26 cozy bar & restaurant patios currently open in Tucson

May 27, 2020
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By Jackie Tran
By Jackie Tran

If you’re on the cusp of being ready to dine out, the fresh open air of a patio might be the right stepping stone for you.

With social distancing and limited seating as a result, call the restaurant before swinging by to make sure there’s a table available.

Here’s our small list of cozy restaurant patios currently open in the Greater Tucson area (hi there, Marana and Oro Valley).

Agustin Kitchen

100 S. Avenida del Convento, #150

Agustin Kitchen’s lovely patio is open with reservations only at the moment; we can’t wait until fully reopens with the rest of Mercado San Agustin.

For more information, call (520) 398-5382 or visit agustinkitchen.com.

Blue Willow

2616 N. Campbell Ave.

Blue Willow’s patio feels like your artsy aunt’s backyard, cozy with abundant greenery and a calming fountain. The comforting food matches the vibes.

For more information, call (520) 327-7577 or visit bluewillowtucson.com.

Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon & BBQ

1801 N. Stone Ave.

Brother John’s just reopened with a brand new shaded biergarten. Although they are best known for their barbecue, beer is also literally in their name; they live up to it with their impressive draft list and $2 draft beer Tuesdays.

For more information, call (520) 867-6787 or visit brotherjohnsbbq.com.

Button Brew House

6800 N. Camino Martin, Ste. 160
Facade and patio at Button Brew House (Credit: Jackie Tran)
Facade and patio at Button Brew House (Credit: Jackie Tran)

This northwest brewery recently re-opened their taproom and spacious patio. Check their website for their food truck schedule.

For more information, visit buttonbrewhouse.com.

Casa Marana Craft Beer • Wine • Spirits

8225 N. Courtney Page Way, Ste. 191, Marana, AZ 85743

This northwestern beer and wine joint recently expanded with liquor and Neapolitan pizza. Enjoy their open patio with a cold one and a freshly baked pizza.

For more information, call (520) 505-4870 or visit casamarana.com.

Catalina Brewing Company

6918 N. Camino Martin, Ste. 120

This bicycling-themed tap room is naturally popular with bicyclists.

For more information, visit catalinabrewingco.com.

Charred Pie

12125 N. Oracle Rd., Ste. 105, Oro Valley, AZ 85737
Patio view at Charred Pie
Patio view at Charred Pie (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Even though Charred Pie is next to a movie theater, it still features a stunning view of the Pusch Ridge mountains from their patio. Their pizzas also happen to be one of the best in town.

For more information, call (520) 395-2232 or visit charredpie.com.

Cielos at Lodge on the Desert

306 N. Alvernon Way
Patio at Cielos at Lodge on the Desert (Photo courtesy of Lodge on the Desert)
Patio at Cielos at Lodge on the Desert (Photo courtesy of Lodge on the Desert)

Hidden in the center of Tucson, Cielos features lovely al fresco dining with a distinctly Tucson aesthetic. Order some refine southwestern cuisine and one of their award-winning margaritas.

For more information, call (520) 320-2000 or visit lodgeonthedesert.com.

Contigo Latin Kitchen

3770 E. Sunrise Dr.
Patio at Contigo Latin Kitchen (Credit: Jackie Tran)
Patio at Contigo Latin Kitchen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

For a fancier golf course and desert scenic view with some tapas, check out the patio at Contigo.

For more information, call (520) 299-1540 or visit eatatcontigo.com.

Cup Cafe at Hotel Congress

311 E. Congress St.
Cup Cafe patio (Photo courtesy of Hotel Congress)
Cup Cafe patio (Photo courtesy of Hotel Congress)

Cup Cafe resumed with dine-in service exclusively on the patio as of May 28. Their signature Cast Iron Baked Eggs are best enjoyed outside, after all.

For more information, call (520) 798-1618 or visit hotelcongress.com.

Fini’s Landing

5689 N. Swan Rd.
Patio at Fini's Landing
Patio at Fini’s Landing (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Fini’s patio features a laid-back beach with several television sets alongside a view of the Catalina Mountains. Don’t miss out on their crunch Pork Belly Tacos.

For more information, call (520) 299-1010 or visit finislanding.com.

Gentle Ben’s

865 E. University Blvd.

Even though people-watching on Main Gate Square isn’t the same spectacle right now, the upstairs patio at Gentle Ben still provides a lovely view of the area.

For more information, call (520) 624-4177 or visit gentlebens.com.

Ghini’s French Caffe

1803 E. Prince Rd.

It’s always rosé season at Ghini’s. Get yourself a glass to enjoy with their signature brunch and underappreciated sandwiches.

For more information, call (520) 326-9095 or visit ghiniscafe.com.

HighWire Lounge

14 S. Arizona Ave.


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HighWire significantly increased gaps between tables with their courtyard patio merging with that of neighbor Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market.

For more information, call (520) 449-8673. Keep up with HighWire Lounge on Facebook.

La Botana

3200 N. First Ave. • 5526 E. Grant Rd.

La Botana has opened its patio at both of their locations, which is perfect for enjoying one of their massive Uberritas. By the way, it’s available in eight different flavors, including classic lime, tropical, cucumber-jalapeno, sandia (watermelon), and more.

For more information, visit labotanatacos.com.

MotoSonora Brewing Company

1015 S. Park Ave.

A new hidden gem, MotoSonora features a sleek outdoor beer garden with a colorful view of their brewing tanks in the evening.

For more information, visit motosonora.com.

Mr. Head’s Art Gallery & Bar

513 N. Fourth Ave.

You can order delivery for cousin restaurant Drunken Chicken while lounging at the patio of Mr. Head’s .

Keep up with Mr. Head’s on Instagram.

Noble Hops

1335 W. Lambert Ln., Oro Valley, AZ 85737
Patio (Photo courtesy of Noble Hops)
Patio (Photo courtesy of Noble Hops)

Noble Hops’ east-facing patio features a panoramic view of the mountains surrounding Oro Valley. They also currently have $5 margarita and sangria specials all week long.

For more information, visit noblehops.com.

Poco & Mom’s Cantina

7000 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Patio at Poco & Mom's Cantina (Credit: Jackie Tran)
Patio at Poco & Mom’s Cantina (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Poco & Mom’s Cantina provides New Mexico cuisine with a beautiful patio. Misters are also available to tame the heat.

For more information, visit pocoandmoms.com.

Union Public House • Reforma • Proof Artisanal Pizza & Pasta

4280 N. Campbell Ave.

The sister restaurants all share a liquor license and a center courtyard in the timeless St. Philip’s Plaza.

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

Saguaro Corners

3750 S. Old Spanish Trail

Saguaro Corners is just a skip away from the stunning Saguaro National Park East. Make it your destination before or after a leisurely stroll at the park.

For more information, visit saguarocorners.net.

Sentinel Peak Brewing Company

4746 E. Grant Rd.

While Sentinel Peak’s central location is only a few feet from a Trader Joe’s, they make the most of their space with a comfy green patio.

For more information, visit sentinelpeakbrewing.com.

Sky Bar

536 N. Fourth Ave.
Sky Bar patio
Photo courtesy of Sky Bar on Facebook

Sky Bar has plenty of space inside but its patio offers a fun view, too. They’re currently open from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Sunday – Thursday and 11 a.m. – midnight on Friday and Saturday.

For more information, call (520) 622-4300 or visit skybartucson.com.

Tavolino Ristorante Italiano

2890 E. Skyline Dr.

A happy hour favorite, Tavolino features a patio with accommodations ranging from cozy casual to white tablecloth chic.

For more information, call (520) 531-1913 or visit tavolinoristorante.com.

Tay’s BBQ

16461 S. Houghton Rd.
Tay's BBQ patio
Tay’s BBQ patio (Credit: Kate Severino)

Located on the far outer crown of Tucson (Corona de Tucson), Tay’s BBQ features an open-air patio and outdoor games.

For more information, visit taysbbqaz.com.

Wild Garlic Grill

2870 E. Skyline Dr.

Wild Garlic’s patio provides additional peace and quiet with a lovely view of the courtyard.

For more information, call (520) 206-0017 or visit wildgarlicgrill.com.

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Jackie Tran is a Tucson-based food writer, photographer, culinary educator, and owner-chef of the food truck Tran’s Fats. Although he is best known locally for his work for Tucson Foodie, his work has also appeared in publications such as Bon...

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