With North Texas hitting that sweet spot between the blazing hot temperatures of summer and the frigid cold of winter, it is an ideal time to check out the many al fresco dining opportunities on offer across Dallas.

Considering El Niño might soon bring some wet weather to the region, it is all the more reason to check out some of the city’s top-rated patios and rooftops and bask in the comfortable coolness of fall while it lasts.


Situated in Downtown Dallas, Catbird offers a chic rooftop experience atop the Thompson Hotel at 1401 Elm St.

Enjoy the Asian-inspired decor and bites of roasted Brussels sprouts or grilled octopus tacos while listening to DJ sets on the weekends. The venue also serves up classic cocktails, including Martinis, Tom Collins, Manhattans, and more.

Dot’s Hop House & Cocktail Courtyard

Located in the heart of Deep Ellum at 2645 Commerce St., Dot’s Hop House offers a mosaic of culinary treats.

The location blends a spacious outdoor dining setting with a rich selection of beers and meticulously crafted cocktails. The ambiance strikes a balance between lively and laid-back, and the joint’s burger, enhanced by a historic grill, stands out as an enticing meal option alongside duck-fat cheese fries.

Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House

For a more laid-back experience that includes beer, whiskey, and burgers, check out Goodfriend at 1154 Peavy Rd. in East Dallas.

The dog-friendly patio offers a beer garden experience set to select live music. Some of the craft beers on tap include Oak Cliff Hefeweizen, Real Ale Fireman #4, Rollertown Beerworks The Big German, and more.

Smoky Rose

Those looking for a mix of Texas barbecue and a buzzing atmosphere need look no further than the rustic-chic Smoky Rose.

Nestled on Garland Road, Smoky Rose is celebrated for its vibrant courtyard patio and wallet-friendly happy hour, featuring brisket queso and an array of spirited drinks. Check out the live music scheduled every weekend and the special dog park for pups.

Surf Camp

Summer goes on forever at Surf Camp, a brand-new rooftop bar located at 2130 Commerce St. Actually, it will only go on for six more months since the venue will move on to another theme as part of its pop-up style design.

As covered by The Dallas Express, the latest theme features tropical decor and a “beachy” atmosphere. California-style eats, such as ceviche and seared tuna, are served alongside classic cocktails. If the beachy vibe is not for you, check back in six months.

Tequila Social

Tequila Social provides a refreshing Tex-Mex retreat along the Katy Trail at 3100 McKinnon St.

The venue merges traditional aesthetics with a modern touch, offering a robust tequila experience in its expansive 10,000-square-foot patio. Happy hour is the time to indulge in affordable yet expertly crafted cocktails, with $6 margaritas to wash down $5 tacos.