, and chips and guac are fantastic with beautiful views of the water. They’re extremely close to UW as well so if you’re looking to walk around and explore campus, it’s a great option!
Westward – This place has a special place in my heart because I saw two of my friends get engaged here! The views are to die for, as are their homemade chips and clam dip. You can sit in Adirondack chairs under umbrellas, hang out by their fire pit, or stand on the deck and sip on Rosé or some of their speciality cocktails.
Duke’s @ Greenlake – I love coming to Duke’s for one of their “unchopped” salads (I add shrimp) and a mule before or after walking Greenlake! It has a stunning view of the lake, and with it being just across the street it’s the perfect place to grab some a bite to eat. They have 6 locations around the Seattle area, so be sure to check them out. Their Alki location is also beautiful!
Terra Plata – known for their rooftop terrace, it takes dining al fresco to another level. With beautiful views of the city and Capital Hill, it’s the perfect place for date night.
Mezcaleria Oaxaca – my coworker told me about this space and it’s such a hidden gem. With a patio, it’s an amazing getaway and the perfect escape for when you want to go to a place that only locals know about!
MBar – Technically this is in SLU, but if you’re near the Space Needle it’s super close by. This rooftop patio reminds me of something you’d see in New York. With the rainbow hanging chair, the fireplaces, overhead lights, incredible views, and innovative menu, this place has it all. Definitely go here when you’re feeling fancy or looking to up your next girls night out!
Thompson Hotel – The Nest (their bar on their rooftop patio) has arguably the best view in all of Seattle. Even though drinks are pricy, make sure to hit it up at least once this summer. Get the rose gold flamingo if you’re there for a birthday party or bachelorette bash.
Anthony’s Pier 66 – When I worked right by pike place market, this used to be my go-to sunny day happy hour spot. The crab cakes and views are to die for, and drinks are very affordable.
Four Seasons Hotel Pool – Fun fact: did you know you can enjoy the pool if you’re not a guest of the hotel? Yep – if you get a spa service, you can enjoy pool amenities as well! But if you are a guest of the hotel I’d 1000% absolutely recommend the pool for drinks, small bites, and lots of relaxation.
Hard Rock Cafe – If you’re looking for a great view of Pike Place, look no further than the Hard Rock Cafe. Their nachos are amazing as are their covered bungalows. It can get packed so be sure to get here early on a sunny day.
Salty’s on Alki – I’ve talked about this patio probably too much, but it’s honestly that good. Whether you’re looking for dinner or just drinks, Salty’s is probably my favorite restaurant in West Seattle. Take the water taxi over (the 3:30 is perfect on a weekend) and you can walk over just in time for 4:00 happy hour when they open the deck!
Marination – If you love Hawaiian food that’s mixed with asian fusion, you’ll LOVE Marination. They have a food truck that moves around during the week, but if you get a chance make sure to stop by their West Seattle location. With views of the water and downtown Seattle, it’s a must-see.