As the days start to warm up, Plano patrons flee to local outdoor watering holes to enjoy good food and beautiful summer weather. Barbeque smells smokier and margaritas taste sweeter when sitting back and relishing a meal al fresco. It was hard, but here are our choices for Plano’s 10 best patio-seating restaurants. You guys get the chance to vote for your favorites through May 26 in our Best of Plano voting.
Cuellars’ Fajita Ranch
It’s easy to forget about the week’s stresses when walking onto Cuellars’ Fajita Ranch’s 3,000-square-foot patio, covered in festive string lights. The ranch-style, Tex-Mex restaurant has been open in East Plano for less than a year, but it’s already become a local favorite thanks to quality fajitas and frozen drinks. And with live country or mariachi music playing, it’s easy to have a good time with friends.Cuellars' Fajita Ranch >
The Fillmore Pub
The Fillmore Pub, one of the area’s most beloved European-style pubs, gives downtown Plano exactly what every neighborhood needs – a comfortable watering hole with great food and strong drinks. Regulars know to find a seat outdoors when bands are playing at McCall Plaza; listen comfortably to free concerts while enjoying a pint.The Fillmore Pub >
Katy Trail Ice House Outpost
Looking for a place to grab a drink with the guys? Head over to Katy Trail Ice House OutPost. With its festive, dog-friendly patio, 28 beers on tap and slow-smoked barbeque, worries fade away at its picnic tables. The massive patio is one of the largest in the area, so get there early!Katy Trail Ice House OutPost >
Love & War in Texas
Authentic cowboys and cowgirls know Love & War in Texas is where they can travel back in time to enjoy the best of the wild West. Sit down on its rustic patio – which gives off a Hill Country beer garden vibe – and find a menu full of favorite cuisines from the state’s different regions, plus an all-Texas wine list. The place is famous for having Texas (and sometimes national) bands take the outdoor stage almost every night of the week.Love & War in Texas >
The Shops at Legacy has no shortage of upscale dining options, but Mexican Sugar stands out because of its delicious food and sidewalk-adjacent patio. Whether watching the colorfully-lit fountain or the stylish foot traffic, Mexican Sugar is a sweet spot for a girls’ night out.
Mi Dia from Scratch
For upscale Southwestern cuisine with bold flavors, head over to Mi Dia from Scratch off the Tollway. Sit back, order a handcrafted cocktail and enjoy the quiet, modern patio, set next to a colorful mosaic-tiled water feature.Mi Dia from Scratch >
Prepare to be wined and dined while relaxing in Sixty Vines’ greenhouse-style, glass-enclosed patio. Its tap system is the best way to ensure each glass of wine is received at its intended temperature. This is the perfect spot for a date night, surrounded by the venue’s breathtaking interior and elegant ambiance.Sixty Vines >
The West Plano smokehouse making a name for itself with genuine barbeque, SMOKE features a southwestern style patio with umbrella-covered seating, perfect for taking in warm summer weather. Foodies flock to the smoky aroma thats spreads throughout SMOKE’s grounds. All that’s needed is their famous Woodshed Margarita to have the perfect afternoon.SMOKE >
Bring the kids and their appetites to Taverna Rossa’s casual, family-friendly covered patio. Enjoy craft beer and pizzas while looking out at the gorgeous Lakeside Market pond and fountain. Taverna Rossa also offers live music every weekend.Taverna Rossa >
Downtown Tex-Mex hot spot Urban Rio lets guests enjoy great flavors from both sides of the Rio Grande. The two-story Plano foodie favorite has a scenic second-story covered patio where folks can take in the historic arts district below while throwing back a few orders of chips and salsa. Stop by Wednesday through Saturday nights for live music.Urban Rio >