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Best Summer Patios in Sacramento

‘Tis the season! And no we are not talking about the cozy holiday season; in fact, we are talking about the opposite. This is the perfect time of the year to dine at some of the best outdoor patios in Sacramento, fully capitalizing on the sweet California sunshine.

To cut out the guessing game for you, we have taken a look at some of our favorite outdoor dining spaces in town. Below, you will find options offering the best of both worlds — an incredible meal with an unbeatable atmosphere — among streetside dining, perfect for people-watching, and private courtyard dining, for a relaxing and intimate meal.

Cafeteria 15L

The interior of Cafeteria 15L is eclectic and exciting, so you may have a hard time deciding between sitting inside or out on the patio. But once you experience dining at their outdoor oasis, you’ll be convinced. In fact, you can sit at the outdoor patio in the front or escape to the courtyard out back with comfortable couch seating, fire pits, romantic cabanas, and space heaters.

Cafeteria 15L Sacramento
Photos Courtesy of Cafeteria 15L and TripAdvisor

Ella Dining Room and Bar

Enjoy elegant fine dining at Ella Dining Room and Bar in the heart of downtown Sacramento. The design of their bright and fresh interior carries into their streetside outdoor dining space, complete with cozy bench seating for larger parties to mingle with drinks or small plates.

Ella Dining Room and Bar

Photos Courtesy of Ella Dining Room and Bar

The Firehouse Restaurant

The Firehouse Restaurant is a historic Sacramento landmark, as the building once held the city’s first fire department before it turned into the fine restaurant it is today. The Firehouse is known for their gorgeous courtyard space with a leafy canopy and ivy-laced walls, which hosts private events in addition to your everyday dining experience. Do not miss their Courtyard Nights each Monday night between May and October, where you will receive 10% off their incredible wine list!

The Firehouse Restaurant

Photo Courtesy of The Firehouse Restaurant

Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Co.

Get the best of both worlds at Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co., where you can breathe in fresh air while staying protected from the elements within their covered outdoor patio. Conversely, you can also take in the rays of sunshine on their uncovered outdoor space in the front! Wherever you are, you will enjoy the industrial decor and exceptional food at Hook & Ladder.

Hook and Ladder

Photos Courtesy of Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co.

Lucca Restaurant & Bar

Lucca Restaurant & Bar has a unique outdoor patio setup that accommodates all types of weather, as it is enclosed and sheltered from rain or overwhelming sunbeams alike. This is a wonderful place to be able to enjoy fresh air on a rainy yet warm summer night — especially if you are seated near the patio’s fireplace!

Lucca Restaurant and Bar

Photo Courtesy of Lucca Restaurant & Bar 

Mulvaney’s B & L

Mulvaney’s B & L has a magical garden patio oasis that seats up to 40 guests during the warmer months. This beautiful and intimate space is teeming with plant life and plenty of shade provided by umbrellas and trees overhead.

Mulvaney's B&L

Photo Courtesy of Chris Koerber 


Paragary’s in Midtown hosts one of the most extravagant outdoor patios in the area. You may forget you are smack dab in the city as you are transcended to a lush and inviting oasis with waterfalls, 60-year-old olive trees, and a large fireplace.


Photo Courtesy of Paragary’s 

Pearl on the River

Pearl on the River has a peaceful and comfortable deck space overlooking the most scenic stretch of the Sacramento River. Because the deck is located on the second floor, you can get a better view of the surrounding landscape as you enjoy a delectable meal in either a shaded or sunny spot!

Pearl on the River

Photo Courtesy of Pearl on the River

Scott’s Seafood on the River

Scott’s Seafood on the River is a wonderful place to enjoy the California sunshine and incredible views of the Sacramento River — with your four-legged friend or a two-legged companion. People love this backdrop enough to get married in front of the river, so you can know that your dining experience will be nothing short of enchanting.

Scotts Seafood on the River

Photos Courtesy of Scott’s Seafood on the River


Enjoy the exquisite outdoor garden patio at Ten22 in Old Sacramento, where you will find a fresh New American menu and plenty of craft beer. Their patio includes romantic lights hanging overhead, a massive and modern fire pit, and plenty of tables.


Photos Courtesy of Ten22 

What do you think?

Who has your favorite outdoor patio in Sacramento? We would love to know what we are missing out on!

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Holly Bohnett is a content specialist for Lyon Real Estate. Holly focuses on local events and community spotlights in the Sacramento area, as well as home and design inspiration for the real estate industry.


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Holly Bohnett

Holly Bohnett is a content specialist for Lyon Real Estate. Holly focuses on local events and community spotlights in the Sacramento area, as well as home and design inspiration for the real estate industry.

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