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21 alfresco options for when you need a great meal and ambiance

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The Duck and Bunny
Looking for light fare beneath the stars? Wander into Duck and Bunny and ask to be seated in the backyard where you’ll be led to a secret garden of sorts. The outdoor patio at Duck and Bunny is the perfect option if you want to grab a crêpe, a cupcake, or a small bite while spending a romantic moment or a casual hangout with friends. 312 Wickenden Street

Ogie’s Trailer Park
If your summer nights make you wish you and your friends were in The Sandlot, Ogie’s is going to help you get there. Think lots of retro kitsch with the back patio designed to look like a 1950s-style trailer park complete with astroturf, colorful campers, and a Tiki bar serving up tasty drinks. A menu of burgers, tater tots, and brats round out the summer party vibe. 1155 Westminster Street

Cafe Nuovo
WaterFire is the inarguable star when it comes to outdoor Providence nightlife and there are a very select few restaurants that get to call its Riverwalk location home. One of which is Cafe Nuovo with its canopied seating offering a front-row to the spectacle. Enjoy a relaxed dinner and be sure to save room for dessert. Turtle Cheesecake by an open flame on the Providence River? Yes, please. One Citizens Plaza

Backstage Kitchen and Bar at Hotel Providence
If you truly want to feel downtown while you eat, head to Backstage Kitchen and Bar. Hotel Providence’s new restaurant is right smack-dab in the middle of the dining and shopping of downcity. Chill out under an umbrella by day or sit back under the lights by night and enjoy the scenery surrounding the attractive patio – not to mention the people watching – over Lobster Salad Sliders and Mile High Pastrami Sandwiches. 313 Westminster Street

Los Andes
Somehow tucked within the quiet neighborhood of three-family homes along Chalkstone Avenue belies the hidden courtyard of Los Andes restaurant. Imagine dining on Peruvian and Bolivian specialties like paella or ceviche in an alluring open-air setting that includes a fountain, dim lighting, and an open fire. No passport required. 903 Chalkstone Avenue

Al Forno
In a city overflowing with Italian food, what does Al Forno offer that the others don’t? In addition to cementing its place as one of the city’s most nationally acclaimed restaurants, Al Forno has fashioned a grotto-inspired area outside, perfect for eating and star-gazing. You’re sure to be moonstruck beneath the hanging vines while enjoying offerings from their varied menu. The bar is just a few steps away – another perk of this culinary delight. 577 S Water Street

Quay
There’s an undeniable charm to the river running through the capital, and there’s no closer place to experience it than Quay, where you could actually reach out and touch the people strolling by the water. While small, the exterior dining area has a great coastal-meets-Mediterranean feel. Head there for lunch and grab some baked brie or Quay Hummus. 200 Exchange Street, Riverwalk Level

India
It’s nearly impossible to walk by India and not be lured inside by the lush flora adorning the entrance. Indulge your senses and request outdoor seating for dining that feels like an exotic escape. Spicy kabobs practically demand to be eaten outside during the warmer months. The park across the street (perfect for an after-curry stroll) is an added bonus. 1060 Hope Street

Rooftop at Providence G
If you’re looking to take in the Providence skyline as you dine, Rooftop at Providence G is the go-to spot. It’s all in the name, with unmatched views of the heart of the city from seven stories up. While surrounded by a breathtaking vista, cozy up to the fire pit once the sun goes down and soak in the live music as you literally sit at the top of city. Go for the spectacle, stay for the truffle popcorn. 100 Dorrance Street

Viva Mexico
Treat yourself to some great Mexican food while enjoying the sights and sounds of downcity at Viva Mexico. Tasty enchiladas devoured out back in their enclosed courtyard makes for a perfect mid-day indulgence. 129 Washington Street

The Capital Grille
You know a patio is swanky when its called the Outdoor Terrace. Leave the flip-flops at home for this seasonal splurge and enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and other offerings on the waterside patio. 10 Memorial Boulevard

Jacky’s Waterplace
Feel like a night in Vegas but without the expense? Head to Jacky’s Waterplace location for sushi with a side of glitz. Be seated right along the river for scenic views and a menu of Japanese specialties. 200 Exchange Street

Waterman Grille
Follow Pitman Street to the end and you’ll come to a casual yet elegant restaurant housed within an old bridge gatehouse. Drink in views of the Seekonk River just below as you are wowed by specialties like the roasted mushroom risotto or braised pork shank. 4 Richmond Square

Luxe Burger Bar
Imagine, if you will, eating one of the best burgers in the city, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of downtown. Request alfresco seating and relish a truly essential, soul-quenching summer experience, topped only by their extensive list of condiment options like chipotle aïoli, tzatziki or wasabi mayo. 5 Memorial Boulevard

Chez Pascal and Wurst Kitchen
Inside, there’s elegant French cuisine. Outside, it doesn’t get more casual than a walk-up window for cured meats and sausages. Either way, this combo-restaurant is a delicious choice for lunch or dinner. 960 Hope Street



Dune Brothers Seafood
Need a quick coastal getaway during your lunch hour? Head to Dune Brothers for traditional twists on seaside faves like clam cakes and chowder. So fresh, you might just hear seagulls if you close your eyes. Read our full review here. 239 Dyer Street, 

Xaco Taco
Xaco Tacos serves quality tacos at the former home of Rick’s Roadhouse. The outdoor patio remains relaxed as ever, and in the warmer months, they open up garage doors to bring the alfresco feels into the lively tequila bar. 370 Richmond Street

East End
Take part in the eclectic atmosphere that is Wickenden Street by grabbing a chair outside at the East End pub and bar. Enjoy a menu of over 300 whiskies along with traditional American favorites like fried chicken, bacon burgers, and crab cakes on their charming garden patio. 244 Wickenden Street

Tallulah’s Taqueria
Fresh ingredients like pickled radishes, authentic roots, and good food, and it all comes served up in a quaint outdoor patio that’s begging for a lazy afternoon. 146 Ives Street

CAV
Summer is the perfect time to emerge from this artful and cavernous favorite to dine en plein air. Surrounded by the historic Imperial Knife factory, chow down on savory favorites like braised lamb shank or truffle ravioli beneath a starry night. 14 Imperial Place