One of the best things about Yolo County is its mild weather. Sure, summers are warm, but for most of the year, temperatures are ideal for spending time outdoors. In fact, there’s no better way to enjoy a sunny day than dining (or sipping) al fresco. Yolo County has plenty of restaurants and tasting rooms with amazing outdoor patios where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the fresh air. Following are some spots to try.
Bones Craft Kitchen. This popular spot in downtown Davis has an edgy vibe, with black-and-red accents and skull-themed artwork. Their street-side patio is great for watching the world go by. The menu features elevated pub fare — think steak frites, duck burger, and mushroom gorgonzola fries.
Sophia’s Thai Kitchen. Sophia’s specializes in both traditional and modern Thai dishes, such as stir-fries, noodles and curries. They also have a buzzing bar, featuring live music and happy hour specials. The expansive outdoor patio — a deck, really — is bright and airy, with an outdoor TV for watching the game.
Sudwerk Brewing Company. In operation since 1989, this longstanding brewery in Davis has been busy revamping its outdoor seating area. The new-and-improved patio is complete with sunshades, misters and fire pits — and should be open just in time for summer! As always, you can enjoy German-style lagers or seasonal, chef-driven dishes.
The Midway Bar & Grill. This modern neighborhood eatery offers hearty, stick-to-your ribs food such as wings, tots and sliders. They have a rustic-chic indoor dining room as well as a tidy outdoor patio complete with string lights and heaters to keep you toasty on chilly nights.
Jackrabbit Brewing Company. The front patio of this brewery in West Sacramento is one of the nicest around. It’s clean and shaded, with plenty of picnic tables for the whole gang. The massive indoor space has bar games such as cornhole and hosts live music. There are usually food trucks onsite as well.
Franquette. French-inspired cuisine is the heart and soul of Franquette, a modern café and wine bar in West Sacramento. The outdoor patio runs along the side of the building, affording views of the Sacramento skyline. The menu features dishes such as sandwiches, salads, quiche and pastries, plus French wines.
Hotel Winters. Hotel Winters is much more than a great place for an overnight stay — their onside restaurant, Carboni’s, serves drinks on a rooftop bar! You can sip artisan cocktails, local wine or craft beer while enjoying views of the town and surrounding countryside. There’s comfie seating, twinkling string lights and fire pits, plus occasional live music.
Preserve. Preserve is a renowned farm-to-table restaurant that turns out seasonal, carefully crafted cuisine, much made from local ingredients. Its dreamy outdoor dining space is dripping in greenery, yet retains its charming, cozy vibe. There are heaters to keep you cozy and hanging lights to set the mood.
Turkovich Family Wines. The Turkovich tasting room in downtown Winters has a lovely outdoor patio, but the winery itself on Buckeye Road is THE place to be come summer, when the surrounding sunflower fields erupt in yellow! Their large sipping patio, with cushy seating and shade, also offers views of the mountains beyond.
The HIVE Tasting Room and Kitchen. Natural pollinator habitat surrounds the outdoor seating area of The HIVE in Woodland, which makes sense considering they specialize in all things honey! You can taste honey varietals, sip mead, and indulge in seasonal dishes, many of which incorporate honey. They also host special events such as live music and garden tours.
Matchbook Wine Company. Located in Zamora, Matchbook not only has great wines, they also have an amazing patio that overlooks the vineyards and mountains. Covered tables and lounge seating begs you to stay awhile, while a rotating lineup of food trucks keeps your belly full.
Seka Hills. Views are also one of the draws at the Seka Hills tasting room in Brooks. The outdoor patio is surrounded by lush gardens and olive trees, with plenty of seating, shade, and firepits. Rolling vineyards and mountain scenery make for an unforgettable afternoon. They also have an onsite deli.
Dinky Diner. It may not be the biggest spot in Yolo County, but the views from this riverside eatery in Clarksburg can’t be beat! Picnic tables overlook the water, and you can watch the boats come and go from the nearby marina. The menu offers typical diner food, including burgers, dogs and sandwiches.
The arrival of summer means it’s time to enjoy the outdoors. If you’re looking for a spot to dine (or sip) outside, there are plenty of options in Yolo County. From great restaurants to laid-back breweries, there’s an outdoor patio for everyone in Yolo County. Check out the latest lodging specials and make it an extended visit!
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