Patio News: The Ones to Hit Up in the Big D and ATX

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It’s summer time, which means sitting outside for a heat-escaping dinner and ice cold drinks is super appealing. Although in Texas it has been in the 100 degree temperature range, there are still some casual outdoor places to enjoy while the sun is setting. Set your sites on these Big D restaurants with outstanding patios!


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The Belmont Hotel

This funky, character-filled hotel is a great off-the-beaten-path treasure of a find. Eat a delicious dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Smoke, and head up to the Bar Belmont for a laid back patio with one of the greatest views of downtown Dallas.

This original, organic Italian dining destination is a healthy choice, a perfect date spot, and a prime place to hang out with friends. About the patio: “A motorized Arquarti shade holds the sun at arm’s reach during the day, then retracts to let in the evening’s starlight. Quiet fans keep necks and drinks cool while plush sofas and teak rocking chairs invite post-prandial relaxation.



Pick a restaurant with a shaded patio where the breeze can come through, preferably on the lake if you are in the wonderful city of Austin! Here are a few hot spots for lounging near water this season.
Hula Hut
Get away to a tropical paradise for a margarita and dinner. Complete with a tiki theme, Hula Hut’s patio stretches out onto Lake Austin. You may not be in Hawaii, but this is a close second! Everything from grass-thatched bars to bamboo walls keeps this restaurant surfer approved. Catch the sunset one evening, and you will be back for more.

Abel’s on the Lake
The ever so popular Cain and Abel’s opened a second location on Lake Austin, and they brought their signature Texas Teas with them! Located next to Hula Hut, Abel’s on the Lake has a huge two story patio hanging over the water for all to enjoy. Complete with flat screen T.V.’s and a large bar (ideal for watching sports), the outdoor space has everything you need. Don’t forget they are a wonderful place to book a party!

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