11 Best Restaurant Patios in Tucson

Cozy up at our top choices to take advantage of this season.

Whether it’s the decor, people watching, or the great outdoors, the best restaurant patios are usually cozy enough to linger on for hours.

If you’re looking for a patio featuring brunch at a luxury resort, check out Feasts, Views & Mimosas: 6 Fancy Sunday Brunch Buffets. For a patio brew, check out 10 Popular Patios to Grab a Cold One in Tucson.

For everything else, below is our list of the best restaurant patios in Tucson.

Blanco Tacos + Tequila

2905 E. Skyline Dr.

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With a location in the Foothills overlooking Tucson, Blanco offers one of the best views in town. The happy hour is also one of the best deals in town.

For more information, visit blancotacostequila.com.

Blue Willow

2616 N. Campbell Ave.

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With abundant greenery and a calming fountain, Blue Willow’s patio is a peaceful respite from the traffic of Campbell Avenue.

For more information, visit bluewillowtucson.com.

The Boxyard

238 N. Fourth Ave.
Boxyard on Fourth Avenue (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Boxyard on Fourth Avenue (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Shipping container development the Boxyard opened with a bar and abundant outdoor seating. In fact, it’s built around outdoor seating. Some of the containers also open nicely for shaded, open-air seating.

Additionally, three restaurants have opened at Boxyard: Percheron Mexican GrillBXQ (Bronx BBQ), and Nhu Lan Vietnamese Food.

Cafe a la C’Art

150 N. Main Ave.

The patio at Cafe a la C’Art features vibrant mosaic tile work and occasional live music. It’s also just steps away from the Tucson Museum of Art.

For more information, visit cafealacarttucson.com.

The Coronet

402 E. Ninth St.

Located on the corner of 4th Avenue and 9th Street, the Coronet’s patio provides top-notch people-watching. The tent, fans, misters, and heaters make it cozy year-round.

For more information, visit cafecoronet.com.

Hotel Congress

311 E. Congress St.

The open courtyard patio of Hotel Congress is large enough to host festivals, yet cozy enough to curl up at a table with a book. Renovations are in the works to make it even better.

Also on the patio, Plaza Eats whips up international street food 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Thursday and 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

For more information, visit hotelcongress.com.

La Cocina

201 N. Court Ave.

La Cocina’s patio offers a backyard feel — the backyard of someone who has their life together. And a turtle pond.

For more information, visit lacocinatucson.com.

Mercado San Agustin

100 S. Avenida del Convento

While Mercado San Agustin is not a restaurant, it houses the shared patios of multiple restaurants such as Agustin Kitchen and Seis Kitchen, as well as Presta Coffee.

The open-air space has a Spanish courtyard feel. Musical acts such as Naïm Amor frequently perform live.

For more information, visit mercadodistrict.com.

Playground Bar & Lounge

278 E. Congress St.
Roof at Playground Bar & Lounge (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Roof at Playground Bar & Lounge (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Whether it’s front, back, or on top, Playground offers patios for days.

For more information, visit playgroundtucson.com.

Proof Artisanal Pizza & Pasta

4340 N. Campbell Ave. Ste. 104

While St. Philips features a variety of lovely patios, Proof shines bright.

During warm days, fans and shades keep the area cool. In the cold weather, the patio is covered and utilizes a generous amount of heaters to keep things toasty.

Since Proof, Union, and Reforma share a liquor license and a center courtyard, guests can bring cocktails to the courtyard for live music.

For more information, call (520) 789-7447 or visit prooftucson.com.

Saguaro Corners

3750 S. Old Spanish Trail

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Popular with bicyclists, Saguaro Corners is just on the outskirts of Saguaro National Park East with a stunning desert view.

The impressive list of beers makes the view that much easier to enjoy.

For more information, visit saguarocorners.net.

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