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The Best Patios to Spend Your Summer On

  |  Neighborhood Insight

Summer in the Pacific Northwest means spending time in the sun, getting out on the water, and most importantly dining al fresco. We take outdoor dining very seriously and wanted to share some of our favorite spots around Portland, Vancouver, and Central Oregon so that you too can take advantage of the warmer temps. We were inspired by PDX Eater, Oregon Live’s list of the best patios, Visit Central Oregon’s guide to outdoor eating, Bend Bulletin’s list of outdoor dining, and of course our own personal experience. Enjoy!


Vancouver, WA

McMenamins on the Columbia: Built on the former site of a WWII shipyard, you get to enjoy food and drink while taking in the breathtaking view of the Columbia River.

1801 SE Columbia River Dr, Vancouver, WA 98661

Eatery at the Grant House: Not only will you get to sip wine on the veranda or dine on the patio, you’ll also get to take in the historic nature of the home and enjoy the farm to table menu.

1101 Officers Row, Vancouver, WA 98661

Tap Union Free House: Bring your dog and enjoy a beer on the patio at Tap Union Free House. They have 20 taps at all time and provide a relaxed, low key atmosphere to just enjoy yourself!

1300 Washington St #200, Vancouver, WA 98660


Central Oregon

The Lodge Restaurant at Black Butte Ranch: Strategically placed with a view of the Cascade Mountains, the outdoor dining is a family friendly place to eat a warm summer night meal.

13801 Hawksbeard Rd. Black Butte Ranch, OR 97759

Cascada: Located in the Pronghorn resort, this restaurant has a large wraparound outdoor patio where you can take in the Cascade Mountain view. Live music Wednesdays in the summer create a fun atmosphere where you can enjoy the regional craft beer and wine.

65600 Pronghorn Club Drive Bend, OR 97701

Pine Tavern: While Pine Tavern does a great job bringing the outdoors in, with a large Ponderosa Pine growing through the main dining room, they also deliver a pleasant outdoor space overlooking the Deschutes River.

967 NW Brooks St, Bend, OR 97701


NW Portland

10 Barrel Brewing – A self described “rooftop party in the Pearl”, this 1,500+ sf roof top can seat around 80 people. Here you can enjoy delicious bar food and 20 different styles of beer.

1411 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97209

Meriwhether’s Restaurant and Skyline Farm – While the patio is covered, there’s no better spot to enjoy Chef Michael Delaney’s menus inspired by the Willamette Valley’s peak-of-the-season harvest – much of which is grown on their own farm.

2601 NW Vaughn St, Portland, OR 97210

The Waiting Room: Located in a beautiful craftsman style home just off NW 23rd, you can dine in southern style on their furnished patio and second-story deck. While they focus primarily on southern style cooking techniques, they source their food locally.

2327 NW Kearney St, Portland, OR 97210


SW Portland

Departure: Easily one of Portland’s most famous rooftop patios, this deck offers expansive views of the city and delicious Asian cuisine.

525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204

Three Degrees Pop-Up: This outdoor grill is positioned right along the Willamette River and only open during the summer. Seating is limited and the food is simple (tacos and tequila), but it stood out enough to make one of Huffington Post’s Top 10 pop-up dining experiences around the world.

1510 SW Harbor Way , Portland, OR, 97201

Aquariva Restaurant Portland: Just down the banks of the Willamette you’ll come across Aquariva, a part of the River’s Edge hotel. This outdoor patio gets you just far enough away from the Portland crowds to enjoy a serene dinner overlooking the river.

0470 SW Hamilton Ct, Portland, OR 97239


NE Portland

Altabira City Tavern: Located on the top of Hotel Eastlund, this patio overlooks Portland’s Lloyd District. They offer 16 taps of local beer and have windbreaks, heaters, and fire pits for when the summer wind picks up.

1021 NE Grand Ave #600, Portland, OR 97232  

Chameleon Restaurant and Bar: Their expansive patio transports you far, far away from this Hollywood District restaurant. The outdoor area includes a lot of greenery, a covered area, custom paintings, a projector for outdoor movies, and most importantly a delicious menu.

2000 NE 40th Ave, Portland, OR 97212

Radio Room: Of the four distinct dining spaces Radio Room has to offer, two are located outside. The large rooftop deck provides a more sophisticated dining experience, while the outdoor patio is perfect for a group setting. There’s something here for everyone!

1101 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211


SE Portland

Produce Row: Easily one of the best patios on the central Eastside, Produce Row has always been an active participant of the craft beer scene. Come here to enjoy some live music and a nice cold pint.
204 SE Oak St, Portland, OR 97214

Century: This reimagined sports bar offers both an outdoor patio and a large rooftop deck that is perfectly positioned to take in the sunset over the West side. With many cocktails and small plates to nibble one, Century is the perfect place to enjoy happy hour on a warm day.

930 SE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Burrasca: Dine on the Tuscan soul food out on the private garden patio, which was recently revamped to give off what PDX Eater describes as a “Secret Garden” vibe. Enjoy this neighborhood trattoria with a negroni in hand.

2032 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202


Portland Suburbs

Stickmen Brewing: Located in Lake Oswego, this brew company provides the perfect outdoor setting right on Oswego Lake. Many enjoy pulling up on their boat or paddleboard to have happy hour right on the water.

40 N State St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Highland Stillhouse: Located in Oregon City, the Highland Stillhouse boasts that they are Oregon’s premier whiskey pub and have the largest selection of single malt scotch in the Portland Area. The outdoor patio is expansive and you can sometimes see the mist off Willamette Falls.

201 S 2nd St, Oregon City, OR 97045

Helvetia Tavern: Located in Hillsboro, Helvetia Tavern offers lots of outdoor seating that lets you enjoy their famous hamburger right in the countryside. Enjoy some live music and leave the city behind.

10275 NW Helvetia Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97124

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