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Best Patios

Best Patios

With things heating up outside, it’s time to start enjoying food and drinks on Green Country’s many patio spots. Enjoy this list of beautiful, hip and casual outside spots where you can people watch, catch a great view, visit with pals or spend time with that special someone.

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Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon
Published
March 29, 2017 9:40 AM

Warm sun, spring breezes, fresh air… Ah, it’s the perfect time to be outside and enjoy the gorgeous spring weather. You’ve been cooped up to avoid the cold for too long, right? You’re ready to emerge from winter’s hibernation and reach out to friends and loved ones to get caught up on the latest news.

And what better way to do both than to enjoy some snacks and drinks outside?

You can do that with ease, making a day of it by shopping, supporting local businesses and grabbing eats and drinks on one of the area’s many patios. Yes, Green Country has many restaurants, cafés, coffee shops and bars that offer outdoor seating.

Some are casual and laid back, allowing you to put up your feet and have long talks with close pals. Others spots offer fantastic views of downtown Tulsa’s skyline, or opportunities to people watch in the busy Brookside, Cherry Street or Brady Districts. Some are secluded, perfect for an intimate drink or dinner with your significant other. All are ideal for enjoying the spring and summer in style.

So, now that spring has fully sprung and warm, sunny, breezy weather is here to stay, make plans to visit our list of Green Country’s 43 best patios.

The Wine Loft patio
The Wine Loft provides gorgeous martinis, scores of wine-by-the-glass options and a cozy couch-seating patio in which to drink them.

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Blue Rose Café
1924 Riverside Dr. | Tulsa
You can’t talk patios in the Tulsa area without mentioning the Blue Rose Café. This casual eatery is known for great burgers and cheese fries, and a large wooden deck off the back of the restaurant, giving visitors a view of the Arkansas River. It’s like hanging at the lake without having to drive that far. Kick back with your pals or your date, and enjoy local craft beers on tap, bottled imports and domestics, wine, or one of the Blue Rose’s custom cocktails.

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Bravos Mexican Grill
8010 E. 106th St. | Tulsa
4532 E. 51st St. | Tulsa
Delicious Mexican food delivered by excellent, attentive servers in a classy, delightful atmosphere — that’s Bravos. Their menu is solid, with generous portions that you’ll linger over as you chat with your family and friends. Bravos is especially known for making fresh guacamole table side, which is a nice treat. But if you’re wanting to spend some time outdoors, visit their south Memorial location for the lovely patio seating and enjoy their tacos and margaritas during happy hour, which is 3-6 p.m. daily.

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Cafe Olé
3509 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
Fans of outside seating say that Cafe Olé has one of the best patios in town. Their southwestern style patio boasts comfortable tables, a fireplace to warm you on cold days, and clear shades that can be drawn down to protect from the rain and rolled up to bring in warm breezes on sunny days. Patrons get a measure of privacy while still being near happening Brookside. And Cafe Olé serves an award-winning margarita, perfect for sipping on a summer evening.

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Caz’s Chowhouse
18 E. Mathew Brady St. | Tulsa
Taste bud pleasing comfort food, a good beer, and a good seat in the busy Brady District, Caz’s Chowhouse is a favorite among many downtown Tulsans. Customer favorites include the Cuban sandwich that is packed with meat, the huge crispy chicken-fried chicken and gravy, a tasty pot roast, and the juicy portabella mushroom burger. But really, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. And the patio seating along the street is perfect for people watching during a First Friday Art Crawl.

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Chimi’s
1304 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
6709 E. 81st St. | Tulsa
5320 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
A Tulsa tradition since 1983, Chimi’s serves fresh Mexican dishes and drinks with a smile. Their Cherry Street location boasts a homemade tortilla maker that is fun to observe through the floor-to-ceiling, glass-viewing window. Enjoy those fresh tortillas on the patio, which is set on a second-floor balcony, allowing for more privacy than you’d get at street level plus a terrific view of the downtown Tulsa skyline. Their house margarita on the rocks is a smooth, delicious way to wind down after a long week.

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D’Vina
1350 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
With a menu that features international flavors and recipes, a visit to D’Vina is an adventure. Sample tasty dishes like chicken tikka masala, herbed Israeli couscous, smoked salmon, New York clam chowder, escolar (tuna) sashimi and more. On a warm Sunday, enjoy brunch on their woody, peaceful patio. Order the pork and fried egg sandwich or the chicken and waffle sliders, and be sure to test out their signature bloody mary, made fresh with locally grown tomatoes and candied pork belly.

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Doc’s Wine & Food
3509 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
New Orleans-style Doc’s Wine & Food’s outdoor patio is a Brookside favorite for people watching and good food. Enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner while sipping Doc’s handcrafted sangria, mimosas or Cajun bloody marys under the patio table umbrellas. Enjoy oysters and eggs, the fried oyster po’boy or an old standby, shrimp cocktail. Try their tasty chicken and waffles, housemade waffles with arugula and Cajun spiced tenders, or their unique shrimp and grits with creole barbecue sauce.

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East Village Bohemian Pizzeria
818 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa
The boho patio of East Village Bohemian Pizzeria lets just the right amount of sunshine in, and the great servers keep the tasty pizzas coming. Patio lovers enjoy the Neopolitan style wood-fired pizzas, served hot for lunch or dinner. Try the Queen Margherita, drizzled in herb garlic oil or the way-cheesy Quattro Formaggi and you’ll thank us. Also for a good time in the shade, any one of their Italian sandwiches will be sure to please.

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Fassler Hall
304 S. Elgin Ave. | Tulsa
Fassler Hall has a huge biergarten patio with a very nice view of Tulsa’s skyline. Live music and tons of beer on tap make it one of downtown’s most lively patio scenes. Known for their duck fat fries served with Gouda cheese, their amazing variety of German sausages and brunch menu items, Fassler Hall is a party waiting to happen.

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Hey Mambo
114 N. Boston Ave. | Tulsa
Located a few yards away from the busy corner of Boston and Brady, Hey Mambo lets you eat in a happening part of town while still enjoying a bit of distance from the mad crowds when you eat outside at their street seating. While you’re chilling there, order one of their pizzas, all of which have a superbly light but satisfying crust. And hint, hint: their coconut prawn appetizer is worth every penny.

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In the Raw
3321 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
6151 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
2166 Main St. | Broken Arrow
In the Raw is a hip, active hot spot for people who love sushi and also love seeing and being seen. If you’re not into raw fish, then opt for their steak — an 8-ounce pepper filet served with wasabi mashed potatoes and asparagus with portabella demi glaze. They offer great deals Mondays through Thursdays. And their patio on the hill at Sheridan gives a stunning view of the Tulsa skyline in the distance, making it perfect for a special date night.

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Inner Circle Vodka Bar
410 N. Main St. | Tulsa
Karaoke, trivia night, live music and a lineup of beer, gin, scotch, whiskey, rum and tequila make this bar great. Not to mention the vodka. Inner Circle specializes in seasonal, flavored vodkas; the spring menu includes strawberry-rhubarb, pepper, peanut, melon and 10 other flavors. Their infused drinks take those vodkas and get creative. We suggest the Cosmo Kramer — cranberry orange vodka, cranberry juice and triple sec while listening to music on the patio.

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Los Cabos
300 Riverwalk Terrace #100 | Jenks
15 Bass Pro Dr. | Broken Arrow
9455 N. Owasso Expy. | Owasso
All three locations of this fabulous Mexican grill are close to water, making the Los Cabos patio atmospheres like a mini-vacay. Enjoy beautiful open air and some of the freshest enchiladas, tacos and chimis in town. Get your drink on and start the evening off right with their award-winning margaritas. You’ll leave with a completely satisfied stomach, wishing you could go back. Sounds like a trip to Mexico if you ask us.

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Mexicali
14 W. Mathew Brady St. | Tulsa
Mexicali is the Brady District’s go-to Mexican dining patio experience. With a history older than many of our readers, they’ve figured out a thing or two about food that pleases. The authentic border town restaurant atmosphere is unbeatable. Then there’s the food. Sizzling fajitas of beef, pork, chicken or shrimp Acapulco will hit the spot. Lastly, a covered patio provides an outdoor experience with protection from the elements.

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Napa Flats
9912 Riverside Pkwy. | Tulsa
Napa’s luxurious patio comes with umbrella covered tables and one of the best restaurant views of the Arkansas River in town. It’s the outstanding food, however, from an exclusively wood-fired kitchen that brings people back again and again. The menu is a uniquely combined Italian-Californian fusion. Gourmet pizza and pasta, along with hand-cut in-house Angus steaks, make your patio dining experience exquisite. For dessert, try a trio of several gelatos to choose from, or the delicious banana crumble.

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Ol’Vine
3523 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
Newly opened Ol’Vine, located where Sonoma once was, brings back two of Brookside’s favorite patios. The restaurant’s front, street side patio or the secluded rear patio are both outstanding dining options for either Sunday brunch or for a dinner at sundown. A business lunch at Ol’Vine would also be an excellent choice too. Pan-seared crab cakes, wood-grilled meatballs or wine mushroom gnocchi are a few wonderful dishes to have out on the patio. Also enjoy a glass of wine from the smart collection available.

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R Bar & Grill
3421 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
If you’ve walked down Brookside day or night, you’ve probably noticed the R Bar’s deck-style patio full and bubbling over with people. Their weekend brunch is one reason why. From fresh doughnut holes and sourdough cinnamon rolls to poutine fries and smoked ham and eggs, it’s hard to go wrong. Plus, they have an impressive collection of domestic and international beers on top and bottled for happy hour and game nights, which you can enjoy on their 60-inch plasma HD televisions.

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Rusty Crane
109 N. Detroit Ave. | Tulsa
Drink and dine in style while catching the sights of downtown Tulsa at the Rusty Crane. This spot has a unique patio in that it has a great top-floor view of ONEOK field, so close you could kick a soccer ball into it, or perhaps toss a baseball there. Kick back and enjoy their signature menu item, the Yumlata — a chicken, black bean and cheese dish served in a large sun-dried basil-tomato tortilla, topped in Alfredo sauce.

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Soul City
1621 E. 11th St. | Tulsa
This music-oriented gastropub on Route 66 is a must visit when you’re ready to go someplace other than downtown, Brookside or Bixby. Their menu includes stylish comfort dishes like the BLTA (bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado), jalapeño pork rice bowl, cheesy mac, and a triple-layered grilled cheese. They offer live music Fridays and Saturdays. And their outside seating is fenced in and illuminated with wired lights in the evenings for a fun patio feel.

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Waterfront Grill
120 Aquarium Dr. | Jenks
The name says it all. Waterfront Grill’s expansive patio almost guarantees you’ll find a seat with a view of the river every visit. And they can always guarantee an unmatched dining experience. Whether it’s a Sunday brunch or an evening out on the town, you’ll enjoy the freshest, best quality meal they can offer. Sushi, steak or omelet, you won’t be disappointed. Try their award-winning Cucumber Martini or a signature glass of wine and enjoy fresh Oklahoma breezes while you dine.

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Wild Fork
1820 Utica Square | Tulsa
When you’re shopping at Utica and you want a delicious meal served in a gorgeous outside setting, The Wild Fork is ideal. In addition to gourmet dishes, The Wild Fork boasts a rotating gallery of regionally crafted art and a full-service bar. It’ll be hard to choose what to order. Snow crab and corn cakes, fettuccine with tomatoes and arugula, red cornmeal crusted chicken — all of it and more are made by a superb kitchen staff and pair nicely with their select wines.

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The Wine Loft
7890 E. 106th Place | Tulsa
The Wine Loft provides gorgeous martinis, scores of wine-by-the-glass options and a cozy couch-seating patio in which to drink them. But if you’re more than thirsty, the Loft’s gourmet tapas menu is spectacular. Baked Brie, ahi tuna, or Thai calamari, to name a few, will also please the palate. Or try the pan-seared wagyu beef sliders, served with flavorfully smoked blue cheese, a sweet onion jam, Roma tomatoes, mixed greens on a toasted brioche bun.

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BGB
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The Coffee House on Cherry Street
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Dalesandro’s
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Dilly Diner
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El Guapo’s Cantina
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The Hunt Club
224 N. Main St. | Tulsa

Island Joe’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La Marina
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La Villa Restaurant
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Laffa
111 N. Main St. | Tulsa

Leena’s Mediterranean Grill
6746 S. Memorial Dr. | Tulsa

Lucky’s on the Green
111 E. Mathew Brady St. | Tulsa

McNellie’s South City
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Mi Cocina
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Queenies Plus
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Roosevelt’s
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Russo’s
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Taziki’s
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Tucci’s
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The Vault
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