These popular Fort Worth patios have reopened for dining al fresco

As Texas continues to relax its restrictions – with a series of store openings announced by Governor Greg Abbott on May 18 – some diners are poised to tip their feet back onto the dining scene. Restaurants that were allowed to reopen on May 1st can increase their capacity to 50 percent on May 22nd and double their previous capacity of 25 percent. These capacity limits don’t apply to outdoor areas, but groups can’t be larger than six people, and tables must still be six feet apart.

What brings us to terraces.

While the pandemic continues, patios are popular with people who’d rather not eat indoors and people who are just looking for a new change of scene. Here are some of Fort Worth’s best courtyards that have reopened to guests – all in compliance with COVID-19 precautions such as continued hygiene, thorough cleaning of tables between parties, temperature controls, masked staff, and requiring guests to wear masks . also.

Blue Mesa Grill

The restaurant’s popular brunch buffet is only available to take away these days, but Blue Mesa’s tangy blue margaritas can still be enjoyed on the covered roadside terrace. The view of bustling Carroll Street – now busier as people slowly make their way under relaxing restrictions – adds to the entertainment. For nutrition, it’s hard to go wrong with the New Mexican blue corn stacked enchiladas.

Branch & bird

The sky-high restaurant and terrace – as well as the fully stocked bar – are open Monday through Friday for counter and online orders. Customers can then eat on site at one of the socially distant tables, which are all at least one meter apart. While there are no waiters, the restaurant has team members to clean and disinfect the tables after each user’s use, and there are nice new sanitary touches like paper towels near door handles. Happy hour is still Monday through Friday from 2pm to 6pm.

Del Frisco’s grid

Now that the Bird Café is permanently closed on May 22nd, Del Frisco’s Grille is the only place to dine al fresco in the Sundance Square Plaza aside from the tiny footprint of the Taco Diner. Take part in ahi tuna tacos, the first-class double patty cheeseburger or truffle mac and cheese with the typical pineapple martini. Reservations are recommended to secure a spot.


With spring in full bloom, Tim Love’s hidden outdoor oasis is more lush than ever. The seating is set amidst vegetable gardens and bright orange parasols. The star chef was a supporter of the Texas reopening and even visited the White House on May 18 to discuss the restaurant industry’s recovery with President Donald Trump and fellow restaurateurs. Gemelle is now taking restaurant reservations and checking the customer’s temperature upon arrival. For pizza, pasta and frozen Aperol, visit spritz.

Gloria’s Latin American cuisine

The Salvadoran-style restaurant, with locations in Colleyville and Fort Worth’s Montgomery Plaza, is one of many restaurants that offers a QR code that customers can scan as a contactless option to view menus on their phones. Patio dining is popular at the widely spaced tables for mojitos, margaritas, and favorites like ceviche tostadas and carne asada with black beans and fried plantains.

Home barbecue

Currently, only the River District location of the BBQ oasis is open for terrace meals. So far, the opening times are only from Friday to Sunday when the weather is nice. The expansive deck with Adirondack chairs and picnic tables offers window service to the bar inside. On Heim’s lawn, guests will find even more outdoor seating with additional picnic tables shaded by parasols. Indulge in brisket mac and cheese, banana pudding, and TX whiskey on tap.

HG Sply Co.

The river views speak for this favorite in Westbend, where the deck has both covered and open-air seating perfect for a toast at sunset. Have phones ready to scan the QR code to display the menu. The Healthy Living Restaurant is popular with those following a diet like Whole30, Paleo, Vegetarians, Vegans, and more – but people of all diets can find something to devour.

Hookers grill

This classic country music that can be heard on West Exchange Avenue comes from the speakers at Hookers Grill, a destination only on the two-level patio with outdoor seating. The counter burger shop is open Wednesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner and has cold beer, wine and lots of smiles from the Hooker family staff behind the kitchen window. The picnic tables are conveniently spaced from each other, giving you plenty of space to devour the burger pressed with grilled onions.

Joe T. Garcias

Pandemic or not, the line remains strong in this outdoor dining mecca that currently operates at less than 25 percent capacity but still attracts dozens. The best choice to grab a table is to visit outside of rush hour, e.g. B. in the afternoon or later in the evening. Terrace opening times (and roadside pick-up) are 11am to 8pm Sunday through Thursday and 11am to 9pm on Friday and Saturday.

The Stockyards Cowboys

The Stockyards Staple has opened its extensive outdoor garden area with its lush canopies and covered seating for brunch Wednesday through Saturday and Sunday. Go for Cisnero’s family favorites like the sour cream chicken enchiladas and the avocado stuffed with chicken salad. There is also live music every Friday and Saturday evening – a plus, while concerts are almost non-existent at the moment.

Piattello Italian cuisine

Marcus Paslay’s Italian restaurant with a view of the green areas on the waterside only opened its terrace (and inside) this weekend, to the delight of guests. Visit for lovely favorites like fried pumpkin flowers with homemade ricotta, panzanella salad, and lobster ravioli. Make a reservation to secure a spot.

Piola Italian restaurant and garden

The elegant patio of this hidden West Fort Worth favorite is now open, but dinner won’t start until Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Go for bruschetta, lobster bisque, caprese salad, and creme brulee. Pair with Italian Prosecco and toast for al fresco dining.

Rodeo goat

The craving for burgers can be satisfied in this cultural district for cult favorites such as the Chaca Oaxaca with chorizo, Queso fresco and fried eggs. and the whiskey burger with candied bacon and blackberry compote. The wide open terrace offers space for a picnic table and lots of sunshine. Wash it all off with some moontang, a strong, moonlit, seaweed-toned libation.

Rogers Roundhouse

Long before COVID-19, the sprawling Rogers Road restaurant was known for its spacious terrace with plenty of space for social distancing. Now it’s open again, serving everything from burgers and wings to tacos and weekend brunch. Don’t forget the Curly’s Frozen Custard for dessert.

South Side Rambler

Former La Zona on West Magnolia Avenue is now South Side Rambler, a brand new restaurant and bar that opened May 18 and features a pet and kid-friendly terrace with colorful picnic tables, umbrellas, and Adirondack chairs. Big selling points include 40+ taps and regular live music, as well as a long selection of American favorites, including an Atlantic lobster roll. Night owls will appreciate the later hours – South Side Rambler is open from 11am to midnight during the week and until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Sushi axiom

The Montgomery Plaza location of this Fort Worth favorite is experiencing a newfound life as an alfresco restaurant. Set under the twinkling fairy lights and overlooking passers-by, the sushi destination is an under-the-radar option for alfresco dining and drinking with a long list of rolls, fresh sashimi, and colorful martinis.

The bearded lady

Look for the Gastropub on South Main Street, which opens its dining room and terrace on Wednesday just in time for the holiday weekend. Seating areas – some covered and some shaded by parasols – are sparsely spread out on gravel-covered floors and overlook the growing retail and restaurant district of Near Southside. Enjoy fried okra and two-hand sandwiches, and be refreshed with cocktails like vodka and cherry lemonade.

Winslow’s Wine Cafe

Camp Bowie Boulevard’s favorite neighborhood plans to open its dining room and terrace to 25 percent on May 19, but is asking guests not to hold their visit for more than an hour and a half. Winslow’s patio is like a cozy garden with upholstered furniture, potted plants and flowers, and coveted seating around a quaint fire pit. Go for wood-fired pizza, homemade pasta, and lots of rose. UPDATE: Winslow announced in a Facebook post on May 19 that the roadside service would continue for the time being.

Woodshed smokehouse

With a view of the Trinity River trails and comfortably spaced picnic tables and sitting areas, Tim Love’s BBQ is perhaps one of the most popular pandemic decks right now. Temperatures are checked at the door, so customers should be prepared for a quick forehead reading. Grilling ranges from traditional to “New Q” including ramen and tacos.

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