25+ sunny, outdoor dining spots in Seattle

Duke's also has six other locations throughout the area. | Photo via Duke's Seafood

These Juneuary days, we don’t want to waste an ounce of sun — even when going out to eat.

So whether you’re looking for a rooftop, a waterfront location, or just something outside — we’ve got you covered with # spots + an interactive map to help you sort through them.

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🌊 Near water

Duke’s Seafood | 1111 Fairview Ave. N. | South Lake Union | Sit-down seafood | The new SLU spot just finished a move up the block — peep the lakefront views and a direct line of sight on the space needle.

Pub 70 | 2801 Alaskan Way, Ste. 103 | Waterfront | Casual grub | A little, hidden gem with a patio directly over the water — fish + chips are just better that way

Agua Verde Cafe | 1303 NE Boat St. | Northlake | Casual Mexican cuisine | Not only is the food tasty and the patio bright and colorful, but you can rent paddle boards + kayaks there, too.

Marination Ma Kai | 1660 Harbor Ave. SW | West Seattle | Casual, Hawaiian fare | Pair your spicy pork tacos with outdoor seating directly on the water taxi pier.

Westward | 2501 N. Northlake Way | Northlake | Upscale seafood | You almost can’t find a beachier restaurant in Seattle with waterside seating, outdoor fire pits, and sooo many oysters.

Ray’s Boathouse | 6049 Seaview Ave. NW | Ballard | Seafood | This little coastal hideaway makes for a good, low-key hideaway and its westward-facing windows make for some excellent sunset views — even if you stay inside.

Maggie Bluffs | 2601 W. Marina Place | Magnolia | Laid-back seafood | The fry baskets and “killer grilled cheese” will be a hit with the kids.

Natalie’s On Alki | 2532 Alki Ave. SW | West Seattle | Vietnamese lunch + desserts | Tucked right across the street from Alki beach, the bright, bubbly cafe’s colorful desserts and boba drinks could be the cherry on top to a beautiful summer’s day.

Elliott’s Oyster House | 1201 Alaskan Way | Waterfront | Contemporary seafood | A pic of the restaurant’s giant oyster platters with the Puget Sound in the background is an easy way to make a subtle brag on social media.

Six Seven | 2411 Alaskan Way | Waterfront | Contemporary, PNW-inspired cuisine | Heavily-wooded interior decorations, a patio that hangs just above the water, and a menu that highlights the area’s best wines definitely makes one feel at home.

Aqua by El Gaucho | 2801 Alaskan Way | Waterfront | Upscale dining | Nothing says luxury like a juicy New York Strip, a fine Cabernet, a little dessert, and up close views of the bay.

Daniel’s Broiler – Leschi | 200 Lake Washington Blvd. | Leschi | Upscale surf + turf | Mmmm…lobster tail over views of Lake Washington.

🌇 Rooftop spots

Mountaineering Club | 4507 Brooklyn Ave. NE | U District | Contemporary, PNW-inspired fare | Clear skies mean getting to gaze upon the great mountain vistas from  this 16th floor restaurant.

The Nest | 110 Stewart Street | Downtown | Cocktails + small snacks | Even the Great Wheel can’t get you views of the Sound like this — pier over the waterfront on the patio. 

Mbar | 400 Fairview Ave. N. | Downtown | Chic dinner + drinks | This swanky downtown spot’s rooftop views are perfect for the folks looking for some new Instagram content.

Smith Tower | 506 2nd Ave. | Pioneer Square | Fancy cocktails | Maybe it’s a little touristy, but its that way for a reason — it’s just beautiful up there.

Rooftop Brewing | 1220 W. Nickerson St. | Upper Queen Anne | Casual brewery | Well, they didn’t name it Rooftop Brewing for no reason — gaze out upon the Lake Washington Ship Canal with beer in hand.

Old Stove Brewing | 1901 Western Ave., Ste. A | Waterfront | Casual brewery + bites | This is your lifeline if your out-of-town visitors are getting a little hangry after walking around Pike Place all day — it’s got impressive views of the Sound + good snacks.

Ascend Prime | 10400 NE 4th St., Ste. 3100, Bellevue | Eastside | Super fancy dining | This one’s a stunner with its creative dish plating and views of far-off downtown Seattle.

⛱️ Patios

Bottlehouse | 1416 34th Ave. | Madrona | Drinks + small snacks | The airy, little wine bar’s patio and a wide-brimmed straw sunhat have the same vibe — coastal, bright, and great for a summer afternoon break.

Trade Winds Tavern | 2505 2nd Ave. Ste. 105 | Belltown | Casual pub | This pub’s got the feel of an alpine sports bar, but with a friendly, cool guy vibe — and its patio is big enough for larger groups.

Optimism Brewing Co. | 1158 Broadway | Capitol Hill | Casual brewery | Sitting with a locally-brewed beer on a sunshine-y patio is one way to turn yourself into an optimist — just note that it gets a little crowded out there on the weekends.

The Pink Door | 1919 Post Alley | Pike Place | Sit-down, Italian dinner | Picture this — a bottle of bubbly, a plate of lavender honey budino, the lights of the ferries glowing from the Puget Sound below you, and your sweet thang next to you — it’s a summer dream.

Linda’s Tavern | 707 E. Pine St. | Capitol Hill | Casual pub | Patios don’t need to be fancy — enjoy a good greasy brunch in the shade while you recover from a hangover.

The Lookout | 757 Bellevue Ave. E. | Capitol Hill | Casual seafood + sandwiches | The Lookout’s fenced-in patio hidden within the trees feels like a tucked away secret.

Rob Roy | 2332 2nd Ave. | Belltown | Swanky cocktail lounge | A fine cocktail is already a treat — but sipping one in the sun on this bar’s little urban patio adds an extra layer of enjoyment.

Bake’s Place Bar + Bistro | 155 108th Ave. NE, Bellevue | Bellevue | Relaxed sit-down dinner + snacks | This restaurant’s patio is covered + surrounded in greenery — not a bad choice if you’re looking to enjoy warm air, but stay out of the sun.

Shama | 1501 Pike Place, #200 | Pike Place | Casual Moroccan | Tucked away along one of the market’s stairwells, this restaurant’s covered patio is an escape from the hustle and bustle of the waterfront.

Cantinetta | 10038 Main St., Bellevue | Bellevue | Sit-down Italian dinner | You may have trouble finding motivation to stand up from the patio’s cozy, fur-covered chairs after a glass of wine or two in the sun.