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'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'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 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.
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.
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.
This bicycling-themed tap room is naturally popular with bicyclists.
For more information, visit catalinabrewingco.com.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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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 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.
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.
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' 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 provides New Mexico cuisine with a beautiful patio. Misters are also available to tame the heat.
For more information, visit pocoandmoms.com.
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 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.
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 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
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.
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'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.
Let us know your favorite open patios in the comments.
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...