Fayetteville seems to be a lot more enamored of patio dining than other cities in Northwest Arkansas. We love a good patio. Or even a passable patio. Two tables on a sidewalk with a view of North College? We’ll take it. Gazing out over a huge parking lot while eating grilled cheese? We’re there.
Here are some of our favorite patios in Fayetteville. We’d love to hear suggestions from our northern neighbors for great patios up that way, too.
Honorable mention of course must go to the Yacht Club (617 N. College Avenue) and Schulertown Market (372 W. Dickson Street) for providing a variety of food to eat outside in one (well, two) convenient location(s).
Apple Blossom Brewery (1550 E. Zion Road Suite 1) A stone’s throw from Lake Fayetteville, this is one of the more scenic patios in town. And the food and drinks can’t be beat.
Arsaga’s at the Depot (548 E. Dickson Street) The covered patio tucked on the back of the building gets louds when trains pass just feet away, but it’s worth it for the view of the trail that makes you feel fit even though you’re not the one exercising.
Bordinos (310 W. Dickson Street) On the back of the building, with a view of a parking lot, this spot is still irresistible. Must be the great food. Lots of great patios surround this same lot, including Theo’s, Table on the Hill, Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese and The Common Grounds.
Dickson Street Pub (303 W. Dickson Street) offers a rooftop patio, a great variety of beers and fun Mason jar drinks (the Hog Punch is coconut rum, vodka and fruit punch). They serve Nathan’s hot dogs if you get hungry. Other good above-ground spots on Dickson include the balcony at Hog Haus Brewing Company and the rooftop at The Amendment for after-dinner drinks.
Farmer’s Table Café (1079 S. School Avenue) feels almost remote compared to some other options, and if you have a quiet breakfast or lunch on the porch you can almost imagine you really are on the farm.
Jose’s (324 W. Dickson Street) Streetside is probably one of the oldest and most colorful patio situations in town. It’s a great spot for people watching, loud music and bikers.
La Hacienda (2901 E. Zion Road Suite 20) Those who like their Tex-Mex a little quieter might enjoy the outdoor dining at La Hacienda, even though it’s in a shopping center. What it lacks in ambiance it makes up for with good food.
Mermaids Seafood Restaurant (2217 N. College Avenue) Hit the patio for lunch and delicious seafood and pretend you’re on vacation.
Powerhouse Seafood & Grill (112 N. University Avenue) A sentimental favorite of University of Arkansas alums, this is the classic Fayetteville patio. Relive your glory days with a Kilowatt and mutter loudly about kids these days.
Shogun (4096 N. Steele Boulevard) has a lovely patio with an amazing view. It’s one of the larger ones in town and a great place for an impromptu party if you won’t miss the grills too much.
Tangiers Mediterranean Café (2800 N. College Avenue) is the home of the aforementioned two tables on a wide sidewalk with a view of North College. But we appreciate the effort, their food is yummy, and on days when you can eat outside, why not?
Where do you love to sit and eat outside in Northwest Arkansas? Here are some reader favorites:
Sassy’s Red House
US Pizza Co.