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July 2020 – If you’re searching for restaurants with outdoor dining on patios, decks and other al fresco dining opportunities, you’re not alone. I’ve been getting questions for weeks about where to dine outside. Maybe it’s the intermittent appearance of the sun. Maybe it’s because of concerns about indoor dining and Covid-19 transmission. Here is a list of restaurants with outdoor seating ready for when the sun reappears or when you need to feel the wind on your face along the Ruston waterfront. These restaurants have patios, decks and courtyard seating areas. I’ve also included my own menu notes and notes on the style of seating.

COVID-19 NOTE: Check before you go. Covid-19 restrictions have caused some restaurants to limit seating at certain times of the day and to take other precautions to keep diners and staff safe and healthy. I have added notes on restaurants I know to be closed at the moment, but things are changing fast. Check before you go. That’s why I included phone numbers and restaurant links below.

UPDATE NOVEMBER 2020: ARE YOU LOOKING FOR OUTDOOR DINING ALLOWED UNDER CURRENT PANDEMIC RESTRICTIONS? YOU CAN FIND MY STORY WITH 60+ RESTAURANTS WITH COVERED, HEATED SEATING HEREhttps://dinepiercecounty.com/2020/11/30/60-restaurants-with-covered-heated-outdoor-dining-in-the-tacoma-area/

The patio lounge area at Cooper’s Food & Drink in Tacoma’s Westgate neighborhood. The restaurant opened in July.


The Social Bar & Grill: Beautiful water-side perch, huge patio and quite a view of the marina. Right next door to the Museum of Glass. Wonderful sense-of-place. New American cuisine. Northwest backbone, but world flavors. 1715 Dock St, Tacoma; 253-301-3835; https://www.thesocialbarandgrill.com/

Dock Street Deli: Brand new sandwich deli on the Foss Waterway with a view of the marina and a menu of sandwiches and salads. 1901 Dock St, Tacoma; 253-212-0665; https://dockstreetdeli.com/. Want to know more about this new restaurant? Read this story: https://dinepiercecounty.com/2020/06/23/new-waterfront-deli-opens-in-tacoma-on-the-foss-waterway/

Rock the Dock Pub & Grill: Great pub and grill with sandwiches, fish and chips, an outstanding Louie salad and plenty of beer and cocktails. Live music venue. Beautiful water-side patio with a view of the working waterfront. 535 Dock St., Tacoma; 253-272-5004; http://rockthedockpub.com/contactus.html

Fish Peddler: Waterside restaurant with a patio that is adjacent to the esplanade so you can take a walk after dinner. The patio has a great view of the working waterfront. The menu is all about seafood with the best lobster roll in the area. Also, Northwest-style seafood stew, clam chowder, grilled fish, great sandwiches. 1199 Dock St, Tacoma; 253-627-2158; http://www.fishpeddler-tacoma.com/

Johnny’s Dock: This waterside restaurant has an unusual view of Tacoma, the restaurant faces the city and is located across the marina from Dock Street Deli and Social Bar and Grill. Seafood-heavy menu. Terrific bar eats. Occasional live music. Waterside deck with an up-close view of the boats. (Please note: this restaurant is currently closed as of July 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions. Owner Steve Novotny reported in July that they are talking about when to reopen, but it’s not likely to be until all regulations are lifted. He said, “Johnny’s Dock will remain closed for the foreseeable future due to social distancing requirements and limited seating availability brought about by COVID-19. Costs associated with creating northwest cuisine with local seafood make it difficult with reduced service numbers. We will be re-evaluating once restrictions are fully lifted to see if we can resume normal business operations.”).  1900 E D St; 253-627-3186; https://johnnysdock.com/


Duke’s Chowder House: This restaurant has a small selection of deck seating right above the water. This restaurant is all about the seafood and chowder. All fish served here is sustainable, which is worth visiting for that reason alone. This is an excellent cocktail destination, too.  3327 Ruston Way, Tacoma; 253-752-5444; https://www.dukesseafood.com/locations/tacoma/

Lobster Shop: This waterfront restaurant is one of Tacoma’s best seafood destinations for old-school style seafood preparations and a place with a serious cocktail. Lovely deck overlooking the water.  4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma; 253-759-2165; http://wp.lobstershop.com/

Harbor Lights: This water-view restaurant has a small deck that sits right above the water. The menu is full of old school seafood preparations and the only place in Tacoma to get nectar chowder. Stiff pour in the bar. 2761 Ruston Way, Tacoma; 253-752-8600; https://www.anthonys.com/restaurants/detail/harbor-lights

Katie Downs: This 21+ waterfront tavern is known for pizzas, but also has seafood, beer, cocktails. They’ve got great vegan and low-carb options for those with dietary restrictions. Fabulous deck with an unparalleled view of Commencement Bay. 3211 Ruston Way, Tacoma; 253-756-0771; https://www.katiedowns.com/

Macaluso’s Italian restaurant: This Italian restaurant in downtown Ruston is a hop and skip from Point Defiance and Point Ruston. They’ve added some cafe tables out front. If you try carbonara at one restaurant in the area, make it Macaluso’s, which has an extensive menu of classic Italian pastas and pizza. 5101 N. Pearl St., Ruston; 253-267-1340; https://macalusositalianrestaurant.com/

A martini at Chambers Bay Grill in University Place, which has a large outdoor patio with a stunning view of the islands and Chambers Bay.

The Ram on Ruston Way: Straightforward sandwiches, burgers, pizza and typical pub fare with a sizable outdoor dining area on a deck overlooking the water. 3001 Ruston Way, Tacoma; 253-756-7886; https://www.theram.com/location-finder/

Wild Fin American Grill: New American food with a heavy showing of seafood. Great fish and chips, seafood sandwiches, tacos, chowder, grilled steak and grilled fish. Huge outdoor patio with spectacular water views of Point Defiance. (Please note that this is at Point Ruston, which has paid parking. Get free parking by validating. You must register upon your arrival at the restaurant.) 5115 Grand Loop, Point Ruston, Tacoma; 253-267-1772; https://www.wildfinamericangrill.com/tacoma/

Farrelli’s at Point Ruston: Family-friendly pizza joint with multiple South Sound locations is terrific for bringing the kids along. Huge second-story deck with amazing water views. Lots of room up there. (Please note that this is at Point Ruston, which has paid parking. Get free parking by validating. You must register upon your arrival at the restaurant.) 5104 Grand Loop, Ruston; 253-212-1152; https://farrellispizza.com/locations/farrellis-ruston-wa/

Twisted Fork Saloon: The former Two Town Pub is now Twisted Fork Saloon. It still comes with an outdoor patio with a menu of sandwiches, sausages, salads and a weekend breakfast menu. Not much of a view, but plenty of patio seating. (Please note that this is at Point Ruston, which has paid parking. Get free parking by validating. You must register upon your arrival at the restaurant.) 5005 Main St., Tacoma; 253-426-1641; https://www.twistedfs.com/menus/#main-menu

Anthony’s at Point Defiance: This seafood restaurant at Point Defiance has stunning views of the water. Watch the ferry shuttle passengers between Tacoma and Vashon Island. Seafood-heavy menu with plenty of sandwiches. Great oyster selection and cocktails. 5910 N Waterfront Dr, Tacoma; 253-752-9700; https://www.anthonys.com/restaurants/detail/anthonys-at-point-defiance


Boathouse 19: This waterside deck has unfettered view of the Narrows Marina, which is quieter than the other marinas. Seafood-centric menu in a loud and fun environment. Casual and safe for kids. Sandwiches, flatbreads, terrific salads and soups.  9001 S 19th St, Tacoma; 253-565-1919; http://boathouse19restaurant.com/

Steamers at Titlow Beach. This is Tacoma’s most affordable water-view restaurant with a lovely deck with a view of Titlow Beach. It’s right next to the railroad tracks. Seafood-heavy menu with fish and chips, grilled fish, salads and a few non-seafood items. Please note this restaurant is closing in 2021 – https://dinepiercecounty.com/2020/06/16/steamers-seafood-cafe-at-tacomas-titlow-beach-closing/  8802 6th Ave, Tacoma; 253-565-4532; https://steamersseafoodcafe.com/

The Beach Tavern: The bar on the other side of the railroad tracks has added outdoor seating. If you go, ordering a burger and the hand-cut fries are a must at this casual tavern for adults. 8612 6th Ave, Tacoma; 253-564-9984.


Cooper’s Food + Drink: Newly opened in July, Cooper’s Food + Drink comes with a broad, well-priced menu with a something-for-everyone appeal. The Beef on Weck is a rarity in Pierce County and they put some nice chef spins on straightforward pub food. Chunky/blocky fries offer nice texture. Like their sister restaurants, The Forum in Puyallup and Tacoma, they offer a great selection of handmade sauces. Don’t miss the cocktails. The patio has broad seating choices with low-top tables, high-top tables and a lounge area with a couch. 5928 N 26th St., Tacoma; 253-503-0329; https://www.facebook.com/CoopersTacoma/ READ MY STORY about the opening of Cooper’s here. Lots of pictures of the patio, menu items, more: https://dinepiercecounty.com/2020/07/21/coopers-food-drink-in-tacoma-finally-opens-heres-a-first-look/

Oddfellas Pub & Eatery: This Westgate bar has an outdoor seating area and a menu of pub classics and a mix of German and British food. They also serve weekend brunch. 5741 N 26th St, Tacoma; 253-300-8966; https://www.oddfellaspubtacoma.com/

Ooh LaLa Burgers: This little pop-up restaurant in the parking lot of Dave’s Produce has a half dozen (or so) picnic tables for alfresco eating, plus a menu of burgers and fries. 1312 N I St, Tacoma; 425-698-3645; https://www.facebook.com/oohlalaburgers


7 Seas: This downtown Tacoma brewery has started a community beer garden with brews from Pierce County breweries on tap – Wingman Brewers, Black Fleet, Narrows Brewing and more. The beer garden operates 2-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays just outside 7 Seas in a sprawling patio space. There’s room for 100 to sip brews and, of course, the fabulous fare from 3uilt will be served. If you have not yet visited 3uilt, get yourself there pronto for their keto-friendly salads and snacks, the terrific selection of high-end oysters and pretty cheese-and-meat plates. The beer garden is outdoors with socially distanced tables. There are sun shades installed above for you delicate flowers. More info here. 2101 Jefferson Ave, Tacoma; 253-572-7770; https://www.7seasbrewing.com/

En Rama:  This restaurant is known for its high-end cocktails that blur the lines between bar and kitchen. Cocktail wizard Chris Keil keeps the menu freshened seasonally with new additions. All elixirs are handmade and you won’t find a better mixed drink in town (aside from Devil’s Reef, owned by Iron Tikitender champion Jason Alexander). A menu heavy on fresh, handmade pasta, upscale cocktail nibbles. The courtyard is comfortable and spacious and is located at a historic downtown building, The Old Post Office. 1102 A St., Tacoma; 253-223-7184; https://www.facebook.com/enramatacoma/

Harmon Pac Ave: Typical pub fare of pizzas, burgers and sandwiches. Sidewalk patio has plenty of space for lounging. 1938 Pacific Ave, Tacoma; 253-383-2739; https://www.harmonbrewingco.com/

Wooden City: Fancy pub food with chef touches from a food professional who spent time in a Michelin-rated kitchen, The French Laundry. Playful spins on upscale pub fare, including fried chicken sandwiches and some of the best gravlax in town. The kitchen is equipped with a wood-fired oven that churns out delicious pies. Sidewalk patio. 714 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; 253-503-0762 https://www.woodencitytacoma.com/

E9 Brewing Company: This new destination for brew and eats in Tacoma’s Historic Brewing District has outdoor seating with a menu of wood-fired pizza. 2506 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma; 253-383-7707; https://www.facebook.com/e9brewingco/ (Please note: This is the Fawcett location. There’s another location on Sixth Avenue, but it is closed temporarily. The Sixth Avenue location expects to reopen this fall. Read more here).

Dunagan Brewing: This downtown Tacoma brewery next to Mad Hat Tea has a few tables out front and brew on tap. Bring your own eats. The brewery is currently open from 2-7 p.m. Saturdays only. Read more here. 1126 Commerce St, Tacoma; 253-226-9829; https://www.facebook.com/dunaganbrewing.

Amitie Wine Company: This new wine destination in downtown Tacoma has a secret super power: It’s right next door to Fujiya, one of Tacoma’s best sushi restaurants, and Amitie co-owner Kris Blondin advises diners to order Fujiya take-out sushi and bring it over to the outdoor space at Amitie. Blondin said she’ll even pair wine with your sushi selection. The newly opened outdoor patio at the wine room comes with four tables and they’re open 3-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday. In addition to wine, “We have beer, San Juan Seltzer, couple of ciders and sparkling vermouth cocktails,” said Blondin. 1130 Broadway, Suite 205, Tacoma; 253-341-5298; https://amitiewine.com. Read all about this new wine destination in this article.

The Swiss: Tacoma’s favorite destination for live music and dancing (when we can enjoy such things again) has reopened for in-person dining. They also have their outdoor sidewalk patio open for service. The restaurant and bar is known for its long list of well-composed sandwiches. Be sure to order the fried cauliflower sandwich. 1904 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma; 253-572-2821; https://theswisspub.com/ READ MY STORY about their 25th anniversary here: https://dinepiercecounty.com/2020/04/25/this-shutdown-is-awful-but-tacoma-restaurants-like-the-swiss-are-regrouping/

Pint & Pie in the St. Helens neighborhood has outdoor seating. This photo was taken before it opened in June. Plenty more seating has been added.


Odin Brewing: This new brewery and restaurant in the Stadium neighborhood took over the old Hub space. There’s a Woodstone oven churning out pies, plus fresh pastas, upscale sandwiches with chef touches and more.  Few tables up front. Read more here: https://dinepiercecounty.com/2020/05/27/new-restaurant-and-bar-coming-to-the-old-hub-harmon-tacoma-space/  203 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma; 253-301-3636; https://www.facebook.com/Odin-Brewing-Tacoma-103186424747229/

Pint & Pie: This new brewery is in the old Harmon Taproom space and is the public-facing tasting room for Northwest Brewing, which previously was Trade Route. A menu of savory pies and salads, light pub fare. Newly opened in June 2020. Read more here: https://dinepiercecounty.com/2020/05/29/pint-pie-is-coming-to-tacomas-stadium-neighborhood-downstairs-from-odin-tacoma 204 St. Helens, Tacoma; 253- 244-7943; https://www.facebook.com/pintnpie.

Art House Cafe: Sidewalk seating under a covered awning. New American menu and the best brunch destination in that end of town. Terrific list of pizza and sandwiches and more substantial items on the dinner menu. 111 N Tacoma Ave, Tacoma; 253-212-2011; https://www.arthousecafe.com/

Shake Shake Shake: A courtyard out back for dining outside. Classic burger menu with fries, onion rings and delicious shakes. 124 N Tacoma Ave, Tacoma; 253-507-4060; https://www.shakeshakeshake.me/

Rhein Haus: Outdoor patio seating at a Bavarian beer hall in the Stadium neighborhood. Deep menu of modern German-American eats with housemade sausages. Huge beer list heavy on German and European bottles. Sizable spirits list with an emphasis on German-focused spirits and cocktails. Bocce and mini golf. Kid friendly throughout much of the space. 649 Division Ave, Tacoma; 253-572-4700; https://www.rheinhaustacoma.com/

Doyle’s Public House: Stadium. A few spacious sidewalk tables. This pub has a wide assortment of British/Irish eats and a spectacular Scotch list. Chef Ben Marcus always has something new going on here. Be sure to ask if he has anything Cajun coming up on the menu. The game is always on here. 208 St Helens Ave, Tacoma; 253-272-7468; https://doylespublichouse.com/


Asado: A few tables off sidewalk. Argentinean steakhouse with serious chimichurri game. Great bar menu, too. 2810 Sixth Ave., Tacoma; 253-272-7770; https://www.asadotacoma.com/ (Please note that Asado closed temporarily on Aug. 8, but plans to reopen this Fall. Read more here.)

Engine House No. 9:  Courtyard seating in front of building. Pub fare with sandwiches, pizzas, great sour beers and other house beers at this brewery restaurant. 611 N Pine St, Tacoma, 253-272-3435; http://www.ehouse9.com/ (Please note that Engine House No. 9’s Sixth Avenue location closed temporarily on Aug. 8, but the brewery-restaurant plans to reopen this Fall. Read more here. Please also note that the E9 brewery location on Fawcett remains OPEN).

O’Malley’s: Irish Pub with beer, pool tables, entertainment. Their Facebook URL is “all the whiskey” for a reason. Beer garden seating. 2403 Sixth Ave, Tacoma; 253-627-9403; https://www.facebook.com/allthewhisky/.

It’s Greek To Me: The longtime Greek restaurant with a menu of gyros, falafel, pizza and pasta, comes with not only a drive-thru for socially distanced dining, but also a terrific outdoor patio. The restaurant is also kid friendly and well priced. Parking lot in the back, one of few in the area with easy street parking, too. 1702 Sixth Ave., Tacoma; 253-272-1375; https://www.itsgreektomerestaurant.com/

Loose Wheel: On the Narrows end of Sixth Avenue, Loose Wheel has an alfresco dining section with plenty of seating right in front of the restaurant in its parking lot. This is the don’t-miss restaurant in the area for broasted chicken and jojo potatoes. Also, well-priced steak always cooked perfectly. 6108 Sixth Ave., Tacoma; 253-301-1647; https://www.theloosewheel.com/tacoma-menu


The Tipsy Tomato Kitchen & Lounge: Tacoma’s favorite destination for funky pizza toppings (think: Funyuns) now has a few patio tables out back. Be sure to say hi to Tacoma’s coolest bartender, Dagmar, if she’s working. This bar is for adults 21+ only. 3878 Center St, Tacoma; 253-302-4101; https://www.facebook.com/thetipsytomatotacoma


Dawson’s: This South Tacoma Way bar has a menu of straightforward sandwiches and pub food and is probably one of the only places in the area with steak fingers (only people from Idaho will get that). Live music venue with small patio/sidewalk seating. 5443 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma; 253-476-1421; https://www.facebook.com/Dawsons-Bar-Grill-149029638455757/

The Opal Lounge BBQ: This new South Tacoma Way barbecue restaurant comes from the same owners as South Bay Dickerson’s in Olympia. Find a menu of wood-smoked brisket, ribs, pulled pork and a menu of high-end whiskey and bourbon that goes deep-level whiskey geek (think: Pappy VW). Small patio behind building. 5226 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma; 253-302-5650; https://www.facebook.com/opallounge253/

The Mule Tavern: This South Tacoma Way restaurant is known for its house-made ginger beer and high-end cocktails at a fair price in a space decorated as an intentional dive bar. Small enclosed patio behind building. 5227 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma; 253-212-3112; https://www.themuletavern.com/

Edison City Alehouse: This favorite taproom with a broad range of adult beverages has an outdoor seating area out front. There’s frequently a food truck serving on site. My favorite is when Gig Harbor’s BBQ2U pays a visit. 5602 S. Lawrence St., Tacoma; 253-301-3593; https://edisoncityalehouse.com/


Dusty’s Hideaway: This McKinley neighborhood restaurant has a menu of burgers and sandwiches with premium composition, plus a few playful ‘70s-era spins. Cocktails aplenty. Outdoor seating area is spacious with room for kids to roam. 723 E 34th St., Tacoma; 253-292-0106; https://www.dustyshideaway.com/menu

Top of Tacoma: This McKinley neighborhood joint with a solid menu of bar sandwiches, has a sidewalk patio out front. 3529 McKinley Ave., Tacoma; 253-272-1502; https://www.facebook.com/TopofTacoma/


Marzano: This Parkland fine dining Italian restaurant has a menu of fresh pasta, beautifully plated grilled items, pizza made with upscale ingredients and is located inside a charming converted home. Patio seating with a view of bustling Garfield. Definitely make reservations. 516 Garfield St S, Tacoma; 253-537-4191; https://www.dinemarzano.com/

Bar Bistro: This Midland eatery comes with an unexpectedly fancy menu in a location where you’d never expect that. The restaurant and bar has beefed up its patio seating with the addition of flowers and better table distancing. Don’t miss the charcuterie plate, braised short ribs, the dessert beignets with seasonally changing accompaniments, or one of the cocktails featuring seasonal berries. Kids are welcome. 1718 99th St. E., Tacoma; 253-537-3655; http://barbistrotacoma.com/


Foley’s Sports Bar & Grill: Home to one of my favorite pastrami sandwiches in all of the land. Casual menu of sandwiches and pub-style fare. Big patio with a view of the greens. 7108 Lakewood Dr W, Tacoma; 253-473-3033; https://www.facebook.com/foleysonthegreen/

Urban Elk: This Central Tacoma course-side restaurant is at Allenmore, a public course. Straightforward, casual menu with sandwiches, burgers, pub food. Huge patio with a view of the greens. Heated for comfort in evenings.2013 S. Cedar St., Tacoma; 253-272-1117; https://www.facebook.com/urbanelkbar

McDuff’s at Highlands: Golf course restaurant with a view of the greens. 1400 N Highlands Pkwy, Tacoma. https://www.highlandsgolf.net/why-highlands-2/

Pick-Quick in Fife serves terrific burgers in a park-like setting with lots of picnic tables.


The Mill Restaurant and Bar: This Milton upscale restaurant has a sizable bar and a patio with plenty of seating for diners over 21. Pub fare with chef twists. Don’t miss the dirty fries, the burger and they grill a terrific steak. Specialty cocktails and weekend brunch. 900 Meridian Ave. E., Milton; 253-831-4936; https://www.themillofmilton.com/

Pick Quick Drive In: This Fife mainstay is the best burger stop in the region with burgers made from fresh beef (never frozen) and fresh-cut fries. Hot dogs are split and grilled. Don’t miss the shakes list and if Monkey Specks is on the daily featured shakes list, get it. Plenty of outdoor seating at well-spaced picnic tables in a park-like atmosphere. 4306 Pacific Hwy E, Fife; 253-922-5599; http://pick-quick.com/menu/

Acorn Brewing: This Edgewood brewery with a small sandwich menu has a new outdoor eating area. 2105 Meridian Ave E., Edgewood; 253-517-8899; https://www.facebook.com/acornbrewing/

Toscanos: This downtown Puyallup Italian restaurant and grill has a stellar view of Mt. Rainier and the nearby railroad tracks. Menu of classic Italian with upscale presentation and a non-fussy atmosphere. Big patio for watching the trains go by. 437 29th St. NE, Puyallup; 253-864-8600; https://toscanospuyallup.com/

HG Bistro: This downtown Puyallup bistro with a menu of New American cuisine and plenty of chef touches, has a small outdoor area with four tables. The seating area is private and secluded. Be sure to get a cocktail while visiting – and dessert. The restaurant serves a s’mores that’s set ablaze before being shuttled to your table. 1618 E Main Ave, Puyallup,; 253-845-5747; https://www.hgbistro.com/

Puerto Vallarta: This downtown Puyallup Mexican restaurant has all the Mexican-American family restaurant basics covered: crunchy beef tacos, enchiladas, fajitas and a mean queso dip. Huge patio with high-top tables, which I mention for those with accessibility issues. 215 15th St SE, Puyallup; 253-848-8550; http://www.puertovallartapuyallup.com/

Nights on Meeker: The Puyallup Downtown Association has cleared out a section of Meeker Street in downtown Puyallup to make room for a street fair style gathering place every Friday evening. Find restaurants, vendors and plenty of well-spaced tables. From 5-9 p.m. every Friday this summer. Find details here.

Bourbon Street Creole Kitchen & Bar: This is the area’s only Cajun restaurant with a menu that reads straight out of NOLA. Crawfish boil occasionally on the menu. Grilled steaks, fried catfish, hush puppies, po’ boy sandwiches, fried oysters, shrimp and grits, and more. Finely-crafted cocktails from the owner’s son. Don’t miss the Sazerac. Terrific street-side patio with a view of downtown. Occasional live music. 401 S Meridian, Puyallup; 253-604-4404; https://www.facebook.com/Bourbon-Street-Creole-Kitchen-Bar-1381773648744625/

Giorgio’s Greek Restaurant: This downtown Puyallup Greek eatery was founded by the original co-owner of Tacoma’s It’s Greek To Me. The kids run the restaurant now, but the recipes are still classic Greek. Gyro sandwiches and platters, vegetarian falafel, hummus, moussaka, pizza, Greek pastas and more. Streetside patio with a view of downtown. 328 S. Meridian, Puyallup; 253-200-2333; https://www.giorgiosgreekcafe.com/

Wicked Pie Pizza: This downtown Puyallup eatery is known for its wood-fired pizza and towering bloody Mary cocktails. They also have a small sidewalk seating area in front of the restaurant. 112 S Meridian St, Puyallup; 253-256-4698; https://wickedpiepizza.com/

Farm 12: Spacious downtown Puyallup restaurant that is a complex that includes multiple businesses and an event center. this restaurant is owned by the non-profit agency Step By Step. New American food, cocktails. Don’t miss the burger or the dessert and pastry case. Outdoor patio seating. 3303 #B 8th Ave SE; Puyallup; 253-697-9486; https://www.farm12.org/food

Cockrell Cider: This Puyallup farm and cidery has beefed up its outdoor seating area with plenty of space for spreading out. Please note that seating here is 21-and-older only (for now at least). They have a food truck visit just about every day they’re open (Thursdays to Saturdays right now) so you can get burgers from Boss Mama’s Kitchen, wood-fired pizzas from Sirius Wood Fired Pizza, waffles from Munch Munch Waffles, and more. 6613 114th Ave. Ct. E., Puyallup; 253-905-5800; http://www.cockrellbrewing.com/

Top Gun: This South Hill bar is for diners 21 and older. Pub food with a menu of sandwiches and burgers, plus cocktails and beer. Large patio with a view of Thun Field with planes coming and going all the time.  16807 103rd Ave Ct E, Puyallup; 253-848-0555; https://www.topgunbgllc.com/

Sorci’s: This downtown Sumner Italian eatery has a courtyard space with outdoor seating. Menu of pastas, pizzas and more. 1012 Ryan Ave, Sumner; 253-891-8400; https://www.sorcisitaliancafe.com/contact-us

Hometown Charm Cafe: This downtown Sumner cafe known for its bountiful breakfasts and some of the best pancakes you’ll ever eat, has built a little parklet in front of its restaurant. There are safely distanced tables with room for parties up to 5. See pictures here. 1012 Main St, Sumner; 253-987-7633; https://www.facebook.com/sumnergals

Al Lago at Lake Tapps: This Italian eatery has a beautiful patio with a peek-a-boo view of neighboring Lake Tapps. Menu of classic Italian preparations with pizza, pasta and all the usual bases covered for an upscale Italian destination. 3110 Sumner Tapps Hwy E, Lake Tapps; 253-863-8636; http://allagorestaurant.com/

Island Lodge by Al Lago: This sister restaurant to Al Lago has a lovely view of Mount Rainier and comes with a patio with 50 seats at the moment. The restaurant is located at the Tapps Island Golf Course. The menu features casual eats with chef touches with a sizable burger and sandwich menu, plus entrees for more substantial appetites. 20818 Island Parkway East, Lake Tapps; 253-862-6641; https://islandlodge.net/home

A towering burger from Chambers Bay Grill, which has a large patio and a stunning view.


Adriatic Grill at Oakbrook: A menu from Chef Bill Trudnowski, former owner of Adriatic Grill in Tacoma. Pasta, pizza, grilled items, more. Yes, the famous mushroom soup is on the menu. Sizable outdoor patio with a view of the golf course greens. 8102 Zircon Drive SW, Lakewood; 253-584-8888; https://www.oakbrookgolfclub.com/oakhouse-restaurant-bar/

Topside: This bar and grill has a great tap list, a menu of burgers, sandwiches and typical pub fare and a stunning second-story rooftop patio with a view of the Steilacoom waterfront. 215 Wilkes St, Steilacoom; 253-212-3690; https://www.topsidebargrill.com/

Chambers Bay Grill: Great list of sandwiches and casual fare with high-end ingredients and chef touches throughout the menu. Don’t miss the cocktail list. The view here is majestic with views of Ketron, McNeil and Anderson islands. 6320 Grandview Dr W, University Place; 253-460-4653; https://www.chambersbaygolf.com/grill/

Steilacoom Pub: This Steilacoom pub has tables right in front of the restaurant. Find a menu of sandwiches, burgers, pizza and other hearty pub favorites. 1202 Rainier St, Steilacoom; 253-584-7693; https://steilacoompub.com/

The patio at Chambers Bay Grill has well-spaced tables and a stunning view.


Heritage Distilling Co.: The downtown Gig Harbor location of Heritage Distilling Co. has taken over an adjacent outdoor space and built a beautiful patio for serving cocktails. It’s a lovely space, which you can see pictures of here. 3118 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor; 253-514-8120; https://heritagedistilling.com/

Tides Tavern: Classic pub fare with burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips, plenty of tuna and salmon, and a stunning waterside view on a large deck. 2925 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor; 253-858-3982; https://www.tidestavern.com/

Brix 25: Upscale water-view eatery with the most polished cuisine in Gig Harbor. Eclectic menu of Northwest classics, plenty of seafood, raw fish and plenty of upscale items from the grill. The marina-view deck has spacious seating. Don’t miss the craft cocktail menu. If the tomahawk ribeye is on the menu, bring a friend and order it. Exquisite, award winning wine list. 3315 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor; 253-858-6626; https://www.harborbrix.com/

Netshed No. 9: Breakfast spot with fancy food, but a playful sense of humor. Get the skillet of cinnamon rolls and oversized breakfast sandwiches. Classic breakfast items, too. A nice, large deck with a view of the water. 3313 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor; 253-858-7175; https://www.netshed9.com/

Anthony’s at Gig Harbor: This seafood restaurant has a unique watersize perch with a view of the Gig Harbor waterfront.  Seafood-heavy menu with plenty of sandwiches. Great oyster selection and cocktails. 8827 N Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor; 253-853-6353; https://www.anthonys.com/restaurants/detail/anthonys-at-gig-harbor/

Devoted Kiss: Beautiful deck with a view of the water and a kitchen that turns out some of the best breakfasts in the Harbor. Serving breakfast and lunch only. Casual fare, great prices, excellently composed breakfast sandwiches, omelets, classic American breakfasts. 8809 N Harborview Drive; 253-851-0055; https://www.devotedkisscafe.com/about

Green House: This Uptown Gig Harbor eatery has a menu of upscale New American food and a terrific wine list. Large patio for outdoor dining. 4701 Point Fosdick Dr, Gig Harbor; 253-851-4557; https://www.greenhousegigharbor.com/

Moctezuma’s: Family-style Mexican restaurant with one of the lovliest presentations of any Mexican-American restaurants in the area. Huge margarita list and be sure to order one with the house orange liquer, Grandeza. Lovely patio with plenty of space. 4628 Point Fosdick Dr, Gig Harbor; 253-851-8464; https://www.moctezumas.com/gig-harbor-menu

The Hub at Narrows Airport: Watch the planes come and go at this airport restaurant. Classic pub menu with sandwiches and pizza, plus beer and cocktails. 1208 26th Ave NW, Gig Harbor; 253-853-1585; https://www.facebook.com/hubgigharbor/

Table 47: Upscale American food in a complex that is also home to Ocean5, the gaming center. Menu has a focus on local farms and ingredients and one of the best raw oyster selections in the area. Lots of patio seating, and it’s covered, and has heaters. 5268 Point Fosdick Drive, Gig Harbor; 253-857-4777; https://www.t47.com/

JP’s Hy Iu Hee Hee: Classic American breakfasts, bar food with sandwiches and pizzas, calzones, steak, salmon, fish and chips and more. With a sizable deck. 4309 Burnham Dr, Gig Harbor; 253-851-7885; https://www.jpsbars.com/hy-iu-hee-hee-menu/

Puerto Vallarta Gig Harbor: The patio is for diners 21 and older only. Classic Mexican-American family dining with all the classics covered, including burritos, enchiladas, fajitas and more. 4225 N Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor; 253-851-9887; https://puertovallartarestaurantes.com/restaurants/gig-harbor-restaurant/

Hackers Bar & Grill: This Gig Harbor golf course restaurant at Madrona Links has an outside patio with a covered seating area. American breakfast food, a lunch menu of slider sandwiches, plus steak and other pub favorites. 3604 22nd Ave NW, Gig Harbor; 253-851-5465; https://www.hackersbarandgrillgigharbor.com/main-menu

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