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Outdoor Dining Options in Downtown Tempe

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Eat Outside in Downtown Tempe with these Awesome Patios!

One of the luckiest things about living in Arizona is that patio season is just about every month. Even in the middle of summer, there are days just slightly cool enough to hang out with outdoor seating (as long as there are misters--which downtown Tempe has plenty!). 

Many of our neighborhood restaurants have fenced patios featuring comfy seating, cool misters (heaters for those cool evenings too), lights and oodles of people watching opportunities. You'll also find several sidewalk cafes to find a seat and enjoy your coffee or snack and many businesses have rooftop patios where you can take in those awesome Valley views.  

Check out the paw prints for those dog friendly "paw-tios"...

Juuuust kidding it's an *asterisk* instead because adding paw prints proved to be too difficult for my formatting skills. 

Featured: pups tired of walking...looking for a nice patio to take the views in from.

Here is the grand list of downtown Tempe patio seating. Honestly it might have been easier to list the places without patios, but I think these categories of outdoor seating options will get you to the exact spot you're looking for. 

Starting at the top of Mill (north to south): 

We have businesses with ample and comfortable outdoor and patio seating right on Mill Ave itself.

Loco Patron Mexican Grill

Daily Jam 

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

Tacos Calafia

Med Fresh Grill 

*Cornish Pasty

Varsity Tavern (2nd floor terrace) and One One Bar (Rooftop)

*Illegal Pete’s 

CASA Tempe (1st and 2nd floor views)

Five Guys Burgers (nice little hidden patio out back, away from Mill traffic)

*Fat Tuesday Bar 

The Handlebar Tempe

*Matsuri Izakaya on Mill

*Zipp’s Sports Grill

*Taco Boys  

Mellow Mushroom

*Dragon Tea Boba Shop

University Sports Bar & Grill (open garage doors)

*Pita Jungle

Featured: Rusty Taco's Patio off 7th Street

Just off Mill Ave, starting in the North:

*Caffe Boa Bistro & Wine Bar on 4th Street West 

*Poke2U on 4th Street West

*The Lunch Box on 5th Street East

Sunbar Tempe on 5th Street West

*Snakes & Lattes on 6th Street West

Foch Cafe & Bistro on 6th Street East 

*Morning Squeeze on 7th Street West at Centerpoint Plaza

Hot n’ Juicy Crawfish on 7th Street West at Centerpoint Plaza

*Pedal Haus Brewery on 7th Street West at Centerpoint Plaza

*Rusty Taco on 7th Street and Forest 

Postino Wine Cafe on College Ave

Snooze on College Ave

*Culinary Dropout at The Yard Tempe (covered patio/yard) on Farmers Ave

Shady Park on University Drive

*Original Chop Shop on University Drive

*Starbucks on University and Forest 

Featured: Lucero Rooftop at the Omni

Rooftops! For that, elevated look. ;)

Skysill Rooftop Lounge (highest rooftop lounge in the Valley)

Alibi Rooftop Lounge at Canopy Hotel (on the 14th floor!)

The Vib Upbar at the Vib Hotel

The Omni Lucero Rooftop Restaurant and Bar

The Omni Salt & Gila Poolside Bar

**There are also a few businesses scattered downtown that have smaller patios that can accommodate date night, a friend’s lunch date, or some much needed alone time. Check out 414 Pizza, Mesquite Fresh Street Mex,Slices on Mill,  Desert Roots Kitchen (a truly peaceful oasis), The Chuck Box, Phoenicia Cafe, Cafetal Coffee, Happy Joe Coffee, Pokeworks Tempe, Taco Bell Cantina, Twist Hot Chicken, and Sparky’s Ice Cream. All dog friendly patios!**

Featured: One more pup sick of this rollin' around. Find this doggy a patio perch asap.  

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