It’s that time of year again when everyone starts asking, “Where can we eat out on a local patio?” Whether you’re enjoying a drink with great views, grabbing a bite with friends, or just want to enjoy that unpredictable Arkansas weather from a landscaped perch, there are tons of great options all over Rock City. We’ve tried to narrow down the long list with a few exceptional patio paradises by neighborhood.
- Baja Grill – 5923 Kavanaugh Boulevard – Small, but covered and even landscaped a bit, this space offers a great view of the hustle and bustle of the neighborhood.
- Scallions – 5110 Kavanaugh Blvd – If you’re wanting a cool, breezy spot, head down to Scallions’ patio and enjoy a nice lunch.
- Cheers in the Heights – 2010 North Van Buren Street – Small, but covered and ready for any crazy Arkansas weather, this patio is quaint, cozy, and the best way to eat a leisurely lunch.
- U.S. Pizza Co. – 5524 Kavanaugh Blvd – Perfect for family gatherings, the pizza joint has a covered patio that’s far enough away from the street to give you peace of mind.
- Boulevard Bistro & Bar – 1920 N Grant Street – A small but quaint patio, Boulevard’s oasis is the only way to eat lunch when stopping by. Well, not the only way, but we highly recommend it.
- Sushi Cafe – 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd – When the doors/windows are rolled up you can enjoy sushi from a lovely, covered patio area.
- Prospect Sports Bar & Grill – 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd – Not technically a patio, the bar area has a pool table section that opens with garage type windows. It can be THE place to hang if you haven’t tried it out. Bonus: the bar comes with tons of drink specials.
- Heights Taco & Tamale – 5805 Kavanaugh Blvd – The bar like patio is fun for drinking, visiting with people walking along Kavanaugh, and counting how many cars run the random stop sign at the intersection in front of the restaurant.
- Ciao Baci – 605 Beechwood Street – This Hillcrest staple is dreamy with fairy lights, making it the perfect romantic space to sip a drink on a nice day. Don’t forget to order off the Chef’s latest menu.
- La Terraza Rum & Lounge – 300 Kavanaugh Blvd – Catch some of the prettiest views in Hillcrest from the tiered patio with a Mojito in hand.
- U.S. Pizza Co. Hillcrest – 2710 Kavanaugh – The Hillcrest location has always been a hot spot during great weather, plus they’re dog-friendly.
- Kemuri –2601 Kavanaugh Blvd – Tucked away on the corner of Walnut and Kavanaugh, this little gem of a spot is peaceful and quiet while not being too far away from that funky Hillcrest vibe. Order a roll of sushi or two and try the latest drink special.
- Pantry Crest – 722 N Palm St – It is one of the more unique patios, giving it an alley like feel between the two buildings. It is a great spot for wine drinking.
- The Fold: Botanas & Bar –3501 Old Cantrell Road – Funky, eclectic tables and chairs provide a hip aesthetic, but be warned – this smallish space fills up quickly on a nice day. Be sure to catch Happy Hour when dining outside.
- Loca Luna – 315 Old Cantrell Road – Get that NOLA vibe without traveling when you post up in this hidden courtyard. It’s small, though, and can fill up pretty quickly on a pretty day.
- Red Door – 3701 Cantrell Road – You feel as if you’ve found the perfect wrap-around porch when dining on Red Door’s wooden patio. Plus, the whole thing extends around the restaurant, giving it a garden aesthetic.
- The Faded Rose – 1619 Rebsamen Park Road – The Rose’s patio can’t go unnoticed since the addition of its covered space. It is small, but it is the place to be in Riverdale.
- Buffalo Grill – 1611 Riverdale Park Road – The spacious, wrap-around porch feels like a garden oasis thanks to the nursery next door. Bring the whole family.
- Pizza Cafe – 1517 Rebsamen Park Road – The unassuming patio comes with pizza. What’s not to love?
- Cajun’s Wharf – 2400 Cantrell Road – Two words – River. Views. This one takes the cake.
- Brave New – 2300 Cottondale Ln, Ste 105 – Another great river view patio, makes it great for long lunches and nice dinners watching the river roll.
West Little Rock
- Casa Mañana – 6820 Cantrell Road – For an unsuspecting hidden oasis, head here. The front may not look like much, but the back outdoor space is lush, green and the perfect place to enjoy a Margarita.
- Trio’s Restaurant – 8201 Cantrell Road – The covered patio is breezy and covered with plants that the owner tends to herself.
- Capers Restaurant – 14502 Cantrell Road – You really can’t beat this patio. You feel like you’re in a completely separate, serene world when you sit down.
- Petit & Keet Bar & Grill – 1620 Market Street – The new kid in Little Rock’s culinary scene comes with an outdoor space to drool over. Think covered, yet open to streaming sunlight and harboring a fountain. One word – Peaceful.
- Table 28 – 1501 Merrill Dr – Table 28 added their patio late last year. The high walls are designed to help you forget that you are on the side of a hotel across from a strip mall, and adds the perfect addition to their recently updated dining room.
- Grumpy’s Too – 1801 Green Mountain Dr – It is one of those spots that you probably didn’t realize had a patio, but the patio spot in the back is perfect for sipping after work with friends.
- The Pantry – 11401 N Rodney Parham Rd – The small patio doesn’t seat a lot, but what it does have is cozy and comfortable.
- Local Lime – 17185 Chenal Parkway – This covered outdoor space is a lovely paradise in The Promenade.
- Big Orange West – 17809 Chenal Parkway – The eatery offers perfect seating for a good day in a secluded area in the Promenade.
- Ya Ya’s Euro Bistro –17711 Chenal Parkway – Another lovely space in The Promenade to enjoy a meal. You can also occasionally catch some music.
- Izzy’s – 5601 Ranch Dr – Izzy’s patio flies under the radar, mostly due to location. It is a huge space that allows you to quickly forget you are in WLR.
- El Porton Mexican Restaurant – 5507 Ranch Drive – While unassuming, the space flows seamless from covered to uncovered and makes a decent margarita.
- AW Lin’s – 17717 Chenal Parkway – The large wrap-around patio area is one of the largest in the Promenade and a great spot, especially late evening, to sip a well curated sake list.
- The Root Café –1500 South Main Street – For a fresh, farm-to-table atmosphere stop in SOMA at The Root.
- Buenos Aries Grill & Cafe – The restaurant that has taken over Juanita’s RiverMarket location has a tiered patio perfect for enjoying a drink or two in nice weather.
- Forty Two – 1200 President Clinton Avenue – For views of the Arkansas River amongst a modern vibe, head here.
- Rebel Kettle Brewing Co – 822 E. 6th st. – The new brewery in town made a huge splash early with one of the best patios in town. The huge area offers plenty of seating and views of the Clinton Library and Heifer international, plus the new stage will make it one of the better outdoor music venues around.
- Stone’s Throw Brewing – 402 E 9th St – The Biergarten patio here is the place to sit at Stone’s Throw. It is large an expansive, plus a great way to visit with others walking in and out.
- Samantha’s Tap Room & Wood Grill – 322 Main Street – The patio alongside the landscaped area of Main Street is small, but a beautiful place to sit in early evening when the sun goes down.
- Bruno’s Little Italy – 310 Main Street – Much like Samantha’s Bruno’s offers a oasis near the hustle and bustle of Main Street. Think fair lights, Italian dishes, and a good time.
- Raduno – 1318 S Main St – Raduno’s new(ish) patio has become a popular spot to sit, eat, and visit. It seems to be always full, and has become a bit of a South Main destination
- Damgoode Pies in the River Market – 500 President Clinton Avenue – If you want more River views, park it at Damgoode. It’s especially a nice place to hang when there are outdoor concerts going on in the nearby Amphitheater – think upcoming River Fest.
- Cache – 425 President Clinton Avenue – This downtown spot isn’t necessarily large, but it’s an elegant place to lounge while grabbing a drink. Plus, the upstairs balcony patio offers pretty views of the every-busy River Market.
- Dugan’s Pub – 401 East Third Street – This River Market staple has a bit of an underrated patio. Covered and dotted with flowers in the spring, it’s a great place to slow down and have a pint.
- Stickyz Rock ’N’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave – For music and a beer head to the River Market and find a spot to park it.
- Revolution Room – 300 President Clinton Ave – Head to the restaurant side of the River Market staple and go outside. The patio opens to a parking lot, but you can see the greenery of the Little Rock riverside park not far off.
- Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro – 200 River Market Ave, Ste 150 – Dizzy’s may have the most comfortable and lounge like patio in all of Little Rock, plus it is well covered which keeps it cool and gives a sense of not being in the middle of a busy area.
North Little Rock / Maumelle
- Flyway Co. – 314 Maple Street – Small but unassuming it’s pleasant to have a beer or two on the patio as the trolley swings by. Flyway is the perfect place to pregame for an event at Verizon or while waiting on a game at Dickey Stephens to start.
- Four Quarter Bar –415 Main Street – Talk about hidden oasis. If Four Quarter’s smokey interior worries you, find a time to check out the patio. It’s small but fenced in. It’s the perfect place to hang in Argenta.
- S. Pizza Co in Maumelle –109 Commons Drive – The eatery recently remodeled their outdoor space and it is literally everything. Check it out next time you’re nearby.
- Cregeen’s Irish Pub – 301 Main Street – You can see all the action from the corner of Main and Broadway. Grab a whiskey and hang with friends before you head home.
- Core Public House – 411 Main Street – Core’s patio is a bit of a hidden gem behind the building. It is a cozy little spot to hang out, and once they do a little sprucing up it might easily be the best place to sit in the entire place.