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The Definitive Guide to Patio Dining in Frisco

Pictured above: Bonnie Ruth’s Neighborhood Bistro

Warmer days mean taking advantage of every excuse to sip a margarita or dine with friends and family outside. Sometimes, though, those secret patios, that glorious perfect mixture of shade and view and ambiance and food and drink, are elusive.

Fortunately, the team at Lifestyle Frisco has put their local insights together to compile this inside scoop, the definitive guide to the best patios for dining and drinking in Frisco…al fresco!  

Blue Goose CantinaInitially launched on Greenville Avenue in Dallas, the Blue Goose Cantina location near the Frisco Toyota stadium has quickly become a choice hangout for families and game-goers alike. Enjoy their extensive happy hour (Happy Hour happens all day Monday and Tuesday, plus Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., plus $3 Thursdays and $5 Skinny Margaritas at their Sunday Brunch!) and familiar TexMex menu selections while soaking in the sounds and sights of Frisco from their patio.

Bonnie Ruth’s Neighborhood BistroBonnie Ruth’s gorgeous patio is tucked away from the hustle and bustle in the Shops at Starwood. Sharing a patio space with Trufire, the tasteful lighting, abundant plants, outdoor fireplace, and patio walls transport patrons to France. Happy Hour occurs daily from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and Sunday night offers “Family Night” where kids eat free. While you wait for your meal to be carefully prepared, your kiddos can gaze in delight at the beautiful fireplace and water structures while you can soak in the peaceful ambiance. Our favorite time to enjoy this spectacular Frisco icon? Sunday brunch and Friday nights for live music!

British Lion PubThe convenient location of this pub, just down from the Toyota Stadium and the daily regular happy hours make this a particular local favorite. The uniquely British bar food is a nice compliment to the extensive selection of brews while the patio seating makes this the perfect place to unwind after a long workday on a summer evening.

Cane Rosso: The family-friendly spot at The Star in Frisco serves authentic Neapolitan style pizza fired in a specially built wood-fired oven from Italy that reaches 900 degrees and cooks pizzas in under 90 seconds resulting in a delicate and light, slightly charred dough. Cane Rosso also offers a selection of pastas, salads, sandwiches, and desserts. In honor of their location at The Star, the restaurant pays tribute to the Dallas Cowboys in a number of ways. Their patio sits just in front of the Ford Center Plaza making it a fantastic place to hang out during one of the many events hosted in The Entertainment District.

Image courtesy Maddie Cargile

City Works: Adjacent to the Ford Center plaza at The Star, this 9,000 square foot spacious restaurant also has 4,000 square feet of outdoor patio. It’s a great place to meet up with a large group, and they often host community events. With 90 beers on tap, 28 flat screen TVs and a deep love of sports and music, this family-friendly spot is a favorite at The Star. Relax on the patio and enjoy people watching during one of the many outdoor events hosted by the Entertainment District. City Works is an ‘eatery and pour house’ style restaurant, with a focus on classic American food with a twist, an impressive selection of drinks, and an upbeat, energetic atmosphere.

Image courtesy Maddie Cargile

The Common Table:New to the Frisco scene since opening at The Star earlier this year, this restaurant not only boasts a fantastic food and brew menu and some of the best live music in Frisco, but they also have a large patio where you can enjoy it all. Pair their chicken and waffles or “The Notorious P.I.G.” with one of their carefully poured beers or unique cocktails and prepare to enjoy the company of friends or family in the sunshine.

Photo courtesy of The Common Table Frisco

Eight | 11 Place: More than just another wine bar, Eight|11 has become synonymous for an evening of weekend live music and a cozy outdoor atmosphere. Their intimate indoor tables play second fiddle this time of year to their outdoor garden patio and their carefully crafted pizzas, paninis, and appetizers which perfectly complement their well-honed wine and beer menu. Plus, long summer evenings are the perfect opportunity to try their DIY s’more offering.

Frisco Rail Yard: Frisco’s favorite food truck park is known for it’s rotating food trucks but over the last couple of years the Frisco Rail Yard has become just as popular for its live music and community events. The Frisco Rail Yard is a family-friendly environment and fun for all ages, but they discourage children to be there after 9:00pm.

Frisco Rail Yard

Gloria’sConveniently located near the Stonebriar Mall and immensely popular once the weather begins to warm up, Gloria’s offers tasty Mexican food and bottomless chips, black bean dip, and salsa. Kids love admiring the cattle statues and playing on the path near the water’s edge while adults can take advantage of the yummy margaritas or the half price bottles of wine, offered all day every, Sunday – Wednesday.

The Heritage Table: Located in the heart of downtown Frisco, the 100-year-old historic home-turned scratch kitchen has proven to be a welcome addition to The Rail District. The atmosphere capitalizes on the character of the old home combined with farmhouse touches and modern accents creating a casual and fun ambiance. Choose a spot in their spacious dining room or if the weather is amenable, stake out a spot on their large, wrap-around patio. The Heritage Table looks quaint and rustic, but its menu is anything but. In addition to their impressive weekday lunch and dinner menus, The Heritage Table offers hearty brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays.

Jake’s Uptown: Located on the north side of Frisco Square, Jake’s offers arguably the best burgers in town along with a casual atmosphere. In the summer, the staff flings open the large patio windows, so if you can’t score one of the coveted seats on the Astro-Turf, you can still catch some sunshine. The best time to grab a seat at Jake’s is during their fantastic Happy Hour, that runs from 4:00-7:00 Monday through Friday. Simultaneously enjoy the scrumptious food and lively atmosphere of game-day vicariously as the sounds from the Toyota Stadium carry across the street.

Lava Cantina: Located just beyond our border in The Colony, this 18,000 square foot indoor/outdoor live music, concert venue, and restaurant is making a splash in our area. Reminiscent of House of Blues or Hard Rock Cafe, there are 1800 seats and a stage grand enough to feature some really great entertainment. And the best part? Most of it’s outdoors, overlooking water, and there’s room to dance if you feel inclined!

Mash’DThe patio/bar area at Mash’D is a fantastic place to spend an early summer afternoon, especially when their one-of-a-kind guacamole plays a role. The comfortable, laid-back atmosphere lends itself to families with small children and corporate happy hours alike and their twice-a-day Happy Hour menu of carefully designed specialty cocktails and a full array of moonshine options, starting at $3 a drink, may be the best deal in town.

Mi Cocina: Now you can relax with a Mambo Taxi close to home, with views of passersby during events at The Entertainment District. New at the Star in Frisco this year, our very own Mi Cocina offers their renowned upscale mexican food, and a great atmosphere. Another nearby location by Nebraska Furniture Mart offers a fenced in turf area and a child’s playspace so that kiddos can entertain themselves while parents enjoy the sprawling covered patio. The bar area, fire-posts, and green area all flow seamlessly, making a leisurely lunch or dinner spent here an irresistibly tempting offer on a sunny summer day. 

Pizzeria Testa: Located beside the green space in front of the Frisco City Hall, one of the three patios of Pizzeria Testa is the perfect place to grab a late-afternoon bite before the weekend hits. This patio is popular with families since kiddos can run around on the large strip of green space while adults sip wine and browse the flatbread menu, but the upscale vibe of one of Frisco’s finest pizza spots appeals to a wider audience – in fact we’d argue that no one in Frisco can resist the charms of the wood-fired pizza here on a sunny warm afternoon.  (Insider secret? Score a spot here for the June series of Music in the Square.)

Pizzeria Testa

Platia Greek KouzinaLocated near the intersection of Preston and Warren, this BYOB patio may be one of Frisco’s best kept secrets. The simple but delightful Greek cuisine is best enjoyed in the secret alcove beside the restaurant, where small tables, abundant greenery, and high walls transport diners to the Mediterranean coast.

Rockfish Seafood & Grill: Located near the Tollway on the west side at Main Street, Rockfish Seafood & Grill offers a lovely outdoor atmosphere for families, date nights, or special occasions, even if seafood isn’t your thing. Their covered patio with abundant screens and seating complement their Rock-a-Rita. If you can beat the crowds, enjoy $1 Mimosas or $4.50 Bloody Mary’s paired with weekend brunch.

TruFireTheir patio is a personal favorite – the enclosed space, the tasteful landscaping, and the fireplace transport you to another continent. When you consider the amazing cocktails that TruFire creates with fresh produce along with their extensive menu of delectable plates, this may qualify as the best location in Frisco for ushering in summer.

UP Inspired Kitchen: We’ve raved many times about UP Inspired Kitchen’s fantastic offerings and delightful ambiance, but what we may not have emphasized is their fantastic family-style patio, complete with a play-house and kiddo area. Shall we start the weekend with bullet coffee, leisurely sipped at sprawling tables and paired with avocado toast, while children entertain themselves in a fairy-tale-like playhouse? Yes, please!

Who did we miss?  Leave us a comment with YOUR favorite places to unwind al fresco!

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