We North Texans take our food and entertainment seriously, so what better way to enjoy the cooler(ish) months than with an awesome meal in a great outdoor space? DFW has more than enough COVID- and kid-friendly outdoor dining options for families, and we picked a few of our favorite. Scroll down to see them all and make those reservations!

photo: Gabby Cullen

Breadwinners Cafe at Northpark Center 

Not only do you get a top-notch shopping experience when visiting Northpark Center, but you can grab a bite at Breadwinners while the kids run around in the center green space. We highly recommend their weekend brunch!

8687 N Central Expy.
Dallas, TX 75225

Online: breadwinnerscafe.com

 

The Rustic

One of the most awesome outdoor patio dining options in Dallas, this popular Uptown restaurant is huge! While best left to the adults for the evening dining and shows, it’s a great place to take the kids for a weekend lunch. 

3656 Howell Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204

Online: therustic.com 

photo: Gabby Cullen

Standard Service in Heath 

From 8020 Concepts (think HGSPLY Co), the Standard Service in Rockwall county has one of the best outdoor spaces in all of DFW. From fire pits to pickleball courts, lawn games, live music and events, this spot has it all. Great food, great drinks and plenty of fun for families. Don’t miss their Saturday Staple Goods Market, either! 

4240 Ridge Rd.
Heath, TX 75032

Online: facebook.com/standardservicerockwall

Red’s Yard in Denton

With a full yard full of picnic tables, umbrellas and games, Red’s Yard is one of our favorite spots for outdoor dining. They offer BBQ, a full bar and plenty of space for the kids to run around. 

410 N. Bell Ave. 
Denton, TX 76209
Online: redsyardtx.com

Ferris Wheelers in Dallas

A backyard BBQ joint with a Ferris wheel? The wheel isn't moving right now, but this unique restaurant has plenty of outdoor seating and there are also Midway games!! 

1950 Market Center Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75207

Online: wedothisandthat.com/ferriswheelers

The Yard in McKinney 

Any dining spot that encourages families is going to be on our list! The Yard offers classic backyard food options like burgers, sandwiches, and of course, queso for starters. The kids’ menu is plentiful and there is plenty of space to run around. Be sure to bring your fur baby, too because this place is super pet-friendly! 

107 S. Church St.
McKinney, TX 75069

Online: yardtx.com

photo: Gabby Cullen

Hat Creek Burger in 11 DFW locations

If you’re looking for a fast-casual restaurant with libations and a playspace, look no further than Hat Creek Burger. We love the laid-back vibe and the quick service, and did we mention their range of yummy sauces? 

Online: hatcreekburgers.com 

The Woodshed Smokehouse in Fort Worth

This 14,000 square foot open-air restaurant sits on the banks of the Trinity River. It features a working garden, backyard games, bike rentals (you can cruise down the Trinity Trails) and live music. There’s a gravel area where dogs are welcome (there’s even a menu for furry friends!) and you can choose between your own plate or family-style meals. 

3201 Riverfront Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Online: woodshedsmokehouse.com

Toller Patio in Dallas

This spot in East Dallas is one of the newer patios to hit the Dallas dining scene! There aren’t really any indoor tables, but with heaters and fans, you’ll be comfortable no matter the weather. You order food and drink from an app, and then find a spot at one of the colorful picnic tables. Menu items range from sandwiches and salads to french toast sticks and breakfast tacos. Toller Patio is very dog friendly, and with 17 big-screen TVs and swings, this is a fun spot for the whole family. 

3675 Ross Ave. 
Dallas, TX 75204

Online: tollerpatiobar.com

Legacy Hall in Plano

We love this food hall for its huge outdoor dining area where you can listen to live music, join in on the themed trivia nights, watch dance performances, play lawn games or just enjoy the outdoor space. We also love the fact that you can pick from tons of different types of food (think ramen, tacos, BBQ, pizza, burgers, sushi and more) depending on your mood. 

7800 Windrose Ave.
Plano, TX 75024

Online: legacyfoodhall.com

—Gabby Cullen

 

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