America's 10 Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining

Love dining al fresco? Then keep these restaurants on your radar
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There’s something about sitting outside at a restaurant or bar that can transform a dining experience from ho-hum to legendary. When it’s nice out we naturally want to spend time outside, and there are few better things to do while sitting outside than enjoy a meal al fresco. From lush courtyards to sky-high rooftops to waterfront havens, we’ve tracked down America’s 10 best restaurants for outdoor dining.

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Sitting outside at a restaurant offers a completely different dining experience from what you’ll find inside. Aside from the menu, you might as well be eating at a completely different restaurant. Whereas inside you’re usually just forced to look at a wall painted the color of the restaurant owner’s choosing, sitting outside can offer a vista of everything from a busy streetscape to an enclosed garden, from a babbling brook to a vast expanse of water or a stunning sunset.

Just about every town has restaurants that offer outdoor seating, but it’s actually not that easy to find a restaurant patio that’s truly spectacular. These outdoor spaces are unique, offer a unique view, and while they don’t necessarily need to be attached to fine dining restaurants, offering good food is certainly a nice perk. All of these restaurants fit that bill to a tee.

Read on to learn which 10 restaurants are home to America’s best spots for outdoor dining. From a waterfront spot in historic Charleston to a legendary New Orleans courtyard, these restaurants, and their patios, should be must-visits the next time you find yourself in the area.

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