We are incredibly lucky to be able to eat outside all year round in sunny California. But few things feel more like summer than dining outside. Eating out becomes more chill and relaxing as you let the kids venture away from their chairs and explore, while pigeons clean up any dropped food. Eating al fresco is just . . . easier. So next time you’re looking for a lunch or dinner spot in San Francisco, check out these options with ample outdoor seating.

photo: Kate Loweth

This spot is the perfect option for summer dining as it has the best view of SF and is super kid friendly. With its Treasure Island location, you can grab a Lyft across the bridge and you will feel miles away from the downtown SF congestion. Dine in one of the funky shipping containers or grab a spot on the expansive patio complete with bocce ball, putt putt and a plot of artificial grass to spread out the toddler blankets. Get yourself a P3 Sandwich (Philly-style shaved pork shoulder, pepperoni and provolone) or the out-of-this-world brioche French toast. Walk off your meal along the water or head over to the grassy area to fly your kite.

699 Avenue of the Palms
Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA
Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

photo: Outerlands

Outerland’s beautiful and seasonal menu is only rivaled by the stunning interior of this restaurant by Ocean Beach. They make their breads on site, and they only carry the freshest ingredients. Outerlands favorites include their famous grilled cheese sandwich, hearty soups and scrumptious brunch offerings. If you don’t have a reservation be prepared to wait, but if you are lucky enough snag a seat in the patio, the ocean inspired murals will be the perfect backdrop for your meal.

4001 Judah St.
San Francisco, CA
b/t 45th Ave. & 46th Ave.
Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. daily
Online: outerlandssf.com

photo: Sonia Gandiaga

Park Chalet
Nestled between Ocean Beach and The Golden Gate Park, this is a favorite for families and dog lovers. The Beach Chalet restaurant and brewery features a beautiful lawn and patio secluded from the ocean breeze, called Park Chalet. There’s plenty of space for kids to roam around, play or climb trees while you sip on a house made beer and nibble delicious appetizers or small plates. They have an extensive menu and also delicious weekend brunch. Lots of choices for kids, and fun homemade drinks like fresh strawberry lemonade from scratch. Watch out for special events, live music, and $1 oyster days.

1000 Great Hwy.
San Francisco, CA
Online: parkchalet.com
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–10 p.m.; 8 a.m.–11 p.m. on weekends

photo: Mestiza Facebook

Mestiza Taqueria
Mestiza (meaning of mixed culture or heritage in Filipino) is a cultural mash-up rooted in the casual Mexican tradition of a taqueria, with the flavor profiles of other vibrant street-food fare – the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Some of our favorites include the adobo tacos, empanadas and grilled imperial corn. You will be licking your fingers! Dine inside and enjoy the vibrant décor, or al fresco in their spacious and equally colorful patio.

595 Bryant St.
San Francisco, CA
b/t 4th St. & Zoe St.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Online: mestizasf.com 

lemonade_cookiephoto: Erin Feher

Is there a more perfect lunch than a selection of veggie-full, flavor-packed salads accompanied by a tall, cold glass of lemonade infused with flavors like cucumber-mint, blood orange or coconut-apple? For parents who want an easy and inexpensive meal that won’t weigh them down, and kids who love to eat the rainbow, it’s Lemonade to the rescue. The covered, heated patio features upholstered bright yellow booths and the interiors are equally as comfortable for a leisurely lunch. Options for family fun in and around the eatery are endless, as the patio virtually opens onto the rolling lawn of Yerba Buena Park. The waterfall is within view, there’s a multiplex showing the latest flicks right upstairs, and just a short stroll through the park takes you to the Creativity Museum, the classic carousel, the ice rink and bowling alley.

781 Mission St. (4th and Mission Sts.)
San Francisco, CA
Other locations: Burlingame, Palo Alto, Inner Sunset and Walnut Creek
Hours: 10 a.m.–9:05 p.m.

photo: Wanugee N. via yelp

Reverie Cafe
This Cole Valley gem is well known for their delicious breakfast and lunch, but mostly for their spacious and secluded garden patio. There’s even a little stream that runs through the outdoor seating area, which is fenced and completely safe for kids to play around while you stay seated enjoying your treats. Remember that this place is a cash only, but don’t worry there is an ATM just down the street.

848 Cole St
San Francisco, CA
Hours: Mon.–Fri. 6:30 a.m.–9 p.m.; 7:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m. on weekends.

photo: Jeff H. via yelp

Hog Island Oyster
If you and your kids are seafood lovers, this is the place for you. The outdoor patio has an amazing view of the Bay Bridge and it’s away from traffic so your kids can leave the table and play nearby, or simply watch the ferries chug in and out of the harbor. Hog Island has their own oyster farm in Marin, and their oyster sampler is to die for. They have many options for kids and the non-seafood eaters as well. Don’t despair if the patio line is long, it moves fast and it’s worth the wait (and there are plenty of tasty, outdoor alternatives just next door—this is the Ferry Building after all).

1 Ferry Bldg
Shop 11
San Francisco, CA
Online: hogislandoysters.com
Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m.–9 p.m.

photo: Stem Kitchen and Garden Instagram

Stem Kitchen and Garden
This Mission Bay gem oozes cool from every pore. Stem Kitchen & Garden is a farm-to-table restaurant that celebrates seasonal and local ingredients with produce harvested from the on-site garden. There’s an expansive outdoor patio, garden, bocce ball, fire pits, and sweeping views of San Francisco Bay.

499 Illinois St.
San Francisco, CA
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 7 a.m.- 9 p.m., and Sat. 4 p.m.- 9 p.m., Sundays closed

Mission Rock Resort
This scenic bay side restaurant has one of the best views in town. You can’t get any closer to the water—you’ll feel like you are dining on a boat! Don’t miss the oyster happy hour (daily from 5 to 7 p.m.), Thai chili wings, crispy calamari or dungeness crab special.

817 Terry Francois Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94158
b/t Mariposa St & Illinois St
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Online: missionrockresort.com

photo: Henry L. via yelp

Nestled in the middle of Hayes Valley, this is one of the largest and most beautiful German beer gardens in the city. It boasts an amazing beer selection and some favorites include purple deviled eggs, different tasty Bavarian sausage plates, sliders, and of course warm house-made pretzels.

424 Octavia St
San Francisco, CA
Online: biergartensf.com
Summer Hours: Mon.–Sat. 3p.m.-9 p.m., and Sun. 1–7 p.m.

Have we missed any of your favorite outdoor dining spots in San Francisco? Please let us know in the comments section, we want to check them out!


—Sonia Gandiaga