The Latest Spots for Al Fresco Dining in San Francisco

The Latest Spots for Al Fresco Dining in San Francisco


It’s time for San Francisco summer, so grab your favorite coat (and scarf and hat) and try to land a table at these latest spots that feature outdoor dining.

Bar Agricole
Did you know you can enjoy Sunday brunch on this modern (and sunny) patio from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.? Now you do.

Central Kitchen
The 900-square-foot patio at this brand-new, natural-chic restaurant from the flour + water team has a communal table, a retractable roof, and the all-important SF feature: heat lamps. You’ll be able to access the patio during the day when Salumeria, the adjoining delicatessen, opens very soon.

Local’s Corner (pictured)
This charming seafood spot in the Mission has some outdoor tables you can try to snag for lunch or weekend brunch (they offer an $18 prix-fixe menu), or for dinner on the rare warm evening (the chicken liver mousse is a steal for $6).

Mission Bowling Club
The Mission not only has its own bowling alley, but MBC also has a spacious covered patio where you can share the infamous half-pound Mission Burger with a friend over a beer (or cocktail). Bonus: bike parking on the patio.

Park Tavern
Weekend brunch is the prime time to swing by and grab a table overlooking Washington Square Park (don’t miss the ruby red grapefruit brûlée and boozy smoothie made with banana, Bulleit bourbon, and espresso).

See those shipping containers in Hayes Valley on Octavia? Well, they’re selling tasty things for you to put in your mouth: you can grab an ice cream from Smitten, a coffee from Ritual Roasters, a beer and pretzel from Biergarten (which has its own picnic tables), or a bite from a rotating list of food trucks (like Bacon Bacon or The Dosa Republic). Find a seat at the tables, chairs, and benches on Patricia’s Green, the park flanking PROXY.

Mission Cheese
This popular hangout on Valencia just expanded their outdoor seating in the front, adding wood benches and bright red tables, inspiring the owners to call it the “cheese garden.”

This second location in the Mission features a petite outdoor terrace with heat lamps—but it’s primo during the day, when you can catch a little bit of sun while eating tuna tostadas.

Outdoor seating that’s coming soon:Nopalito on 9th in the Inner Sunset and the SoMa StrEat Food Park.

Marcia Gagliardi is author of the weekly Tablehopper e-column and book The Tablehopper’s Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco. Email her at, and read more at

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